Developer: Ametist studio
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 16/07/2021
£9.99 £7.99/ $10.99 $8.79
Onsale until 06/08/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Now and then a game will come along that is far better than it should be, this is one example Within The Blade.
You are Hideaki, a Ninja of the Black Lotus who has to find the Warlord that is sending Japan into an all out civil war. The Steal Clan have not only tried to take Japan for their own. But that they have Warlord of the Steel Clan has taken the power of an Evil Samurai and with it they have summoned demons to do their bidding. You are the only one who can save Japan.
The story is well nothing new, but it does a good job with the overall story and keeps the story going.
Even though the story is fairly simple and nothing new, Within The Blade makes up for this with amazing and slick gameplay. Like all good Ninja stealth games it has to have quick paced transition from stealth to killing and back again. Within The Blade does that so well it feels so good to do and you want to be more stealthy.
As you take down the Steel Clan, you will notice that the controls are simple, attack, block, jump/double jump, wall jump and wall run. Each really simple to do and feels fantastic to pull off. As you take down the Steel Clan, you will level up. This is by far the most important aspect of killing the enemy. There are loads of different ways to upgrade Hideaki. From getting a dash attack to a jump attack and a lot more. It took me six levels before I realised I could level up my Ninja. At least I survived until I noticed.
There is also a crafting system that seemed to tagged on and pointless. I found no real reason to use it as getting materials was hit and miss as you will get a few levels that will give you a good haul of materials and then loads of levels that will give you next to nothing. I also wasted two upgrade points on crafting so use them on something else.
Overall Within The Blade is a must play especially with the price. I loved my time with the game.
If you enjoy platformers and stealth gameplay, you need to play this game.