BoF_splashGameloft wasn't joking when they said that Blades of Fury [App Store] was coming soon when I met with them at PAX, as it just popped up on the App Store mere minutes ago.

Blades of Fury is a fighting game obviously inspired by Soul Calibur featuring on-screen controls with a virtual D-Pad and set of buttons. In my brief time with the game at PAX I found that they worked well, but wasn't really sure how well the lack of precision inherent in most games with similar control schemes could cope with opponents of higher difficulty than the first few fights. Also included is a gesture-based system where you use the virtual D-Pad to move, then swipe on the screen to perform various attacks.

Here is our hands-on video from PAX:


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Blades of Fury has ten characters to choose from, each with different weapons, attacks, and combos. ten arenas are included in the game, along with four game modes: Story, Arcade, Survival, and Practice. Blades of Fury can also be played two player utilizing two devices and a local WiFi or bluetooth connection.

Reactions to the game are being collected in a thread on our forums, and we will post a closer look at the game once we're able to spend more time with it.

App Store Link: Blades of Fury, $6.99

  • Johan

    Damnit im still waiting for my iPhone 3GS they are all sold out in Sweden, and i sold my iPhone 3G to my nephew, So i can't play any games until i get the new phone. Bad time to change phone with all these games coming out.

  • Johan

    Damnit im still waiting for my iPhone 3GS they are all sold out in Sweden, and i sold my iPhone 3G to my nephew, So i can't play any games until i get the new phone. Bad time to change phone with all these games coming out.

  • kartel

    Can't wait to see how the gesture based moves stack up to the buttons!

  • kartel

    Can't wait to see how the gesture based moves stack up to the buttons!

  • TGR

    Might as well have called it Soulless Calibre.

    • Opie

      I kind of agree.. Gameloft has the controls down well but their games feel lifeless... The art is great but the characters and stories aren't. Maybe they need to hire writers or something, especially with stuff like Gangstar.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Look, well all want to see original creations on the iPhone. The way to do that is to go out and support original games -- buy Spider, Samurai, Mellon Golf, write good reviews on the AppStore, start threads on their games, respond to clueless reviews on other sites. Making lame jokes about Gameloft, or acting superior to people who enjoy their games, accomplishes absolutely nothing.

  • TGR

    Might as well have called it Soulless Calibre.

    • Opie

      I kind of agree.. Gameloft has the controls down well but their games feel lifeless... The art is great but the characters and stories aren't. Maybe they need to hire writers or something, especially with stuff like Gangstar.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Look, well all want to see original creations on the iPhone. The way to do that is to go out and support original games -- buy Spider, Samurai, Mellon Golf, write good reviews on the AppStore, start threads on their games, respond to clueless reviews on other sites. Making lame jokes about Gameloft, or acting superior to people who enjoy their games, accomplishes absolutely nothing.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Just been playing it for the last 20 minutes. Totally stunned! I'm a huge fan of the original Soul Calibar for Dreamcast and this plays just as well and actually looks quite a bit better on my 3GS.

    Yeah, I know Gameloft have become the masters of stealing other people's ideas. But honestly, who cares? It's not as if Sega have bothered with the iPhone particularly.

    Keep this up Gameloft, you are easily the best game developer on the iPhone right now. Blades and Sandstorm are simply superb products. I can't wait to see what you're capable of producing on Apple's new iTablet device. 2010 is going to be quite a year.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Just been playing it for the last 20 minutes. Totally stunned! I'm a huge fan of the original Soul Calibar for Dreamcast and this plays just as well and actually looks quite a bit better on my 3GS.

    Yeah, I know Gameloft have become the masters of stealing other people's ideas. But honestly, who cares? It's not as if Sega have bothered with the iPhone particularly.

    Keep this up Gameloft, you are easily the best game developer on the iPhone right now. Blades and Sandstorm are simply superb products. I can't wait to see what you're capable of producing on Apple's new iTablet device. 2010 is going to be quite a year.

  • SteffenMozz

    Wow, that looks pretty awesome!

  • SteffenMozz

    Wow, that looks pretty awesome!

  • randomdude

    Gameloft really wants our money don't they these days? I wonder what else they still have up their sleeves

  • randomdude

    Gameloft really wants our money don't they these days? I wonder what else they still have up their sleeves

  • jackson

    this game is AWSOME!!! one of my favorite games out. the controlls are awsome and the graphics are awsome. oh yah, and skorn is f****** Awsome!!!!

  • jackson

    this game is AWSOME!!! one of my favorite games out. the controlls are awsome and the graphics are awsome. oh yah, and skorn is f****** Awsome!!!!

  • 2kitties1cup

    Gameloft games have become the cheap "knock offs" of the game industry.

    I dont mean to belittle the efforts of the developers.... but Gameloft needs to stop making clone titles. Its rather pathetic.

  • 2kitties1cup

    Gameloft games have become the cheap "knock offs" of the game industry.

    I dont mean to belittle the efforts of the developers.... but Gameloft needs to stop making clone titles. Its rather pathetic.

  • wateracid

    Omg this game is awesome i reccomend all of u to buy this game!

  • wateracid

    Omg this game is awesome i reccomend all of u to buy this game!