Blade Symphony

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Valve announce 4th annual Saxxy awards, opens floor to Portal submissions

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The Saxxy Awards, Valve's annual Source Filmmaker competition, is now in its fourth year, and to shake things up a bit they're encouraging players/directors to make films about something other than Team Fortress 2 - namely Portal. All of Portal 2's assets (minus, er, the portals and a few other things) can now be downloaded into SFM as free DLC, enabling that Spy vs Wheatley crossover animation that (probably) hasn't been able to exist until now. That isn't the only content pack headed to the program either: Puny Human are offering up select assets from Blade Symphony too.


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Blade Symphony review

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By Will Uhl

The cascading waterfall in the background doesn’t distract me from my opponent as I dash and twirl, dancing for my life. My character, the acrobatic assassin Pure, has only managed to land a few glancing blows, while the towering juggernaut I’m fighting, Judgement, has devastated me with only a few well-placed strikes. I’m buzzing around him like a fly around a bull as I try to figure out a way out of this.

Whereas he wields the basic longsword, I chose the katana, which removes my ability to block, but strikes twice as hard after swords clash. I disengage and move several meters away – he wants to finish this, and the wide berth I’ve given him is the perfect opportunity.