Skara - The Blade Remainsby Other Contributors Jul 22, 2017 | 1 Votes | 0 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate Step into the gladiatorial pit and put your melee combat abilities to the test in Skara - The Blade Remains! There skills on the battlefield might trip you up when you first play them, but after enough trial n’ error with that character you will find yourself striking down foes to attain the rank of legend! Play Now Similar Games Played
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Skara – The Blade Remains is a F2P melee-only, competitive and team-based game that players can pick up this very moment. Skara is currently under the development of 8-bit Studio, who are regularly updating the game with new content and events to keep you coming back for more; oh and a slew of different and unique characters as well to keep things interesting.
The plot for the game is something you have to actively search for, but the deeper you go, the more intriguing it starts to become. The gist of it is that there are 4 different races of people, each of whom have their own reasons for protecting their home against the other. Basic plotline for the game isn’t so interesting, but the lore that you can delve into slowly gets deeper and deeper with each month, as the developers are constantly working towards new lore updates.
At the start of the game you’re not actually forced to take the tutorial, but considering it’s a good way of teaching you what you’re supposed to do, I’d recommend taking them up on the offer, even if it is easy enough to pick up. The tutorial is about 5 minutes long and quickly teaches you the fundamentals through some quick bouts of combat against some training dummies.
How the combat works is through moving using the WASD keys, attacking with left and right-click, depending on whether you want a basic or specialized attack, and a couple of abilities that’s tied to 3 separate keys. You can also block attacks with certain characters and dodge roll with all of them, so you need to master all of these basic mechanics to become even remotely good at Skara.
After taking a crack at the tutorial, you’re welcome to go and enjoy the online play through a couple of different means: 1 vs 1 duels or with a team, in 3 vs 3 duels. I will admit, it’s a shame there’s not much variety in the game modes as of right now, but they do manage to do the trick; if and when you can find a game. It can take up to 1-2 minutes to find a player and at times you may not even find a player and just go up against a bot instead, one that gets replaced by a player whenever they’re available. While it is a shame that there aren’t many people on at once, it is good to know that there’s mechanics in place to stop you from simply doing nothing at all for 30 minutes.
When you do finally manage to get into a game have a fun and interesting time against your opponent. The game isn’t particularly easy to be good at, so when you play online, you’re never really going to have a straight win, which is a nice feeling. Every now and again it’s nice to know that on the other end of this battlefield is an opponent that really pushes my skills to the limit.
Outside of combat there’s a few cosmetics that you can play around with, such as different sets of armor or weapons, and even different helmets. They don’t change your stats in any way, but they do look rather cool! You don’t even have to spend a dime on the game, because a lot of the cosmetic items can be earned simply by playing the game, leveling up, and reaping what you sow.
As with any good online-focused game, there’s a real sense of community tied to the game in the form of an in-game friends list and more importantly there’s the inclusion of a clan system. Similar to almost any other game that has this sort of feature, it allows for you to talk within your clan, set up for some events with clanmates and help support the clan overall to make it stronger.
Looking at the game visually, it’s a bit of a hit and miss in some areas. In-game characters and cosmetics don’t look all that impressive, but they have their moments, but the environments themselves definitely come off as a highlight. What I really find lacking, however is the animations, as they feel rather dull and uninspired, which is a real shame because they should be one of the most important parts of the combat.
Again, the audio is a bit of a mixed bag, just like the visuals. The characters themselves do not have great audio lines tied to them and their grunts sound rather awkward and forced at the best of times. On the flipside of that, however is the music that gives off an epic, fantasy vibe that really does suit the game; I just wish there was some more of it, rather than the same track at times.
Overall, Skara – The Blade Remains is definitely a little rough around the edges here and there, with the visuals being somewhat dated for a game this day and age, but it doesn’t dampen the overall experience of the game. Jumping into this game, you’re expecting satisfying and competitive online multiplayer and that’s exactly something that Skara manages to deliver on.
While I will say that the game is nowhere near perfect, its overall idea and design does scratch a certain itch that many genres don’t come near and for that I can’t help but recommend this game; especially to those who think this sounds like their type of F2P game.