Released on Steam Early Access today with a demo
In the absence of a modern sequel to Bushido Blade, fans of Square's intense, deadly, flashy, you're done PS1 fighting series have been on the hunt for games that give them the same rush. I can't say Hellish Quart will hit those exact heights, but it's intriguing, and it's available today on PC.
Hellish Quart is a XNUMXth century fencing game featuring rapiers, sabers and other instruments of rapid death. It's just you, another fighter, and your ability to outmaneuver and beat your opponent.
The game “uses active ragdolls and all the damage your blade can do is calculated with real-time physics. Four gamepad buttons represent four angles of attack. Different button combinations give special attacks and combos. If you don't attack, your character will automatically try to ward off your opponent's attacks. The blades really lock and that's what keeps you alive. To win, you must use proper timing, measure, technique, speed, and intelligence. Way to make it look so simple!
Today's Early Access build currently lacks a story mode or online multiplayer (creator Kubold suggests using Remote Play Together as a workaround), but there is a demo for Hellish Quart on Steam and GOG. if you're up for the challenge. First impressions from users paint a decent picture.
The finished game will also have a Sparring mode, more AI options, and more fighting styles.