Blade of Darkness is one of those games that you never forget. It is my favorite game of all time, and i've played quite a lot of games, almost any type. I must say (not to brag or something) that i finished the game at least seven times with the barbarian, about five or six with the knight and about four or five times with the amazon as well as the dwarf. The game is astonishing, and it looks great even in 2008 after i've played call of duty 4, or doom 3, half life 2, hit-man blood money, etc. You have four characters to chose from, every single one of them with his own moves and weapon techniques. The number of weapons that you encounter is very large so you have to chose carefully weapons from your f1 list of weapons in which the character you have chosen specializes(they are quite a lot, don't worry). Each weapon has a power strike that will take a lot of damage if executed(as soon as you master how to use the power strikes of your weapons the game becomes a lot easier and more interesting, the combination for each power strike is on the f1 list).
What most players don't know is that you have to uncover six tablets with some inscriptions on them(a big sign dominating the rest of the writing) so that you can use properly the sword of Ianna, the most powerful weapon of all which any of the characters can use in combat and even use it's power, it's ultimate strike which is very impressive, powerful and different from those of your usual weapons(i'm not going to give more details to spoil your surprise). I repeat in order to properly use the sword of Ianna and to gain another stage(your last enemy is not Dal'Gurak - for those who have played the whole game) you must collect all of the six tablets which are very well hidden throughout the stages, you have to look for clues, signs, loose walls etc. in order to find them. Beware though, before every one of those tablets you will encounter traps.
There are many types of enemies that you will encounter, some possessing special powers, some having certain weaknesses that you must observe and exploit in order to achieve victory. The battles are extremely engaging, realistic and bloody, you can actually cut one of your enemy's hands, or legs and pick it up in order to throw it or fight with it(not recommended). Some of your enemies will actually fight amongst them if they hit one and other by mistake. Another piece of advice that i can give you, and probably the most important is to always use "lock on" key in a fight as soon as you spot your enemy, it practically gives you control of the battle.The maps are beautiful, various, quite detailed and they never get boring.
If you take notice at my advices the game will become a lot easier and pleasant, otherwise you will find it to difficult and probably quit playing after two or three maps (like some friends of mine). Blade of darkness is a game that has everything, scary scenes, superb maps, lots of monsters and battles that you won't forget and dream about at night. If you haven't played it yet make sure you give it a try because it won't disappoint you.
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