Hellish Quart Gameplay Survival Mode – A Western Bushido Blade in the making?

Hellish Quart is a 17th Century inspired weapons-based one-on-one fighting game for PC. It’s currently in early access via Steam and GoG and offers a playable demo. The game feels reminiscent of the PSone classic Bushido Blade in terms of its gameplay rather than visual design. It’s certainly well worth checking out if you’re a fan of more realistic fighting. In the video we show you the Hellish Quart gameplay survival mode from the full game with some of the characters you can’t play as in the demo. The second video showcases the demo alongside the tutorial instruction and several bouts versus different AI routines.

A fighting game about sword dueling, in which the blades really clash using physics, and the characters use motion captured fencing techniques. Play as one of many 17th century warriors and use sabers, rapiers, broadswords and many other blades in quick fights, survival mode or LOCAL multiplayer with friends (you can play online too with Steam Remote Play Together).

This is an Early Access game – it is in active development. Single Player Story Mode is being created. This game has only local multiplayer.

physical Sword Fighting using Active Ragdolls
super realistic, motion captured fencing animations
beautiful 3d scanned graphics

Hellish Quart uses active ragdolls and all damage your blade can do is calculated with realtime physics. Four gamepad buttons represent 4 attack angles. Different button combinations give special attacks and combos. If you are not attacking, your character will automatically try to hold guard against your opponent’s attacks. The blades really block each other and that’s what’s keeping you alive. To win, you must use proper timing, measure, technique, speed and wits – just like when fencing in the real world.

Hellish Quart has a historical setting. The game takes place in 17th century Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The character models are made using 3D scanned clothes, based on fashion from the period, and the single player campaign (when done!) will be firmly rooted in realities of life in the region. You will duel Zaporozhian Cossacks, Polish Hussars, Tatars, Turkish Janissaries, Swedish Reiters, French Musketeers and more.

Written by: Rob Cram

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