Swordsman is a free-to-play, martial arts MMORPG based on the Louis Cha novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Explore a breathtaking ancient land filled with deception, revenge, and the battles of legendary weapon masters.
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Mixed (14 reviews) - 64% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (425 reviews) - 51% of the 425 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 28, 2016

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August 3

WEEKLY MAINTENANCE (PATCH) - 8/3 @ 11PM PDT



We will be holding our regular weekly maintenance tonight at 11:00 PM PDT. This maintenance is a patch. We expect the maintenance to last approximately 2 hours.

Changes in Patch 0.4.14

-Activated the Anniversary login event
-Cash shop update (Details: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/swordsman/news/detail/10094353-cash-shop-update)

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August 2

Swordsman Anniversary



Be sure to grab your free panda mount and get ready for the Anniversary login event starting this week!


http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/swordsman/news/detail/10095953-swordsman-anniversary

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Reviews

“Swordsman looks and feels spectacular right out of the box in the combat department”
Ten Ton Hammer

“There is something for all styles of combatants, and there is fun and excitement to be had no matter what you choose”
OnRPG

“If you’re a fan of Louis Cha’s The Smiling, Proud Wanderer or wuxia novels in general you will find something to love, especially the soothing music set to a handsome character frolicking through bamboo forests”
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About This Game

Swordsman is a free-to-play, martial arts MMORPG based on the Louis Cha novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Explore a breathtaking ancient land filled with deception, revenge, and battles between legendary weapon masters.

Stunning Martial Arts
Leap effortlessly from rooftop to rooftop, master any school of martial arts and become one with your weapon.

Precise PvP Combat
Take notice of the subtle movements of your opponents and counter their attacks with ease in real-time.

True to Wuxia
Experience the world of a classic martial arts film where you will fight for justice, seek out revenge and bring honor to your clan.

Discover Lost Arts
Travel the land to uncover ancient secrets and unlock the vast powers of your ancestors to vanquish your strongest foes.

Detailed Characters
Create your own martial arts legend with a wide breadth of customization options, a multitude of fashion selections and realistic hair and cloth physics.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT or Radeon HD 4850 with 1GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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Mixed (14 reviews)
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Panda FM
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Never works on any of my accounts.
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I AM SHABA!
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Ok look I'll be on honest you've probably looked at this game and saw that it has highly mixed reviews and have read other comments that explain the faults in the game and I don't blame you for pre judging this game based upon that but personally I highly recommend you play this game because it's fun to play with friends and solo , has a wide selection of classes , engaging storyline , enables for a more vivid Insight into chineese culture especially if u pick shaolin class and it is very unique within its gameplay and character design and training. Now this is probably the point where u realise that this review has been biased so far so lemme show the faults, its glitchy at times, the autowalk feature is not for everyone and the game doesn't seem very clear at first due to his poor sense of story direction. So overall I personally give this game a 7/10 but download the game anyway if you r interested in the game or martial arts style mmorpgs. Plus if u don't like the game u can always delete it!!!😁
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Xjin00_00
67.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
like like like
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mrrags
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
gg pls nerf
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turtlesnacks.jl
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I like it a lot. It has very nice graphics and the game mechanics are also nice
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ArchAngel
1,667.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
great game good ppi love it
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GREATERIOS
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
best game
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Ryology
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Very fun, I really enjoy this game. Its confusing at the start but after awile it is eazy.
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Mutley
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
It is a 10GB game, and after installing you also need to apply the update patches. After all that waiting, you will have to make an ARC account to log in. And after doing all this, I still could not log into the game. These "30min" of game play was just me trying to log into the game. I ve send a ticket asking for support, will change this review if they at least answer me.
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unreal42069
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Game sucks can not even play every name i choose is taken or if i put numbers it say illegal
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
244 of 278 people (88%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
325.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Well, this Game LOOKS way worse than it actually is and after reading all the steam reviews it was kinda impossible for this game to be good but I was bored and had nothing else to do so I gave it a shot.
Now after spending plenty of time in this game I cant really say Im getting bored of it, in fact the more you play the more things you can do.

The "problem" with this game is that it kinda develops over time. What I mean is, the first hours of this game feel pretty lame and are nothing special but not later than reaching higher levels where you can do nice pve instances or cool pvp battles you start to like this game.

Most of the negative reviews only played this game for less than 2 hours which means they didnt even unlock the tripple jump or the ability to "fly".

So if you have patience and like to unlock more and more features the more you play (you can do alot in this game at higher levels) and like martial arts MMOs this is the prefect game for you...
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251 of 388 people (65%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Hi Warrior
I like martial arts, and i was very interested to try Swordsman. The game looks nice to me. There is a glitch here and there, but it works. I like it. But...
This could be a nice movie. Why? Becouse when you watch a movie, you dont have to do anything. You just wait untill you see a battle. In this game, you dont have to do much. You click on the destination in the quest tracker and your character will get there without your help, you click on the NPC/enemy name in quest tracker and your character will talk to it or kill it without your help. I reached level 21 without using a single health or chi potion, my level bar never went under 90%. There is some story in a game, if you like to read, becouse whole game is in japanesse (maybe, or chinesse, im not expert).

So my verdict: Its nice to watch, but boring to play.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
7.1/10 - World of Warcraft Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

This game honestly isn't as bad as the reviews make it out to be! As someone who has seriously binged on some mmorpg in the last few months this one is upper middle of the road. There are definitely some things I don't like but the overall game, graphics and story kept me really entertained for free.

The world is graphically pleasing; a majestic old world China. Your character must choose between 1 of 10 martial arts schools or 'classes', and root out a force that is causing disorder among those schools.

The story starts out slow and there are subtitles to contend with, but things really pick up after the first 30 levels. So give the game a few hours before you make your decision. It’s from the same people that do Neverwinter and Star Trek; while this one isn't as good... it's worth a go.

This is the most autopilot game I have played. At any time you can click the 'auto-route' button and your character will finish the action. It's almost a little ridiculous, but I DO use it! I won't play this until level 70 so no pay to win aspects did or will alter my experience.

Overall, not going to blow your mmorpg mind... but worth the free price tag.

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56 of 75 people (75%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
This game follows the story of Laughing in the Wind, written by Louis Cha. You are an average member of a village, suddenly thrusted into the tumultuous world of the martial arts when your village is attacked by the Eminence School.

There are 10 paths to follow in this game. Shaolin (Male Only), Sun Moon, Wu Tang, Five Venoms (Female Only), Splendor, Zephyr, Harmony, House Tong, Infinty and Emei (Female Only).

The game basically feels like it could be played on Facebook by just left-cling on the auto-quest links. It's just below average. You could call it a game with no AI.

PROS
1. Auto Quest Pathing
Just click on the highlighted word in your quest toolbar and you'll immediately run towards it. You can basically play the game by clicking on the link. There is no need to figure out where to go. Extremely useful but it removes something from the game.

2. Voice Dubbing
The Chinese dubbing is pretty good.

3. Early Speed Boost (Mount) + Teleportation
You get a mount pretty early in the game at Level 9. It makes moving from point to point much faster. Once you get Teleportation at your school's HQ, it's immensely accelerated.

4. Cut-scenes
Pretty okay in my opinion. The cut-scenes do tell the story pretty well.

5. Semi-Interesting Interactions
Cutting bamboo lets you see the bamboo fall on its side.

CONS
1. Translation Errors
The Chinese to English translation is pretty bad. Ling Hu Chong is spelt Lynhsu Chong. DuGu Qiu Bai is spelt Swordmaster Barrow Saint, Fuzhou is spelt Fugiu, Tian Bo Guang is spelt Tien Boken.

2. Low Player Count in the English Servers
Abyssmal. I counted barely more than 5 other players.

3. Tiny Graphic Errors
Your horse cart can disappear into the ground.

4. Punching Bag AI / Lamp Posts
The AI just stands around in groups, they don't even have an aggro zone. They basically function as lamp posts.

5. Not As Advertised
Some of the advertisements are just for show. You can't actually run on the roof tops. It's actually a cut-scene triggered by pressing R.

6. Swimming, No Diving
You can swim on the surface of the water but you can't dive down.
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53 of 76 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
The game has nice looking characters and awesome weapons. The graphics are not anything special but you will definitely like the Chinese cities and the nature. There are plenty of schools(classes) you can chose from and you can have fun with pretty much every one of them. The combat is not that bad and you can change between stances (or however you call them) whenever you feel like it. Why did I give it a negative review then?

Because the game is pretty much a waste of time. The endless grinding is boring and feels like I haven't achieved anything. You can get awesome weapons called Sun and Moon and isn't that great? You're wrong.
You need 100 Moon shards to get the moon weapon and 240 sun shards for the Sun weapon. How do you get them? You get only 1 FREE shard a day which means it'll take you 100 days to get one weapon and 240 days for the other weapon.

The next awful thing is timed events. What does that mean? It means you can only do the events when the game says so. For example only in 11:00-12:00 , 17:00-18:00 , 21:00-22:00. You can't just log in whenever you want and do it whenever you feel like it. I have absolutely no idea why people make events like that give you no choice. Imagine if you're coming back from work and you just want to spend some quality time in the game and do your daily events so you can get some rest later on? You won't be because the game won't let you. You will miss on a lot of the important stuff in the game just because you haven't logged in when the game told you to.

I already mentioned this but I'll say it again. The grinding is awful ...it's just boring and that's pretty much it.

If you want to try the game you should definitely do it but take it for what it is. Just another game that had a lot of potential but was ruined by the excessive GRIND. GRIND GRIND GRIND.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
AWESOME game!! If you enjoy the classic martial arts films from such famous directors like Chang Cheh & Tsui Hark, you will LOVE Swordsman. I have been playing Swordsman since it was in beta, so when I saw it was now on Steam, I immediately downloaded it(again). I've got hundreds of hours playing before it came here to Steam... Yes, you have to make an Arc account first, but since it's here on Steam now, you don't have to use Arc's clunky interface.

The plot is the general story of you seeking answers after your village is massacred, and a renegade martial arts faction seeking to eliminate the other schools and take control of the martial world(like some of the KILLER Shaw Bros. studios films of the 70s and 80s! I saw alot of these in the theatres as a teenager{yes, I am old. LOL} and it was soooooooooo cool.)... You get to choose from such famous schools of REAL martial arts like Shaolin and Wu tang, and some fantasy schools, like the infamous Five Venoms, and more. I currently am playing a level 35 Shaolin male character and a level 31 Wu Tang female.

Don't worry about some of the negative reviews - some of these people are obviously not familiar with Asian MMOs. They ARE different from Western games, but that's NOT a bad thing, just different. One reviewer couldn't even tell that this game was Chinese, confusing it with Japanese(?!) which is quite a different culture & language, even misspelling both words(and smacking a little racist). That's like saying Norwegians and Italians are the same because both are European!

It's a great game.

EDIT:
The fact that this is NOT in English was a conscious choice by the US-based devs to retain the feel of those classic kung fu movies, like "36th Chamber of Shaolin" or Jet Li's "Hero", NOT a flaw, as some reviewers above erroneously assumed. If you've ever seen these types of films in their original language, versus the horrendous dubbing that most of these movies seem to be plagued with, you know that it makes a HUGE difference in the entire feel of the film.

Frankly, if one is not 1.) familiar with Asian MMOs, and 2.) a Chinese martial arts movie fan, you just might not 'get it'.
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126 of 234 people (54%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
It's a decent MMORPG that follows the basic MMORPG structure. Nothing very outstanding aside from the game setting. There are some minor control issues that I've encountered that were annoying, but so far nothing game breaking. Not great, but not terrible either.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
192.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
awsome game get a little boring after lv 70
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52 of 96 people (54%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
It really just your standard MMORPG

Pros-
good graphics for a F2P or (P2W)
Openworld kinda (beautiful world)
Great music
Kinda engaging story
cool classes (some gender locked)
Runs great

Cons-
kinda boring (been there seen that type)
all audio is in a asian language (interface is not)
Kinda feels slow like not enough action
Controls are a mess

really if your new to MMORPG give it a try
but there are better ones
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
231.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Even though the first couple missions are a bit boring and the learning curve is annoying, this game in its entirety is fun as hell. I'd strongly recommend this game to anyone looking to play an awesome mmo. I'd also recommend playing this with a couple friends in order to level up quickly and engage in some friendly PVP.
This is game is an amazing, astonishing, awesome, Asian, experience.
8 outta 10 - IGN
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