Prove you are the world's greatest swordsman! Engage in tactical 1 vs. 1 sword fighting, 2 vs. 2, or sandbox FFA, or capture Control Points in a tactical slash-em-up.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,807 reviews)
Release Date: May 7, 2014

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"Blade Symphony's duels are electrifying and intimate, more than making up for a lack of content."
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January 31

New Patch release candidate on Nightly

All,
The new patch's release candidate build is on nightly. There are two nightly servers that are available to play, one on Windows and one on Linux.

[US West] [Nightly] (W) Testing: 192.198.217.30:27015
[US West] [Nightly] (L) Testing: 192.198.217.45:27015

We would like to get this patch out within the next 12-24 hours. Any help testing it's stability or looking for broken features is appreciated. Any balance related changes will be made after this patch.

Here is how to join the nightly test version:

1. On Steam, right click Blade Symphony and go to properties
2. In the Betas tab, in the text box enter the password - winteriscoming to unlock the beta.
3. In the box above, switch from None to "Nightly" (not Nightly-Prod)
4. The game will now patch itself on Steam. Wait for it to finish.
5. Join one of the nightly test servers.

The nightly changelog:
http://blade-symphony.com/changelog.txt

There is a thread for posting feedback.

You can join our IRC #punyhuman on irc.gamesurge.net, to talk to us and other players about nightly build gameplay changes.

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January 25

Congrats to the Winners of the Russian-Community Winter Tournament

Hello all,

Just want to say congratulations to the winners:

1st Place = Elmeg
2nd Place = Russia_go
3rd Place = Wolfloor

Here's all the results: http://challonge.com/bs_winter2015_rus

You can catch up with some of the tournament here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20_h9I51sMM&x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534

Thanks to everyone who helped organize the tournament:
Gormarim, EHOT, Crystal, Wolfloor, NeshZul

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Reviews

"... the saving grace of Blade Symphony is that its duels are thoroughly, distinctively, and consistently exhilarating."
PC Gamer

"Blade Symphony is primed and ready to help expand the melee combat genre on the PC."
Capsule Computers

"Blade Symphony looks like Chivalry with elegance."
Destructoid

"When it’s a Dystopia dev’s new otherworldly duelling game, you pay attention. Especially when it’s looking quite so beautiful."
RockPaperShotgun

About This Game


Prove you are the world's greatest swordsman in Blade Symphony: a slash-em-up featuring a highly detailed and in-depth sword fighting system. Face down other players in tactical swordplay, 2 versus 2 team duels, sandbox FFA, or the Control Points game mode!

Choose your fighting style

Each of the four characters have a unique fighting style suited to how you want to play.
  • Phalanx, a fencer gladiator hybrid, attacks with long range stabs and a versatile array of side attacks
  • Judgement, a knight crossed with a samurai, uses hard hitting forward attacks and wide strafing attacks
  • Ryoku, a vagrant street ninja, attacks with break dance moves and a signature reverse blade style
  • Pure, an acrobatic wushu style assassin that attacks with flips, cartwheels, extremely mobile

Each character has four combat stances and over forty different attacks.

Choose Your Sword

Pair your character up with a sword type to completely change your way of approaching combat.
  • Katana, cause massive damage when parrying your opponents
  • Longsword, a well-balanced, hard hitting and adaptable sword
  • Rapier, a piercing, high damage forward thrusting weapon great for parrying
  • Scimitar, a weapon based on turning and performing as many cuts as possible
  • Jian, an agile, responsive weapon great for combos

Tactical Sword Fighting


There are no unlockable advantages in Blade Symphony. All unlockables are cosmetic. You care about proving your skill and so should your game.

Every attack has openings that are determined in real-time and efficacy is entirely up to you. Did you start an attack too early? Turn away and end the attack in a safe location. Did your opponent stupidly use a lighter stance? Go in and punish him! By switching stances mid-combo you can chain attacks into your own flurry of death.



The fighting system is open for your exploration, you can dash, jump, do an air attack, land, swing sideways with a heavy stance, parry with a light stance, and then roll away.

Every attack flows from your blade in true three dimensional space. As does your opponents! Swords collide in mid-air and you will need good timing and aim to defeat your opponent.

Advanced Character Customization

Customize your character with skins, masks, swords, and multiple attachments streamed directly from Steam Workshop.

Fight as a Team

Play in the new Control Points game mode and participate in team-based sword fighting.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz P4(+), Dual Core 2.0(+) or AMD64X2(+)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9.0c Compatible 256MB VRAM, NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series / ATI x1600 Series
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
820 of 1,006 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
582.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
I just have to do a review of this game now.
But eh, so much to talk about, where do I start?

The Game
Blade Symphony is a quite unique and "fresh" 3D Slash-em-up, using the source engine. I personally never saw a game like this, but the setting is still awesome.
You have your 4 characters; 3.5 Characters, because pure is still unfinished
Phalanx, Judgement, Ryoku and Pure. All of them have their own move set, animations and taunts even, who are all optimizable. (Im not going to discuss who is under-and overpowered, so shush)
You can equip those characters with 5 different swordtypes; Longsword, Scimitar, Rapier, Katana and Jian, which are all unlocked in the start of the game and the only thing you can unlock is eye-candy, which doesnt affect gameplay at all. Meaning, no matter how long you play the game, you wont unlock anything that will affect gameplay.
Coupled with some parkour (which is useless) and a nice fighting system (which I wont explain either) and you have a perfect game, right?

...No..not really.

The Good
-Nice Fighting System
-Responsive Controls
-Good designed free for all and Duel game modes, where FFA can be moddable, being a source game.
-A lot of workshop integration which fits this game perfectly
-Online leaderboards which keeps track of your progress

And now....the dark side of this game

The Bad
-Bad Tracers (Hit detection if you want it that way)
-Hitboxes can be just awful at times
-Lag can do a lot of weird stuff
-4. Character Pure is unfinished
-Characters have attacks which are just broken or weird
-A lot of balancing problems
-Random and unexplainable FPS drops sometimes
-The General Duel maps have FPS problems in general
-Ranking system is just not executed well
-Buggy Physics and just stuff thats not supposed to happen
- The Game Is Dead

This is where the normal review ends. Ill give this game a 5.5/10. Dont pick this up for the normal price, get it on a sale, when you really want it. Yes, I have a decent amount of playtime still racking up. But at this point I cant recommend this game.
You can end here or keep reading for some more details, details, yay!
EDIT: No, I dont hate this game. The community is great (aside from a few people), the concept is awesome and the game is overall fun. I just cant recommend it at this state. YES, I like this game.

Dead Symphony
Simply, this game is dead. Trying to get in new in this game is hard, because the most active players are the advanced and good ones. The community doesnt grow, the devs (and the balancing team) keep doing decisions and decision which are just not explainable. Most old-school players quit and/or switched to other games;

For a reason, you will notice when you go online everyday for a week: You keep meeting the same people over and over again. And the new players will just get crushed by the advanced ones (This game is multiplayer only), having no chance to get better without avoiding the good players all the time.

The game isnt even THAT bad, its just how I said. Fighting the same people over and over again just gets boring.
BUT, the community IS good. Some people of the balancing team are nice players and some devs even play the game!
The game being dead, means we meet the same people over and over again (For the third time now), but that also means that were a BETTER community. We know eachother better when theres less people.
Well, yeah, sucks that the community keeps getting smaller because more and more people are quitting.
If the devs dont do something, this game is poorly advertised aswell, the game is going to be dead soon. Dead for good.

God, that was a lot of random bu!!sh!t. But you wanted a review and here it is.
Thanks for reading! <3
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223 of 298 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,356.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
1253 1353 hours. Help me.
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74 of 91 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I have a rival, whenever I'm on we duel. It's a game like that. We are friends now.

I can't say that I've ever played a more challenging game. You have to find out how to make your own strategy. You must learn your battlefield, and kill your foe strategically.

Get this game since it's cheep af right now, and if you don't like it, you only lost 4 bucks.
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46 of 58 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
145.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Imagine Blade Symphony as Japanese Classical Literature.
(+)
It's all about Artistic, Beauty, and Process.
Artistic : Stances, Wall-run, Sword/Characters Mastery
Beauty : Try pressing the "B" before battle
Process : For the first hrs or hundred hrs of gameplay, you'll literally get ur ♥♥♥ kicked by some old men...unless if ure a genius, well at least i'm not a genius.

(-)
-Sometimes animations are weird
-This game is pretty stupid when it runs on 140-150ms or higher.

since i don't know what i'm talking about, i'm gonna end this review.
9/10, play this game.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
This game is very funny. I tried it out when it was free at weekend and i can say that i love it. I bought it for 3.47 or something like that so I can improve.

For everyone who likes being a little bit competitive sometimes and wants to see progress in his work : Go buy it! The game doesn't really "help" u to get in the game. Tutorial gives u the basics and the Training sessions with bots are boring and easy. But as soon as u enter a server u will love it. U'll search for competetors and duel one after another. You will improve by every mistake and it won't get boring that fast, because everyone got his own fighting style... some go more agressive some stay more defensively ; sure u will say right now " then there are noobs who take forfeits in sitting in one corner" , and i can easily say that this is not true. Why u may ask? The game gives u everything u need to take or make forfeits. U can win every (EVERY) fight. I play with my brothers and friends and we compete with each other and others on the internet. The game is worth it's cost so go ahead and buy it.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
247.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I like blade symphony with 10 people or 100 people, there I said it, what are you going to do shoot me?

Aight let me lay down this thick dish of sweet and sour soup for you boys, blade symphony is a 3D fighting game, it means you got a lot more directions than a 2D one.

The game doesn't really mater to be honest, the reason it is fun is because of the players you fight, it's the competitive nature that makes you want to play blade symphony which is the reason why people snap at you, the only reason they play is to win. The game is really well built, its a solid game what can I say, sure the animations could use more work but it is very structurally sound, meaning it's perfect for a fighting game.

Its pretty damn balanced, meaning people will always find different things to ♥♥♥♥♥ about rather than uniteing over something being over-powered. Yeah people will agree that vanguard and longsword is overpowered, but after that it seems like free reign.

So what's my point? Well my point is, if you don't like a hardcore competitive nature in a game, then this is not for you. Hell at first I didn't like blade symphony untill I invested 10 hours into it, then it became like crack cocaine. It is not a game where you can cheese your way to victory over the best players, you have to actually improve at the game meaning that something that works again lesser skilled players doesn't work against the best.

The game has a pretty weird learning curve, I feel like at first it is not steep at all because your like "O boy this oak doesn't know what's comeing with my N1 heavy left and right phalanx play" but after that it is very steep once you realise that playstyle isn't a very viable way to play the game. So listen here buddy boy it gets harder, but I know you can pull through it, just like you pulled through reading this much bull-crap that doesn't matter. After you get over that and you realise that judge is the best charecter obviously and every other one is for shitlords, then you start haveing some real fun and you can dish out your e-peen among skeleton and zeo and watch them strip you bare and cold in the russian winter.

So what is my actual point, well, it's a game for people who want to be competitive in a pretty balanced game. You have to roll with the punches baby boy.

The reason I'm not reviewing the game so much as reviewing you is because this is simply one of the best games I have ever have the pleasure of playing, it is a gem covered in dirt in the middle of a secret ravine full of bipolar neckbeards. There are flaws but they are only apparent when you just start playing, as you play more and more you start to see it as this holy image of a perfect game.

The reason I see it like this is because it is just so damn solid overall, you have different ways of playing different charecters and you can try and make your way work. It is rage enduseing but in the good kind of way I guess. There are different sword types, attack paterns, since it's 3D you have different ways people manuver creating very interesting gameplay.

So to conclude this great speech of nothingness I guess it's up to you if you want to buy this game or not, hell I don't know if you will like it. You can take my word but I'm probably wrong maybe, if you tried this game and didn't like it, come back and give it a second chance please, it truly is a game that the community makes, and even with a small community it still is fun. Buy the game if you havn't right now its 9$, 200 hours is worth that money any day.

tl;dr: Me and zeo are actually secret lovers in a alternate reality
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67 of 107 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
826.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I played a little, it was ok.
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29 of 44 people (66%) found this review helpful
449.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Vornag, Narny, CavortingOgre, Ashelin, viviff9, RickyWL, Xehanoth, Sergeant Stoner, Pedro.eXe, Onen, Icemax, Elmo, Divine, Hydra, Muffin, Avendril, Waifu, Ulan, tork612, Demotana, Sentient, Raffle, R3D343, Mr. Hali, Himura, Doby, Flow3r, Drammoth, Niky, Hoody, eBunny, Thesensasian, Nirvana, Zypre, Scarking, Raiser, Rain, Lycanhope112, Code

If anyone tells you the community is ♥♥♥♥, punch him in the face real hard. ^ All the cool people and more I've met in this game are 90% of my Steam friendslist.
Also the game is pretty good.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Really innovative game, pretty much the only one of it's type.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
I've only played this game for a few hours, but dueling a messing around with friends has made this game worth the $16. Except I payed $4 for it. This game has workshop support with tons of weapons and character customization. I fully recommend to buy this game riiiight now because the 75% discount. If you aren't poor, $4 is nothing.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,035.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Alrighty, its about time edit my review from a long time ago. But first some things I wish to point out.
  • After 900 hours I can be a little biased in favor of this game
  • This is not a game where a person with 1 hour should be reviewing, this game takes much more time to understand and any reviews from these people should be ignored, if you like it or not.

Blade Symphony, released May 7, 2014 by Puny Human Games. This is a game that without a doubt I am addicted too, though idk if that is good or bad, probably bad. From my first day on Blade Symphony spamming with Jian Ryoku, to becoming almost top tier, my journey has been wonderful. I have met tons of people, most of them on my steam friends list and I dont regret anything. Though I feel like im a rare case, for many many players have stopped playing for multiple reasons that ill get too in second.

Pros:
  • Complex fighting mechanics (can be good or bad, but probably a good thing).
  • Good community, most of them you will talk to and get to know them a little bit.
  • Members of the community are taking an initiative to try and balance the game.
  • Awesome soundtrack.
  • Fun player-made events like Battlechess, Machine, King of the Hill, Fencing, Kendo etc.
  • Steam Workshop enabled, allowing you to choose from tons of player made swords.

Cons:
  • Bad retention rate.
  • Not much content.
  • Time between patches can get rather long.
  • Bugs are hurting the game.
  • Devs aren't as involved as they once were (though they are still here).

This is one of those games that is not for everyone, and if you get this game you need to go in knowing that you will get stomped, beaten, and "lolgitgudfgtggnore"'ed by bad eggs. Time and practice will gain you skill, you will need to be patient. You dont know how many times ive seen new players come in and get mad because they cant win. Sorry, your not going to win against someone with houndreds of hours. As of right now their are two servers with teachers, "Sexy Food" US, and "Avalaon" EU.

But this game isnt without flaws, because of the games retention rate (sorry cant remeber the exact figure), you will notice not very many play this game. Those that do play, have lots of hours. So if you are looking for a game with many players. Quit reading and find a new game. But because this is a fighting game, the most important thing is the balancing. Tbh this game has become less balanced than in the past. But im sure devs, and experienced players will work together to balance the game in time.

If you are looking for a complex fighting game, and can handle being beaten up many times, I strongly recommend this game. As I said, this game isnt for everyone and you need patience. But after 900+ hours ive had my journey and it has been pleasant, and I wish to see more people.

I mentioned about me having most of my friends list ppl from Blade Symphony. Im going to take this moment to list every single one of them so you have an understanding of just how many people I have had the pleasure of meeting and having on my friends list.

Lexxure, Blood Spartan, CanadaOP, Dr.untitled, Goobie, Matthiasa, Mike, Paco, RedBreadMcjagger, Redmund, Tea Time, Tork, Tyrone, Waifu, MTU, Nani, Narny, Norman, Pedro, R3D343, Raffle, Scal Forte, Septum Sonus, Skeleton, SSauce, Taz, Kmoney, Water, Xehanoth, Darknight, Vendetta, Vylli, R3D5n0w, Animas, Bready, Chipi, Codemonkey, Death, Dnoor, EatabagofDiks, Elmo The Grand Defiler of Soul, Famos, Frok-Vee, Fug4life, Hade, Imposter Snake, JESUS IN REHAB, Kevin, Kiinsy, Lostinei, Maconjr, ManofHonor, Paradox, Ricky, Rozie, Sazed, Sergeant Stoner, Milo, Stewy, The Fish, Greatest Black Karate Man, Zealum, Trolligy, ZeronKnight.

As you can see I have met many people from A-Z, and have enjoyed talking to each and every single one of them, or they wouldnt be on my friends list. Im at the point that I stay for the community, not the fighting itself. Once you start playing and you stay, you will see your friends list stack up with people you meet. And with that being said......I recommend this game.


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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
957.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Someone make me stop playing this, please someonuhasdhjnvkcvc
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Blade Symphony this game is worth paying attention especially those who like fighting on swords. Very dynamic and exciting battles unless you find a worthy opponent. I think that the game is worth the money and I would put the estimate of 9/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Pick it up, It's combat is fun and beautiful. But most importantly tactical and complicated.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Too easy, well ...at least for me, if you are good at pvp and really like melee-based games, you'll very much like this. If you got an exter $15 USD, you should buy this!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Very awesome sword-fighting game. Tutorial teaches you the basics but the game has quite a deep combat system that will undoubtedly take a lot of practice to truly master. Combat has moments of slow and fast-paced action, with the focus of the game being around 1v1 and 2v2 dueling, as well as a FFA mode which is good for beginners. Each weapon and each character has its own style of fighting and combat is very direction-based. It requires strategy, thought and observation if you want to be great at it. The game's graphics are very nice and animation quality is top-notch. You can do a lot of very cool moves, from wall-running and jumping to combos and power attacks. There is a lot of room for community input, along with steam workshop integration. You can customise your characters and unlock various cosmetic skins for both weapons and armour.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game is surprisingly fun as all hell. Some of the reviews on YouTube don't do it any justice whatsoever. Well worth the $3.74 (in my opinion). It's definately not a button masher (if you're playing it right), not too hard to learn. It'll take you a couple hours to get the hang of it just because it's so different, but you won't get totally crushed as a noob. I just started today and I'm already on par with a lot of Master and Diamond ranks. Theres nothing pay to win in it because; 1. Theres nothing to pay real money for, and 2. The only upgrades in "gear" are cosmetic. All Katanas have the same stats and skills, all Longswords have the same stats and skills, so on and so forth.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Taken as a tightly cropped slice of the action, Blade Symphony's arena duels showcase some stunning character designs, downright poetic combat maneuvers, and exciting combat mechanics. But that's only a small piece of an unfinished and rather sloppy whole. This multiplayer fighter looks, feels, and actually is incomplete in spots, which puts a real damper on the few bright elements that make it almost worth the fuss.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Learn how to play this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq97Z7JmSQA


Also I've been absent from this game for too long to review it currently.

but the game is great 10/10 best sword fighting game that's on steam.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Greatest game of Rock, Paper, and Scissors.
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