X Blades

Common Sense Media says

Hack 'n' slash with sexed-up heroine and dull design.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ayumi, the main character, is self-serving, one dimensional, and humorless. She slashes everything in her path without remorse.

Violence

Ayumi uses swords, guns, special attacks, and fireballs to attack monsters. There is a lot of blood shown, oozing and flowing.The screen turns red when Ayumi dies. You can turn off the blood in the options menu.

Sex

Ayumi is scantily clad in a thong and a string bikini top, and the camera allows you to zoom in on her body. There are some suggestive sequences between Ayumi and Jay, more flirting than anything else.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody hack 'n' slash game. However, the blood can be turned off in the options menu, which can make it more of a teen-oriented game. The heroine of the game wears a skimpy bathing suit. But she never loses her skimpy garments no matter how hard she fights.She can be looked as a self-centered, one dimensional killer.

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What's it about?

Ever since Devil May Cry made its landmark appearance in the fall of 2001, hacking and slashing through hundreds, even thousands, of enemies has become a staple in some games. In X-BLADES, the self-centered Ayumi is a tough treasure hunter who tries to obtain the powers within a special orb, which curses her when she touches it. As you direct her to chop and cut through a slew of monsters, you try to free Ayumi from the whammy which plagues her.

Ayumi comes armed with her long, sharp blades and two pistols. Immediately, you'll hack and slash everything from small dinosaurs to nasty crabs and oversized wasps. You'll encounter giant spiders, robots, and phantoms, along with a creepy and powerful enemy called The Dark. You can jump up high and shoot as you leap. You can purchase numerous weapons with the souls you accumulate from killing. Some of these includes fireballs and spells. Eventually, you'll meet Jay, a do-rag donning macho dude, who helps Ayumi.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This game has a Tomb Raider meets Devil May Cry vibe, but unfortunately, the mix isn't that new or different. It feels like a game that's been done before. Additionally, the monsters in X Blades are often kind of dumb. They'll get stuck in a balcony or won't find you in a grotto. So you have to come out and entice them to move forward in the game. Also, you'll find some of the worst camera angles ever added to an action adventure. Sometimes, you just can't find the demon that chooses to attack you. You have to spin around and look up and down to find your foe. It's a waste of time and energy.

 

That's a darn shame because the levels are adequately rendered. The artwork is always pleasing to the eye and, when you see a massive vista, occasionally awesome. There's the germ of a story here, too, in a Pandora's Box kind of way. Unfortunately, it's not fleshed out with the proper drama in the little movies peppered throughout. But because the main character seems more like a self-aggrandizing shallow girl than a godly heroine, you just don't care about finishing the game. While there's a ton of blood seen with each cut, even this dark, drippy substance doesn't seem properly designed. It almost seems like thick paint. Turn it off for a better play experience, although it is only slightly better.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can talk about whether the character Ayumi is strong and brave, or just annoying and self-serving. Does she care about anything else but looking for treasure? Did you care about her? Or is it enough that she hacks and slashes at monsters?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Southpeak Interactive
Release date:February 12, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 13, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Just got this game for my PS3 last year.

As far as I can remember now,this game shouldn't be a big bother to mature people.The blood and gore is all very silly and over the top,and due to it's comedic nature should not be taken seriously.People with a sense of humor will probably laugh at the cheesiness of the gameplay.
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