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 (3,132 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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July 4

Blitz Tournament 6 pm GMT, 7 pm CET, 8 pm CEST, 2 pm EST, 1 pm CST

Blitz Tournament

Date and time:
4th of July, 6 pm GMT (7 pm CET, 8 pm CEST, 2 pm EST, 1 pm CST)


JOIN HERE:
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/BSTRCC/discussions/1/617335934139709148/


Blitz is about quick and risky combat. You can practise on the same server on which you could practise for Niky's scripts, it doesn't have a password now.
Blitz will use swiss system, which means nobody gets eliminated, so we'll probably use 3 arenas at once, if we have sufficient organisers (you can volunteer here); in Blitz you only win if you manage to kill your opponent before time (around 50 seconds) runs out (each fight will be best of 5, so in every match you can score from 0:0 to 3:2 or 3:0, each point counts, it's swiss system!) and the winner will be one who gets the biggest score, even if he didn't win as much as others.
Jester is designing a cape for this tournament.


You must be in the group and have posted in the sign-up thread to participate in the tournament.

Small FAQ:

How do I check in?
On the day of the tournament please join the group chat room an hour before the tournament begins. If you don't check in 30 minutes prior to the start time you will be disqualified and removed from the brackets, however if you message me early enough because you can't make it half an hour earlier I'll note that and it's fine.

I don't live in Europe. Can I still participate?
Yes, anyone can participate.

Can I donate for prizes?
If you would like to donate something as a prize for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners of the tournament please message me.

Still questions? Just ask!


Organizers: Niky, ManOfHonor, ...
Server-hosts: LightFire, Blind
Streamer: Narny
Commentators: The Entire Soviet Union, Raptor

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July 4

Interview With The Best

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Interview with the best | Mini series
I started a channel along side Himura a while ago, and we decided to make a mini series where we interview top players about their respective classes. New players can hopefully use this information to better improve on their favorite class or simply get to know their favorite players better.

So without further a do, here is the full mini-series for all of you new players to enjoy, and maybe for some veterans to get a kick out of what their peers have to say.

Ryoku interview (Whoarts)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=92&v=vBUztnr1fks

Pure interview (Jk2legend)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUwTWbHQtiM

Phalanx interview (Xehanoth)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgm19eBxdXA

Vanguard interview (Tony Pajamas)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Ztkcs636s

Judgement interview (Skeleton)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qFalh82-0Y

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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
  • Vanguard, a quick-footed champion that uses leaning plunges to push opponents into her blade

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
175 of 205 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,727.3 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.
  • 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, this is only a very small amount of players though, most of the players are actually very friendly and willing to help you. 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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113 of 137 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Remember when you first got Jedi Academy and you jumped into the multiplayer and hit up a few servers and had a blast just whaling on dudes with your lightsaber and backflipping all over the place because WOW YOURE A JEDI NOW and you loved it? Remember that day when you finally got to play the swordfighting video game you had been dreaming of all your life? That was a good feeling.

Now you're in your mid thirties, unmarried and childless, with a career that isn't really going anywhere. It's Friday night and, if you were back in your college days, you'd be at a party, drinking cheap beer on the floor of your best friend's furnitureless apartment, maybe feeling up that chubby but cute girl whose been sending you messages on Friendster. But you're not back in college, you're middle-aged and sitting at your computer looking to download a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ video game to play because THIS IS WHAT YOUR LIFE HAS LED TO: FILLING YOUR MINUTES WITH DISTRACTIONS TO PAD OUT THE HOURS BETWEEN THE TIMES YOU GET TO SLEEP.

So you download Blade Symphony, thinking that you'll get to relive the awesomeness that you felt when you first became a Jedi in Star Wars: Jedi Warrior Jedi Academy. And you know what? You do relive that awesomeness.

For fifteen or twenty minutes, anyway. Then it dawns on you why first/third person swordfighting games always devolve into these super-serious multiplayer servers with very strict rules and Bushido codes where the admins kick anybody who doesn't stick to 1v1s. That reason is because only 15 year olds enjoy playing on a server where it's a free for all and everybody just runs around whaling on everybody else, and you can only be fifteen for so long. Eventually you have to either quit the game and play something more engaging, or you have to join one of these tryhard swordfighter servers to breathe fresh life into the game.

I give this game a thumbs up because for those first fifteen minutes I didn't feel like a middle-aged man playing ♥♥♥♥ing video games on a Friday night in my tiny loft apartment.
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277 of 392 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
585.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
It's ok. Worth an hour or two of your time.
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59 of 70 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,244.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Hmm "Do you recommend this game?" ( Yes ) or ( No ).
Wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, this game proves to me be the most fun of all games I have ever played.
Paying 15 € for 1300 hours of entertainment is in my opinion worth the money, but that's maybe just me? uh.
To make my opinion about this game simple, I recommend this game because it's extremely fun and keep your entertained for a looooooooooong time. And it gives you alot to work on, it also takes alot of time just to get the hang of the basics which means you will maybe still be learning while having 300 hours. In fact I'm still getting better having past 1000 hours. So it's not a waste of money.

SO WHY NOT THEN?!?!?!?!?!
Quality is the problem.^
I think most of the people not recommending this is game thinks about this games quality. Graphics? NO!
There are just simpy things that pop up here and there and that the developers doesn't take care of. Sometimes there lag probs (pretty often actully). Doesn't take much before lag has made the game unplayabe. Sometimes it's balancing, in many cases op or not is just a matter of opinion. And sometimes it's bugs. But those things are mostly for old players. New players won't know a bug when they se it many of the times, because they don't even understand what's happening on the screen. They say it take's about 200 hours to develope your own playstyle. 1-10 hours in you will be so confused they might call a doctor.

But there we have it, Poor quality but good entertainment. Worth the money of you like the game but be aware that things might get in your way.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Jump in for the technical, challenging facets // Stay for the civil community and rivalries

+ Relaxing, contemplative soundtrack; it's the kind of soft music that helps one to focus
+ Each selectable character has a different play-style that can be accentuated with the right weapons and use of fighting stances
+ Can chain various stances together for combos during combat; can be quite fluid and practiced after enough time in the ring
+ Dueling servers make for very focused, civil engagements between players; there is an overall atmosphere of respect surrounding the player-base
+ Heavily skill-dependent; gameplay is generally very well balanced and, save for practice and dedication, there is little that another player can do to hold a significant advantage over others
+ Exceptionally friendly and inviting in-game community
+ Very mod-friendly; this feature can actually supplement the act of unlocking in-game weapons and appearances
+ Character emotes (such as bowing) help to keep duels expressive; these are gratuitously used to show respect to other players, and this keeps the experiences generally positive
+ Combat mechanics feel solid and are well-implemented
+ Plenty of aesthetically pleasing unlockables available
+ No microtransactions
+ Crisp, minimalist UI
+ Throwing items, feints, and grab mechanics do well to keep gameplay feeling fresh
+ Game heavily rewards strategy, timing, and finesse
+ Interesting environmental designs and character models

- Some animation sets are stiff and awkward
- Moderately small active player base (only 2-3 active servers during the making of this review)
- Fairly steep (though rewarding) learning curve; while I don't necessarily consider this a bad thing, I recognize that it may be enough to turn away more casual players

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