One Strike

QubicGames

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
65
Top Critic Average
25%
Critics Recommend
Based on 8 critic reviews
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One Strike

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCNov 3, 2017
Nintendo SwitchJun 8, 2018

Publisher: QubicGames

Only one strike decides the duel, master the fighting style of each warrior to outsmart your opponents. Challenge your friends or the AI in easy, medium or hard mode. 6 fighters in medieval Japan: - Kenji the honorable samurai and his katana - Hinode the ninja striking her Sai weapons at the speed of light - Soujirou the monk wielding his long-range Nodashi - Hangaku the fastest girl in the East with her Kusarigama - Bai Long the Chinese veteran and his proud Kwan dao - Tomoe the killer with her sharp Wakizashi 4 modes: - One Life: just like in real life, you only have one - Arcade: you get 5 lives to train with your character - Team Duel: put together your best team of 3 warriors - Tournament: up to 8 players (AI or real person) fight for the final victory! The game lets you consult your achievements at any time.
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One Strike lets you take control of six different warriors as you fight to determine who is the deadliest. The simplistic yet tense gameplay will keep you on your toes. The small roster and limited variety to the modes are fun in bursts, but not for extended periods of time. That being said, One Strike is a fun fighter to pick up and play at a low cost.

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While this helps to make the game very accessible and easy to get into, it also means One Strike suffers from a very low level of ambition and that it doesn't really try to stand out in any other way. Its characters are also designed in a way that doesn't stimulate experimenting and visually, the game would struggle against examples of generations past.

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Overall, regardless of a missed block or two and too many similar modes, One Strike is a fun game to play if you have friends over and want to split the Joy Cons, or even if you have five to ten minutes to spare by yourself.

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One Strike is a truly unique, 'pure' video game. For the asking price, you get a rather fresh take on the one-on-one fighting genre and it can quickly become your go-to game when you are in need of a break between other more complex games or just need a quick burst of intensive reflex exercise. Find a group of like-minded players to play it with you and it becomes your current best, most efficient option to ruin friendships on the Switch (at least until Super Mario Party is released). Grab it without fear and then... either strike or die. There are literally no other options.

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