Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Spend a couple of hours coping with the plodding narrative and oppressive gameplay and you'll swear off RPGs for life.
  2. Blade Dancer is an RPG lacking in character, soul, and most importantly, entertainment. Not recommended. [Oct 2006, p.129]
  3. With its forgettable characters, interminable load times, and mind-numbingly dull battles, Blade Dancer assaults players with such profound mediocrity that only the most tenacious questers will make it beyond the first few hours. [Aug 2006, p.93]
  4. 45
    A completely forgettable experience. [Issue 145, p.86]
  5. Cheesy plot, horrible dialogue and translation, bland graphics, and standard RPG cliches circa 1995 as far as the eye can see. [Aug 2006, p.81]
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JohnC.
    Apr 17, 2007
    4
    The forging of weapons can be a disadvantage some times like when your fighting a boss or something. It was fun at first but ones you get in The forging of weapons can be a disadvantage some times like when your fighting a boss or something. It was fun at first but ones you get in to the game you'll realize that your character doesn't even have a goal or a reason for fighting all this monsters and rescuing this girl. Full Review »
  2. GhettoAzian
    Nov 9, 2006
    10
    Man, people say this game sucks, etc. I don't know what they don't like. This game is interesting and got me hooked after a few Man, people say this game sucks, etc. I don't know what they don't like. This game is interesting and got me hooked after a few hours of play. Full Review »
  3. PaulS.
    Jul 25, 2006
    8
    Its hard to believe what some of the critics were playing,when I read comments like "interminable load times"and "mind numbingly dumb Its hard to believe what some of the critics were playing,when I read comments like "interminable load times"and "mind numbingly dumb battles". In my oppinion that does not describe BD fairly or accurately. I do agree that the characters are for the most part forgetable, but so were the characters in other criticaly acclaimed RPGs such as the "Dark Cloud"series. The same critics that drooled over Dark Cloud suddenly have nothing good to say about a solid title with forgettable characters. The battle system is simple and lends itself to some strategy and tense moments since both you and your enemy basicaly feed off of the same Lunar pool (magic points) and since that Lunar pool only grows as you recieve and ditch out damage. The crafting system is very well implemented and is more than an after thought to keep you busy,its an important part of the game and can be quite addicting. Music is sparse unfortuanately but whats there is better than a lot of standard gaming fare. Finaly the load times are far from obscene if you havent the patience to wait 5 or 6 seconds for another part of the BD world to load, you shouldnt play anything on the PSP. Load times come part and parcel with it as one of its short comings and BD is far from having overly long load times. Amazing how critics will praise games with load times twice as long or with equaly forgettable characters and yet are so harsh on BD. Maybe they should take a break from gaming for a while. Full Review »