Excerpt: Blade and Sword takes the high points of action games and puts them into an RPG with a Chinese Mythology storyline. B and S uses a locked isometric camera similar to a lot of RPG's, and the maps are huge with a lot of attention to detail. My first thought in seeing this game was that it was tile-based, which made me laugh. That was before I actually looked at the scenes in front of me. The amount of time put into the artwork and design of each level is amazing.
Excerpt: The developers of Blade & Sword are big fans of Diablo II. In fact, they like it so much that they’ve produced a game so like the source of their inspiration that it could easily be mistaken for a mod rather than a standalone game. However, like most clones Blade & Sword may look a lot like the original but it lacks a soul. The game captures the interface, mechanics, and look of Diablo II, but the exciting gameplay was lost in the translation.
Excerpt: Blade and Sword is an action role-playing game from Chinese based developer Pixel Studio, which combines Diablo-like action elements and Street Fighter arcade combat together. This action-RPG takes place in ancient China and heavy use of martial arts, special moves, and combos. In the game you travel through a variety of environments (40 levels which are spread across 3 chapters), including forests, caves, swamps, ruined villages, and palaces, as you slaughter your way...
Excerpt: Blade and Sword from developer Pixel Studio is an action-RPG that suffers from being released at a time when gamers expect much more from their RPGs. Had this game been released years ago it might have looked and fared better than it does now. I was optimistic when I previewed an early beta of Blade and Sword last year but the final retail version just has too many flaws that are difficult to ignore.
Excerpt: Blade and Sword brought to us by Pixel Studio contains some interesting elements. It is a game that combines action and RPG elements set in the realm of ancient China. I recently had the opportunity to try out a press preview build and I found myself enjoying it, especially the Kung Fu style of gameplay.
Excerpt: Some games just shouldn’t be imported. One such game is Blade & Sword from Chinese developer Pixel Software (or maybe Pixel Studio). It purportedly “combines Diablo -like action elements and Street Fighter arcade combat together.” That sounds promising enough, but, oh my, once you start up the game it doesn’t take long to realize the developers had no idea what they were doing, or that they were masochists, or that they were in some weird time warp circa 1996.
Conclusion: Blade & Sword has a story about a Chinese Emperor, a rebellion and various mystics/monsters, but it doesn't make a great deal of sense due to the poor translation. Taking the role of one of three characters; a large warrior monk type, a thinner faster soldier-warrior, or a female assassin, you begin on path through a destroyed village to fight off a monster that's been plaguing the village.
Excerpt: Blade and Sword takes the extremely popular top-down Diablo-style gameplay to new levels. And while Blade and Sword will surely remind you of countless other similar titles, it will also become a unique favorite of players who like this type of gaming. This action RPG takes place in ancient China, and is heavy with unique martial arts moves from that country. You can play one of three different characters, each with a different emphasis.