While many sword fighting games on PC strive for realism, others crank up the ridiculousness to make your character feel like an all-powerful killing machine.
In this list, we’ll highlight the best sword fighting games on PC in 2021, specifically the best sword games on Steam and EGS.
We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite sword games on PC!
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Clone Drone in the Danger Zone
If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to play as a sword-wielding robot combatant in a mechanical gladiator arena, then check out Clone Drone in the Danger Zone.
This voxel-based 3D-fighter has you competing against an assortment of robot enemies, including other players throughout its story, endless, and PvP survival modes.
Despite it’s rather juvenile visuals and tone, Clone Drone features a surprisingly deep combat system that emphasizes fast movements as well as proper timing and positioning.
Striking an enemy in a targeted limb will often cause it to become severed, though the fight isn’t over as you can still get around by hopping on a single leg or fighting with just one arm.
Hellish Quart is an Early Access fighting game that seeks to offer a realistic depiction of sword dueling complete with realistic, motion-captured fencing and ragdoll animations.
In it, you play as one of many 17th century warriors wielding sabers, rapiers, broadswords, and other blades throughout versus, survival, and local multiplayer modes.
The game uses real-time physics to calculate every strike, with different input combinations used to trigger special attacks and combos.
If you’re not attacking during battle, your character will automatically switch to holding guard, resulting in epic sword clashes that require proper timing and technique.
It’s not often you encounter a sword game with as cheeky a premise as Deepest Sword, which follows a knight who, upon reaching a dragon, discover his sword’s too small to slay it.
Each failure sees you kicked back to the start of the level with a slightly bigger sword and new platforming obstacles standing between you and the dragon.
As your blade grows in size, maneuvering around the level becomes increasingly challenging, requiring you to carefully time your sword’s movement to climb up and across parts of the environment.
You can get about thirty minutes to an hour of enjoyment out of it, but hey, it’s completely free and has really cool looking pixel art.
The sequel to Torn Banner Studios’ satisfyingly bloody first-person sword fighting game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare joins the ranks of top-notch Epic exclusives.
Similar to the original, players participate in gruesome medieval battles complete with gut-wrenching screams and bloody beheadings.
Chivalry 2 ups the ante by adding new gameplay features such as horse-riding, more fluid animations, and immersive 64-player battles.
Combat has also been revamped to provide players with more choices and encourage creative playstyles using an array of medieval weapons.
You ascend a massive structure performing fluid parkour maneuvers like wall-running in tandem with a fancy grappling hook that puts you in the crosshairs of armed guards.
Combat in Ghostrunner is quite demanding, requiring you to dodge incoming fire using a time slow down ability before moving in for the kill with your cyber-enhanced katana.
If you’re a fan of the cyberpunk aesthetic, then you’ll definitely be blown away by the game’s neon-rich visuals and synth-heavy soundtrack as well.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
If Ghostrunner’s futuristic setting doesn’t do it for you, then maybe you can try going in the opposite direction with a trip to medieval times in Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
Set during the Holy Roman Empire, this story-driven action RPG is about the son of a blacksmith who joins a rebellion to protect citizens from raiders.
While you won’t find any dragons or magic, combat can be immensely rewarding once you make it past the game’s steep combat learning curve.
Parrying, in particular, can take a while to master but is satisfying to engage with while wielding medieval era weaponry such as longswords, sabers, maces, and spears.
Mordhau is another sword fighting game set during medieval times that features a free-form combat system with total control over your character’s movement during battle.
Focusing on your opponent’s most vulnerable spots will let you dismember them and possibly score yourself a decapitation if you’re lucky.
There are also extensive options for customizing your weapon’s appearance, which includes both one and two-handed blades in addition to axes, bows, and hammers.
The game boasts a variety of modes ranging from small squad skirmishes to massive medieval battles with upwards of 60 players.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
From medieval swordsmen to force-wielding Jedis, look at how far we’ve come.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order manages to capture the films’ cinematic quality while also offering some of the best lightsaber combat the franchise has to offer.
Set after the events of Episode III, the game narrows its focus to Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who finds himself in the crosshairs of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Combat is more robust than your average Star Wars game, making for technical lightsaber battles accented by visceral feedback and visual effects.
Nioh 2 leans even further into the tough-but-fair Soulslike design of the first game while ditching its handcrafted protagonist in favor of customizable characters.
Set during the late 1500s in Sengoku Era Japan, the game acts as a precursor to the events of the original and casts you as Hide, a half-spirit half-samurai.
This time around, there’s an even wider selection of weapons at your disposal, including odachi, kusarigama, and even dual katanas.
They all fall into different playstyle categories and have their quirks, but are very effective at ripping into both human and non-human foes.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice casts you as a deadly Shinobi on a quest to exact revenge against a samurai who chops off his arm.
Similar to Nioh 2, the game takes place during Sengoku Era Japan and consequently features traditional Japanese weapons with the classic FromSoftware touch to give them an otherworldly quality.
The best example is your character’s prosthetic arm, which serves a practical use but can also be outfitted to function as a grappling hook, flamethrower, spring-loaded axe, and more.
However, their primary weapon of choice is the katana, with one designed to kill mortals and another for the undead.
Elderborn describes itself as a “metal action fantasy slasher” with first-person combat and RPG character progression modeled after Dark Souls.
It sees you playing as a barbarian tasked with entering the dreaded City of Death to conquer their destiny.
What this really boils down to is hacking your way through challenging enemies with distinct strengths and weaknesses.
The game features 11 weapon types, including various swords, axes, hooks, and polearms, along with a handy kick ability in case you’re feeling particularly disrespectful.
After reaching peak popularity in the mid to late 90s before focusing on arcades and mobile, the latest Samurai Shodown reboot brings the franchise back to consoles, and for the first time officially, PC.
What makes this one worth checking out is it’s one of a kind approach to sword-based combat, one that discourages button mashing in favor of actually reading your opponent.
This is where counterattacks come into play, allowing you to interrupt enemy attacks and take back control.
While each character has a unique playstyle and pool of abilities, a win or loss is usually determined by the better swordsman.
Shadow Warrior 2
Shadow Warrior 2 chronicles the latest misadventures of Lo Wang, a fierce mercenary capable of dishing out pain with guns, blades, magical powers, and bad puns.
While you’re encouraged to try out and combine different weapons for maximum efficiency, we still prefer the sleek look and feel of waving around Wang’s dual katanas.
Each kill feels flashier than the last one and the game loves to throw wave after wave of demonic forces your way.
What’s more, you can ramp up the carnage even further by adding special perks like elemental damage to different weapons.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Venturing off into medieval fantasy territory, Vermintide 2 is a fantastic co-op affair that sees 1-4 players fighting brutal and bloody battles against rat-like creatures called Skaven.
It features five playable characters with unique specializations and over 50 weapon types to master including swords, axes, and hammers.
Gameplay has you exploring damp swamps and lush forests as you hold off Skaven enemies and complete objectives.
The combat has an incredibly meaty and visceral quality to it that will have you scouring the map to exterminate every last enemy you can find.
Nidhogg 2 builds upon the smash-hit indie sword fighting game while taking its visuals in a completely new direction that you will either really love or hate.
However, the rules are pretty much the same: reach the other side of the level and kill anyone in your way using various blades, bows, and sometimes just your foot.
There’s also a giant space worm that you should try to avoid, or just embrace that this is your life now and let it swallow you whole.
The sequel also spices things up with new weapons, levels, character customization, 8-player tournaments, and a soundtrack so good it should be illegal.
For Honor is a third-person sword arena fighter in which you play as a Knight, Viking, or Samurai, and face-off against other players and AI enemies across various modes.
In it, you customize your hero using an assortment of class-based weapons, emblems, and more while mastering techniques via in-depth training tutorials.
Throughout the game’s post-launch development, 18 new heroes and maps have been added along with additional PvP and ranked modes and thousands of new player items.
Lastly, For Honor has improved its network performance thanks to dedicated servers, resulting in more stable connections during matches.
Griefhelm is another co-op-based sword fighting game that lets you skewer your friends as you travel across vibrant 2D medieval levels.
The goal is to advance from one end of the map to the other while slaying any enemies who get in your way.
It’s similar in structure to games like Nidhogg and lends itself to gatherings with friends since the controls are intuitive and straightforward.
Aside from multiplayer, Griefhelm boasts a challenging and replayable campaign where you can explore every map and unlock new weapons and armor.
Dark Souls III
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one entry from the Souls franchise, so we decided to include one of the more underrated entries in the series.
Skipping past any jokes about the game’s notoriously brutal difficulty curve, Dark Souls III encourages you to take your time exploring its hellish landscape.
The game offers an exhaustive number of weapon types and subtypes with distinct movesets and skills, with the option to carry up to three with you at any given time.
While enemies can make quick work of you and bosses demand split-second reactions, your character is just as capable of dishing out pain as they are at receiving.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Speaking of genre-defining video games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a spin-off of the iconic stealth franchise created by Hideo Kojima.
Instead of the meticulous gameplay of the mainline games, Revengeance is all about fast-paced sword combat.
In it, you play as Raiden, an elite cyborg ninja seeking out revenge against a private military organization that defeats him early on in the game.
Revengeance is fondly remembered for its over-the-top sequences, cinematic cutscenes, and the quality of its destructible environments, which was quite impressive at the time.