Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

X-Blades (Windows)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
59
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Description

At the beginning of time, two divine entities ruled over the universe peacefully and harmoniously. But one day the seeds of conflict rained from the sky and the entity known as The Dark, tried to take all the power for himself. The Light and The Dark battle fiercely but The Light couldn't defeat The Dark and stop the chaos. They were both inseparably connected to one another and so The Light realized that the only way to stop The Dark was to banish him and himself into two cursed artifacts. Each one is now guarding the artifact containing the powers of the other and all seems well. At least until one day a egocentric treasure hunter named Ayumi finds the map to the hidden temple where the artifacts are guarded.

In her greed she ignores the warnings of The Light, touches the artifact and by doing so unleashes The Curse upon herself. It enters her body and condemns her to pain and suffering. But not all is lost. The Curse hasn't full control over her yet. Withstanding it, Ayumi continues to search her search for the second artifact. But now not because of greed but to battle The Dark, confine it's powers again and relieve herself of The Curse by doing so.

The journey is not an easy one as the player takes over the control of Ayumi, looking over her shoulder and guiding her through the levels. The return of The Dark spawned many enemies on the island. But as an experienced treasure hunter, Ayumi isn't defenseless. With her gunblades in her hands, she mows through the enemies like Dante does in the Devil May Cry series until the entrance to the next level unlocks. Each defeated enemy then drops one or more souls which Ayumi needs to buy additional skills, spells and items allowing her to cast fireballs upon her enemies or buy more powerful bullets for the gunblades. This is especially important as all the enemies and bosses have different weaknesses. The phantoms e.g. are immune to physical damage but hitting them with a fireball or fire-induced blades will destroy them in no time.

Scattered around the temple are also artifacts which were broken into three pieces. If Ayumi finds all three, she reunites them and gains either a melee, pistol or airstrike upgrade increasing her respective damage and granting her access to more powerful combos.

Screenshots

X-Blades Windows Attempting to destroy a monster generator.
X-Blades Windows Trying to avoid the spikes.
X-Blades Windows Charging in Dark Form (the positive side effect of The Curse) at the spider.
X-Blades Windows The map of the ruins

Alternate Titles

  • "Oniblade" -- Russian title

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The Press Says

Games32 Feb 16, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Fragland.net May 08, 2009 69 out of 100 69
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2009 66 out of 100 66
Click! Mar 03, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
PC Games (Germany) Feb 19, 2009 62 out of 100 62
IGN Feb 13, 2009 6 out of 10 60
GBase - The Gamer's Base Feb 16, 2009 5.5 out of 10 55
Imperium Gier Mar 06, 2009 5.3 out of 10 53
Jeuxvideo.com May 07, 2009 9 out of 20 45
Game Observer Feb 25, 2009 42 out of 100 42

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Trivia

It received the Worst game that sort of sounds like "X-Play" when you say it fast award in G4 X-Play's 2009 Golden Mullet Awards.

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Sicarius (61031) added X-Blades (Windows) on Feb 12, 2009
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