Blade & Soul Review
Originally developed for the Korean market, where they even have a TV adaptation, Blade & Soul has finally been released to Western gamers to admittedly mixed reviews. The game itself is a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMO) based around martial arts, with the usual open-game environment gamers are used to from other sandbox games. So how come the game is so popular in Korea?
As mentioned reviews for the game have been mixed, with PC Gamer suggesting that it is now “hard to see what all the fuss was about” while fans eagerly awaited its launch. According to the same website it has “too few surprises” and “lacks too many features”.
Too slow for a modern audience?
Similarly, review sites Game Master UK and Game Spot criticized the game for being slow, a common complaint directed towards larger MMOs. They also say it fails to keep gamers engaged in the story. It appears that whilst the game takes a long time to play might not be a major negative, it will have to be extremely engaging at certain key points to make up for this. For many, Blade and Soul fails to do this.
It would be wrong however to think that all Western reviews of Blade & Soul are negative. The popular blog ‘RPG fan’ gave the game a score of 82%, praising it for “fantastic combat and movement systems” which allow gamers to engage in multiplayer gaming more thoroughly than the competitors. This particular review also states that the game offers “some of the best combat found in any MMO currently on the market”
The Positive Blade & Soul Reviews
Website ‘Dark Zero’ also takes a largely positive view of Blade and Soul, whilst at the same time providing a balanced critique of where the game could be improved. It is criticized for having inferior graphics to what one might expect from your latest MMO. However, the storyline is praised and the actual combat sequences are rated highly, especially for a free-to-play game. They finish the review by saying “this is not a game that should be passed up simply because you have already put so many hours into another game….it should be experienced for what it is and all other developers …should take note.”
Overall, Blade and Soul has received mixed reviews across the board. Whilst some criticize its storyline, others praise it. Similarly, some rave about the combat sequences, and others don’t see them as anything special. It is certainly hard to stand out in a crowded market of MMOs. If you are interested in trying out the game but are worried about the potentially long grind, then checkout our Blade and Soul Accounts page for the latest offers.