Stellar Blade – PS5 Review

Stellar Blade is the latest PlayStation Exclusive that has dropped and although the reviews are mixed, most players agree that the visuals are superb, and the gameplay is pretty solid.

In the game, The future of humanity hangs in the balance Ravaged by strange, powerful creatures, Earth has been abandoned, and what is left of the decimated human race has fled to a Colony in outer space.

After traveling from the Colony, 7th Airborne Squad member EVE arrives on the desolate remains of our planet with a clear-cut mission: to save humankind by reclaiming Earth from a malevolent force that has devastated it.

But as EVE tackles the enemy one-by-one, piecing together the mysteries of the past in the ruins of human civilization, she realizes that her mission is far from straightforward. In fact, almost nothing is as it seems…

Stellar Blade is a mixed bag. On one hand, its packed with some of the most stunning visuals we’ve ever seen on any next gen console title and with a Sekiro-inspired combat system and you’d think that it would be a match made in heaven (in many ways it is). On the other hand, the depth of story and character development isn’t all that deep. The conversations that happen between characters feels somewhat unnatural and I can’t help but think something has been lost in translation somewhere along the way as the game is developed by Korean company Shift Up.

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All that aside I can’t speak highly enough of the classic Asian inspired animation that feels like has been missing from game titles in recent years as developers tend to go for a form of hyper realism instead. Shift Up have nailed the aesthetics here, and I found myself engaged in the beauty of the character design and amazed at the survivors and creatures who at times can be wonderfully confronting.

Stellar Blade is full of light RPG elements and upgrades allowing you to unlock your hidden potential as the story progresses. The training room is a great place to test the upgrade prior to using your skill points to make sure you are making the right decision. However there are ways to reset the skill points and redistribute them.

You’ll also find a large amount of side-quests that you can either complete or ignore with no real imact on the story. However you will get many rewards and skill points from completing as many as you can, so it goes a long way to helping your character growth in the game and I seriously had more fun in the side quests at times than the main story. Without going into spoilers there are moments in the side quests that could have been a game of their own.

The world is stunning as a post-apocalyptic backdrop on the planet while a creative futuristic dream in space. Making use of “Supply Camps” which come after the “Solar Tower” is a must, so its worth making sure that is happening in the first major section of the game so that you can level up some key components and allow for a smoother gameplay experience.

An interactive comic is available to experience for free to really embrace the world building here

So, would I recommend it?

Absolutely!

Stellar Blade offers a treasure trove of hidden goodies that make exploration a blast! So, if you’re ready to dive into a world filled with epic battles and monstrous foes where you can just pick it up and play it without getting too emotionally attached, wrap your eyeballs around Stellar Blade available now on PS5 that is a solid 7.5 out of 10.

Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy of the game for review and listen to the iHeart Radio Countdown on Saturdays to hear me talk about Stellar Blade as we feature it.

Doccy Darko

Doccy Darko

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