X-Blades Updated Hands-On

See what the scantily clad Ayumi has up her proverbial sleeve.

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X-Blades' star Ayumi has already had an opportunity to show us what she can do with swords and guns in this fast-paced hack-and-slash game, but SouthPeak Interactive stopped by to update us on how the deadly girl with long, golden locks is doing on her adventure. In our short demo, we jumped ahead in the game to face a giant wave of monsters to get an idea of just how frantic and chaotic the gameplay can get.

Before jumping into the action, we learned that Ayumi is a treasure hunter for hire who has found a map to a powerful artifact. Given that her only source of income seems to be finding and selling artifacts, she has tracked down an artifact that has the power of the gods. However, we learn that now she's cursed, and so her new goal is to figure out a way to remove the curse. That was what we were told in a nutshell, but we also heard that the story would develop further and expand to introduce villains, rivals, and allies. We don't quite know yet how the story will unfold, but it's fairly obvious that the main focus here is not so much the story but the nonstop action.

Non-restrictive clothing certainly has its benefits when fighting ghouls and lizards.

SouthPeak described how developer Gaijin wanted to integrate the three forms of combat into one seamless system. Switching between melee, pistol, and magic attacks is easy because it's all mapped to the corresponding button. The right trigger fires the gun, X is for melee attacks, and the bumper buttons along with Y and B are mapped to magic spells. When facing an enemy horde, you'll find that some can be easily defeated with the gun, especially if they're hovering in the air. Ayumi is graceful and quick on her feet, but you can't simply hack your way through everything, which we found out the hard way. Smaller critters cannot be harmed by melee attacks, so using magic to cast an area attack is much more efficient. The fighting flows faster than your usual button-masher, but you can hold down the melee button to slow down things for just a moment, similar to bullet time. From what we've played, it doesn't seem that this will help you in a huge way, but it does change up the battle pacing and it looks cool.

As Ayumi traverses the 40 or so dungeons throughout the game, she'll find new abilities and also unlock some that need to be purchased. By collecting souls, which are the equivalent of experience points, she can use them to purchase new spells, abilities, and even healing items. Healing items come at a hefty price, so spend wisely. Considering that you have a limited pool of experience points to spend, you'll have to decide whether you want to focus more on spells or upgrading guns. This lets you customize Ayumi to your style of gameplay.

We only had the opportunity to run through a couple of levels that were indoors, but SouthPeak pointed out that there would be outdoor levels. Later, we were brought to a bridge that overlooked the sea with a great view. The game is not complete yet, so potential exists for there to be some gorgeous environments by the time it's finished. Minigames have also been included recently to change up the gameplay, but we weren't able to play any on this version. All of the cutscenes feature voice acting, and we were told that there are multiple spoken languages and subtitles to select. The game comes with three initial difficulty settings: very easy, easy, and normal. Hard difficulty will be unlocked once you've beaten the game. Gaijin also has plans to release an expansion after the games come out to add four to eight additional levels via Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

X-Blades has been given a release date and will be coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on December 30. Be sure to check back soon for additional X-Blades coverage.

Discussion

47 comments
assasinchaos
assasinchaos

graphic very nice and.......not bad .....very easy (^_^).i like this game and Ayumi to >_o

hellpolice
hellpolice

At megamaster32: I've noticed you got three thumbs down for the poor commentary. Have a good day!

megamaster32
megamaster32

ive just notice something how come they get pretty girls in these type of games lol

Crueltear
Crueltear

looks promising. i need a good adventure game for my 360.

MEGA-race
MEGA-race

i can't wait to see it in February! this looks like the action game i've been waiting for since P.N.03.

Dman0017
Dman0017

doesn't seem very original to me, i am willing to bet they are going to make it only decent and have a lot of focus on the main characters assets ;)

Dualmask
Dualmask

I too agree with otanikun. This one looks like one to watch.

callumg339
callumg339

Lol i agree with otanikun ^^. :)

otanikun
otanikun

Looks like this'll be a late christmas present for myself, graphics look good and the main character looks cute, not very often you get a girl or heroine as your main anymore; it's all about bulky, beefy, took too much steroids dudes. She's just right ^_^

henrik02
henrik02

Looks cool, though it has a very strange release date.

Waximizer
Waximizer

let's see what it turns out to be this december.. looks fairly interesting, you play as a sexy chick, kill demons, hold two swords.. but id like to see some multiplayer here

kohwil
kohwil

another devil may cry game which goes hack and slash without mercy. hope this end product promises everything tat is review in here.

ryusm92
ryusm92

wat??? are u kidding me? This game was completed long time ago with a title of "Oniblade" -_- wth is up with them with recreating it? I thought it would be a simple translation from Russian to English...I dont get the hell is happening

lostboy85
lostboy85

looks interesting, but seems a little shallow. i'll wait and see how the end product looks.

UmbraFrame
UmbraFrame

looks fun, but please put some clothes on!

UmbraFrame
UmbraFrame

looks fun, but please put some clothes on!

eeqwello
eeqwello

If You Had Some Bolts On Your Chest Would Those Be Chest Bolts??? If You Had Some Bolts On Your Chin Would Those Be Chin Bolts...Heck No Fool You'D Have A Wrench In Ya Mouth...LOL

M-Fadil
M-Fadil

I am looking forward to play this game

lucebuce
lucebuce

Silvurcross , thats good , the fact that i can run on low-end PC's makes it more playable by ppl who dont have good PCs

NND1
NND1

looks hot

kamuijr
kamuijr

Hm...looks interesting indeed. The main character is pretty hot!

bybeach
bybeach

That lady from 'behind'..the graphics though, i don`t know. I was mostly drawn to this game by the obvious, and she has some decent facial expressions as well, plus glowing eyes. oddly enough, that works. As for hack and slash, never done it, but now i`m considering both the Witcher, and Golden Axe. We`ll see.

freek33
freek33

I'm pretty sure this won't be very wicked

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Looks interesting, if its longer than heavenly sword id consider it. Wait and see.

HufflePuff-TLH
HufflePuff-TLH

Hmm, i donno, the videos look kinda fun, dmc4, with more power meaby.. i think i will track this..

theunloved
theunloved

Being a fan of its anime style look, I think I'll pick this up. It looks to be a fun hack and slash time game and has that unique feel about it. In my view. I'll be looking out for X-Blades.

Ryans273
Ryans273

i think this game looks pretty good but dosent really stand out that much

digitalgator
digitalgator

I'm gonna pick it up if the reviews for it aren't that bad, looks interesting at least, just better not be more then $40.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Not too impressive. Looks like it can run on low end PCs.

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

the game looks great idk y alot of people are trippin the game looks good it should have alittle more pizzaz as ssen so far but its good to me ill pick it but u guys are right it should sell for like $60 cuz i wouldnt buy it 40 probably

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

Looks cheap, so it should be cheap, I mean like $15-$20. This is a Southpeak game, the best game they've ever made was slightly worse than average. I'm not saying this is gonna be a terrible game, just that I don't have much faith in it. Guess I'll wait for a demo or somethin...

IcedEarthaholic
IcedEarthaholic

Well, the game looks to be a solid platformer, I can't say I'm too impressed with the character design overall. Still, if it performs well enough, I might pick it up when it drops in price.

DukeBriggs
DukeBriggs

maybe heavenly sword did do this, but not everyone has a ps3.

PrvtChurch
PrvtChurch

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PrvtChurch

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Dman0017
Dman0017

its deja vu all over again

lucebuce
lucebuce

just hope it has good controls and gameplay ( AND IS COMPATIBLE WITH A USB GAMEPAD )

sololupine2002
sololupine2002

If this isn't released at bargain price I don't think it will sell too well.

ivanfred
ivanfred

I will wait for this one to land in the bargain bin.

ivanfred
ivanfred

I will wait for this one to land in the bargain bin.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

seems alright, ill definitely play it but Im not sure that itll really be anything special. As for customizing Ayumi... you can't seeing as though you need every attack due to some attacks not working on certain enemies, so there is really no choice at all there.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Sounds likes it's coming together rather nicely and I very much am looking forward to getting my hands on a solid action game.