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Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET I remember way back in 2001 I bought, on a whim, a game called Severance: Blades of Darkness by developers I had never heard of: Codemasters. I have to admit: I wasn’t ready for a game like Severance: Blades of Darkness, but I persisted, and fostered an early love for difficult third person action games that still exists today. I was thrilled to see that Severance: Blade of Darkness was finally getting the love it deserved through a rerelease—and while I wish I could whole heartedly recommend this game to a modern audience, there’s too many things about it that I think I’m only tolerating because of nostalgia. Blade of Darkness is a third person action role-playing game. In it, you can play as one of four characters—each with their own strengths and weaknesses. It’s a rerelease of Severance: Blade of Darkness, a game from 2001 that went through some distribution rights issue. Now released on steam with the Severance part dropped, Blade of Darkness has had some modest upgrades to make it run on modern systems—and that’s about it. As far as I can tell (and remember) Blade of Darkness plays almost identically to how it did twenty years ago—for good and (mostly) for bad. TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

First of all, Blade of Darkness is a cult classic, and a hidden gem. If you grew up in the era is was released, or even played it back then, I think you’ll get the most out of Blade of Darkness. If you’re a modern gamer with patience and curiosity, it’s definitely doable—but there are just too many things about Blade of Darkness that make it a little frustrating to play. Movement is clunky in Blade of Darkness, and it affects every aspect of the game. Since all movement is clunky, combat is clunky—and clunky combat is unfortunate in a game with a sort of stamina meter and enemies that do massive amounts of damage. Any single enemy encounter is potentially deadly in Blade of Darkness—but sometimes for the wrong reasons. You can block and parry attacks, and while there isn’t really a dedicated dodge button, the jump acts as a quick dodge for those who prefer a more nimble style of combat—you don’t get i-frames here, however. Blade of Darkness doesn’t just utilize a system of heavy and light attacks in its combat, as more modern third person action role-playing games do.

BLOODY & GORY COMBAT.

Instead, it’s more like a combo system. Depending on which direction you push your movement and your swing, you will do different attacks. This is incredibly important for enemies that are low to the ground, or those wielding shields. This is actually one of my favorite parts of Blade of Darkness, and I love how strategic it makes combat feel. Swinging weapons in Blade of Darkness isn’t that great. Hitting an enemy can result in dismemberment, which is an amusing touch (if you’re into that sort of thing) but making contact and swinging the weapon feel weightless. Hit boxes are also pretty terrible, which is a little annoying for a game that has precision style attacks. Fortunately, the game has recently been given a second lease of life thanks to publisher SNEG, which has acquired the rights to the game and re-released it on Steam with a slightly shorter title and some much-needed quality of life features. Since I was too young to review it when it first launched, and will likely never get the chance to write about it again, I thought I’d take this opportunity to say “Hey you! Play Blade of Darkness, you lemon.” Blade of Darkness’ ambition is clear from the moment you pick which character to play as.Clockwork Pussy

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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There are four to choose from, Sargon the Knight, Naglfar the Dwarf, Zoe the Amazon and Turkaram the Barbarian. Not only does each character have their own moveset and weapon proficiency (Sargon is a sword-and-shield fellow while Zoe prefers spears and polearms) they also have their own starting locations. Sargon, for example, begins the game with a daring escape from a castle of evil knights, while Turkaram searches the cursed burial grounds of his homeland for a sacred stone circle. Each character has their own benefits and drawbacks. Well, except for Naglfar, who’s generally a bit rubbish. In any case Sargon’s proficiency with shields make him a good starting character, as does Zoe’s agility, letting her avoid enemy attacks with ease. For me though, Blade of Darkness has always been about Turkaram. Not simply because his grizzled face occupies both the game’s cover and its loading screen, but also because Blade of Darkness’ primary inspiration is Conan the Barbarian. Blade of Darkness’ world heavily channels the brutal, fast-paced and often contextless fantasy stories of Robert E. Howard.

INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENTS.

The fortresses, temples, mines and tombs that comprise the game’s 14 levels (not including the four introductory levels) are introduced with only a few lines of dialogue that summarise that location’s history. The rest is left to the level design and your imagination. The game’s levels paint a picture of a fantasy world slowly decaying into oblivion, where noble knights fall to the poisoned swords of feral orcs, and where the dead lie restless in the graves. The whole game has an eerie, otherworldly atmosphere. You rarely know the names of the foes you face. You can guess the names of some – it’s fairly obvious what a skeleton looks like, after all. But others could be one of several fantasy creatures, or unlike anything in traditional fantasy at all. The skinless boss you encounter on the island of Karum, for example, is apparently a vampire, but I only know that because of an achievement you now get when you defeat him. Blade of Darkness’ minimalist storytelling was criticised at the time of its launch, but it makes sense in a game where most of the talking is done with your weapon. Blade of Darkness’ combat holds up remarkably well.The Witch’s House MV Switch NSP

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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Each character has a range of basic attacks, alongside around a dozen special attacks that unlock as you level up, and one unique move for every weapon your character can wield. You can also block enemy strikes, either with a shield or their sword. Both are fragile, however, and will break easily. So the best way to avoid getting hit is through careful footwork and dodging. It takes a while to get used to character movement, which feels stiff compared to modern melee combat games. But combat animations are slick and flow together, and it doesn’t take long to get into the rhythms of battle. Fights are also incredibly satisfying, not only because you can lop enemies’ limbs and heads off, with gouts of viscous blood spraying from the stump, but also because most of your foes are genuinely dangerous. Skeletons and orcs are particularly tricky. It’s easy to get snarled up in their movesets and find yourself hacked to bits. But even lowly goblins can put a serious dent in your health bar, especially if they gang up on your or attack from range with a bow and arrow. The whole game is simply a marvellous adventure. Levelling is well paced, and you’re never far away from picking up a new weapon, while each level is filled with nasty surprises that keep you on your toes.

A DETAILED & DARK FANTASY WORLD.

There are a few problems though. Some weapons and abilities are better than others, with several either being too complicated to perform or taking too long to complete to be properly useful. Also, while the combat has aged well, the platforming has not. Some of the game’s jumping challenges are extremely clunky, and God forbid that you get into a fight on a narrow ledge. Nonetheless, for a twenty-year-old action game, Blade of Darkness feels incredibly fresh and propulsive. It also looks fantastic for its age. Some credit should go to SNEG for this making the game run consistently on modern machines, adding proper support for widescreens and HD resolutions. But most of the credit still lies with Rebel Act. Blade of Darkness’ dynamic lighting and shadows have lost little of their power in the last two decades. They contribute hugely to the moody and oppressive atmosphere, and the game really knows how to bring them into play, often having you navigate pitch black environments with a handheld torch. If you missed Blade of Darkness first time around, I thoroughly recommend giving it a crack now for the measly £7.50 that SNEG is charging.

Doubly so if you’re a fan of the Souls games. Blade of Darkness isn’t quite in the same wheelhouse. It came out seven years before Demon’s Souls and has no real causal link with From Software’s landmark series. But there are enough similarities between the two to make it likely that you’ll enjoy one if you liked the other. By now, those of you that read the site on a regular basis probably know how much we’ve been looking forward to this game after we saw the initial pictures. We’ve been captivated by the promise of intense melee combat complete with graphic decapitations. And barring Rune a few months ago, that’s something we haven’t had much of on the PC since Die By the Sword, a timeless classic. After giving this one a good go through, we can honestly say that this game is fun. It isn’t perfect, but it’s extremely entertaining and man is it sure is easy on the eyes. And that’s really the first thing we have to talk about here. This game is just beautiful. The textures are incredible, the models (in most cases) are very well done, the lighting is superb, the water and particle effects are ridiculously nice… But as all of you know by now, all of this beauty comes with a price. The minimum specs on this bad boy, a whopping PII 400 with 64MB of RAM, wouldn’t really strike most consumers as “minimum.”

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

Blade of Darkness Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

And the recommended specs, an even whoppier PIII 500 with 128MB of RAM, could even make some hardened gamers blanch. But the worst part of it all is that, even with the recommended specs, the game will run a little choppy. I played it on both the minimum and a nice computer and the minimum was barely playable at certain points (even with everything turned down), and the nice computer (PIII 600, 256MB RAM, GeForce2 Ultra) when running everything at high, only had tiny slowdowns every now and again which really didn’t affect gameplay. If you have the machine that can run it, you’ll be treated to some of the most immersive environments available. First off, the architecture just wraps you up and sinks you right into the area that you are supposed to be traveling through, whether it be the intricate dwarven mines, or a huge ransacked castle. You can see the design, and how someone might actually have built those structures. The highly detailed textures don’t hurt the process either. Take some time when you look through the screenshots to check out all of the work that went into creating the many different textures you’ll see in the varied environments throughout the game. For instance, in this screen, you should take a look at the constellations running across the ceiling and the dirty soot look to give it that “lived in” feeling. In Sound Mind Switch NSP

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