Stellar Blade Review: "A Good Action-RPG that I Enjoyed a lot Despite Several Issues" - GR+

GamesRadar+: "Stellar Blade is more ambitious and varied than expected, but also about as clunky as expected, resulting in a stilted action RPG with a level of jank that you just have to accept. Meet it on its terms, and either tune out or embrace the odd sexual veneer, and it's a solid 20 to 30 hours of fun."

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Smellsforfree52d ago

I honestly found the demo to be a little too parry focused without much alternatives. Having to do multiple parries is kinda just exhausting and not fun for me.

Lexreborn252d ago

So it played like metal gear rising revengance? Sounds awesome

Crows9052d ago

So you don't like sekiro...got it

Andrew33652d ago

Not everyone has to like the same things you like bud.

Crows9052d ago


What a mind-blowing relevation. You must have gone to college.

Crows9052d ago

Odd sexual veneer???
Maybe the writer is the odd one.

Duke1952d ago

"One moment the camera treats her as an unserious sex object for players to gawk at, and in the next the story presents her as a serious character whose entire arc revolves around her own sense of agency."

I know I have now aged out of this games target audience, but this is one of my biggest gripes with games of this nature. If you are trying to strike a serious tone, then don't make a virtual sex doll. Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball leaned into the goofy/overtly sexualized aspects of the game. Forcing that into a serious medium is just clunky at best

CrimsonWing6952d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Can I ask something and I mean this with all due respect?

Is it ok to admire a game character that has a cool design at which a lot of people can gawk at the design? Like thinking Master Chief or some MK character looks cool and just admire the design? I’ve played the demo and aside from normal character closeness to the character and some sexy poses… what’s the big deal with flaunting that stylization?

Who in the hell came into the Bayonetta comments saying the way she oversexualized poses and camera shots presented a grotesque problem?

Why do people get so prudish about sexuality and the stylization of it? It seriously weirds me out that you probably have no issues with Grand Theft Auto or a FPS where you chainsaw rip through sh*t in gory detail where the camera can celebrate the macabre, but an attractive design with NO Nudity or Sexual Content is somehow appalling or takes away from the seriousness of the story?

Why is the mutilation of bodies, the acts of committing crimes, the destruction of things ok and perfectly fine to be entertained by without distracting from the tone of the narrative, but sexuality and in this case, simply titillation, is such a Problem?

I see things in DMC where they have fun with things and still be considered “serious.” I have only played the demo of Stellar Blade but not once did I see anything that takes away from the seriousness of the story. In fact, I was shocked at the brutality that was depicted like the ripping off of an arm and visceral impalement of characters that made me feel the seriousness of the tone.

I remember playing Gears of War and still found it serious even though characters were ridiculously stylized with muscular features and proportions… yet it never once was said that it took away from the seriousness.

So why is it different because of stylized portrayals of a character?

CrimsonWing6952d ago


I was hoping to get some discussion going and I’m not sure how to TL;DR it. That one’s on me, my bad.

thesoftware73052d ago

I really can't understand people actually feeling a sexual attraction to a video game character.

But yes, look at Bayonetta, they leaned super heavy into trying to sexualize her, her poses, clothes, and even some of the things she said, why not this much outrage?

Maybe cause the better graphics? I just don't get it, as someone that watches anime, read comics, and pretty much T.V, this is a dumb think to pick on.

Music videos, even beer, cars and makeup commercials have women acting in a sexual manner, where is the outrage?


Stellar Blade Gets Big PS Plus Premium Game Trial

PS Plus Premium subscribers can play a big chunk of Stellar Blade for free right now. The game already has a demo on the PS Store.

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jznrpg19h ago

Playing it now! The game is pretty big. I like that there is a lot of hidden stuff. It is a lot like Nier Automata more than I thought. But this game has some verticality to it. Recommended


Stellar Blade Dev Teases More Suits & Content Updates, Discusses Sequel Plans

Stellar Blade developer Shift Up has teased more suits and future content updates, and has also discussed plans for a sequel.

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thesoftware73015d ago

This game reminds me of when my daughter used to play the Bratz dress-up game on the Gamecube.

VersusDMC15d ago

Pretty sure in the bratzs game you also finish off a boss by cutting off it's arms and impaling it to a wall. Both games are well know for their violence. 🙃🤣

thesoftware73015d ago

People seem more excited about the cute dress-up outfits rather than the actual game.

CrimsonWing6915d ago


So, games with alternate costumes like fighting games, games like Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, hell let’s say the Souls-like games when you’re choosing cool looking sh*t for builds and crap ton of other games that do this are like the Bratz game?

Like, why in the f*ck do people get all douchey when a game is about titillation. You play Halo or anything? Do you like “dressing up” Chief? I guarantee you this wouldn’t be a response for Street Fighter 6 season pass costumes. I enjoyed running through RE4 Remake with different costumes, not once did I think it’s “dress-up.”

I know you thought you were being clever with the snarky comment, but instead you just sh*t the bed with it. Devil May Cry must also be like Bratz with the alternate outfits… Geezus, sometimes I just can’t with the comment diarrhea some people spray on this site.

Elda15d ago

Absolutely no comparison.

thesoftware73015d ago

They both have a lot of cute outfits with which to dress up your avatar.

DarXyde15d ago

I'm guessing because it's another game that you wanna play, but your pride won't let you...?

thesoftware73015d ago

So?...err, I mean No!

Nah, my backlog is too big at the moment, and the demo was just ok for me.

I won't get it anytime soon unless my daughter wants to play a dress-up video game again. It would be kind of strange as she is 28 years old, lol.

Hypertension14015d ago (Edited 15d ago )

You backlog doesn't seem to be an issue when Xbox release a game.

Tust me, this game is amazing. It's better than anything Xbox has put out this generation.

The demo is barely scratching the surface.

thesoftware73015d ago


No, but I think that sounds awesome because the Bratzs sucked, so dismembering them in a game may have been fun.

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Stellar Blade Tops Circana April Charts

The latest US sales data is out, and while hardware may be down for the big 3, software is ruling the day, including Stellar Blade topping the charts

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helicoptergirl16d ago

Must be weird for Xbox fans to see Sea Of Thieves at number 4 on the NPD charts

ravens5216d ago

The "best selling" game!?!? Lol. The narratives, I swear.