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January 14, 2014 10:42 AM   Subscribe

What are some good video games that feature polearms as usable weapons?

Any system/era, real-time action preferred but I'll take strategy or RPG suggestions too. Bonus points for realism and variety. I'm already aware of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and NetHack. Spears do not count as polearms.
posted by prize bull octorok to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
torchlight 1 & 2 has polearms (they combine spears and polearms into the same class, but polearms are represented).
posted by nadawi at 10:48 AM on January 14


no bonus points here but there's a playable character from Tales of Vesperia that wields them.
posted by royalsong at 10:48 AM on January 14


Mount and Blade!
posted by ghharr at 10:50 AM on January 14 [2 favorites]


The Suikoden series (RPGs) features several characters with polearms.
posted by C'est la D.C. at 10:52 AM on January 14


If the naginata and yari count, then the two Bushido Blade games.
posted by griphus at 10:54 AM on January 14


War of the Roses

Also, SoulCalibur games usually have a few.
posted by Winnemac at 10:55 AM on January 14 [1 favorite]


I think most of the early era MMORPGs like Asheron's Call, Dark Age of Camelot. I think maybe also current games like D&D Online or Path of Exile, maybe?

This based on my memory as a mage, however. ;-)
posted by humboldt32 at 11:05 AM on January 14


Chivalry!
posted by Venadium at 11:28 AM on January 14 [1 favorite]


The Dynasty Warriors games have always featured a healthy contingent of polearm users, DW8 came out last year and is the best series entry in years.
posted by Oktober at 11:49 AM on January 14


Morrowind had them, although they were inexplicably still best at stabbing. Change the damage spread with a mod?
posted by fifthrider at 12:45 PM on January 14


Ultima series has polearms. Halberds count right? XD
posted by TrinsicWS at 2:36 PM on January 14


I'm going a bit old school on you, but Bushido Blade and any of the Dynasty Warrior games. Nothing like clearing out a sea of red shirt with your halberd :)
posted by JimBJ9 at 4:13 PM on January 14


For some definitions of video game nethack might qualify. Though a polearm in nethack is only identified by a an ascii ")" there are also tiles that have graphical representations in the link above. The polearms are;

partisan
fauchard
glaive
bec-de-corbin
spetum
lucern hammer
guisarme
ranseur
voulge
bill-guisarme
bardiche
halberd
posted by vapidave at 6:42 PM on January 14


Vagrant Story had some great polearm action, and IMO distinguished itself for how you really had to change up how you do combat for any of the multiple weapon types available.
posted by prototype_octavius at 9:20 PM on January 14


There are polearms in World of Warcraft. Monks, hunters, paladins, warriors, druids, and death knights can use them.
posted by neushoorn at 1:32 AM on January 15


Chivalry is totally the best, try it. More polearms than you can shake a bardiche at.
posted by makeitso at 6:37 AM on January 15


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