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.
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Release Date: May 7, 2014

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May 19

Galacide & Blade Symphony Indiegala's Steamulating Bundle!

Galacide and Blade Symphony are featured in Indiegala's Steamulating Bundle!

https://www.indiegala.com/steamulating

The bundle is at a discounted price for a few more hours!

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May 8

Happy Birthday Blade Symphony.

2 years since Steam Official release,
3 years since Steam Early Access,
5 years since Kickstarter and first public Alpha.
And around 8 years since original inception.

I first saw this game myself back in 2010 on moddb. I knew then that this would be something I'd like to play. I participated in the public alpha at the beginning of 2011, I backed the game and team on Kickstarter the summer of 2011 after being completely hooked on the alpha. In August that year I joined the team, for me the rest is history.

People have come and gone, players and developers a like, our fallen Heroes will be missed for everyone of them fought gallantly. The battle is not over, it probably never will be, everyday new challengers arrive striving to wield their swords with the same steady grip as their masters, and masters before them.

PunyHuman would like to thank everyone who has given the game a fair shot, we bow before those who have dueled for countless hours trying to develop and perfect their own unique style.
A big thank you to the community contributors!
There are too many to mention all by name. People have contributed to this game in so, so many ways, the teachers, the tournament organizers, the casters, commentators, streamers, guide writers, server operators, scripters, mappers and of course the workshoppers! As others have said before its these contributions that have made the game!

I would like to highlight some special workshoppers who have created a huge number of items for the game, there are many more people, but these few mentioned here went above and beyond.


Also quick shout out to York, Elmo and everyone else out there who brought something to the table for us to feast on!

Moving on, I'd like to point out there are community tournaments and events in the pipeline, I'll try do a better job of promoting things as they come up!

There will be a patch soon'ish?!? Not much to show at the moment but here's a video of an ever improving training bot (with some cult Tom Stoffle music playing):
https://youtu.be/Dps1LSFVQGU
You can duel this bot in the AI Opponent section of the tutorial on our Nightly build right now, if you're interested!
The bot will now shuffle, roll, jump, aircancel, evade charges, punish interrupted opponents and generally try to give you a hard time. The bot also no longer stays in kneeling position when knocked down.

Lastly, yes the game is a roller coaster of highs and lows, all I can say is I think most of you will agree that there can be moments in the game that are truly magical, I've certainly enjoyed those moments many times when locked into intense duels with worthy opponents, playing on the edge and in the zone, most of you will know what I'm talking about.

Lastly here's some early concept art, some of it probably has never seen the light of day until now, enjoy:



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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
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Sgt. Pepper
( 4,000.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I got my money's worth and my fill of the game, this review isn't about that, but I'm giving it a thumbs down for the reasons below.

I don't recommend buying this game given that its peak has passed and the developers certainly don't deserve any more money or sales with how they've treated much of their customers and 3rd party contributors.

If you read more of the reviews you'll come across the ones mentioning the 0% achievement glitch that took over 18 months for the developers to address, whereas other dev teams addressed it in the first week that it appeared. Even after the issue was fixed, they used the achievement to make a joke out of the entire issue, which was a very real one and bugged out hundreds of players profiles for over a year. This says a lot about the team's professionalism (or lack thereof) and their attitude towards paying customers.

Then there were the times the development team used their company twitter and facebook accounts to insult players they didn't like or that made critiques of some of the mechanics, trolled players on their own forums and edited posts of players they didn't like to make fun of them using forum mod powers, this list could go on for a while but I'll just include a few quotes from their team and sum it up by saying their conduct has often been very unprofessional, immature, rude, insulting, childish and offensive.

This style of conduct along with poor market research is why their company has since had to close its office due to lack of sales revenue and why all of their staff has been laid off.

--------------------------------

"Hello there! Is the Blade Symphony achievement's description a joke? Looked like one"

(A forum mod and member of the dev team for this game)
TheKindredPhantom 24 Dec, 2015 @ 1:03pm
It's a bit of a joke, yes. It's mocking a certain type of person who seems to only care about their achievement percentage on Steam.

TheKindredPhantom Officer 8 hours ago
"Your game sucks"
You paid for it! #dealtwithit

TheKindredPhantom Officer 22 minutes ago
Why are you still on these forums? Have you nothing else to do than post on these forums whining about the game? If you don't like it, then why stick around?

twincannon [developer]
top kek

Santa Claus
Why are you still trying to justify being little @#$%&es to the community? Let me tell you the reason why I continued to play blade symphony for so long. Once upon a time there was a server called Blade Rebellion. The end. Himura, Tetrabor, Elmo, Redmund, Sear, Echonance, and Sader; These are the people that you should be dickriding hard. These people kept the game interesting. It wasn't because of your genius game design (lol), no, it's because you handed out the free mod platter of source engine, and they ran with it. Instead of sucking them off like they deserve, you have tried to humiliate them and keep them out of the game with your antics. This is disgusting behaviour and I'm glad that the community isn't taking any more of your @#$$%&*@. Think about your actions. You're all getting coal for Christmas.

TheKindredPhantom Officer
So you are going to waste more time posting complete crap on the forums and coming across as an idiot. I suppose everybody needs a hobby.

Chaotic
Ths thrds stts hs ffclly bn chngd t "Rstld." f y hv mr qstns, pls cntct m t: "www.mydnk.cm" Fr mr nf, pls, dn't hstt t fst yrslf wth brm. Thnk y.
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termi [developer] 17 hours ago
lol your whole premise is that its our job as developers to be mature, im pretty sure our only job is to make a game. butthurt more trolls

TheKindredPhantom Officer
Are you drunk now?

Redmund
ts gd thng yr pnn s wrthlss
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TheKindredPhantom Officer
Why would we ban him? He's providing so much amusement.

termi [developer]
sure there is the whole 'customer is always right' thing, but at the same time, if you be a jackass in any store, they will tell you to leave, and if you're a total jerk, they will happily post a picture of you inside the store saying 'refuse entry' so others know you're a jerk. ps. Thanks for putting a massive 836 hours into blade symphony

Redmund
Я даже не знаю , кто вы , и вы , конечно, не знаю, меня, но Вы уверены, что звучать глупо , так что вы можете продолжать думать , что вы хотите приятель
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Mindless⚔Solitude
stop it urinal, it hurts to read this

TheKindredPhantom Officer
We've all had our fun, it's time to move on.

(The C.E.O. of PunyHumanGames, the developer for this game)
urinal-cake [developer]
I locked this thread because everybody I hate has responded to it before me. So it's a picture pefect snapshot of everybody that should stop playing Blade Symphony forever.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hatty Mikune
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
i hate video games
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Mr. Skeleton
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Blade Symphony is a multiplayer arena close-combat/swordfight game which looks promising and neatly designed at parts but falls too short.

Pros:
+ Gfx and textures are worked on, look nice enough (nothing superb)

Cons:
- Multiplayer is deserted (game itself is multiplayer only)
- Controls are awkward at times and not fluid
- Too much cheaters on servers (if you find a player to match, you'll get owned very quick due to exploits)
- Even in a balanced play, combat gets repetitive and boring very quick.
- No fun at all.

Game itself can be considered "dead" already. Pure shovelware to collect cards and uninstall.
0/10
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Torn
( 226.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
List of people that ruined this game in no particular order:
Sader
Gritz
Fug
Anyone that modifies game files so they can attack faster.

The game goes on sale for a dollar twice a year so if you must try it get it then, do not financially support the circlejerks that "run" this game because they do not deserve anything but ridicule for how they have let Blade Symphony fall apart.
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M4TCH
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
gibe oceanic servers pl0x
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Misooki
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
the game is fun, but if you happen to get put with a super op character, you probably have no chance of winning






also the ranking system is complete ♥♥♥♥
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LockFelino
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
It's like Warframe, sans the whimsy.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
lizzie
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Apparently, you can only move your legs *or* your sword at any given time. What?

I don't know what to say... very stiff controls. Very awkward to play. I want to like this for being a new attempt at making an interesting swordfighting game, but I just can't find it enjoyable. Even in the fast stance, my character freezes up completely during swings.

I would recommend that anyone who's interested in this, pick up a copy of Unreal Tournament 2004, install the ChaosUT2 mod for free, and try out the melee dueling. This game seems like a remake of those mechanics as a standalone game, down to the 3 stances, the controls for sweep attacks, etc. Problem is, the Chaos mod's version is just more *fun*. You can move fluidly while attacking and it just feels more like a good action game. The one thing I liked gameplay-wise in Blade Symphony is the way heavier attacks can break through a parry. In the Chaos mod, it's a little silly when daggers parry a hammer blow.

Good effort, but I hope the developers give this "your legs freeze during any attack" mechanic a hard look. Just changing it to a speed penalty could go a long way towards making this game playable. I do miss the melee duels of ChaosUT2 and will be open to a good challenger.
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катyaN
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
good game, i can use a lightsaber :3
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sYnc3d Zen | kickback.com
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
This game is awesome! Sadly the marketing department killed it cos I only found out about it recently when a friend told me. If only this game was put out properly it would have much larger playerbase. But it's an amazing game nonetheless.
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SSG Willis Sternspool
( 862.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
If u have bought this game refund while u can
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Dr.Vendax♔
( 672.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Fun game, just needs more damn players ^_^
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Revus
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Interesting at first but gets boring since the game is not well balanced
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Daedolus
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I'd love to recommend this game.
The game looks great and the sword fighting can be a lot of fun.
With 5 characters who all play differently and 5 swords to pair them with the game offers quite a lot of variety.
The rock-paper-scissors style "stances" make the game a lot more interesting aswell.

The problem though is that this game is multiplayer only... and there is absolutely nobody playing...
And even if you find someone to play against they are veterans with 200 hours under their belt(who completely destroy you). Sooo if you are a solo player looking for some fun online, dont buy this game.

If you are looking for a great swordfighting game to play with a friend who also has/wants the game? go ahead and buy it.
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Ivebeensleepy
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Slicing and dicing with not-so-good hitboxes.
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Multy.S
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I do NOT reccomend this game.

-the characters feel floaty
-the battles are one sided to who can spam the better attack with 1 character, even though the game features 5 playables characters.
-the game has a lack lustered offline mode
-online connection even with a half decent ping is one sided to spamming attacks

the one good thing I can say for the game, is the weapon designs are very varied, sadly it takes forever to unlock even 1 of them. taking an hour or two just to get 160 notes to purchase it, while some weapons take up to 1,600
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Lingyin, Huang \\
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Great swordfighting game, easy to play but hard to master the mechanics. Smooth gameplays and nice sounds.
Only problem is the small player base, since it is multiplayer only.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4,000.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I got my money's worth and my fill of the game, this review isn't about that, but I'm giving it a thumbs down for the reasons below.

I don't recommend buying this game given that its peak has passed and the developers certainly don't deserve any more money or sales with how they've treated much of their customers and 3rd party contributors.

If you read more of the reviews you'll come across the ones mentioning the 0% achievement glitch that took over 18 months for the developers to address, whereas other dev teams addressed it in the first week that it appeared. Even after the issue was fixed, they used the achievement to make a joke out of the entire issue, which was a very real one and bugged out hundreds of players profiles for over a year. This says a lot about the team's professionalism (or lack thereof) and their attitude towards paying customers.

Then there were the times the development team used their company twitter and facebook accounts to insult players they didn't like or that made critiques of some of the mechanics, trolled players on their own forums and edited posts of players they didn't like to make fun of them using forum mod powers, this list could go on for a while but I'll just include a few quotes from their team and sum it up by saying their conduct has often been very unprofessional, immature, rude, insulting, childish and offensive.

This style of conduct along with poor market research is why their company has since had to close its office due to lack of sales revenue and why all of their staff has been laid off.

--------------------------------

"Hello there! Is the Blade Symphony achievement's description a joke? Looked like one"

(A forum mod and member of the dev team for this game)
TheKindredPhantom 24 Dec, 2015 @ 1:03pm
It's a bit of a joke, yes. It's mocking a certain type of person who seems to only care about their achievement percentage on Steam.

TheKindredPhantom Officer 8 hours ago
"Your game sucks"
You paid for it! #dealtwithit

TheKindredPhantom Officer 22 minutes ago
Why are you still on these forums? Have you nothing else to do than post on these forums whining about the game? If you don't like it, then why stick around?

twincannon [developer]
top kek

Santa Claus
Why are you still trying to justify being little @#$%&es to the community? Let me tell you the reason why I continued to play blade symphony for so long. Once upon a time there was a server called Blade Rebellion. The end. Himura, Tetrabor, Elmo, Redmund, Sear, Echonance, and Sader; These are the people that you should be dickriding hard. These people kept the game interesting. It wasn't because of your genius game design (lol), no, it's because you handed out the free mod platter of source engine, and they ran with it. Instead of sucking them off like they deserve, you have tried to humiliate them and keep them out of the game with your antics. This is disgusting behaviour and I'm glad that the community isn't taking any more of your @#$$%&*@. Think about your actions. You're all getting coal for Christmas.

TheKindredPhantom Officer
So you are going to waste more time posting complete crap on the forums and coming across as an idiot. I suppose everybody needs a hobby.

Chaotic
Ths thrds stts hs ffclly bn chngd t "Rstld." f y hv mr qstns, pls cntct m t: "www.mydnk.cm" Fr mr nf, pls, dn't hstt t fst yrslf wth brm. Thnk y.
Last edited by TheKindredPhantom

termi [developer] 17 hours ago
lol your whole premise is that its our job as developers to be mature, im pretty sure our only job is to make a game. butthurt more trolls

TheKindredPhantom Officer
Are you drunk now?

Redmund
ts gd thng yr pnn s wrthlss
Last edited by TheKindredPhantom

TheKindredPhantom Officer
Why would we ban him? He's providing so much amusement.

termi [developer]
sure there is the whole 'customer is always right' thing, but at the same time, if you be a jackass in any store, they will tell you to leave, and if you're a total jerk, they will happily post a picture of you inside the store saying 'refuse entry' so others know you're a jerk. ps. Thanks for putting a massive 836 hours into blade symphony

Redmund
Я даже не знаю , кто вы , и вы , конечно, не знаю, меня, но Вы уверены, что звучать глупо , так что вы можете продолжать думать , что вы хотите приятель
Last edited by urinal-cake

Mindless⚔Solitude
stop it urinal, it hurts to read this

TheKindredPhantom Officer
We've all had our fun, it's time to move on.

(The C.E.O. of PunyHumanGames, the developer for this game)
urinal-cake [developer]
I locked this thread because everybody I hate has responded to it before me. So it's a picture pefect snapshot of everybody that should stop playing Blade Symphony forever.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
226.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
List of people that ruined this game in no particular order:
Sader
Gritz
Fug
Anyone that modifies game files so they can attack faster.

The game goes on sale for a dollar twice a year so if you must try it get it then, do not financially support the circlejerks that "run" this game because they do not deserve anything but ridicule for how they have let Blade Symphony fall apart.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Blade Symphony is a multiplayer arena close-combat/swordfight game which looks promising and neatly designed at parts but falls too short.

Pros:
+ Gfx and textures are worked on, look nice enough (nothing superb)

Cons:
- Multiplayer is deserted (game itself is multiplayer only)
- Controls are awkward at times and not fluid
- Too much cheaters on servers (if you find a player to match, you'll get owned very quick due to exploits)
- Even in a balanced play, combat gets repetitive and boring very quick.
- No fun at all.

Game itself can be considered "dead" already. Pure shovelware to collect cards and uninstall.
0/10
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Apparently, you can only move your legs *or* your sword at any given time. What?

I don't know what to say... very stiff controls. Very awkward to play. I want to like this for being a new attempt at making an interesting swordfighting game, but I just can't find it enjoyable. Even in the fast stance, my character freezes up completely during swings.

I would recommend that anyone who's interested in this, pick up a copy of Unreal Tournament 2004, install the ChaosUT2 mod for free, and try out the melee dueling. This game seems like a remake of those mechanics as a standalone game, down to the 3 stances, the controls for sweep attacks, etc. Problem is, the Chaos mod's version is just more *fun*. You can move fluidly while attacking and it just feels more like a good action game. The one thing I liked gameplay-wise in Blade Symphony is the way heavier attacks can break through a parry. In the Chaos mod, it's a little silly when daggers parry a hammer blow.

Good effort, but I hope the developers give this "your legs freeze during any attack" mechanic a hard look. Just changing it to a speed penalty could go a long way towards making this game playable. I do miss the melee duels of ChaosUT2 and will be open to a good challenger.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Interesting at first but gets boring since the game is not well balanced
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
A good concept that's died off.

Before you start on me, yes I know people still play.
People who've been playing for a long time.

It's important to know that if you're a potential buyer on the fence about this game, the community now is comprised of the odd newbie checking out the game, or veterens. You'll either have other noobs to practice with, or vets destroying you.
The latter will be moreso.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Game is multiplayer only and is now dead.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
84.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
They say it requires too much skill to play this game... I can only tell you that those people are call of duty hipsters that rely on pulling a single button and killing their foe. This game is like a trophy, perfectly polished and made just right. but sadly it has been washed away, broken, rusted. It is like and isolated town that should be full of people, Its like going to disney world and seeing knowone there. There are the few people that still play this game and i am one of them. Though running about the only two or three servers whith players on them. I feel like this game does not have much hope in becoming popular these days, but I still love this game with all of my heart.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Great swordfighting game, easy to play but hard to master the mechanics. Smooth gameplays and nice sounds.
Only problem is the small player base, since it is multiplayer only.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Not what i expected. In a bad way.

The amount of content is very bare. Because it's all about 1v1 pvp duels. WHICH I DONT LIKE BECAUSE ITS £7!! I just feel like there should be more.
I think the animations are a bit off at times which is weird since its a combat oriented game, it should spend more resources on animation.
Has good music (i think).
It's not realistic incase anyone thought of that. Just typical holywood fencing theme.

The community is pretty much dead and in a pvp-only game (unless if you count training bots) that sux.

I got bored and quit.
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18 of 36 people (50%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
243.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Met my waifu in BS. 10/10 Would sit around and chat again ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
44 of 64 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This game NEEDS just a hint of marketing!!!
-the player base is small enough to where its a bit of a problem.
-Solid, straightforward yet difficult to master mechanics, Character customization is more expansive than Mortal Kombat but of course less than Soul Calibur, and its visually beautiful without being heavily dependent on good hardware.
-I want to see this game get bigger! Devs, If you each spent an hour blasting youtube, forums, and your gamer friends with a well made cinematic trailer (I KNOW you can do it the existing videos have good production quality, and hard to beat a bangin soundtrack such as this) we could very well see the player base double in a matter of weeks. do it while you're on sale and call it triple! you know its not the "game's" fault when every commentator's post is about the player base and nothing to do with performance issues.
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33 of 50 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
439.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Played 420+ hours so surely it's been worth my time, was dank, but I do have other things to say about it aswell

Anyways gonna put a TL;DR right here if you too lazy
Of course, Blade Symphony is a swordfighting game, the same way Arma 3 is a FPS
Is good gameplay wise, but sometimes there are a lack of players, if you want players just buy when the game is on sale there are tons, plenty of victims ;^)
Play if you want to get serious about getting better, don't if you think button mashing is the ♥♥♥♥
Be prepared to spend a lot of time if you want to get anywhere
Unless you spam vanguard ofc
You will ragequit like tons of times, some players are pieces of ♥♥♥♥, and tons are ready to help
If you feel some attraction to this game keep on playing, getting better is worth it

Pros
- Characters, swords, and workshop items are diverse
- Anyone can create anything in the workshop
- The game has a large focus on skill
- When you win against someone really good it's like the greatest feeling ever
- Capes (but so expensive, one could say it is a testament of skill since you need to win to get notes(ingamecurrency, in duel 10 notes per win & 1 note per loss, in FFA 1 note per win & no notes per loss, ranked matches only, and yes there is ranked FFA, but you don't suffer any loss in ranking))
- Gameplay surely different compared to others, don't start if you don't like losing alot
- Ranking up by fighting someone in your own rank, makes alot of the battles way less tense and you don't get sweaty and nervous every fight. Note that not all fights will give you points in ranking, 2v2 and 2v1 matches where all players have the same rank won't give any points at all, but they give notes, however I wouldn't recommened 2v2 cause is god damn tedious fighting 2 people at the same time while they spam attacks and your team mate isn't doing anything or is already dead. At the same time 2v2 is pretty good if you want to fight someone your level without losing elo/ranking
- Alot of players are pretty cool and willing to help you out, also the ryoku clan mentors are pretty useful for many people young and old (not just for ryoku players it's just a name)
- Somehow has become a weeb game, even vanguard starts speaking japanese all of a sudden
- Sprays, ez anime boobs ingame
- A lot of people are trying to bring the community together
- Hidden code of honour (Bowing, GG GF WP, no shurikens when starting, etc.)
- Nobody really knows how good you actually are. The elo ranking system turns the ranks into leaderboards rather than seperating players by skill, so it's pretty fun to go defeat new masters who think they are good
- You can only buy cosmetic items in the customization menu, no items that give you an advantage
- fug4life (the life force of blade symphony)

Cons
- Vanguards who spam (idk why they aren't less spammable nowadays, it's insane)
- It's frustrating to get on the right track especially when you don't have a mentor or someone(/thing?) similar
- If your ping is too high then the game is f*cked up (grabbing from 10m away, you can't hit anybody, random damage done to you) if you are under 100 ping it should be fine
- Empty community most of the time (When there is a sale of some sort there are tons for some reason, so play during sales if you want to play with tons of people)
- Spamming gets you up the ranking system pretty fast
- Not many servers and most are for FFA and Duel, never get to play on many others with good ping (unless you're in EU or NA)
- Some characters make a real good fit that it's pretty easy to rank up with them (Rapier & Phalanx, Rapier & Vanguard) they also are really hard to beat sometimes, I'd see this mostly being trouble for new players
- Players learn more through playing random matches at first than through the tutorial, never got to finish the tutorial myself. It approaches you with a very technical mindset, but for someone who just bought the game trying to have fun you're better off learning by going into FFA to duel people, trying new things out, and asking people how stuff work
- People on the forums who complain that the game is dead but don't actually play the game
- There isn't that much new content in each update, however I do believe that this could be for the best considering most people find tons of reasons to hate on new characters
- If you stop playing for several days it's painful to get back to your original skill level (cries)

While said in Cons that spamming gets you up the ranking system pretty fast, alot of people can get stuck between Diamond and Master. When you get Diamond the first time don't expect to keep it too long as there is a massive skill gap between players when you reach Diamond. If you're lucky you'll focus less on ranking up and instead actually getting better.

Additionally the game gets very technical sometimes, reading up the patch notes is a good idea if you want to improve your techniques/tactics/whatever. Sadly you can't 1 hit with a katana anymore ;^)

So, this game is pretty good gameplay wise, and there aren't that many issues if you enjoy the game like me, vanguard is still a ♥♥♥♥♥ when abused, but there are some players that respectably use her. I'd say that this is game is the best game at the moment for people who want to play a sword-fighting game that requires real skill. It really gives you a feel of improvement everytime you beat someone through hard work and training. So I'd say go for it, knock yourself out.

Anyways please fix vanguard
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
TL;DR - If you want multiplayer, don't bother. If you don't mind sparring with an AI over and over again, get it.

Let me start by saying that this game is absolutely amazing, the footwork, the timing, the swordplay is all fantastically executed, probably better than in any other game I've ever seen and it pains me to see that thumbs down...

That being said, the problem with this game is the players, or... lack thereof, and the league of those who are still around.

I am an Australian, and the playerbase is probably 0.1% Australian, perhaps the Aus vs. US tournament that has begun is changing that but as it stands no such luck, there are very few servers and the ones that are there lag like nothing else, and in this game, lag is a big deal.

Lag the difference of whether or not you can snipe that quick hit, or make that jumping lunge, or make the decision to dodge or block your opponents att- Oh wait he already jumped back and you couldn't tell, oh wait she already hit you before you could even consider making a decision, The lag makes this unplayable.

On top of this, the players who are left are all of the elite, beaten countless opponents and have their swordplay honed to a razors edge, and they will beat you down time after time without fail, because they know all the ins and outs, all the skills and tactics and how to counter them all.

And I end by saying this, if you enjoy skill based games, believe you can bear the lag and believe you can weather through a thousand soul crushing defeats for a single victory, I say without question to get it.

If however you cannot, then find something else I'm afraid.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Interesting game concept, but there isnt anythin there other than just a shell of a game. wish there was more too it
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
It's a good game with a sleek, clean aesthetic, fluid control, and promising mechanics. However, the lack of community killed it. You'd be lucky to find a single server you can play on that isn't absurd in ping. It's a tragedy. What's the most important aspect to any game? Being able to ♥♥♥♥ing play it, and as an online-only game, no player = no game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
482.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Very good game. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of practice to get good but once you do it is very rewarding and fun
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
STOP TROLLING IN PLAYGROUND
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
The sophisticates Mortal Kombat
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Get it on sale, it's good.
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