Review

Stellar Blade is one of the most mechanically satisfying action games of the generation

Shift Up’s console debut delivers a refreshing refinement of the well-worn character action formula

Game director
Hyung-Tae Kim
Key Credits
Hyung Min Lee (Design lead), Dong-Gi Lee (Technical director)
4 / 5
Stellar Blade is one of the most mechanically satisfying action games of the generation

For those who wished that God of War Ragnarok offered a bit more challenge or that Bayonetta had a bit more weight to its combat, this slick sci-fi slasher is the perfect tonic, offering both the perfect entry point into the Souls-like genre and a refreshing refinement of the well-worn character action formula. It may lack the naval gazing intelligence of the excellent Nier Automata, but when you’re having this much fun, it’s hard to care.

  • Combat is immensely satisfying throughout
  • More weighty and precise than the frantic comboing of PlatinumGames’ output
  • Stunning visuals
  • Underwhelming dialogue
  • Story pales in comparison to its beloved inspirations
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
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