After spending numerous hours delving deep into the intricacies of the game’s combat system, we decided to focus on the action RPG’s gameplay in our Stellar Blade review.

Developed by the esteemed Korean studio Shift Up, Stellar Blade is a tour de force in the realm of action RPGs, drawing inspiration from acclaimed titles like NieR: Automata and Sekiro while infusing its own unique flair.

Stellar Blade release date, story, deluxe edition, gameplay
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As EVE, a cybernetically enhanced warrior battling the grotesque Naytiba invaders, you’re thrust into a world where every swing of your plasma sword and every bullet fired counts.

In this Stellar Blade review, we take a closer look at the feature that puts the most thrill in this action-packed adventure — its battle system.

Stellar Blade review: The charisma of its combat system

Stellar Blade review: The charisma of its combat system
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At the heart of Stellar Blade lies its combat system, a symphony of swordplay and gun mastery that demands precision and finesse from players.

Defensive techniques

The Naytiba battle at the start of Stellar Blade
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One of the standout features of Stellar Blade’s combat is its emphasis on defensive prowess. Counterattacks, Perfect Parries, and Perfect Dodges are not just flashy maneuvers, they are essential tools in your arsenal.

Stellar Blade model Shin Jae-eun
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Timing is everything, as mastering these defensive techniques not only keeps you alive but also fuels your Beta Skill meter, unlocking EVE’s most devastating abilities.

Not-so-complex combos

Stellar Blade battle mode
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The complexity of Stellar Blade’s combat is evident from the get-go, with every button on the PS5 controller playing a vital role.

While this might seem daunting at first, the in-game tutorial eases you into the mechanics, ensuring that you’re ready to face the challenges ahead.

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EVE’s moveset is a joy to command, offering a range of sword combos that seamlessly blend light and heavy attacks.

The fluidity of her movements adds a layer of satisfaction to each encounter, whether you’re slicing through hordes of enemies or executing precision strikes against formidable bosses.

Beta Skills

This Stellar Blade review won't be complete without the combat system
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Beta Skills, EVE’s pinnacle abilities, add another dimension to combat.

From charged AoE slashes to devastating thrusts, these skills are a testament to your mastery of the battlefield.

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The thrill of chaining together attacks and dodges, culminating in a spectacular Beta Skill, is an adrenaline rush that never grows old.

Thrilling boss battles

Alpha Naytiba in Stellar Blade
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Going into battle in Stellar Blade isn’t just about raw power; it’s about finesse and strategy. Dodges are not merely evasive maneuvers but rhythmic dances that sync with the pulse-pounding battle music.

When I reached the first boss battle, I finally got the hang of the basics of combat. It wasn’t a walk in the park, but that’s what made it so thrilling and enjoyable.

Pulling off perfect dodges and parries against enemies felt incredibly satisfying, especially with the awesome combat animations and background tunes adding to the excitement.

Every boss encounter brought a unique challenge, making it all the more rewarding to take down those formidable Naytibas.

EVE with Adam's drone in Stellar Blade
Credit: Shift Up

Each fight becomes a symphony of swordplay and gunplay, with EVE at the center, orchestrating a masterpiece of destruction.

Stellar Blade’s combat system is a triumph of design, blending complexity with accessibility and rewarding skillful play at every turn.

Whether you’re a seasoned warrior or a newcomer to the genre, Stellar Blade invites you to experience the thrill of battle like never before.

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