Review: Stellar Blade (Sony PlayStation 5)

Stellar Blade very much wants to be a merger of NieR: Automata and the Soulslike formula. It’s a flashy science fiction romp through a decrepit, decaying world, and the ambience is certainly going to be familiar to NieR fans. It’s also undeniably well-made. However, for all the comparisons people have been making to the likes of NieR: Automata and Bayonetta (because the protagonist is “sexy” and all that), Stellar Blade doesn’t quite reach those highs because it struggles to have anything interesting to say behind the excellent gameplay. Of course, compared with NieR: Automata, which is a philosophical thesis wrapped…

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