Boreal Blade

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6 / 10
Oct 9, 2019

Boreal Blade consists of a multiplayer-only melee fighting experience which can be enjoyed both online and on a local level. If the game is overall quite simple when it comes to the moves and visual environment, the combat system is quite fun and engaging and the game features plenty of customization options. The experience could be more enjoyable if the connection to its servers was easier and its community was larger.

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6 / 10
Aug 30, 2019

As a melee-focused, multiplayer experience, Boreal Blade is sure to be a divisive experience. Some players will love the nuance of its freeform combat, revelling in the joy of the moment-to-moment swordplay. Others will be turned off by the steep learning curve which comes with mastering even the simplest of weapons.

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5.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

MEDIOCRE - Boreal Blade nails the combat and has some fun ideas but they’re overshadowed by poor online connectivity. Lacking a single player mode means the game is entirely reliant on servers and unfortunately lag and constant kicking from matches mars the entire experience. Download the demo first to see if the online issues have been resolved before purchasing the full version.

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7 / 10
Sep 13, 2019

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Boreal Blade. It’s an interesting fighting game that ends up being a ton of fun. The cell shaded visual design work really well with its overall presentation, and the soundtrack keeps you focused with the beating of drums and screams of helpless victims. I wish there had of been a single player mode and a few more customization options at the very beginning of the game, but still there’s tons to unlock and enjoy here. The controls can take a little while to get used to, but it’s still a unique fighting experience on the Nintendo Switch and one that I think is a solid investment for fighting game fans. It has a few issues, but it’s definitely still worth a try.

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