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Blade of Darkness (Windows)

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Long time ago, the Lord created Light and Chaos. He gave them souls, and thus two gods were born, the Spirit of Light and the Prince of Darkness. But the latter, envious of his father's power, learned the language of creation and attempted to bring a new demonic race to life. However, the creatures disobeyed their master. In the ensuing chaos, a sorceress named Ianna called forth a hero, who banished the Darkness, but was slain himself. Now, the time has come for four new heroes to obtain an ancient powerful weapon and destroy the forces of Darkness once and for all.

Blade of Darkness is a third-person action game with an emphasis on melee battles and combo attacks, similar to those found in fighting games. The player can choose to control any of the four available characters: the barbarian Tukaram, the dwarf Naglfar, the knight Sargon, and the Amazon Zoe. Each character has his/her unique strengths, weaknesses, fighting skills. Starting locations are also different in the four scenarios.


Blade of Darkness Windows One of the six hidden runes needed to unleash Ianna's sword's real power (and to open the real ending)
Blade of Darkness Windows This game is specially well known for its gore
Blade of Darkness Windows Blade was also well known for its wonderful (and resource consuming) shadows
Blade of Darkness Windows Finally, I'm worthy of Ianna's Sword!

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗之刃" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Severance: Blade of Darkness" -- European title
  • "Blade: The Edge of Darkness" -- Spanish title
  • "Blade of Darkness: By Steel will the Flesh divide" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Blade" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Entertaining, but a bit stale ShadowShrike (309) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Bloody and tough melee fighting for hardcore gamers Joku Ugo (6) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A very repetitive and difficult bloody action hack 'n slash adventure which wasn't that much fun, really. kbmb (399) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
It's so difficult I like it. Martin L (11) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Awesome adventure game, somewhat excessive amounts of gore. Lord Matthias (18) unrated
Supreme Lighting & Transformation Effects Muhammad Jasim (1) unrated
One of the great, best, difficult, adventurous and high graphics game. It's environments are very beautiful. Atif Shahid (22) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One of the greatest action games to date! Gabriel (112) unrated

The Press Says Mar 28, 2001 94 out of 100 94
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2001 86 out of 100 86
Meristation Mar 22, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
games xtreme Mar 15, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Secret Service / New S Service Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Feb 28, 2001 7.2 out of 10 72
Absolute Games ( Feb 28, 2001 70 out of 100 70
ESC Magazine Apr 16, 2001 7 out of 10 70
GameGenie 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Cancelled Xbox port

There was a Xbox port project directed by Carlos García Cordero planned, but Rebel Act went bankrupt before it was finished.

German index

On September 29, 2001, Blade of Darkness was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Information also contributed by Dark Dante

Related Web Sites

  • 3D Gamers (Blade downloads at 3D Gamers)
  • Bigtruck's pages (Fan made website (English and French))
  • Blade Forever (A Spanish download page)
  • Blade Mods (Hosts many of the mods that have been created for the game as well as information on developing your own mods for Blade.)
  • Blade of Darkness (Publisher's Blade of Darkness page)
  • Blade Resources (For those interested in designing levels for Blade)
  • Blade Universe (Contains resources and information about Blade of Darkness, although some of the links have been renamed and no longer work.)
  • BoD Arena (Forums dedicated to Blade of Darkness)
  • FilePlanet (Blade downloads at FilePlanet)
  • IMDb (IMDb website for the game)
  • Severance D20 (Background for an adaptation of Blade to D20 RPG system)
Kasey Chang (3653) added Blade of Darkness (Windows) on Feb 22, 2001