While many sword fighting games on PC strive for realism, others crank up the ridiculousness to make your character feel like a super-powerful killing machine.
In this list, we’ll be recommending the top games that feature sword fighting as a part of combat. This includes the best sword games on Steam as well as a few Epic Games Store exclusives.
Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new entries in the future.
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Developer: One More Level, Slipgate Ironworks
Publisher: 505 Games, All in! Games
Ghostrunner is a stylish first-person action that casts you as a sword-wielding assassin.
Tasked with leading a rebellion against a villainous figure known as The Keymaster, you ascend a massive structure performing fluid parkour maneuvers like wall-running in tandem with a fancy grappling hook.
Along the way, you’ll plenty of opportunities to practice using a cyber-enhanced katana on a wide array of foes that are just as powerful as yourself. Combat in Ghostrunner is quite demanding, requiring you to dodge incoming fire using a time slow down ability before moving in for the kill.
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. It’s also a great game to kill time until the release of Cyberpunk 2077 (seriously, when is that game coming out?).
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Warhorse Studios, Deep Silver
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, specifically during the Holy Roman Empire. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven action RPG set in a realistic open-world.
In it, you take on the role of Henry, the son of a blacksmith who decides to join a group of rebels and protect others after his parents and village are slaughtered by raiders.
While you won’t find any dragons or magic, combat can be immensely rewarding once you make it past the game’s steep learning curve.
Parrying in particular can take a while to nail down, but is oh so satisfying to do using a wide array of medieval era weaponry such as longswords, sabers, maces, and spears. You can also battle while mounted on a horse, which is a nice touch.
Mordhau is another sword fighting game set during medieval times that features a free-form combat system that offers total control over your character’s movement during battle.
This allows you to react to enemies quickly and accurately while also keeping them on their toes.
It helps that mastering the game’s combat is so much fun within itself. There are a ton of details that factor into dealing damage, including armor weight. 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. Mordhau boasts a variety of game modes ranging from small squad skirmishes to massive medieval battles with upwards of 60 players.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Venturing off into medieval fantasy territory, Vermintide 2 is a fantastic co-op affair that sees up to four players fighting in brutal, bloody battles with waves of rat-like creatures called Skaven.
It features five playable characters with unique specializations and over 50 weapon types to master.
While you’ll find there’s no shortage of swords, axes, and hammers to carry into battle, you are somewhat beholden to your character’s playstyle. For example, the rogue character Kerillian can use dual daggers and swords, whereas Sienna Fuegonasus (a robe-wearing wizard), can equip a magical fire sword.
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.
Developer: Johnny Dale Lonack
Publisher: Thorrnet Publishing
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. Up to four people can play at once, and the game supports both online and local co-op.
Aside from multiplayer, Griefhelm boasts a challenging and replayable campaign where you can explore every map and unlock new weapons and armor.
The fact that developer Fatshark was able to combine detailed environments and visceral sword combat in a 2D package is quite impressive and has us itching for a duel right now.
Dark Souls III
Publisher: FromSoftware, Bandai Namco
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.
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.
The game offers an exhaustive number of weapon types and subtypes with distinct movesets and skills.
You can carry up to three with you at any given time, maximizing your chances of surviving whatever the game tries to throw at you. Additionally, the Dark Souls games feature some of the best-designed boss battles that will test your mettle.
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 who appeared in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Raiden is seeking out revenge against a private military organization that defeats him early on in the game and teams up with numerous allies throughout the game.
Revengeance is fondly remembered for its over-the-top sequences, cinematic cutscenes, and the quality of its destructible environments, which is quite impressive for its time.
The Steam version includes expanded graphics options, all three post-launch DLC missions, and additional custom suit upgrades.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
From medieval swordsmen to force-wielding Jedis, look at how far we’ve come. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order manages to capture the Star Wars films’ cinematic quality while also offering some of the best lightsaber combat the franchise has ever seen.
Set after the events of Episode III, the game narrows its focus to Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to uncover the mysteries of an ancient civilization in a galaxy far, far away. He eventually finds himself in the crosshairs of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors, forcing Cal to pick up a lightsaber and get to work.
It features a much more robust combat system than your average Star Wars game, making it ideal for anyone who’s ever wanted to experience the devastating effects of sliding a lightsaber through a person’s body.
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
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 Nioh.
It sees you taking on the role of Hide, a half-spirit half-samurai being capable of wielding all sorts of Japanese death tools. 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.
We highly recommend checking this one out if you enjoyed the original and have the patience to learn how to use different combat stances to your advantage.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
One of the more recent additions to FromSoftware’s growing list of challenging action-adventure titles, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice casts you as the Wolf, 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 a bunch of traditional Japanese weapons and tools but with the classic FromSoftware spin to give them an otherworldly quality.
The best example is the Wolf’s prosthetic-arm, which serves a practical use but can also be outfitted to function as a grappling hook, flamethrower, spring-loaded axe, and much more.
However, Wolf’s primary weapon of choice is the katana, with one designed to kill mortals and another for the undead.
Keeping with the Soulslike theme of the list, 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 especially disrespectful.
Elderborn offers old-school action with modern controls and mechanics to deliver visceral melee combat experienced throughout an eight-to-ten hour campaign. It’s great for a few hours of mindless fun but also includes many skill-based challenges to hone your sword fighting prowess.
Shadow Warrior 2
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Publisher: Devolver Digital
If there’s one thing the Shadow Warrior games nail, it’s deeply satisfying sword-based combat.
Shadow Warrior 2 chronicles the latest misadventures of Lo Wang, a fierce mercenary capable of dishing out pain with an assortment of 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 in first person. 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. Shadow Warrior 2 is playable in both single-player and four-player co-op. That’s four times the demons and four times the cheesy one-liners. You do the math.
Developer: DYA Games
Publisher: DYA Games
You know, there are other ways to use a sword besides just cutting and stabbing bad guys.
One of our favorite examples of nontraditional sword usage is the puzzle game Strikey Sisters, in which a pair of siblings set out to defeat monsters using magical orbs that can ricochet off of walls and other objects.
It’s basically a fantasy-themed brick breaker, but the addition of combat helps elevate it beyond such a simple premise. The speed and direction the orbs travel in are affected by striking them with your sword. And in case you were wondering, you can also use it to kill any enemies who get too close.
The barrier to entry here is super low; you’re free to explore the world map in any order you want and the game includes three difficulty modes depending on how much of a challenge you’re looking for. Lastly, there’s a co-op mode that allows you to team up with a buddy for the ultimate sword-puzzle showdown.
Did somebody say showdown? Sorry, we meant to say Shodown, as in the classic 2D fighting series Samurai Shodown developed by SNK.
Although the series reached peak popularity in the mid to late 1990s before focusing on arcade and mobile releases, the latest Samurai Shodown reboot brings the franchise back to consoles, and for the first time officially, PC.
The series has always catered to a more niche audience and the 2019 game is no different. What makes this one worth checking out is it’s one of a kind approach to sword-based combat. You can’t expect to just button mash your way to victory and instead have read your opponent.
This is where counterattacks come into play, as they allow you to interrupt your opponent and take control while also making you feel like a highly skilled swordsman who can’t be stopped. While each character has a different playstyle and repertoire of abilities, a win or loss is usually decided by whose better with a blade.