Wulverblade Review - Historical Brutality

Wulverblade is difficult to play, but highly rewarding thanks to its stark attention to detail.

4 weeks ago by Morgan Shaver

Wulverblade by Fully Illustrated and Darkwind Media is a game that initially reminded me of The Banner Saga. After diving into the game on the Nintendo Switch, however, I realized my initial assessment of the game to be way off.

While the game contains several difficulty spikes that may dissuade casual gamers, it’s nevertheless an endeavour that’s worth completing from start to finish. Mainly because of its atmosphere and historical accuracy.

Wulverblade is set during the Roman occupation of Britain in 120 AD. In the game, you’re able to play as one of three characters from the Wulver clan. These characters include Caradoc, Brennus, and Guinevere.

Each character has unique stats and differences, thus allowing a bit of diversity in gameplay depending on which character you select. Personally, I found myself leaning towards Guinevere although the other two characters are certainly fun in their own right.

Your goal in Wulverblade is to make your way through the game all while fending off waves of enemies. Some players may find the difficulty similar to games like Dark Souls or Cuphead.

Personally, I didn’t find Wulverblade as challenging as a game like Cuphead. However, there are certainly moments that will frustrate you as you face the pain of defeat again, and again, and again. This makes your victories feel all the more satisfying.

Additionally, button mashing is strongly discouraged in Wulverblade. Instead, your attacks are largely direction based. The way you approach your enemy will dictate your attack.

It takes some getting used to at first, but eventually you’ll be able to strategize your attacks based on the enemy you’re facing off against. It’s this layer of depth that made it difficult to put Wulverblade down.

The element that ties everything together is the artwork. Wulverblade is gorgeous to look at, and its unique art style really pulls you in. Overall, Wulverblade is a unique title that works well on a platform like the Nintendo Switch.

Despite the fact that the game’s difficulty isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Wulverblade excels in all the right areas, helping you to forgive the grind. At least a little bit.

If you’re a fan of challenging games, or are simply looking for a game you can take your time with, I strongly recommend Wulverblade.

Pros
  • Gameplay puts focus on depth and strategy.
  • Gorgeous artistic design.
  • Challenging, yet rewarding.
Cons
  • Difficulty may be too much for casual gamers.