A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Ayumi, the main character, is self-serving, one dimensional, and humorless. She slashes everything in her path without remorse.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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