13 Best Sword Fighting Games For PS4

Sometimes it’s enough to run through a guy with your blade.

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Fighting enemies with a gun can be satisfying. Using your bare fists can be transcendent. But there is just Something to hack and fight your way through a wave of baddies that really gets your blood pumping. The PlayStation 4 has plenty of titles in its vast library that will satisfy a gamer’s desire for old-school swordfighting, and we’ve picked out some of our absolute favorites.

#13 Onimusha: Warlords

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: January 15, 2019

Technically, Onimusha was released on PlayStation 2 in 2001, but we are directing players to the more easily accessible remastered version. While numerous spin-offs and new mainline titles in the series have been released over the past two decades, the original still holds its own, drawing players into a historical setting combined with horror elements. Players step into the shoes of a samurai battling demons, and as the game progresses, elemental weapons make sending them back to hell all the more fun. During development, Onimusha was imagined as a “ninja” version of the Resident Evil franchise, and that inspiration shines through in its gameplay.

#12 Chivalry 2

  • Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
  • Developer: Torn Banner Studios
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
  • Release date: June 8, 2021

A sequel to the 2012 title Medieval battle of knights, Chivalry 2 immerses players in a historical world of knights and honor. While many games set during this time period focus heavily on strategy, Chivalry focuses more on bloodshed, equipping players with everything from longswords to battle axes to take out enemy factions. The game’s team deathmatch mode is perfect for relieving stress, and the 64-person team objective mode will allow you to complete objectives like defending a dungeon or slaying a king. Believe it or not, the game also successfully incorporates comedy into the mix.

#11 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Release date: October 5, 2018

Although the series has always emphasized stealth, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey moved away from that style, putting more emphasis on combat and exploration. Swords and spears are the name of the game, as players take on the role of a Spartan mercenary trying to find their family while taking down the dangerous and mysterious Cult of Kosmos. Of course, if you’d rather kill your enemies via sneak attack, that’s still a viable option, but running headfirst into trouble with a blade in hand seems oddly forbidden in a Assassin’s Creed Game. We recommend it.

#10 Ghostrunner

  • Editor: All inclusive! SA games, 505 games
  • Developer: One More Level, Slipgate Ironworks
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
  • Release date: October 27, 2019

Ninjas? Impressive. A cyberpunk landscape? Mad. Put the two together and you have one of the simplest and most unique titles to release in recent years. Play as an amnesiac with a sword, get ready to ride your way to victory. Slice your opponents in the most brutal way imaginable and try to kill your enemies before they kill you –Ghostrunner is not what most would call an “easy” game. Now is a great time to try this one out as a sequel is currently in development.

#9 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Publisher: CD Project
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Release date: May 19, 2015

The Witcher 3 remains one of the most successful titles to release over the past decade. While some players lamented the title’s combat as a bit clunky, the ability to use magic in the form of signs while hacking and slashing beasts and villains is still perfectly satisfying. Finding better weapons while exploring the game’s vast open world quickly becomes addictive. Falling into a camp of mounted bandits and slicing through a band of cutthroats? It’s a personal favorite.

#8 For Honor

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: February 14, 2017

Putting knights, samurai, and Vikings in a game and pitting them against each other in a hack-and-slash style seems like the culmination of a childhood dream. For honor has a decent single-player campaign, but its multiplayer modes are where it shines, from brawl and skirmish modes to elimination-style matches. The characters are customizable and the number of weapons available will delight any bloodthirsty warrior. The title won the People’s Choice Award for Best Fighting Game at IGN’s Best of 2017 awards and continues to be a fan favorite five years later.

#7 Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Release date: February 13, 2018

Despite the large number of bugs crippling the game at launch, Kingdom Come: Deliverance reborn from its ashes. Set in the year 1403, the title prides itself on its uncompromising realism and attention to detail, with precise weapons and combat techniques. Players must build their reputation through their deeds while maintaining their health through a system of needs, requiring sleep and proper nutrition to stay healthy. The combat is varied and players will have to choose which weapon works best for which situation. It may not be a hack and slash title, but wielding a sword in such an immersive game kingdom come will make you feel like you’re LARPing (in the best way).

#6 Nidhogg

  • Publisher: Messhof Games
  • Developer: Messhof Games
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PC
  • Release date: January 14, 2014

Although the graphics may seem sketchy, both Nidhogg and Nidhogg 2 deliver a gaming experience that more gamers wouldn’t expect. The indie title launched in 2014 by developer Messhof and pits two fencers in a battle to the death. Winning isn’t the only way forward – losing just changes how you move on to the next round. Nidhogg harkens back to a time when graphics weren’t important and gameplay was everything. A little imagination doesn’t hurt either.

#5 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: March 21, 2019

If history tells us anything, it’s that people love a FromSoftware game. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice may not be as difficult as souls titles, but that doesn’t make it a cakewalk – players take on the role of a shinobi who discovers his lord has been kidnapped and loses his arm in the process of dealing with the terrible news. Stealth can be the difference between life and death, and swapping different weapons and gadgets in place of the protagonist’s arm can help take down even the toughest baddies. Forget character creation screens and class choices. Just wield your blade.

#4 Dark Souls Trilogy

  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: October 19, 2018

It’s a trilogy that needs no introduction. FromSoftware’s magnum opus, dark souls didn’t just go down in history as some of the most beloved game franchises period, but the titles have inspired countless others and continue to beat the most dedicated gamers. The combat is unforgiving, but those who are loyal to the series know that the gameplay is only one piece of the puzzle. To suffer through terrifying bosses and countless deaths is to learn more about the game’s dark lore, and there’s a lot to discover. Be good.

#3 Dishonored

  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: October 9, 2012

Both Dishonored and its sequel are the definitions of “satisfactory”. Gliding through each level with a blade in hand, players step into the role of Corvo Attano, the Empress of the Isles’ bodyguard. After being framed for her murder, Corvo is forced to become an assassin, determined to exact revenge on those who conspired against him. While stealth is often the best way to level up, it’s not the only way – and with so many swords to find, it would behoove you to try them all.

#2 Ring of Elden

  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Release date: February 25, 2022

In the running for the game of the year in 2022, Ring of Elden brings more Souls-like combat to a fresh new world, created in part by game of thrones author George RR Martin. Set in a massive open world, players can choose any class they want as they explore the Lands Between to find the great runes, restore the Elden Ring, and become the Elden Lord. With over 12 million copies sold in just three weeks, it goes without saying that adding it to your collection is a must. (And if you go for swords, go for Astrologer, Prisoner, Confessor, Wanderer, or Samurai.)

#1 Ghost of Tsushima

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: July 17, 2020

Sucker Punch has managed to create a game with the smoothest and most satisfying samurai combat known to man in 2020. Ghost of Tsushima takes place in a beautiful world based on a real region of Japan, and players are tasked with taking on the Mongol invaders as one of the last samurai. The combat is varied enough not to become a chore, with some enemies requiring certain attacks to take down. The sound design makes it all the more enjoyable to bring an enemy to their knees. Did we mention that it took Sucker Punch over six years to get the combat system perfect? Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

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