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 (2,599 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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December 17

GitHub bsbalance scripts updated

Hello all, I just wanted to let you know I've updated all the bsbalance scripts on our github page:

This is to keep uptodate with the new patch.

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December 17

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"... 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."

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

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

    • 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
550 of 686 people (80%) found this review helpful
551.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
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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142 of 187 people (76%) found this review helpful
533.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Community been dying out for a while again. Kickstarter promises were not kept, game was released in an unfinished state to get more financing to keep the project going, so you're basically buying a released game that's still early access. Critisism gets censored from forums and even screenshots are subject to deletion. Patches break more than they fix and it takes ages for them to come out. Game is incomplete in many ways including: unfinished/broken characters/swords/maps and so on.

Buy if you want to pay 15 bucks for a fighting game that's somewhat unique but with a dwindeling playerbase and all of the above.
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
1,298.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
1253 hours. Help me.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
135.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Learn how to play this game:

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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
361.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
925.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Someone make me stop playing this, please someonuhasdhjnvkcvc
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
138.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
When I bought this game, I loved it. It was fun to play a fighting game that, unlike mortal kombat (in example), did not require me to learn 80 buttons to do 1 move. So I will start with the positives. (long review I know, sorry, if anyone feels these are false please feel free to state your opinion. But this is how The game seems to me and many people I have heard in game) PS summary at the end (not very detailed but just my opinion on genral aspects I feel are flawed and my suggestion on whether or not to purchase the game)

-Characters to fit the individual. Characters have their own fighting styles which players can choose from to what they feel is right for them.
-Sword types that have their own unique properties which can be used to enhance a characters abilities depending on their match.
-Steam worshop for custom sword skins, because it's nice to have a good-looking sword along with a custom helmet.
-Easy to learn combat system- It is nice that opposed to pressing 2 buttons on each side of your keyboard, you just switch between 3 stances and attack while moving in one direction standard wasd and left mouse click. Easy and effective.

Now the negatives.
-FPS: not a problem for a while, but Many people start to have extreme fps drop and lag after playing for a certain amount of time. In my case i start to lag every 10 minutes, in which case I need to close it and restart steam to fix. Then it will be perfect again, not time consuming but bothersome.
-Character moves... Remember how I said characters are unique and fitted for different individuals, well that's a nice concept. If they were not so annoyingly over powered. The character Phalanx can attack at extreme distances that cannot be escaped and are hard to manuveur against, the character judgement can kill in 1-3 hits, Ryo (op as well but hes my character so my word is biased), Pure... not often complained about.
-Prior to certain updates some characters had extreme strenghts when people started complaining an update was made that bumped up every character... except Ryo (downgraded since he was the most complained about)
-Horrible parry system as of now. If an enemy attacks and is finished, but still has his sword touching the floor and you jump attack him/her you will be stunned because of the tracers left behind.
-Community: okay for the most part many people of high rank always like to talk down to those below them. I Earlier the players were much more helpful and wanted newbies to get better. Not really the case anymore...
-ALT-TABS I love this feature taking initeative. This game for me and many other people who have said it in game, always alt tabs for no reason and it always takes like 10 seconds to come back (in which case your most likely dead because the community is full of people who like to attack you while typing, or alt tabbed[maybe an accident but i doubt one who runs away then attacks when you stop moving is mistaken...])
-one glitch in city map where you get stuck if on certain side of the rooftop.
-Community friendly chat. People are nice to talk to but the conversations are 50% of the time just about how 1 character is too op (then in another server youll hear the exact opposite.) other 50% communit can be quite friendly.

Blade Symphony is a game with great potential and can be a fun game. Ranking system should be, perhaps, more complex as it is to plain to be accurate. The characters are lacking balance and makes the game more about picking a character for each fight as opposed to allowing the individual to progress with the character they like the most. fps issue and certain bugs must be dealt with. Overall broken combat system makes this game less and less realistic as a fighting game (in that I mean this game is currently all about jumping and running around) to include the aweful parrying system and poor tracer effects. Perhaps a game I would suggest to buy on sale as I do hope that the devs will fix these issues in which case I feel this game could be very good. But I would not purchase it at full price. Other reviews may say otherwise but before wasting your money I hope you will take in consideration and actually think about the fact that onky 30-70 people actually play this game still.. (no understatement.) Leaving you with mainly empty servers. or servers a region/country that might not be near you that actually do have some people..
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
897.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
cool gayme
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
806.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
I played a little, it was ok.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
584.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
UPDATE: The community is better now... a bit better anyway. There are still a lot of really annoying/disrespectful/homophobic/asshats in this game, but there are a lot of nice people too. Most of these asshats happen to be Master Rank so most new players will not have to deal with them if they fight Diamonds and under... but considering most of the active player base ARE Master newbies will at least have to deal with them in their server.

The first 20h are hell, but when you get the hang of it's a GOOD GAME! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! This game is an AMAZING GAME! So.... why do I not recommend this game? The community.... It's worse then Dota... Need I say more? Well, I'm going to anyway. You might see a lot of review saying that this game is amazing and the community is really nice. THESE REVIEW ARE OUTDATED! The game is still good (it has its ups and downs but the devs work hard) but the community.... Like I said it's worse then Dota. Now, if you live in the EU then you are going to be fine. From what I can tell the people over there are really nice, BUT THE PEOPLE ON NA ARE NOT. You could play this game for 15h and think, "Oh, all the Irons are really nice" Maybe a few, but the Diamond/Master division is aweful. I WISH I could recommend this game... I really really do... but I know people who have already quit the game because of the community. I would play this game 10x more if the community wasn't so bad. BUT IT IS. I play around.... 2h per week? I used to play 30h. But thanks to how ♥♥♥♥ the community is now... I'd rather bang my head against a wall for 3h straight then spend more then 2h playing this game. Now, in the terms of gameplay? Yeah, this game kicks ♥♥♥. But I can't enjoy it because of how much of an ♥♥♥ everyone is in Master division. Sigh... This game was so good... Alas, every good thing must come to an end... and this is the end for me. I'm tired of playing with people with the maturity of 12 year olds.


ANOTHER NOTE: THIS GAME KICKS ♥♥♥! But go read the first part of the review. This is one of the only bad thing about this game. Now, if you happen to have thick skin then go ahead and buy this game. If you like these kinds of games then it will be 100% worth it. Just be prepaired to deal with A LOT of ♥♥♥ holes in Master Division. (Diamond isn't THAT bad, but it could be a hell of a lot better)
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
176.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Probably my last edit for this review.
The game is fun itself but the community is pure and fu.cked up.

game : 9/10

but community gave me cancer.

EDITS ANYWAY : Incoming new players are equally fu.cked up. And the good players are great, but they can't take jokes which I understand.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The mechanics behind this game are truly awesome and I mymself have been waiting for a game like this. That being said, I'm extremely saddened that I bought this game in beta and it hasn't improved since besides bug fixes. The possibilities for this gameare endless not only in the aesthetic side but also the game itself. We were lead to believe that the reason the game had only one implement (duels) was because it was still a work in progress and their were plans to improve. Again, i enjoy this game but I wish it hadn't been left to become another one goal server based game. At this time it is not worth the 14.99
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
game's dead except for a few select tryhards who go on it 9 hours a day with anime names
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
- Very ping dependent. Your inet must be very, very good if you are to play this game online, if your ping is above 90~, you are in a severe disadvantage. Your hits just won't land a lot of times, even when they do, the enemy won't take the damage. You will find your enemy and yourself teleporting around the map. Intercepting with jian will become absolutely impossible. You will ragequit eventually.
- No cheat protection whatsoever. If there is, correct me, because I am yet to find any protected servers.
- Basically only 1v1, 1v2, 2v2. I bet your could add some more game modes. Like king of the hill or something.
- 90% of all time on a server you will have like a good player, most likely the server owner with 20~ ping connection, who's going to just kill everyone else on the server.

Just my personal note: I think the whole gameplay is too skill-based and just totally unfun, for me atleast. I have 100 hours+ and I can't recall a single time this game lift my spirits, made me feel just a little happier or made me crack up laughing. Sure, there is some sort of satisfaction upon defeating an enemy, but it certainly not enough for me to upvote this.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game would be the best sword fighting game ever if.... Just if they would balance fights better so if you are oak player you dont have to fight master and there are not enough low ping server nor are there players. Strongly recommend not buying this game yet
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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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