X-Blades review

  • 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

What it all equates to is a hack-and-slash game with a good deal of combat variety, as you can purchase new spells at will and bind them to any of the four selected buttons on the controller. Ayumi's adventure takes her through several rooms, passages and arenas of a castle-like fantasy setting, with each simple mission typically centered on the destruction of numerous waves of enemies or monster-spawning orbs, along with frequent boss fights.

The fast-paced and relatively uncomplicated combat generally satisfies (though never really impresses), but a rigid adherence to learning patterns or using only one type of magic attack to defeat later bosses and enemy types derails the otherwise successful kitchen sink approach. In such cases, selected magic spells become a crutch and everything else feels secondary, which seems to defeat the whole purpose of giving you so many options in the first place.

We wrapped X-Blades up in less than 10 hours (despite pre-release promises of 20 hours of play), but action junkies can take solace in the fact that very little of that is spent on narrative and character development. By the end of the game, all we really knew (or cared to remember) about the anime-stylized heroine is that she is self-centered and wears nearly nothing, half of which we'd already discerned from the box art. [There are unlockable costumes as well. -Ed.] That X-Blades remains a decent title despite the lack of compelling missions and likeable characters is something of an accomplishment in itself, though not one we'd recommend advertising from the rooftops.

Feb 13, 2009

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


  • 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.

  • 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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