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X-Blades - Playstation 3

Platform : PlayStation 3
Rated: Mature
3.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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  • Absorbing fantasy story with spectacular landscapes and figures. Attractive heroine in Anime style. Learn to play easily - wide range of development possibilities.
  • Special mode for a heroine with demonic forces. Innovative Blade Gun for firing projectiles and for close combat. Role-playing elements to improve skills and enhance weapons.
  • Over 20 types of magic in different classes. Around 40 different scenarios (Indoor and Outdoor). Alternative endings, depending on player's actions.
  • Hidden Power-ups hook players to explore levels. Over 30 different classes of opponent. Powerful Boss opponents with fantastic design.
  • Cinematic stylistic devices like Bullet-Time. Various difficulty levels - from Beginner to Pro.
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Platform: PlayStation 3

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"X-Blades" offers action-packed enjoyment in fantastic Hack-and-Slash style. Using various weapons, spells and tactics, the player must fight his way through many indoor and outdoor levels, killing hordes of monsters on the way. The story, exciting and rich in variety with numerous cut scenes not only motivates the player, it also cleverly interlinks the individual levels. Besides the `normal¿ monsters, there are also "Monster Generators", which ceaselessly create new creatures (and of course powerful Boss opponents) for the game world. Hidden Power-ups and coins ensure that the player is rewarded for exploring a level. Some locations can only be reached by bold and daring leap/jump combinations. The player will only achieve success in the game if he makes use of the extensive system for the further development of the heroine Ayumi - Experience Points earned, for example, must be converted to Skills. There are various Power-ups available to help the player as well, like combat techniques, magic, weapon enhancement and teleportation and the right mix will lead to success. Apart from that, the use of skills on the "good or bad side" also affects the finale. Depending on player actions, two different game endings await the heroine Ayumi - and that in itself is a hook for players.

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X-Blades invites players into a fantastic universe where the enchanting heroine Ayumi fends off innumerable monsters and imposing bosses with her power, spells, fighting tactics and her deadly Pistol Blades. The anime-style level and character designs are what give X-Blades its special flair. Nearly 40 indoor and outdoor worlds dazzle players in an enthralling rhapsody of color and detail. Non-stop action and vivid magical effects are impressively incorporated in gameplay through the use of cinema stylizing such as bullet time or motion blurring. X-Blades will prove to be a hack ‘n’ slash spectacle for fans of entertaining action games and anime.

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Game heroine Ayumi in 'X-Blades'
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Ayumi in hack 'n slaash action in 'X-Blades'
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Ayumi exploring an expansive in-game environment in 'X-Blades'
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Ayumi unleashing a fire spell in 'X-Blades'
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Anime cutscene example of Ayumi in 'X-Blades'
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Story
In the distant past the universe of X-Blades was ruled by two powerful beings, the Enlightened on the side of good, helping his people how and when he could and the Dark One who was quite the opposite. Both were revered by all peoples and a balanced, but never-ending battle between the two persisted for centuries. Humans suffered terribly in the constant combat between the two, combat which shook the universe to its very core. In order to ease this suffering, the Enlightened banished the divine power of the Dark One, imprisoning it in a stone, known as an Artifact, but at a price. Inseparably linked, where one of the divine beings went the other was bound to follow and so the power of the Enlightened was captured in a matching Artifact. Together the two were hidden away and peace, as well as balance was restored to the universe. But peace is a fragile thing. It is said that any human who comes in contact with the Artifacts will be cursed and the power of darkness will once again be awakened.

Enter the game's heroine Ayumi. As the game begins a map which has been lost for countless years suddenly turns up and it shows the location of the artifacts. Unaware of the curse, the adventurer Ayumi searches for and finds the immensely valuable stones, releasing powerful forces in her body. Her goal and the player's is to discover what the secret of the curse is, free herself from it and at last defeat the darkness.

Characters

Ayumi from 'X-Blades' Ayumi
Ayumi is a charismatic heroine and fearless treasure hunter. Now that the map with the Divine Artifacts has been found, she's going on the most thrilling and dangerous adventure of her life. As always, she prefers to work alone - partners just get in the way.
Jay from 'X-Blades' Jay
Jay is an adventurer like Ayumi. He rescues her from a deadly trap and attempts to support her in her fight against the Powers of Darkness. Jay is skillful in combat. He uses powerful explosions of light and his punches have to be seen to be believed.
The Enlightened from 'X-Blades' The Enlightened
A powerful being who guards the Artifact of Darkness, as a Master of Magic, he uses spells to hurl opponents to the ground and metes out massive damage, but avoids close combat. The only way to defeat him is to use black magic and/or fire magic.
The Dark One from 'X-Blades' The Dark One
The Dark One is the guardian of the island - he conceals the Artifact of Light. Even the most powerful spells hardly affect him and only a strong blow with a blade can break through his defenses and affect him in any way.

Gameplay
X-Blades offers action-packed enjoyment in fantastic Hack-and-Slash style. Using various weapons, spells and tactics, the player must fight his/her way through many indoor and outdoor levels, killing hordes of monsters on the way. The story, exciting and rich in variety with numerous cutscenes not only motivates the player, it also cleverly interlinks the individual levels. Besides the ‘normal’ monsters, there are also "Monster Generators," which ceaselessly create new creatures (and of course powerful Boss opponents) for the game world. Hidden powerups and coins ensure that the player is rewarded for exploring a level. Some locations can only be reached by bold and daring leap/jump combinations.

Player achieve ultimate success in the game through use of the extensive character development system for the heroine Ayumi. For example, experience points earned, must be converted to Skills. Powerups, such as combat techniques, magic, weapon enhancement and teleportation are available as well and the right mix will lead to success. Apart from that, the use of skills on the "good or bad side" also affects the finale. Depending on player actions, two different game endings await the heroine Ayumi.

Key Game Features:

  • Gripping fantasy story with spectacular landscapes and characters.
  • Attractive anime-style heroine.
  • Special Alternate “Demonic Power” mode.
  • Innovative "Pistol Blades" for shooting projectiles and close-quarter fights.
  • Over 40 indoor and outdoor level environments.
  • Over 30 different types of enemies.
  • Over 20 different types of magic in different classes.
  • Strong Boss opponents in fantastic detail and designs.
  • Hidden powerups animate players to explore the levels.
  • Alternate endings depending upon the player’s behavior throughout the game.


Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B0014QAO4Q
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 5.3 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,749 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
I heard this game was pretty bad, so out of curiosity I bought it and played through it once. I did enjoy it.

What I liked:

Combat system pretty simple, assign magic attacks to the buttons you want.
Environment is well done.
Concept. I liked the concept of a scantily clad female treasure hunter exploring a beautiful environment. (Sue me!) I am sure others agree with me. I am also a female who likes to play games with female main characters. This game features an Anime style female lead, with a pair of gunblades.

What I Disliked:

Almost no story. Silly predictable dialogue. A bit Corny. The characters are one dimensional.
A lot of people complain about the "graphics" in this game. For this day and age, the poly count of the characters are quite low. This was originally a PC game. This should be a PS2 or 1st Generation Xbox game, not PS3 or Xbox 360. I was also disappointed that the concept art was better than the actual 3d characters. In game Ayumi looks very different from the concept art. The game looks good but it could look better.

There are no in-game explanations of how to advance to the next level. The game for the most part is straight forward but a couple enemies require a specific order and type of attacks.

Controls for attacks are not stable. If you want to make a special maneuver like rolling, you most likely will have to do it more than once. When you earn special attacks though the game they do not work most of the time. You may find yourself sticking to the main attack button and single button spells.

Repetitive game play. At one point in the game you start back at the beginning and go through the SAME ruins all over again, occasionally fighting a different boss.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Premise
*You play a young treasure hunter who discovers a special artifact that appears to consume her.

The Good Things
*With the exception of the cutscenes, which were made to look like cell-animated anime clips, the game has great graphics. Sound quality seems good.
*Gameplay is like a combination between "Tomb Raider" and "Conan." You spend your time exploring ruins and chopping up evil creatures with swords, guns, and magic. On top of all that, I love the way the character runs really fast.
*Controls are easy to use, and some of the buttons are customizeable.
*Level design is good. Each environment is split into levels that you can move back and forth through.
*The story is good.
*Characters are alright. The main character has quite an attitude that you will either love or hate. She looks great though, and much like "BloodRayne," she is...uhh...quite jiggly.
*Awesome music.
*Has trophies.

The Bad Things
*No multiplayer.
*Not for kids; rated M for bloody violence (although you can turn the blood off in the options).
*Even though it is easy enough to kill the hoards of monsters that come out at you, it can be a bit annoying when they gain up on you while you're trying to attack the boss monster.
*I think the cutscenes look kind-of gaudy. I am glad that the rest of the game is not rendered the same way.

I was initially worried about the wierd cell-animated cutscenes and the main character's attitude, but the gameplay itself turned out to be quite fun, and the graphics are good. If you're looking for a fantasy adventure with lots of intesne fighting, this should satisfy you.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
What did X-Blades Promise? An action packed, fast paced, hack and slash style game, with a gorgeous main protagonist and the gorgeous scenery that surrounds her.

If you've been following/researching this game at all, you should know exactly what you're getting into when you buy it. I found this game to be everything I wanted and more. If you enjoy fast paced, hack and slash action with a little magic to mix things up, you'll really enjoy this game.

The story, well it's okay, it's definitely not bad, it could be better, but that's definitely not why I bought this game. The game provides plenty of action and customization. You earn Soul Points and spend them on new magic and upgrades (much like Devil May Cry). The levels are well thought out, and so are the enemies. The soundtrack is great, the game looks very pretty (including a very pretty main character if you haven't noticed already). And sure, I could compare it to DMC, GoW, Heavenly Sword and the bunch, but to be honest, this game has a very different and unique style, and although it draws a few parallels to the aforementioned games , it's definitely a game of its own. I definitely recommend picking this one up, it's not too short, not too difficult but still a challenge (especially pro, once you unlock it).

Make sure you give this game a couple hours before you judge it, it starts a little slow and the combat feels awkward, once you play for a few hours, get more magic, and really get a feel for how the game is played, you'll find yourself unable to put your controller down.
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I just bought X Blades and played the game last night and here is my opinion of the game so far. It starts off a little slow you find out your a treasure hunter named Ayumi who works alone you find this cube puzzle and when your turning in this crystal skull to a merchant you see a matching puzzle. She notices another cube puzzle while the guy is looking for a price on the skull the cubs connect and make a dark portal and she fights the creatures taking the merchant with them. The cubes then turn into a map and you start off on level one. It teaches you the basics which every game does and when you can learn a new move it will also inform you of it.

The story could use some work to me but I do like how it just jumps into the game right away. Now I am the hack and slash kind of guy pretty much what each level looks like is a big area where you fight multiple of monsters or creatures. The boss fights also have a lot of enemies around them. The fact I like a lot about this game is that you can use spells and guns its nice because they only cost RAGE which you get from attacking enemies with swords or they attack you. To get your spells you need to kill the monsters and if you get multiple attacks on many enemies without being hit you then get a bonus and you receive more souls for the creatures you kill.

The Souls you receive are for the certain spells you can get as in ice arrow, transformations, coating your blades with fire or lightning. You can also use the souls for health or a full rage bar the higher the level the more souls you pay to use these. You also need to look for artifacts they are hidden in breakable items such as tombs, urns and so on. The artifacts come in pieces of 3, also there are 3 of each type.
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