Blade & Soul PC

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  • Summary: Your tale of revenge unravels across a world where martial arts and mythology meet in a furious clash of fists and betrayal. The path of vengeance begins with determination. Choose one of four unique races, and use detailed character customization tools to shape your persona withYour tale of revenge unravels across a world where martial arts and mythology meet in a furious clash of fists and betrayal. The path of vengeance begins with determination. Choose one of four unique races, and use detailed character customization tools to shape your persona with near-infinite possibilities. Like the crane that soars on the wind, explore a beautiful, cinematic world as you use the power of windwalk to glide across forests, dash across rivers, and jump over mountains. See the world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim as you travel the land. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Feb 15, 2016
    82
    Blade & Soul's combat system is a huge breath of fresh air in the MMO market.
  2. Mar 3, 2016
    80
    Overall this is a game that should not be passed up simply because you have already put in so many hours on another game. Rather it should be experienced for what it is and all other developers looking to dip a toe in the MMO pool should take note that this is how to breathe life into an otherwise stagnant and overcrowded free-to play market.
  3. Feb 2, 2016
    79
    You know those lists with pros and cons that help you make important decisions? In the case of Blade & Soul the beautiful graphics and exciting PvP, and the fact that the game is free to play, would be on the plus side. The negative side is mostly filled by the somewhat uninspired quests and dungeons. Fortunately Blade & Soul has an advantage which helps fill the list in favor of a beautiful score: The unique combat.
  4. Feb 9, 2016
    70
    Although Blade & Soul is rough around the corners with its outdated quests and PvE envrionment, its strength in action-based combat and PvP shines through.
  5. CD-Action
    Mar 30, 2016
    65
    A belated game following the band of other Korean MMOs vanishing on the horizon. [03/2016, p.58]
  6. Mar 7, 2016
    60
    It succeeds at providing enough of a compelling reason to try it out, but in failing to do anything else new it just feels like a rehash of once-standard ideas.
  7. Jan 28, 2016
    52
    Blade and Soul's excellent PvP is buried beneath a mountain of tired MMO tropes that are sometimes frustrating and rarely innovative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 91
  2. Negative: 41 out of 91
  1. Feb 3, 2016
    10
    So the game finaly came to us. The game has always been famous and in the east even an Esport title because of its amazing combat and balancedSo the game finaly came to us. The game has always been famous and in the east even an Esport title because of its amazing combat and balanced PVP. It is a simple fact that every class can beat every class in PvP simply by playing better. Also in arena there is no armor. The only difference between the people is the way they skill their class and their skills as a player.
    This whole game is heavily skill based. To dodge or block you gotta dodge or block in the right moment, there is no % chance to use your shield to block some attack. The controls itself feel very good. You feel like you have complety control about what your character does. The battle system is hands down the best on the market.
    The PvE dungeons are a lot of fun because of the battle system aswell. Again the skill level shows. While some people can do a whole dungeon without ever getting hit, others will die at every boss several times. It is impressive what you can achieve with practice here aswell. It goes to the point where some people solo or duo full dungeons that other people cant even do with a full group even though both have the same armor.
    To level you will do mostly quests which are the basic stuff, that you know from all the mmos, aside of the story quests. The story is very well told and becomes insanely interesting over the course of the game.
    That being said the game doesn't have a lot of endgame right now but the first content patch is coming p February 10th (3 weeks after launch) and they intend to keep that pace up. NCsoft is going to release the full content of 4 years Blade and Soul in Korea within this year in the west. So this game will have no lack of content any time soon.
    All in all this game has a lot to offer. More than any MMO that released in the past years and since it is free you definitely should give it a shot. The people who give this game 0 as rating or say the game is unbalanced are simply bad players. Remember some MMOs are "feel good" MMOs where everyone feels like they are extra ordinary players, no matter how bad they are. Blade and Soul is not a "feel good" MMO. In this game you need to practice and learn to realy be a good player and that is exactly what makes this game so appealing!.
    So why are you still reading this? Go play :)
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  2. Jan 21, 2016
    10
    Easily the best mmo i have played since World of Warcraft. Hands down the best pvp system i have ever experienced. Recommend this to anyone, iEasily the best mmo i have played since World of Warcraft. Hands down the best pvp system i have ever experienced. Recommend this to anyone, i dont even like asian weaboo art styles. Expand
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    10
    What an amazing game! The action combat has changed the way I look a MMO's. I will never be able to go back to a game like WoW again where IWhat an amazing game! The action combat has changed the way I look a MMO's. I will never be able to go back to a game like WoW again where I mash buttons in a rotation. Every kick, every punch, and swing in Blade and Soul just feels so right. Expand
  4. Jan 22, 2016
    5
    It's pretty and plays a lot on sexyness. It's quite disturbing thought that the female population seems to be 90% of the character base. WhileIt's pretty and plays a lot on sexyness. It's quite disturbing thought that the female population seems to be 90% of the character base. While I understand that some people want to play as female it's obvious that a lot of players also just want to look at a sexy womans behind while playing, giving the feeling of hundreds of horny teenagers running around you while you play.

    The story is good if you enjoy that sort of manga/anime adventures though I personally have a bit of a problem when I'm the only survivor when my school is attacked and then I'm supposed to play with a bunch of players that are also the only survivor of when their school was attacked...

    The game is more action based than WoW but don't expect it to be a mortal kombat mmo (even though many seems to want to make that comparison).

    Controlls are ok-ish, I enjoy the jump float feeling.

    I give it a low score since it didn't manage to capture me and since the most fun I've had in the game was in the character creation...and the character creation is quite awesome, to bad nobody else notice all the details you put in to building your persona since you are just another sexy lady with protective gear that covers 20% of your body.

    I have a feeling that this game is popular mostly because people are itching big time for something to replace WoW....and horny teenagers.
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  5. Feb 18, 2016
    4
    PvP is alright and the character creator is very powerful but everything else is lackluster (especially the PvE). The story is above averagePvP is alright and the character creator is very powerful but everything else is lackluster (especially the PvE). The story is above average but still nothing extraordinary.

    The combat is actually quite deep and makes an effort to be different, but again, not many reasons to fully master it other than PvP.

    Dated graphics; Uninspired gear design (Little to no alternative from being almost naked and covered in oil); Unoptimized (games is abnormally dropping frames in places it shouldn't. On powerful rigs); Close to no effort in making the leveling phase of the experience compete with the rest of the market (Almost exclusively done through the usual quests you played everywhere else).

    You might love it if you are an hardcore PvPer, but an MMO should be a lot more than just PvP content, as other games have proven in the past through either their fall or success.
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  6. Feb 11, 2016
    1
    Ok how the PVP system works is amazing it's really good, if it wasn't laging ever since the game released and NCsoft is doing nothing aboutOk how the PVP system works is amazing it's really good, if it wasn't laging ever since the game released and NCsoft is doing nothing about it. To sum it all up everything is pretty much meh except the pvp and it lags like crazy talking about teleporting opponents 300ms input delay basicly unplayable. Might aswell started playing it when it was released in korea as i have the same ms here in europe............ Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2016
    0
    KEEP AWAY from this **** game.
    The combat system on PvP requires you to have maximum 100 ping.
    But the servers of ncsoft are so **** bad you
    KEEP AWAY from this **** game.
    The combat system on PvP requires you to have maximum 100 ping.
    But the servers of ncsoft are so **** bad you will never see a better **** ping than 150, even if you live next doors. Disconnects happen all the time, game is poorly optimised and buggy, you will get FPS drops in all situations and high ping regardless of your internet connection or PC setup. Also, the class balance is just a total failure. To have fun at PvP in this game you have to play only one of the few classes that are just easy to play and less ping-dependant. PvE is just a huge grind. Everything you drop is untradeable, so you will never get anything you need from other players, you just have to do daily quests for 3 months, the same 3 quests every single day and grind your way to some better PvE items. Also, those PvE items are used for battleground PvP, so unless you play this game for 2 years, you won't be able to do ANYTHING in any kind of open PvP or battlegrounds. It's just 100% gear dependant.

    Don't waste your time and don't install this **** game, you will just lose money and nerves.
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