If you don't have a pistol, a video game will likely give you a sword instead. Swordfighting is a long-standing artform in the gaming world, and there are many excellent examples out there. This list cant just include every Dark Souls game.
Yes, we started with a rhythm game. The games on this list are all about swordplay, but only one allows you to control a legally distinct laser sword in VR. Owners of Rift, Vive, and PSVR may all draw their blades and slice to the beat.
Chivalry 2 has the feel of a large-scale medieval battle. Three groups can duo on foot and on horseback, using a variety of weapons like swords, spears, and lances. Decapitated heads can also be used as a weapon. Plus, the dedicated scream button allows you to yelp at every victory.
For Honor stands out on this list due to its sheer variety. Where Chivalry offers different but similar factions, For Honors heroes hail from across the world. Knights, Vikings, samurai, and Wu Lin warriors clash in deep rock-paper-scissors-like duels that require you to grasp a wide range of classes and attack patterns.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is not a fantasy game; you will find no wizards or warlocks in it. It's a game that strives for authenticity, since it's intended to enlist players to visit locations that would be feasible during the Holy Roman Empire. It's nevertheless a cohesive Bohemian experience.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Rising is at the opposite end of the spectrum, with a flashy, futuristic adventure that fits right in with other Platinum Game series like Bayonetta. This is pure anime action fantasy, as Raiden performs all kinds of acrobatic strikes while battling robots and other threats. It has also produced a lot of memes.
Mordhau and Chivalry 2 are two separate entities. With a little more emphasis on simulation, Mordhau is all about big battles in medieval style. It also affects your battle speed.
Naraka Bladepoint is the standard when it comes to sword-fighting battle royales. You can drop in solo or as part of a group, look around the island for items and weapons, then throw down your foes to the last one(s) standing. Battles are played in a rock-paper-scissors manner, which requires you to pay attention to the color of your gear.
Only one game on this list is focused on fencing. On each screen, the two players must duel, poking at each other or taking a risk by flinging their foil across the screen. Once one player is eliminated, the other gets to proceed to the next screen, and the process repeats until someone reaches the final chamber.
Samurai Shodown wins out as a long-running series of over 30 years. While your opponent may engage in a melee, battles are precise, intense, and often quite deadly.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware games vary greatly in their difficulty, from Demons Souls to Elden Ring. Sekiro is an exception when it comes to precision and speed. Parries, counters, and deathblows will entice you to a thrilling victory.