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  • Summary: In a world protected by the gentle Prismatic Moon, an ancient evil is stirring. The Dread Knight has reappeared to wreak havoc across the land, and the Dark Lord gathers his terrible strength. The world's only hope rests in the hands of a reluctant young adventurer named Lance. Discover your heritage and learn what it means to be the Protector of Light, Blade Dancer. [NIS America] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. What I really enjoyed was the crafting system because we could craft the item whenever we wanted, even on the world map, thus reducing the need of going back to town to buy healing items or new equipment.
  2. While Blade Dancer is a very fun, solid title, if you're not a true fan of the genre, it's not going to change your mind. [Aug 2006, p.86]
  3. Blade Dancer doesn’t stray from the tired formula of classic Japanese role-playing games when it comes to the storytelling and cast of characters.
  4. NIS tried hard with this new game built specifically for the PSP, but design flaws and a weak story hold back what could have been a good game.
  5. Great to look at and a thrill to explore, but its plodding, turn-based fights are enough to put off all but the most patient of RPGers. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  6. At its best, Blade Dancer offers familiarity, along with a half-hearted attempt at multiplayer. [Aug 2006, p.93]
  7. Blade Dancer is an RPG lacking in character, soul, and most importantly, entertainment. Not recommended. [Oct 2006, p.129]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. GhettoAzian
    Nov 9, 2006
    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. Collapse
  2. PaulS.
    Jul 25, 2006
    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. Expand
  3. JohnC.
    Apr 17, 2007
    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. Expand