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  • Summary: In Bladestorm: Nightmare the player is called to create a mercenary and accept missions which will advance the English or the French cause in the course of the Hundred Years War. The successful completion of these missions relies on a variety of elements which put the player’s fightingIn Bladestorm: Nightmare the player is called to create a mercenary and accept missions which will advance the English or the French cause in the course of the Hundred Years War. The successful completion of these missions relies on a variety of elements which put the player’s fighting abilities, strategy, tactical and leadership skills to the test. The Mercenary does not ride to the field alone, but as the commander of an army unit selected to fit each individual situation as some missions are better fought with foot soldiers, others with lances, archers, light cavalry, or a combination of melee, ranged and mounted units. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. 90
    Bladestorm has a unique flavour, and it's one that takes a while to really settle in. But, once you get into its rhythm it has just the right mix of history and fantasy elements so that it does respect to one of the most fascinating periods of historical conflict, while letting you have some fun with it too.
  2. Mar 17, 2015
    70
    Bladestorm: Nightmare's vast battlefields only become truly welcoming once you're embedded deep within its progression system, but those who are on the lookout for a bit of tactical action will definitely want to test their mettle as a mercenary all the same. While combat's never spectacular, and the game isn't quite as strategic as it perhaps promises to be at first glance, it's still easy to get lost in this historical hack-'em-up's rewarding gameplay loop.
  3. Mar 18, 2015
    65
    Bladestorm Nightmare gives us the chance to enjoy the game once again, with graphical enhancements and a new plot that adds certain elements to the game. Unfortunately, it has English text, unlike the original game which came with Spanish subtitles. However, it's a game to think about for newcomers as well as old players.
  4. Mar 29, 2015
    60
    Entertaining for a time but it will ends up becoming stale if your session goes on too long.
  5. Mar 29, 2015
    58
    Even had Bladestorm: Nightmare came out several years ago on PS3 I don't think I would have enjoyed it much. But, for those who like Dynasty Warrior-esque games and want more unit control and strategy, Bladestorm is worth checking out.
  6. May 1, 2015
    50
    The update of the original Bladestorm simply does not work. With poor A.I., lots of problems with the in-game camera and shallow strategy options, Bladestom: Nightmare can truly become a bad dream.
  7. Mar 17, 2015
    20
    Bladestorm Nightmare is neither interesting to play nor good looking in any way, shape, or form. There are books that offer more visceral medieval combat than this. Seek those out and do anything else with your PS4.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 25, 2015
    7
    Bladestorm: Nightmare a clumsy method pushes a true appearance of hope going into boring, same as in 2007, but now 2015. The idea is nice, butBladestorm: Nightmare a clumsy method pushes a true appearance of hope going into boring, same as in 2007, but now 2015. The idea is nice, but not enough energy is essential, this game so great difficulty develops. Hoping for fun game, but I did for sometimes played alone with no army! It was like I can beat all little people back and forth with true powers. I don’t know, maybe I will forget later and come back and change points, but at is right moment 7 out 10! Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2019
    6
    Bladestorm: Nightmare is a quick hack-n-slash fix that any of the 'Dynasty' persuasion will find an enjoyable romp in its own right. However,Bladestorm: Nightmare is a quick hack-n-slash fix that any of the 'Dynasty' persuasion will find an enjoyable romp in its own right. However, it has some major drawbacks that keep it from being a truly good game. The story is completely negligible for one. Apart from Nightmare Mode, all you know is that you're a mercenary in a SUPER LONG war that must kill hordes of enemies for money... or sheer sadistic pleasure. You decide. But a lack of good story is really the sharpest of its dull points considering the type of game it is. We all sorta knew aforehand this was a war-junkie game when we got it, but still, having a more compelling narrative would do much to add to what charm it actually has.

    Second, the combat is much more tactically-based than it is based on singular heroism (looking at you Guan Yu). The problem with that is it's still not executed very well considering how non-tactical situations can truly be. For instance, mounting up with horses basically makes you unstoppable on the field. You remember that one scene in Return of the King where Rohan charges the huge Orc army and basically cleans house like a broom? That can be you in Bladestorm. And in fact it's SO easy to win, if it weren't so fun mowing guys down all the time, it would be a complete bore. The same can easily be said for Swordsmen - they're basically impenetrable and overpowered tanks. There's a major issue with units being overpowered, and depending on what you're looking for in this game, it can either be a complete turn-off or an amusement.

    For as tactical as the game claims to be, or wants to be rather, the lack of general difficulty causes the game to unknowingly revert to traditional Dynasty Warrior-fare (except you act as a squad, not necessarily an individual), where you generally blitz everything in sight using your squad's key abilities to easily overpower opponents who are supposed to pose a challenge.

    In its defense and to its favor, however, I will say that Bladestorm: Nightmare actually has a pretty good character-creator system, even though certain elements are ripped right off from Dynasty Warriors itself, such as the cosmetics and hair designs. Still, it's better than most other character creators by far (Mass Effect Andromeda for one), which may surprise you, and gives you quite an array of options to make the kind of character you might want to see made.

    I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, functionally speaking, Bladestorm fails at its mission statement by canceling out its own tactical formula with overpowered units and mechanics. However, and despite its repetitive gameplay loop, the crappy graphics, and the very lackluster narrative, what Bladestorm accomplishes for its very niche fandom actually balances out its flaws and makes it a reasonably acceptable game which a fan of the genre can actually enjoy.

    In the case of Nightmare Mode, it tries to emulate what Warriors Orochi did by introducing an apocalyptic event where a certain someone is used to unleash demon hordes upon the realm of men. It's a PLUS and a credit to the re-imagining of the 2007 original and it offers further depth to what story The Hundred Years' War lacked. Still, it's more of the same at the end of the day.

    In conclusion, this is a cheap purchase for the Dynasty Warriors freakazoid, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone else. My personal score for this game is a 6, which is more than fair in my opinion. It easily could've been a 7 if certain aspects of the game were fine-tuned or paid more attention to, but alas... If another Bladestorm is made, the core focus of their endeavors should be to make it a true tactical experience by balancing unit strengths and weaknesses and also to present a compelling core story. If they do these two things (and work on the visuals lol), Bladestorm could come back to be an interesting take on tactical open-field warfare with a splash of Dynasty Warrior pixie dust.
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  3. Jul 7, 2017
    4
    This is a lazy game developed by omega force , that is not challenging and not deep at all .
    The game is a hack and slash game where you
    This is a lazy game developed by omega force , that is not challenging and not deep at all .
    The game is a hack and slash game where you command a small army
    The story and storytelling is very weak
    But the biggest problem is that the game is very boring , there's an empty world with a lot of enemies , while it still felt empty because of the small enemy variety
    There is some fun to get in this game , the first 2 hours i guess, but after that a little bit fun to boring
    Still , I think a few fans of the genre will enjoy it, but I am a fan of the genre to and this was just a boring ball of mixed boredom
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