Next Studios’ Bladed Fury is a side-scroling, hack-and-slash game based on a mixture of ancient Chinese mythology and fantasy sword-and-sorcery combat. What you end up with is a game that takes a little bit of Onikira: Demon Killer, a dash of Vanillaware’s Muramasa, a touch of Armed With Wings: Rearmed, and full helping of the stylistic trappings of China’s era of warring dynasties. The mixture creates a high-octane, fast-paced, visually stunning hack-and-slash side-scrolling starring a big-boobed hottie with a big sword and a mean swing.
China may be ruining gaming in all the worst ways, but that’s not really the developers’ fault. They’re just stuck under the oppressive thumb of a cultural dictatorship. Anyway, Next Studios’ game is designed around the Warring States Period based on the story of Usurpatio of Qi by Tian. The idea was to add a fantastical twist to actual Chinese history while keeping the gameplay fluid and fast. You can see what it’s like in action with the gameplay trailer below.
As you may have noticed, the gameplay looks very similar to some of Vanillaware’s works. Well, that’s because according to the developers, that was part of their inspiration for the gameplay mechanics; Muramasa: The Demon Blade was a particular inspiration for the combat, along with the parchment ink wash that Vanillaware made famous last gen. They decided to utilize this art-style and combat philosophy for the general visual aesthetics and gameplay mechanics for Bladed Fury.
In the Steam community thread they explain…
“For combat, the familiar light/heavy attack system is used to generate combos. We also focused on making the movements smooth and fluid, while adding guard abilities and the Soul Sliver system to enhance the combat experience. We want to give players more freedom while they’re fighting, so they can alternate between offense and defense instantly and experience the thrill of being in total control of the character.”
A lot of gamers love what Next Studios has done with Bladed Fury. It’s not perfect but it hearkens back to the old days when games were made to be fun and unique, and oftentimes had a touch of historical fantasy to them. You can check out Bladed Fury right now for just $9.99 over on the Steam store. The game is marked down by 30% off during the first week so you can grab a copy for just $6.99.