DNF Duel Reviews

DNF Duel is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2022

DNF Duel is an extremely welcoming fighting game that I’d recommend to genre veterans and newcomers alike. The battles are tense, the visuals are out of this world and the inputs and tutorials make it really easy to pick up and play. I never thought I’d truly get into this genre of video game, but DNF Duel managed to drag me into it and I couldn’t be happier.

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Jul 10, 2022

DNF Duel is the total package and it has something for everyone. It's an easy to jump into fighting game, thanks to the simplified inputs while offering great depth and lots of opportunities to improve your skill. If ArcSys and Eighting can address those pesky infinities, and maybe make it not so much Kusoge, which I'm sure they will, and make address some character balancing, the DNF Duel will be at the forefront of fighting games for quite some time.

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Niche Gamer
NECRO XIII
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2022

DNF Duel has a glorious soundtrack, distinct characters, and immersive environments that really set this whole game up to be a fan favorite. Anything else coming after this game’s launch is more than welcome and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2022

DNF Duel is full of fun with katana flinging actions galore, especially focused on favoring the aggressor. Finding the correct punishes may be tough but the skill curve is not as steep as some of the other traditional fighting games. There is enough single player content to get you right into the DNF universe and even the online playability is equipped with the fan favorite rollback netcode to minimize any latency issues. Those who are not familiar with Dungeon & Fighter can dive straight into the action as it serves its own universe apart from the original IP.

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PC Gamer
Top Critic
85 / 100
Jul 6, 2022

Deep and unique enough for genre veterans, yet also simple and welcoming enough for newcomers.

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85 / 100
Jun 29, 2022

DNF Duel is incredible. Arc System Works has struck the perfect balance: the game is accessible for newcomers, yet includes enough complexity for veterans. On the battlefield, the game offers new ideas that will make you strategize and continually plan ahead. While there is a lot of single-player content, it treads familiar ground and is a little underwhelming. However, with its solid netcode, stunning aesthetic and deceptively deep mechanics, DNF Duel hits the sweet spot.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2022

DnF Duel proves that publisher Nexon was wise to place their trust in developer Arc System Works, because they know the art of fighting game duels better than absolutely everyone else.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2022

DNF Duel is a beautiful, twisted, and chaotic fighting game that matches style and substance. With a blend of incredible visuals and solid gameplay, DNF Duel aims to be one of the best fighting games in the market, and if it can keep a solid playerbase, it could be a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2022

DnF Duel is the perfect entry point for people new to the genre, being a decent challenge for the more experienced players. All this with an amazing artwork.

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83 / 100
Jun 28, 2022

‎The fact that it is an Arc System Works title makes comparisons with its great games inevitable and DNF Duel is somewhat below, but its combats are solid, intense and spectacular.‎

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8.3 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2022

DNF Duel is an absolutely well crafted fighting game, with a spectacular and yet layered gameplay. We will update our review once we can take a look to its online mode.

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IGN
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2022

DNF Duel has lots to love for fighting game beginners and experts alike if you can get through a tough difficulty curve, the lack of crossplay, and don't mind a thin story mode.

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jun 30, 2022

Another visually spectacular Arc System Works fighter that is both surprisingly accessible and full of hidden depth and clever ideas.

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8 / 10
Jun 30, 2022

A robust fighting system and brilliant online play make DNF Duel a worthy new contender.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2022

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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8 / 10
Jul 4, 2022

DNF Duel is a ridiculous fighting game in the best way possible. Simple inputs and meaty one-button attacks provide an easy entryway for beginners, but the advanced defensive mechanics and powerful properties of your attacks create fast & frenzied action that I can't get enough of. More importantly, the simplified inputs don't sacrifice the skill-ceiling - this game is full of depth and a ton of fun even at the highest level of play.

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TJ Denzer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jun 30, 2022

Between the well-adapted cast of characters, stages, and music from Dungeon Fighter Online, this is both a love letter to DFO fans, as well as a quality and accessible fighting game to boot. It will be interesting to see how much longevity this game has in it, though. Where some characters have risen to the top in past fighting games with enough exploration and discovery, DNF Duel feels a little too easy to crack. It’s the most unbalanced of any Arc System Works fighter I’ve played in recent memory, and that makes me concerned for its community health. That said, it’s still a fun fighting game to play with good offline modes to boot. If you want a good-looking fighter that doesn’t take too much practice to access and feel good about, or if you just love Dungeon Fighter Online and want to play a game that adapts it well, DNF Duel might be the brawler you’re looking for.

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VG247
Top Critic
Jun 28, 2022

In an industry slowly and often clumsily stomping towards some nebulous washed out esports future where it feels as though all games must be perfectly balanced with big bucks competitive gaming in mind, I’m happy that some developers like Eighting and Arc System Works remain willing to make games that are still a little jank, still a little busted. DNF Duel is unapologetic - and a lot of fun. For Dungeon Fighter fans this is obviously a great purchase, for fans of the genre the same thing goes.

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80 / 100
Jul 25, 2022

While feeling a tad bare bones, DNF Duel still manages to be a highly entertaining 2D fighting game among many coming out this year.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2022

While DNF Duel isn't quite able to unseat Guilty Gear Strive, what Nexon and Arc System Works has conjured here is nonetheless deeply worthy of commendation. A welcoming, two-dimensional fighter boasting a honeyed aesthetic that caresses both the ocular and aural senses, DNF Duel makes a great representation as a fantastic entry point for genre newcomers, as well as being a reliable source of instant gratification for brawling stalwarts.

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