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Metacritic: N/A
Release: Jan 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Blade & Soul

Site Score
9.0
Good: Action combat – Beautiful game world
Bad: Lag kills combat completely – Race locked classes
User Score
8.4
(17 votes)
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The popular Korean MMO of Blade & Soul is finally available to the rest of the world, focusing on action combat, deep customisation, a beautiful game world and immerse story telling.

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Orientated around martial arts the Asian origins of Blade and & Souls are fairly evident.Alternatively players can opt for a number of bladed weapons or magical powers which change based on your selected class. Said class can be restricted by choice of race although most classes are available to two or three of the games races all of which can be customised heavily in both appearance and character model.

Blade & Soul does a particularly good job at making classes feel and play very different. This also creates a scale of difficulty with some options easier to play or providing more of a hands on challenge for players that want to accept it.

Regardless of the choice you make you’ll find fluid combat that is centred around dealing deadly combos to enemies. From charging in for a quick attack and knocking them on the ground for extra damage to throwing a trap or casting a spell everything needs to be carefully considered and looks stunning.

These strong visuals are further brought to life through cut scenes that add an extra layer to the quests you embark on. The story itself is fairly typical with players finding themselves dazed after being thrown into the ocean from an attack and experiencing flashbacks. The great presentation however means you’ll get more out of it than comparable MMO storylines.

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In between these story pieces you’ll have the usual array of fetch quests and dungeon crawling which is probably the weakest game element simply because it feels like it was designed in 2012 (and it was as this was the Korean launch date).

Overall Blade & Soul is in the top half of MMO offerings, particularly when it comes to one with action combat. It’s delayed release to the rest of the world though has definitely cost it though.

Summary:

  • Action orientated MMO with plenty of class variety.
  • Heavily customise your character.
  • Explore a story with cut scenes and voice acting.
  • Engage in dungeon crawling, quests and PvP.
  • Released in 2012 in Korea and US/EU in 2016.

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Blade & Soul, 8.4 out of 10 based on 17 ratings

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