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  • Summary: In Blades of Time, players don the persona of the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter, Ayumi. Blessed with beauty and a trigger happy finger, she's on a mission to find lost bounties in a mysterious and dangerous island. Quickly, she learns this island isn't just trees, berries andIn Blades of Time, players don the persona of the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter, Ayumi. Blessed with beauty and a trigger happy finger, she's on a mission to find lost bounties in a mysterious and dangerous island. Quickly, she learns this island isn't just trees, berries and gold - but something more sinister lies beneath the surface. As the wonderment of the island becomes to reveal itself, she learns this land can gift her powers man can only dream of, but also she's not alone on this island! Thank goodness she brought her own weapons. Ayumi then proceeds to battle against menacing villains on the island by destroying them and everything in her path while looking to acquire magical powers that only the strongest warrior can possess. Expand

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  1. PC Master (Greece)
    May 28, 2012
    71
    Underperforming in crucial (for its genre) aspects, Blades of Time is nevertheless a decent suggestion for action game fans, when it inevitably finds its way to the bargain bin. [June 2012]
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    69
    Blades of Time is a step forward compared to X-Blades, Gaijin Entertainment's previous offering. Alas, the hack and slash action is too monotonous to enjoy, and there is nothing else to draw you in.
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    65
    Although this hack 'n slash game has its flaws, it is quite fun and enjoyable. If you like the genre then you better get it, and not only because it's very affordable.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 29, 2012
    60
    Nice boss battles and time-related features cannot compensate for the lack of fresh ideas, absence of story and or useless shooting. [July 2012]
  5. Jun 8, 2012
    60
    Blades of Time is a better game than X-Blades, but not by much. The game knows it has a good idea because it abuses the time feature trick a bit too much, and like a kid wanting attention, you'll just get fed up with it being in your face all the time.
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    57
    The core with linear exploration and fighting works surprisingly well. And even though you can notice slight visual improvements compared to the console versions, Ayumi is hindered by technical faults and lackluster design decisions.
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    Blades of Time is an excellent game that is highly underrated. It seems like a good combo of Devil May Cry and Prince of Persia. Not just aBlades of Time is an excellent game that is highly underrated. It seems like a good combo of Devil May Cry and Prince of Persia. Not just a button masher, and very fun to play. The level design is very unique and fantastic compared to other games. It's graphics are modern but not the best quality around however it plays well and is extremely fun. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2021
    10
    Amazing game! Love it so much! I think there's probably has to be a TV show based on this game, the story and locations are very beautiful andAmazing game! Love it so much! I think there's probably has to be a TV show based on this game, the story and locations are very beautiful and interesting Expand
  3. May 8, 2012
    9
    Blades of Time was recently ported from console to PC and as usual I did facepalm at the thought of another terrible console port... HOWEVER IBlades of Time was recently ported from console to PC and as usual I did facepalm at the thought of another terrible console port... HOWEVER I soon discovered that the port was not as atrocious as first thought, while the game does support a 360 pad on PC the keyboard and mouse controls are fairly tight and responsive. The game looks absolutely stellar in terms of its graphical fidelity, no doubt helped in a major way by the added power a PC can deliver, the animation quality in Blades of Time is spot on and the sword's motion blur is absolutely beautiful enemy design is top notch and the world has some truly epic design work done on it. The style of this game's artwork has taken a serious left turn compared to its "spiritual" predecessor X-Blades, where X-blades had its amime inspired cell shaded art style Blades of Time throws this to one side and goes down the "realistic" high resolution graphical style.

    The voice acting and storytelling in this game is well handled but i cant help but point out a few flaws here and there, for instance Ayumi is a female "treasure hunter" naturally this means she sounds like Lara Croft's non-identical twin sister, again another departure from her former American accent. In this incarnation Ayumi is joined by her partner Zero and he also has a thick British accent which sadly seems out of date because his voice is the stereotypical all purpose British accent which is only used because it is easily recognisable worldwide. A positive choice for the voice acting in this game however, so you don't just think i'm ripping on the voice cast, would be the voice of the spirit who you the player encounter at the various shrines the voice used sounds ancient and wise as it should, while at the same time sounding both sinister and soothing at the same time thereby creating a mysterious atmosphere surrounding the character.

    And speaking of the various shrines spread throughout the game the ability for the player to CHOSE what new abilities Ayumi learns at these shrines is a great break from the natural linearity that comes with a story driven Tomb Raider like game.

    OF course if you are not a fan of Tomb Raider there is something I have neglected to cover... the combat I know I have described it as "like Tomb Raider" but the combat is where things get shaken up Ayumi handles like she is the daughter of Lara Croft and Dante (Devil May Cry) in that despite her "treasure hunter" job description she has all the attitude and fighting ability of the son of Spada himself the combat feels like it was taken straight from any spectacle fighter and transplanted into a relic hunting adventure. Weapon choices in this game are somewhat obvious given the title Ayumi has two massive swords which she can use to hack up and slash apart her enemies these can be replaced with bigger deadlier swords as you discover them (infact your Katanas are replaced in the first room) For those of you out there who don't like to get up close and personal with the denizens of the Dragonland there are guns in this game BUT given the stellar swordplay and spectacle of the melee combat the guns do seem tacked on at the last minute they are only used to solve the occasional puzzle and or shoot down floating enemies which on the default difficulty setting (as far as I could see there is only one) die with just 2 bullets. the majority of enemies are grounded and ideally suited to being stabbed sliced and slashed repeatedly in such glorious combat effects that its almost like a dance.

    Speaking of things hinted at by the title there is some time control going on in this game, while it takes some time to build up to using it the time rewind ability allows you to create a second Ayumi who repeats any and all actions performed prior to time rewind this allows you to team up with yourself to solve puzzles and gang up on your foes which adds a whole new element to the game you can allow your past self to take on the frontal assault while you slide in behind your enemy and stab them in the back..

    So I know some of you just skim read these so here are some bullet points ad to what's good and bad about this game:

    Why buy?
    1) fantastic game play and controls are tight 2) High quality voice acting
    3) player DECISIONS in an on rails adventure game
    4) Time Travel
    5) interesting storyline Why avoid?
    1) stereotyping 2) poor gun-play and under use of firearms
    3) no difficulty options (possible new game+ ill let you know)
    4) awkward compass mechanic (you'll see) for more reviews spotlights and videos including Blades of Time you can check out my website www.tepidteagaming.com

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  4. Dec 14, 2014
    8
    At present, these are only my first impressions, but I have to say that from what I've seen so far, this game is really quite enjoyable. I'dAt present, these are only my first impressions, but I have to say that from what I've seen so far, this game is really quite enjoyable. I'd describe it as a cross between Bayonetta and Tomb Raider - it's a hack-n-slash by nature but it also has a third-person shooter element, and you can switch between these modes on the fly, which I find to be a really interesting addition - it allows for a unique take on both genre's formulas, and contrary to what you might think, in the midst of a fight flicking between the modes feels rather natural - it almost feels as if the game encourages you to use both in tandem to achieve your goal.

    In hack and slashes of this game's type, combos tend to be both essential and, for a gamer like me, rather hard to pull off. Blades of Time remedies this a little - whereas in a game like Bayonetta the combos would be a ridiculous string of button presses, Blades of Time has relatively simple button combos, press one button to ready, press another to attack. In that sense I found myself enjoyng the game a lot more, because I didn't really need to worry about all the ridiculous combos I'd have to pull off - While a more hardcore hack-n'-slash fan might not find this appealing, I personally think it's a nice touch, making the game easy to jump in and out of without needing pinpoint-precise button presses.

    I have but two criticisms of this game: First, the english voice acting is pretty bad, though this is remedied by simply switching the voice language to Japanese, and second, the story makes absolutely no sense - the game goes straight from the title screen into the opening cutscene without a shred of explanation as to what is going on. However, when you're in the thick of it, hacking and slashing and shooting and macgiking enemies like there's no tomorrow, you honestly forget about these errors, because you're just having too much fun to really care.

    Overall, despite its shortcomings, Blades of Time is a lot of fun, and an interesting fusion of the hack & slash and third-person shooter genres, and I'd reccommend this game if you were a fan of either genre. An underrated gem, this game has enough action to keep you entertained for a long time.
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  5. May 2, 2012
    7
    The game is actually pretty interesting hack n'slash. The game is nice, this shows a few interesting ideas, such as shifting time. After someThe game is actually pretty interesting hack n'slash. The game is nice, this shows a few interesting ideas, such as shifting time. After some time (as in 3/4) gets a little boring and a bit too heavy (although the games are heavier). And finally, we realize that we prefer to play a lot of other interesting hack n'slash's. If you like hack n'slash and played in the greatest hits, why not, the smaller ones can be fun too. My rating -7/10 Expand
  6. Apr 20, 2013
    5
    Blades of time is a pretty mediocre third person action game. Its not that it lacks ideas. The time manipulation is really cool even though itBlades of time is a pretty mediocre third person action game. Its not that it lacks ideas. The time manipulation is really cool even though it could have been so much more. The rpg elements in the game could also have been pretty cool. There are however way too few items to find and the items you do find are simply too similar to each other. The unlocking of different abilities are way too linear and yet again are there too few and too similar abilities. The game do also have a lot of other cool ideas like a level where you need to avoid the sun, levels where you can fly, weapons that you can pick up, different (quite easy) puzzles and some bosses. All ideas aren't implemented all that great but it makes the game quite varied. The games campaign is quite decent. It took me around 8 hours to complete and i greatly enjoyed the different environments in the game. The environments are surprisingly varied and i thought some of them were pretty cool. The campaigns story however is quite generic and the character cast are quite slim, boring and underdeveloped. Now the main meat of this game is the combat. Personally i didn't really care about the combat. Its by no means a trainwreck and there is plenty of bosses and enemies to fight. But i just didn't care about the core combat mechanics. It was a bit too spammy and unvaried for my taste. There were also some annoying bosses in the game. Blades of time is an ok third person action game. It wont win any prices but you will probably get your moneys worth if you like the genre. Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2015
    1
    This is not a good game. This is a very bad game with good intentions, but with a lack of proper execution and coherent vision. It's buggy asThis is not a good game. This is a very bad game with good intentions, but with a lack of proper execution and coherent vision. It's buggy as hell, e.g. sometimes dying makes you advance the game or doors don't open. It's pretty badly thought out as well. You get killed in 2-3 hits, and don't get the option to increase your health or your defence. The story in convoluted and confusing. Safe yourself the trouble and your money and don't buy this game! Expand

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