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  • Summary: Stunning, richly detailed fantasy world. Real-ime lighting casts eerie and terrifying shadows. Unrivaled blood and gore combat. Hack off an enemy's limb, then thrash him with it. Learn devastatingly fluid combo attacks and use them to slice your enemies to pieces. [Codemasters]
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. An excellent addition to the third-person genre, incorporating great components of sound, music, and visuals, as well as bolstering incredibly intense melee combat.
  2. 88
    A pretty darn satisfying experience. The battles are intense, the gore is outrageous, the levels are well designed, the graphics are superb, and there is a save anywhere feature. Thank God for that. So if you are looking for a challenging and beautiful adventure, you'll want to check this one out.
  3. PC Gamer
    82
    Successfully mixes numerous gameplay styles in one compelling package. [May 2001, p.84]
  4. I liken Blade of Darkness to a popcorn flick. Check your brain at the door, this one’s all about the special effects and boisterous fighting scenes.
  5. It's got some problems and takes some time to get into, but it should otherwise appeal to players who've enjoyed previous hack-and-slash action games, or those who like the idea of them.
  6. Nov 11, 2021
    65
    Twenty years later, Blade of Darkness offers a fine-enough retro-style action experience. The combat system and gory decapitations will be of interest to fans of the genre, but one’s enjoyment will ultimately depend on nostalgia, or perhaps one’s tolerance for repetitive, clunky combat from 2001.
  7. Low "immersion factor". Two-bit, two-frame main character animation. Sluggish and awkward combat mode. Completely unoriginal puzzles. RPG elements are nothing more than a decoration - something to put on a box.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Jun 3, 2011
    10
    I hate those review magazines..THIS WAS THE BEST F*CKIN AWESOME hack and slash 3rd person game of its time.Period.A TRUE LEGEND!!!The shadowsI hate those review magazines..THIS WAS THE BEST F*CKIN AWESOME hack and slash 3rd person game of its time.Period.A TRUE LEGEND!!!The shadows were overwhelming,the music was trully epic,the battles were really hard,the enemies were f*cking awesome and brutal,the fatalities differed if you hit different parts of the body..pure awesomeness!!!Although mainly underrated by the press,i remember PC magazine gave it a 90%!!!Thank god i saw it on the package and bought it immediately!(ps.PC magazine of that time was really nasty on scoring.. ;) ) Expand
  2. ANGELM.
    Oct 17, 2004
    10
    THE BEST GAME EVER PLAYED.
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    The game is just perfect! Blade of Darkness is one of the best hack&slash games ever created for PC. It has many dozens of special attacks,The game is just perfect! Blade of Darkness is one of the best hack&slash games ever created for PC. It has many dozens of special attacks, dozens of weapons, and thousands of enemies waiting to be killed by you or to kill you most violent ways :).
    The game's engine was the most advanced at the time of release, because it supported dynamic light & shadows much earlier than any other game engine ever. When you see a torch, you'll just stay and watch how beautiful it is.
    The sound tracks is gorgeous, so you'll enjoy it for sure.
    All in all, it's a masterpiece. The disc version of the game is very hard to find these days, but the digital version is available on GOG.
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  4. Feb 12, 2018
    9
    9.5 out of 10
    One of the best PC slashers ever made, Blade of Darkness has amazing and brutal swordplay and dark atmosphere. Visuals look
    9.5 out of 10
    One of the best PC slashers ever made, Blade of Darkness has amazing and brutal swordplay and dark atmosphere. Visuals look decent even today, 16+ years after it's release. The only flaw is lack of a plot, but you won't even notice it while decapitating goblins and painting the walls with orcs' blood.
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  5. Oct 17, 2013
    9
    That whispering that I was hearing when I was walking in the darkness gave me the creeps. This game also is very big! Hours and hours ofThat whispering that I was hearing when I was walking in the darkness gave me the creeps. This game also is very big! Hours and hours of gameplay, even with Godmode on. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2021
    9
    + Высокая сложность (не искусственно завышенная, а основана на мастерстве)
    + Густая атмосфера темного фентези
    + Разнообразие локаций +
    + Высокая сложность (не искусственно завышенная, а основана на мастерстве)
    + Густая атмосфера темного фентези
    + Разнообразие локаций
    + Саунд-дизайн
    + Боевая система (каждый персонаж ощущается по своему, в зависимости от предпочитаемого оружия)
    + Секреты (интересно искать, достойно вознаграждаются)

    +/- Сюжет достаточно простой (но нужен ли он этой игре?)

    - Кривое управление (дерганная камера, прыжки по камням просто ужасны)
    - Малое количество видов врагов
    - Боссы либо очень сложные, либо очень легкие (в большинстве вторые, но с исключениями)
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    Вряд ли данную игру можно посоветовать тем, кто её не застал по факту выхода, либо из поколений помоложе.
    Прошел BoD залпом, что нечасто бывает, и так прилично кайфанул )
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  7. Oct 10, 2021
    2
    I found it was best played with keyboard only configuration, as mouse and turning keyboard commands conflict often otherwise. Considering theI found it was best played with keyboard only configuration, as mouse and turning keyboard commands conflict often otherwise. Considering the time of its release and better games that flanked it several years prior and one year after (Jedi Outcast and Enclave), BoD is a ho hum jankfest by comparison. I couldn't even bring myself to finish the first level because it was so mediocre and boring. Thankfully, I didn't have nostalgia goggles on when playing this game after the GoG re-release recently. Expand

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