Play as the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter Ayumi as she carves a path of destruction through a mysterious and dangerous island. While rich with bounty, the island is also caught in the throes of Chaos magic. Ayumi soon discovers that it is also the home of thousands of long-held secrets, including special powers and abilities that she can gain for herself. Using everything she can, she must find a way to defeat armies of menacing villains and a multitude of treacherous traps in order to break free of the possessed island's grasp. With a host of colorful characters, eye-popping visual appeal, tons of treasure and a huge variety of combat skills to master, Blades of Time will satisfy gamers' hunger for an entertaining yet deep action game that even gamers new to the hack-and-slash genre will enjoy.
This is actually not a bad game. It's much better than the predecessor 'X-Blades' which isn't even worth your time. That's not to say it doesn't have flaws, but overall I had fun with it, and it kept my interest long enough to play through it twice.
Gameplay is pretty standard hack n slash fare, with two attack buttons and a variety of magical skills you can use fluidly along with your swords. You also carry a gun you can whip out at any time if you like, and while the third-person shooting may not be as advanced as something like Gears of War, it works and it's easy to use. There's also an interesting time control mechanic where you can rewind time and fight alongside past versions of yourself. You'll also use this ability to solve puzzles, although none of them are terribly difficult.
There isn't a lot of variety in the enemies, but mowing down hordes of them is still good for some mindless action, and when they do change it up you'll have to adapt your approach accordingly.
The visuals are gorgeous in this game. The sound design is excellent as well. The characters however, are kind of shallow (the main character in particular is really annoying), and the story is pretty difficult to follow. These things aren't the main focus of the game though: the gameplay is. And the gameplay that is there is solid, and there are many unique game environments to make your way through. All things considered, this is a pretty decent game.