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Blade of Darkness (Windows)

Mature
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Perspective
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79
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
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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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall MobyScore (35 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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95
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
This title is an excellent addition to the third-person genre, incorporating great components of sound, music, and visuals, as well as bolstering incredibly intense melee combat.
94
ComputerGamers.com
Now, if you are wanting a good role-play, this is not it. My complaint has always been, why cant they take the engine that they use for this game, and make a hard core RPG with it? I am not a fan of the look of games like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale (despite the fact that both of these are very good games). Imagine Baldur's Gate from the perspective of Blade of Darkness. I would be in heaven.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Severance is not a role-playing game. It is not a game suitable for the young or impressionable. It is not a particular deep game, with the storyline being largely submerged beneath the rivers of blood which you unleash wherever you go, and your missions generally consisting of getting from A to B by pulling a lot of levers and then picking up an item. It is however a lot of fun, with gruesome but surprisingly intelligent combat and some lightweight RPG elements to flesh things out. With four characters to choose from, each giving an entirely different experience, it's also good value for money. It might not be perfect, but it's arguably the best fantasy action game of recent years, and well worth a look if you're after some good old fashioned gratuitous violence.
90
VicioJuegos.com
Cuando han corrido ríos de tinta sobre un proyecto es difícil evitar los prejuicios a la hora de analizar su versión definitiva, pero toda valoración previa, incluso en un producto nacional, se traslada a un segundo plano cuando se entra en Blade. Y sí, digo se "entra", porque no se juega a "Blade". El majestuoso entorno de edificios, la iluminación volumétrica, la física de todos los objetos, la dinámica de fluidos y un motor para el que todo lo que se diga se queda corto, consiguen que no haya duda en calificar a Blade: The Edge of Darkness como uno de los mejores ejemplos de la historia del software creado para el entretenimiento doméstico.
88
IGN
After all is said and done, Blade of Darkness was a pretty darn satisfying experience. The battes are intense, the gore is outrageous, the levels are well designed, the graphics are superb, and there is a save anywhere feature. Thank God for that. So if you are looking for a challenging and beautiful adventure, you'll want to check this one out. Just make sure you have a machine that can run it.
87
Power Unlimited
Severance is een sublieme mix tussen Diablo, Rune en Tomb Raider op smaak gebracht met een bruut Conan The Barbarian sausje.
87
PC Zone
Other improvements could focus on the animation and interface, but apart from that, you have to say that Severance is an amazingly accomplished work of art. But is it a classic? Not quite. OK, the graphics and physics are immaculate, and the fighting is elegant. But ultimately Severance doesn't quite make it to the top of the tree.
86
GameStar (Germany)
Die Kämpfe sind auf erfrischende Art anspruchsvoll, bleiben dabei aber immer fair. Sie müssen nur weg von dem Gedanken, alles einfach kleinhauen zu können. Nach gelungener Schwertakrobatik ist die Belohnung durch einen Charakteraufstieg gleich nochmal soviel wert. An die etwas »andere« Steuerung gewöhnt man sich auch fix. Nur die teilweise dämlichen Kameraschwenks nerven ein wenig.
85
Meristation
Una atmósfera y una ambientación de corte medieval, enormemente inmersivas y gráficamente espléndidas. Un sistema de combate único, al que logras adaptarte si realmente intentas comprenderlo: entonces se hace intuitivo.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Severance : Blade of Darkness est donc un titre majeur, qui s'impose grâce à sa réalisation technique époustouflante, et un gameplay novateur. Un titre très riche, qui rendra fous tous ceux qui apprécient un tant soit peu l'action violente et la fantasy.
85
GameZone
Blade of Darkness calls itself an action-adventure game, and it surely is that. It is also a game that will appeal to those that like carving the enemy up like a human vega-matic. Yet, there is something amazing about a game that is so delightful in the realm of eye candy, that even the excessive gore can be overlooked. And yes, this is a blast to play.
84
Fragland.net
The game is rock solid, the atmosphere is incredible, the graphics are tremendous, and although there aren't enough RPG elemtents to satisfy the RPG-freak, there's enough interesting stuff in there to keep most people happy for a long while.
83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Severance is ongetwijfeld en in meer dan één opzicht een killer van een game. Wie de beperkte rollenspel-elementen naast zich kan leggen, mag zich verheugen op uren en uren van de meest actie- en sfeervolle gameplay die een derdepersoonsgame maar kan bieden.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Severance: Blade of Darkness krijgt van ons vooral een goede score omdat het spel een genietbare collage van RPG-, action-adventure-, strategy- en third-person-fighter-elementen weet te bundelen in één game. De multiplayer-mode Arena is bovendien een troef die dit spel nog een tweede leven zal geven op het Internet.
82
games xtreme
To conclude; Severance is a hard enjoyable romp through the glories of hard fantasy, gore and flashing blades. It starts difficult and doesn’t let up even till the end of the game, it’s packed full of nice touches and atmospheric cut-scenes using the in game engine, puzzles and traps. It has big mean monsters and some of the hardest bosses I’ve seen in one of these games ever, it will take months and months to master unless you’re a god at these kinds of games. It has a fairly interesting storyline and will keep your interest to see what lies on the next level and what secrets are yet to be uncovered. And to add to all of this, you can go online in Severance Multiplayer and beat the gore out of your friends/enemies and family in a deathmatch. With the level editor and the tools just released over at the official site, things can only be looking up for one of the meanest and most enjoyable if frustrating at times hack/slash third person swords and sorcery games this year.
81
GameSpy
There will always be a place for simple violent diversions in gaming, and this is one of those that seems to balance a few contemporary technical features with classic gameplay to create an experience that is quite simply fun.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Die phanatstischen Lichteffekte scheinen die Jungs von Rebel Act allerdings auch in allen anderen Bereichen des Gamedesigns inspiriert zu haben - überall finden wir viel Licht und viel Schatten. Die geniale Engine, der stimmige Soundtrack, die dichte Atmosphäre, das innovative Kampfsystem, die praktische Steuerung; alles ist von etlichen kleinen und einigen größeren Macken durchsetzt. Dadurch wird Severance längst nicht unspielbar, doch es ist genau dieser mangelnde Feinschliff, der Severance von einem wirklich guten Spiel trennt.
80
Secret Service / New S Service
Oto małemu i całkowicie nieznanemu zespołowi produkcyjnemu udało się stworzyć grę dorównująca tym najlepszym na rynku. Bez wątpienia mamy tu do czynienia z jedną z najbardziej przełomowych gier z gatunku action TPP osadzonego w realiach fantasy.
80
Computer Games Magazine
Probably the biggest shame is that Rebel Act couldn't get Internet multiplayer working for the release. Currently there's only LAN play, which makes this primarily a single player game. Even without multiplayer, however, Blade of Darkness is a solid title. The graphics are impressive and the combat is wonderfully fun. Four very different characters and plenty of secrets add good replay value. A few missing features combined with the substantial system requirements may keep it from being a smash hit, but action fans will find plenty of blood soaked combat goodness to sink their teeth into.
80
GamePro (US)
The visuals show off impressively realistic lighting and topnotch texture maps. The audio effects, on the other hand, are sparse. Despite the so-so sounds and demanding controls, Blade of Darkness is an entertaining action/adventure game where it pays to keep your wits honed and your sword sharpened.
80
PC Games (Germany)
Der Gelegenheitsspieler stößt mit Severance an seine Grenzen: Die Kämpfe sind oft dermaßen intensiv, dass sie mehrere Minuten in Anspruch nehmen und ein Höchstmaß an Konzentration erfordern. Da kommen Profis voll auf ihre Kosten, während Einsteiger verzweifeln und sich fragen, wo der regulierbare Schwierigkeitsgrad geblieben ist. Wer sich nach Erfolg sehnt, kommt nicht drum herum, viel Zeit in Übung zu investieren. Hat man die Steuerung aber erst mal durchschaut, macht das Schlachtfest höllischen Spaß. Dafür sorgen die zahlreichen Waffen und Schlagkombinationen, die erst nach und nach verfügbar werden. Beeindruckend die Präsentation: Fantastische Animationen und imposante Spiegel- und Schatteneffekte sowie der tadellose Soundtrack vermitteln pures Fantasy-Feeling, das ohne Kompromisse und mit unverkennbarem Conan-Flair serviert wird.
78
Mana Pool
In conclusion, then, I have an excellent memory, and I was right, this is a good game. Find it, if you still can (it might require a bit of hunting about, rather like the game itself makes you do) and have a go. There’s even an online mode for arena battles, and a small modding community for new maps. Many other ten year old games that can still say that?
75
GameBoomers
If you’re looking for a unique Action/Adventure game, you might want to consider Blade of Darkness. I don’t think there’s anything else out there like it. I played the demo in November 2000 and I was impressed. I bought the game when it hit U. S. store shelves in June 2001. A year and a half after buying it, I have finally played it and I’m glad I played it. However, I do have a list of disappointments and that list begins and ends with the game’s combat mechanics.
74
Game Over Online
As The Darkness is abolished and you’re given a hero’s welcome, I liken Blade of Darkness to a popcorn flick. Check your brain at the door, this one’s all about the special effects and boisterous fighting scenes. Gamers that prefer a little rhyme or reason to their slaying will certainly be disappointed not only by the lack of an engaging storyline, but also by the half-witted puzzles. With that said, there are enough exciting moments in Blade of Darkness to marginally recommend it to those in the mood for a little mindless hack ‘n slash action. Just don’t expect much in terms of role-playing, this is an action game through and through.
73
Gamer's Pulse
SO there you have the skinny on Blade of Darkness. If you like the 3rd person fighter than this is at least worth a look. If you can take or leave the genre, leave this one.
72
GameSpot
Blade of Darkness is a hack-and-slash third-person action game in which you can play as one of four different warriors, all of whom must do bloody battle with assorted forces of evil. The game follows in the tradition of similar fantasy-themed 3D action games that feature violent melee combat, such as Die by the Sword, Heretic II, Drakan, and, most recently, Rune. Blade of Darkness distinguishes itself from the rest of these with its selection of different characters, its motion-captured character animation, and its gore effects and lighting effects. It's got some problems and takes some time to get into, but it should otherwise appeal to players who've enjoyed previous hack-and-slash action games, or those who like the idea of them.
70
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The question remains: Is BLADE OF DARKNESS worth it? When you consider that you have four distract characters, with their own fighting styles and attributes to choose from (I recommend playing the game as the Amazon first), a cool multiplayer mode, and a single-player campaign that should keep you busy for many, many hours—then absolutely. Sure, it has control issues, and yes, it’s extremely difficult in the later levels, but its still a visual treat and should please any fantasy fan used to a world full of dwarves and minotaurs and the undead. If BLADE OF DARKNESS were a piece of meat lying next to a pile of bones in a deep underground tomb, I’d eat it.
70
Gamekult
Comme la majorité des jeux en vue objective, Severance n'est intéressant qu'en solo. Mais avec ses niveaux longs et bien conçus, ses idées piquées à droite à gauche et sa réalisation exceptionnelle, Severance arrive à impressionner. Ses seules faiblesses : une maniabilité qui a oublié ce que déplacement latéral veut dire et un petit goût de réchauffé après les Tomb Raider et autres Rune. Un jeu indispensable pour les fans du genre et qui vaut simplement le détour pour tous les autres.
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Тем не менее, как говорят врачи, только что ампутировавшие пациенту обе ноги плюс левую руку по локоть, «жить будет». Посредственный дизайн уровней выгодно оттеняется блестяще исполненными сценами стычек, один лишь вид стекающей по стене кровищи способен заставить забыть о стандартности пазл, а множество спецударов плюс разнообразие видов оружия в определенной мере компенсируют однообразность местной фауны. Финальными плюсами, разумеется, служат роскошные, пусть и не без изъянов в исполнении, освещение и физика, неприхотливость движка к системным требованиям и возможность битв в режиме «Arena» на специально заготовленных уровнях. Мы не станем уподобляться западным коллегам, по поводу и без выкрикивающим фразы «must buy» и «must play» — возможно, испанская новинка не всем придется по душе, — однако взглянуть на нее стоит каждому. Когда еще увидите такое... разве что в таинственных DOOM 3 и Unreal 2.
70
ESC Magazine
It slices! It dices! It’s cartoon carnage unleashed on the desktop, and not a moment too soon. Just days after another high-school shooting spree lit up the evening headlines, along comes Blade of Darkness, a hack-and-slash action title that gets back to the basics, before BFG-9000 lust can consume us all.
60
GameGenie
Blade of Darkness delivers a competent display of melee combat. ed with stupendous graphics and a capable combat model, the shortcomings in sound and some features (strafing, for instance) make Blade of Darkness a good, but not great, title. If you enjoy games such as this, Blade of Darkness may just be for you. Just remember to beat the enemies with their own limbs.
60
CyberJoy
Blade of Darkness tak naprawdę, nie wnosi nic nowego ani do świata gier akcji ani do RPGów, zapewnia jednak solidną porcję rozrywki dla każdego kto lubi tego typu gry.
49
ActionTrip
Phew, there you go... If I were you, I'd give this one a miss... Unless you're really crazy about some gory chopping, nice textures, and light play... Hell, that's a good enough reason for many to buy this game, so if that's your main thing, then go ahead and buy Blade. However, if your expectations go a tad higher then that, I suggest you leave this title alone... Yeah, it's tough for the developers... but I wouldn't want you spending your hard-earned cash on something that doesn't fully justify its price tag either...