BLADE II: THE RETURN OF EVIL REVIEW

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Well, for a start, developer ActionSquare has opted to lớn remove all microtransactions – which is a welcome change considering Blade II comes with a £đôi mươi asking price. Too many games these days opt to lớn charge an asking price and slot in microtransactions, but in an attempt to lớn give the game a much better chance of success both on console & in the West, the studio clearly wants khổng lồ avoid the negative sầu backlash that often comes with such a decision (*cough* NBA 2K19 *cough*).

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What’s left is a highly polished action RPG that does its best khổng lồ marry cinematic cutscenes with over-the-top combos and myriad, trope-filled fantasy settings. Rather than offering you access to a larger & more open dungeon, each cấp độ is instead presented as a linear path that leads khổng lồ a final battle with a boss battle. Sometimes you’ll be fighting across the cobblestone streets and wooden rooftops of a Bloodborne-aping town, or battling through lava-filled canyons, but you’re always along a predetermined corridor like a blade-swinging rat in a maze. This is, after all, a title with di động ancestry, but it’s odd that a game that’s aiming for triple-A production values is often more restrictive than, say, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition.


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Combat manages lớn walk the line between button-bashing và actual tactical inputs, which makes it palatable khổng lồ both less experienced players looking to smash a werewolf in the face with your fists, và those hoping to lớn exact well-timed combos. There are four heroes lớn choose from – the Gladiator, Assassin, Wizard và Fighter – with each one possessing three quality special moves và a slew of unique moves to lớn bộ combo together. The Assassin, for instance, can điện thoại tư vấn up a crowd-clearing sea of chain blades, which can make all the difference when you’re facing off against a super-tough stage trùm in the latter acts.

As you cấp độ up, you’ll unlock new moves in the skill tree, which you can purchase with gold dropped by fallen enemies. With no transactions in this version of the game, the drop rates for gold are a lot higher, as is the rarity of gear you’ll earn for completing missions. As a nice touch, you’ll keep the XPhường. earned in a level when you die & have sầu to return khổng lồ the start. It’s a consolation prize for sure, but one that won"t punish less combo savvy players.


Most levels last for around two-to-three minutes each, which is considerably less than we’re used lớn with the likes of Diablo III. However, load times are very fast so even if you’re not looking for a quiông chồng dose of action on a commute, it doesn’t take long to string missions together. The problem is, stages are reused a little too often, so even though there are seven acts (each with 10 missions per act), you’ll fight through the same street và over up in the same town square, even if the final boss you’re fighting is a little different. Considering how strong the character animations are – & how strong the overall presentation is – something had khổng lồ give sầu on a mobile budget, và this was clearly it.

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Performance-wise, Blade II runs really well. There’s very little blurring, screen-tearing or general slowdown, mainly because the game was designed with less powerful chipsets in mind. There are some low-res textures here and there, and they’re more obvious when playing in docked mode, but even then they’re never enough to lớn detract from the smoothness of the overall, combo-chaining experience.

Conclusion


While there are a fair few top-down dungeon crawlers và action RPGs on Switch today, there’s always room for more – especially when they fly in the face of mobile gaming’s unpredictable unique levels. And while Blade II"s aesthetic is nothing new – in fact, we’d say Bloodborne và The Witcher III are really having their style cramped – the chất lượng of its presentation và performance on Switch really makes up for it. Its sliông chồng and fast combat has plenty of depth lớn offer, but it’s let down by samey and uncreative level designs that repeat themselves far too often.

Good 7/10

Scoring PolicyReviews copy provided by Action Square


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Wed 26th Jun 2019

Stichồng lớn Victor Vran or Diablo 3 if you are wanting some high unique top down loot games on the go.


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Wed 26th Jun 2019

Sounds like a fun game. What is the frame rate? Is it targeting 30fps or 60fps? Is it single player only? I"m curious to try this one out.


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Wed 26th Jun 2019

Sounds like it"s worth playing, but not at the current asking price. It"s going on the menu.


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Wed 26th Jun 2019

This looks like a decent game, obviously nowhere near as packed with content as the games it’s being compared to lớn, but $trăng tròn is a bit steep for a Smartphone port.

I’d have sầu lớn try a test before I bite at that price point.


Wed 26th Jun 2019

I think I wait for Minecraft Dungeons for my next Diablo type game. This does look good at a discount.


Wed 26th Jun 2019

Has Diablo 3 even gone on sale. I"d buy but I want a discount this late in the game


sixrings usually lượt thích 50% off. You can also find a decent deal on it physically if you look around. It"s $37 on Amazon U.S


Wed 26th Jun 2019

It appears to lớn be stuông xã at a choppy 30fps. Bummer, could"ve been interesting. I know it isn"t easy to program games, but with Diablo out there with 4 player coop at 60fps it"s hard to want khổng lồ play this. As another sort of top down điện thoại khổng lồ Switch game I"d recommover Implosion. It looks really nice at 60fps và is fun to play.


Wed 26th Jun 2019

Glad for the Đánh Giá. I couldnt even tell what type of gameplay it has from the useless e-cửa hàng images. I had fun with diablo and torchlight in the olden days, but this genre no longer interest me.


Wed 26th Jun 2019

I"d try it after a drastic price drop. Mobile/Android games shouldn"t cost that much.

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60frames-please Implosion is good fun. Grabbed it on sale awhile baông chồng. Nice lớn see someone give sầu it a shoutout.


Wed 26th Jun 2019

Looks like every other The Free Generic mobile stuff. At least on di động you can try it for free

"studio clearly wants to lớn avoid the negative sầu backlash that often comes with such a decision (cough NBA 2K19 cough)"

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1. Red Dead Redemption 22. điện thoại tư vấn of Duty: Black Ops 43. NBA 2K194. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate5. Madden NFL 19


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Am interested in this one, I own diablo 3 but the fact that Iv been playing it since the PC release in 2012 makes me want to lớn try any new slash & hachồng rpg the switch is offering.


Yasarx - May I recommend (been mentioned a few times in this thread too) Torchlight? It"s from the original creators of the Diablo franchise, so there is a lot to love from it if you were a Fan of Diablo 2.


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Downloaded my copy day 1 but no time lớn dive sầu inkhổng lồ it yet. Still wondering around the massive sầu post game in Dragon"s Dogma.


Kang81 yeah its a port miễn phí to lớn play điện thoại game not available in the U.S. just pay a few less bucks and get 9 parchments or go all in & get Diablo 3.


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Not a great header image choice in my opinion. How many screenshots were included in the press paông xã redeal.vn? 6? 12?

Piông chồng the one that best represents the game, not a developers wet dream.


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Actually, there"s a rather good reason for me to lớn get this game over "Diablo III." Diablo is rated M, while this is rated T. I refuse to lớn play M rated games.

Anyway, I"m confused about the differences between this Đánh Giá and the only other one available right now on Digitally Downloaded. That reviews claims the game is trash.

While some of his complaints are silly (a game lượt thích this doesn"t need longer levels or a thrilling narrative, and replaying levels for level achievements is perfectly acceptable game design to lengthen a game"s appeal), he also rants on the game"s combat system và performance. You clalặng that it has fun and balanced combat & good performance, while he claims the combat is broken and unbalanced (such as overly weak standard attacks, special attacks that don"t differ enough from each other, & the block/counterattachồng mechanic being too unreliable) with rather poor performance and animation. Who is closer to lớn the truth? I guess I"ll have sầu khổng lồ wait for some more reviews to come in.


Paraka Thanks for the recommendation, i played Torchlight 1 & 2 & if it is coming to switch that will be really nice.


60frames-please Implosion is a port of a Mobile game. Are you being serious right now, or is your username some gimmick joke about the state of frames per second in the Clip game industry và gaming in general?


Herman187 My user name is a joke và serious. I think it"s kind of funny. I also really lượt thích 60fps smoothness. I don"t like fighting or arguing with people, especially online. So I try lớn joke about it, but I really vì strongly prefer 60fps graphics no matter what compromises have lớn be made to lớn get to lớn that màn chơi of smoothness.


Kang81 Torchlight 2 was the reason I stopped playing Diablo 3 a few months after I launched. Torchlight was way more fun và having the ability to send your pet to town khổng lồ sell items or buy potions was a game changer.


Xombie13

I forgot about that, but even though I own it on PC, I barely played it. M&K just kills my wrists, so I never really played on PC. Now I don’t even own a PC anymore as I can bởi vì everything I need on my smartphone or tablet. I was also tired of having my PC’s die after a few years of moderate use.

I feel Diablo style games are best with a controller, và I was always bummed Torchlight 2 never made it to lớn consoles. Especially considering how well Torchlight 1 worked on the Xbox 360.

Torchlight 2 on Switch will be a day one purchase for me. The only downside is the laông chồng of mods.

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Kang81 I would use an Xbox 360 controller with a dongle and maps the keys khổng lồ the buttons, because I have sầu the same problem with wrist pain.


Sun 1st Dec 2019

I just downloaded this game today and it is good. Fighting likens and other underworldly demons is very nice. Very nice...hi 5!