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Within the Blade

Ametist Studio, Ratalaika Games
Aug 18, 2019 - PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

37%

Critics Recommend

KeenGamer
7.5 / 10
Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5
ThisGenGaming
7 / 10
GameGrin
7 / 10
Video Chums
7.8 / 10
NoobFeed
75 / 100
Noisy Pixel
7 / 10
Game Forces PT
5.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Within the Blade

Take on the evil Steel Claw Clan and prevent them from taking over in this fast-paced stealth platformer, Within The Blade! Run, jump, flip and cut and assassinate your way through fantastical levels to prove that you are the Black Lotus Clan's greatest warrior.

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Within the Blade on the PS5 takes a classic arcade sidescroller and morphs in into something slightly modern from RPG to crafting (over 200 items) and old school combat mechanics, including a plethora of different weapons plus clever stealth mechanics. Like the games of yesteryear, you'll be overjoyed at times and totally annoyed when you continue dying so expect some controller rage … especially if you play it in permadeath mode.

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Within the Blade is a solid stealth-action platformer with challenging gameplay that might bring back memories of Ninja Gaiden. It’s got a good amount of content to play through and plenty of challenge for those who like that in their games. The downsides are that the challenge may turn some away, the controls have a learning curve, the visuals get a little repetitive, and some of the systems like the crafting don’t feel thought out enough. I still enjoyed my time with it though and for the affordable price I recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.

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Within the Blade is full of action and stealth, just like what you would expect a ninja to be good at. Unfortunately some of the levels become quite repetitive, but the game offers a unique weapon crafting feature that you don't usually see in games like this.

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Within the Blade will definitely make you feel like a ninja and by that, I mean you'll have to tirelessly train in order to become a master of your craft. Once you do, the reward of stealthily slaying hordes of guards is a nice payoff but it's a steep climb to get there.

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Within the Blade has a good amount of customization and fun combat. However, those that need stable and fair level design may be put off by the random seeding.

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Within the Blade is an intricate blend of fast-paced stealth and action that we don’t see too often in this genre. While it falters in repetitive level design, it makes up for it in stylish and satisfying gameplay. There’s a high skill ceiling for players who’d like to challenge, and the experience of utilizing the stealth systems makes for interesting bouts of action gameplay.

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Within the Blade is one of those games that leaves us with lingering feelings of frustration. Not because of its demanding nature or challenging levels, but rather because of all its wasted potential. There are simply too many ill-conceived or poorly implemented design options which hurt the experience’s overall enjoyment, tainting the most of its interesting ideas and genuinely fun moments it can provide. Fans of demanding and punishing 2D action games may get some enjoyment out of this game, but there are far more accomplished, and captivating offers out there

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