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X-Blades review

AT A GLANCE
  • Fast-paced hack-and-slash action
  • Wide variety of spells and attacks
  • Very solid visual presentation
  • Repetitive missions and environments
  • Story is neither prominent nor interesting
  • Ayumi's grating dialogue and demeanor

Gunswords! Magic! Constant near-nudity! With just a few short exclamations, you have the overarching concept of X-Blades. It’s most easily described as "Devil May Cry ultra-lite: Thong Edition," but perhaps best summarized as a wholly competent hack-and-slash action title that never really makes a lasting impact – quite a feat, considering main character Ayumi spends the entire game in her butt-flossing underwear. 

X-Blades sports a litany of combat options, though at its core, the "swords and firearms" approach reminds us significantly of the aforementioned action franchise, Devil May Cry. In this case, the two styles are combined via treasure-hunter Ayumi's gunblades (Final Fantasy VIII, anyone?), though in execution the melee and ranged attacks are about as distinct as they'd be with separate weapons.

Additional combos and firing options are unlocked through the adventure and found artifacts, though a significant portion of your arsenal is held within the diverse set of magic spells. Simple projectile attacks and larger-scale area assaults are available via the push of a button (using a filled-up rage meter), with other special moves and weapon-infusing elemental powers also available for purchase via collected "souls."

In a nice touch, you can use souls to purchase mundane-yet-useful things like extra health as well as flashier attacks. Ayumi can even transform into light and dark versions of herself later in the game, though neither form proves to be particularly essential.

More Info

Release date: Feb 10 2009 - PS3, Xbox 360, PC (US)
Feb 20 2009 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: SouthPeak Interactive
Developed by: Gaijin Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending

4 comments

  • GoldenMe - February 24, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    oh noes, i had teh removed. oh, and thongs.
  • GoldenMe - February 14, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    FIRST
  • octagons - February 18, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    I am sorry but the main character looks like she is thirteen and anyone one who finds her sexy and is over 20 is a bit of a pedo.
  • Maxstats69 - February 14, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    Meh, I'm sure I'll give this one a rent in a few months.

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