[PlayStation 4] Bladed Fury Review
Bladed Fury from PM Studios and NEXT Studios is a great-looking, fast-paced 2D action game on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our Bladed Fury review!
In Bladed Fury from PM Studios and NEXT Studios, you will take on a great-looking, fast-paced 2D action game on PlayStation 4 that is set in Ancient China. The game’s art style will grab your attention right away since it features a very distinct presentation that helps it stand out on Sony’s last-gen console. As soon as I saw the game’s trailer, I was instantly reminded of the excellent Muramasa: The Demon Blade from Vanillaware, which was originally released on the Nintendo Wii back in 2009 before being ported to the PlayStation Vita. While each game features a different art style, they do share some similarities… which is not a bad thing!
As for the game’s story and setup, at the start of the Warring States Period in China, Tian, an officer under Duke Kang of Qi, sets a trap to kills the Duke. The younger princess, Ji, who has been set up as the murderer, is immediately exiled, while the elder princess, Shu, is placed under house arrest, becoming Tian’s concubine. Because of these events, the Tian family ends up ruling Qi, which makes Ji seek revenge for the actions that took her father’s life. The game is fully voice-acted in Chinese, with English subtitles.
For this 2D action game, you’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and double jumping with the X button and attacking either with the Square or the Triangle buttons. The Square button will be for using your dual blades, while the Triangle button will unleash a slower but more powerful attack with your greatsword. When in battle, you should make good use of the L1 and R1 buttons since they will allow you to block or dodge attacks as needed. You can interact with other characters or with items by pressing the Circle button.
You will also collect special Soul Slivers during your journey, left behind by powerful entities that have passed away. Soul Slivers can be unleashed by pressing the L2 button and the Triangle, Square, Circle, or X button, depending on what you’re aiming to do. Soul Slivers contain tremendous power, so you won’t be able to use them non-stop. And if something doesn’t feel right, you have the option of remapping things and customizing the controllers so that you find the right combination for the button layout of the DualShock 4.
As you defeat enemies, you will collect yellow and green souls. Yellow souls can be used to upgrade abilities, while green souls will be used to recover some of the health you’ve lost. You can use the yellow souls at save points, which are represented by the glowing Soul Lamps you’ll find on your path. Don’t forget to press the R2 button to use the Rejuvenate skill, which will allow you to heal some of your wounds… that is, as long as you have enough charges to activate it!
What can you get at Soul Lamps in exchange for your yellow souls? You could add a sidestep ability that allows you to cancel your attacks by either blocking or dashing, which is vital for staying alive during boss battles. There’s also the option of unlocking a deadly attack you can unleash right after you do a Precision Strike perfect block with the L1 button. Yellow souls can also be used to improve abilities, so you could boost the aforementioned counterattack or improve your twister attack for when you want to dive from the sky to deal some extra damage during combos. There are more abilities and upgrades you can buy at Soul Lamps, so be sure to make the most of the yellow souls you gain in battle!
Trophy-wise, Bladed Fury won’t be an easy game to 100% – and no, this one does not have a Platinum trophy. You will get trophies for progressing through the game’s story and completing each chapter, which is not that challenging. But after this, you’ll need to also complete the game a second time while playing in the Hard difficulty setting, beat a boss without receiving any damage, completing Challenge Mode in eight minutes or less, and beating the game in less than two hours. There are also three other trophies with miscellaneous objectives to complete, which should keep you busy.
Bladed Fury is a great-looking, fast-paced, and fun 2D action game that grabbed my attention right from the start. It’s not the longest of experiences since you could certainly finish it in around 3-4 hours depending on your skills, but it’s one that I definitely recommend you check out on PlayStation 4. Bladed Fury is out now with a $19.99 asking price.
This Bladed Fury review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by PM Studios.