Bushido Blade is one of the video games that has become a legend. The 1997 PlayStation fighting game was defined not by combinations and health sticks, but by fast, tense sword fighting where a single strike could kill you or your opponent. There has been very little else since then.
Enter the Hellish Quart, out early today. It’s Bushid-ish – it’s swords, it’s duels, and it’s one-slash killings – but it’s a step further by having all your movements physics based.
I’ve never played Bushido Blade, but I’ve probably had people talk to me about it. I say it is “transferred to legend” because I swear that half of the people who talk about it have not played it either – they have just read about it and think it sounds cool. Instead, I will choose to think of Hellish Quart as the upscale version of Nidhogg, another fantastic one-on-one swordfight. I’ve had many hours with funny shanking friends and tried to be eaten by a big worm in Nidhogg, and I hope for the same from Hellish Quart.
Unfortunately, Hellish Quart does not have an online multiplayer yet, but it does have a local multiplayer and supports Steam’s “Remote Play Together” feature, which allows you to play local multiplayer games over the internet. Does that kind of have online multiplayer, I guess. But there is no magic Steam feature that gives big worms into play, so there is still a lot to look forward to.
It’s a demo you can download via Steam, and the whole game costs you £ 11.46 / $ 14.44 / € 11.89.