- System: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4
- Developer: Nicalis
- Developer: Studio Saizensen
- Release Date: Aug 28, 2018
- Genre: T for Teen
- Genre: Fighting
- Genre: 1-2
- Official Website: https://nicalis.com/games/bladestrangers
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Usually, we begin our reviews with a quick look at the main theme of a game. With Blade Strangers we won’t be doing this as the main theme is pretty much as random and weird as you can get. All you need to know is that universes have been gathered together to see who is worthy of stopping some evil threat. The story mode is the weakest element of Blade Strangers because unlike other crossover fighters like the earlier mentioned BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle or even Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite, the story just seems random as do the 14 fighters that have been gathered together in Blade Strangers. Luckily though, most fighting games—even the veterans like Tekken or Dead or Alive—aren’t known for their stories but their fighting mechanics. Blade Strangers isn’t the best fighting game in the world but it sure does a great of being a competent one.
Players will take on characters like Shovel Knight, Isaac, Quote, Solange, Gunvolt and numerous more as you perform numerous combos and unleash some wicked specials on your enemies. Blade Strangers makes use of nearly every button on the Nintendo Switch as each one is assigned to a different attack. Combos and special attacks can be performed quite easily though making Blade Strangers a good fighter for those who like more relaxing brawlers but for more hard-core players it might be a bit simple at the end of the day. Though we did like how each fighter felt very different and mirrored the games they exist in with Gunvolt’s specials using his electric aura fields or Quote blasting enemies away with rocket barrages. For fans of the games, Blade Strangers takes its characters from this is a neat little detail and makes for some truly spectacular looking animations.
Visually, Blade Strangers is very animated with a high level of detail. The characters visually remind us of a mixture of modern 2D fighters and more old school ones like Fatal Fury or King of Fighters. The music also hits some high notes with tracks from the games these warriors are based on and some originals thrown in for good measure. For Nintendo Switch players, Blade Strangers looks great in handheld mode and impressive in docked mode. We did notice docked mode doesn’t make Blade Strangers look 10x better but there’s a bit of a upgrade in visuals with characters having just a bit of touch up and the stages looking sharper in general. Needless to say though, Blade Strangers looks and sounds good in every mode. Kudos to the opening animation as well as it just screams anime all the way and you know we here at Honey’s Anime love that.
Finally, let’s discuss some of the other modes in Blade Strangers as we only briefly mentioned story mode. Akin to most fighters, there are several modes in Blade Strangers. Arcade Mode allows you to just go through several stages, Survival Mode has you going for as long as you can and Mission Mode is where you try to perform various combos as each of the characters. We don’t have much to say about online as we didn’t get to play it—due to Blade Strangers not being fully released and thus, servers aren’t up—but if we notice anything good or bad about it, we’ll include that in an updated review. Blade Strangers won’t be a fighter you’ll play forever but at least, it’s got some meat to it which we always appreciate in any fighting game. There have been some cross over titles in the past that barely had a story mode or arcade mode but Blade Strangers has enough to keep you invested for some time.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Strong visuals
- Decent roster list of unique warriors/characters
- Great OST
- Fighting mechanics work quite well with decent combos and skills
- Weird story that isn’t interesting
- Won’t appeal to die hard fighting game fans