Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Sep 4, 2018
    90
    Blade Strangers is full of character, style and impressive visuals all while delivering a solid fighting videogame experience with some of the most accessible controls going. Play it now!
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    90
    Overall, Blade Strangers is a must-buy for fighting game fans. Switch owners will love having a fighter on the go that actually works well in that format – as the controls are such that you can comfortably play them in portable mode unlike the Street Fighter games. It’s a great-looking and playing game that has enough depth for die-hard brawlers, but is also easy to learn and fun to play at all skill levels. The robust roster may not be huge in number – but there is more variety in play types here, and it’s easy to find at least a handful of characters you’ll want to play as regularly.
  3. Aug 28, 2018
    85
    I’m not sure I can confidently say the game will do waves in the fighting game community, but I think it’ll be enjoyable for all players of all different skill types.
  4. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    It doesn't have the lineage of other fighting games, but Blade Strangers is well worth checking out.
  5. Aug 30, 2018
    80
    Blade Strangers does a decent enough job at building the bridge between the simplicity of Pocket Rumble and the anime flair of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The lean towards concentrating on core fundamentals makes this all-star brawler an approachable but enjoyable throwdown for those that are keen to make their mark in the genre. While the game’s easy execution may not entertain hardened enthusiasts for long, those that don’t have the time to surgically pick apart the demanding layers of the genre should certainly get a good fix out of this one.
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    80
    Blade Strangers is an odd mix of zany characters and entertaining gameplay. Its unique four-button fighting gameplay is a refreshingly accessible experience for anyone that wants to duke it out with Shovel Knight, Isaac, Quote, or any of the fourteen different fighters within the title.
  7. Sep 3, 2018
    75
    Blade Strangers is a very competent fighting game that stands out as a good entry point for newcomers. However, its lack of varied modes and its dependence on a players base in its online mode damage the overall quality of the game.
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  1. This is a fun, accessible fighter that casuals can jump into that also has depth that more seasoned fighting fans will appreciate. It’s definitely worth checking out.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Mar 23, 2019
    8
    Solid fighting mechanics and a wild, diverse cast of characters from across the Nicalis universe make Blade Strangers worth playing. TheSolid fighting mechanics and a wild, diverse cast of characters from across the Nicalis universe make Blade Strangers worth playing. The humorous dialogue in the story / campaign mode is genuinely funny and very self-aware. The biggest problem with Blade Strangers is the oddly jagged appearance of the fighters themselves -- it almost looks as though the sprites were blown up and then shrunk back down again, with digital artifacts and misshapen pixels making up the lines of animation. Overall, a fun and decent little crossover game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2018
    9
    I literally never do this but that is how much I have loved this game. I am not the type who would generally pick up a fighting game due toI literally never do this but that is how much I have loved this game. I am not the type who would generally pick up a fighting game due to the time necessary to just be competent at one or even have fun playing with someone who knows what they are doing. This game does not require you to spend hours in the training mode just to have fun and fill up the screen with absolutely absurd super moves and combos. If you are a fighting game veteran then this might not be your favorite or the one that you are picking up to play the most but you will have a lot more people to play fighting games with if you have this game. Like Smash, Blade Strangers has simple and easy to grasp controls and is a fighting game you can just jump right into and have fun with it. I have been having an absolute blast playing with my girlfriend who is also not a huge fighting game fan but we were both able to pick it up and start doing moves that look really cool right off the bat. The single player is fun and the story is just absurd but the real joy comes from having another person sitting next to you and a really close match end with you using Shovel Knight's super move and knocking your opponent out with a giant fish swimming across the screen. It is very hard not to laugh and smile while playing this game with another person and I cannot recommend it enough. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    6
    Blade Strangers, An old-school style 2d fighting game with a streamlined control system. Blade strangers injects popular fighters from theBlade Strangers, An old-school style 2d fighting game with a streamlined control system. Blade strangers injects popular fighters from the indie scene with representatives from games like: The Binding of Isaac, Shovel Knight, Gunvolt, Cave Story, and more. While featuring online play, story mode, arcade mode, and mission mode; does Blade Strangers have the chops to compete with the very challenging competition?

    6.0 / 10

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