Xuan-Yuan Sword 7: Switch Edition Review

Hey, today I’m reviewing Xuan-Yuan Sword 7, an action RPG that recently landed on the Nintendo Switch. Now, full disclosure, I hadn’t heard of this series before, but I went in with an open mind. Let’s see if Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 delivers or if it’s a game you should just skip.

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The story follows a likeable swordsman named Taai. His main goal? Protect his sister. Things take a dark turn early on, and Taai makes a deal with a powerful being to save her life. It’s a classic “sacrifice one thing to save another” scenario, and the game explores this theme well. Your sister joins you on the adventure, and while the story is mostly linear, it’s surprisingly well-told. There are plenty of cutscenes, voice acting, and even some choices to make along the way. It kept me engaged and even surprised me with some emotional moments.

Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 is an action RPG, and the combat is where it shines. You’ll have a variety of characters join you, each with their own fighting style. You can switch between characters and unleash powerful moves. The combat is satisfying, with dodging, blocking, parrying, and a good mix of light and heavy attacks. There’s a stamina system to keep things balanced, but you can still pull off some satisfying combos.

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The world is semi-open, but it doesn’t feel quite as expansive as some other RPGs. There are different areas to explore, but there’s no mini-map, which is a bit of a pain. You tend to follow waypoints from one objective to the next, which discourages exploration a bit. There are some hidden items and unique things to find, but without a map, it’s easy to miss them. Towns offer shops, crafting, and a few other activities, but they’re not super fleshed out.

While I enjoyed the game, there are a few issues. Visually, it’s not the best. Textures aren’t great, and the frame rate can chug along at times, especially when exploring the world. There’s also some clipping with environmental objects, which can affect the controls.

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Despite the visual shortcomings, I found Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience. The story is engaging, the combat is fun, and there’s a decent amount of content to keep you busy for 15-25 hours, depending on how much exploring you do. For £34.99, it’s a decent value, especially if you’re a fan of action RPGs with strong narratives.

Xuan-Yuan Sword 7: Xuan-Yuan Sword 7 might not be a visual treat, but it offers a solid story, fun combat, and a decent amount of content for the price. If you're looking for an action RPG with a surprising heart, this one might be worth checking out. Alicia

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Alicia Clayton

I love video games and new tech.