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69 (Feb 12, 2009)
X-Blades hat mehr zu bieten als eine wohlgeformte Heldin im Anime-Stil. Die teils sehr hübschen Umgebungen zum Beispiel, die zunächst für exotische Abenteuer-Stimmung mit Comic-Flair sorgen. Und für den inhaltlichen und spielmechanischen Rest hat sich das Team von Gaijin gut angeschaut, was Capcom seinerzeit für die diversen Devil May Crys aus dem Hut gezaubert hat. Doch trotz aller Bemühungen erreicht Ayumis Kampfballett in über 40 Akten (inkl. Bosskämpfe) weder Stil noch Charme des Vorbilds. Dennoch hatte ich bis zum Finale nach etwa acht bis zehn Stunden durchaus Spaß am Monsterschnetzeln und der Suche nach dem letzten der spärlichen Geheimnisse.
X-Blades is een waardige actiegame, maar het mist de finesse die het speciaal had kunnen maken. De diverse strijd wordt te vaak eendimensionaal gemaakt, de indrukwekkende visuals missen variatie en de bazen zijn watjes. Desondanks is er genoeg lol te beleven aan het afslachten van de horden vijanden en met twee eindes en veel ontsluitbare items is er genoeg te doen. Ayumi weet dan wel niet hoe ze zich moet kleden, maar ze hakt zich een weg door de massa vijanden met stijl en als je kan leven met de saai omgevingen en soms oppervlakkige strijd, kan dit leuk zijn voor een tijdje.
GameSpot (Feb 24, 2009)
X-Blades is a competent action game, but it lacks the fine touch that could have made it something special. It just cannot seem to make the most of its solid backbone. The diverse combat is too often made one-dimensional, the impressive visuals lack variety, and the imposing bosses are pushovers. Nevertheless, there is undeniable fun in vanquishing a horde of unholy enemies, and with two endings and a few unlockables, there is plenty of value for those who thrive on disposing of dark forces. Ayumi may not know how to fully dress herself, but at least she can tear through her foes in style, and if you can forgive the repetitive environments and sometimes-shallow battles, this can be fun for a while.
IGN (Feb 13, 2009)
Everything about X-Blades is mediocre. It works for what it is, and there’s some charm to the action and the characters, but the gameplay design is lacking in ingenuity; a notion that is perpetuated the longer you play. Some will be able to find more enjoyment with X-Blades than I, but most will likely wind up walking away before the adventure is over.
XboxAchievements (Mar 02, 2009)
This game is exceptionally derivative and remarkably sub-par. The real problem though is that it is just not that much fun – and that is a problem that no game can recover from.
Game Captain (Feb 20, 2009)
Mein Spieleabend war ruiniert und da ich kein Sadist bin, möchte ich euch X-Blades ersparen. Man muss schon ausgebuffter Hack & Slay Fan sein, um an dem stupiden Dauergeschnetzel samt belangloser Bosse und abwechslungsarmem Gameplay Gefallen zu finden. Und lasst euch bloß nicht von der leichtbekleideten Unschuld verführen, mehr als Brüstewackeln und Poporausstrecken hat Ayumi nicht zu bieten. Gleiches gilt auch für die gesamte belanglose Geschichte. Richtig erbost bin ich aber, dass sich die Entwickler bei unterschiedlichsten Genrekandidaten bedienten und dann trotzdem nur ein halbgares Produkt ablieferten.
45 (Mar 17, 2009)
X-Blades is a bargain bin game that for some reason is being sold at full price. It looks cheaply made, has a cheap story, minimal fun, and overall just doesn’t seem to be that good. It’s sad because this is a game that you can tell the developers obviously took pride in (they even went out of their way to send us a review guide for the game to make it easier on us) and they really WANTED it to succeed. Sadly there are just too many bugs, flaws, and shortcuts to keep this game from being one of the better beat’em up action titles of the year. Perhaps if South Peak wants to go forward with an X-Blades 2 that addresses the flaws the first one had it could do better, but as it stands now X-Blades is nothing more than fan service. Fanservice is okay, but fanservice with nothing to back it up just seems tired and old. This isn’t 1998 anymore; you can’t sell a game solely on boobs and nothing else.
45 (May 15, 2009)
Ne tournons pas autour du po(potin) pendant trois plombes : X-Blades ne vaut probablement que pour le fessier virtuel de son héroïne. Et encore, on n'imagine personne acheter un soft au prix fort pour quelque chose d'aussi trivial... (Rassurez-nous ?). Le reste aura tôt fait de vous plonger dans l'ennui : les combats sont trop confus, le scénario inexistant et les graphismes noyés sous une copieuse cascade d'effets bon marché.
Game Observer (Feb 25, 2009)
“Haha, you bought or rented X-Blades, you idiot!” That should be the game’s slogan, because I swear I heard TopWare laughing at the sight of me playing this trash.
X-Blades proves that video games are not all about computerized tits and asses. Nothing this game has to offer is groundbreaking. Really sixty dollars for this crap? Yeah it is true and all you have to do is pass on this game. If you really have to play this game then you better wait for the price to drop and no half off is not even good enough.
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 20, 2009)
It’s too bad, because in some ways, X-Blades could have been a fun exercise in self-aware game design. Instead, it doesn’t really know what it wants to be, and it never puts anything forward to justify its existence. Ayumi is annoying, the gameplay is boring, and the acting is absolutely atrocious. Devil May Cry already did the whole campy hack-n-slash satire thing, and to be frank, did a better job of showcasing lady lumps as well. In the end, X-Blades is a whole load of bad ideas pushed together into one colossal mistake. It’s pretty and titillating, but just like a real prostitute, your money is better spent elsewhere.
Blend Games (Feb 26, 2009)
There's just something very derivative about this game. In fact, that's the best word for X-Blades: derivative. It just feels like somebody said "Let's make a game about a bunch of shit we like. Swords. Guns. Devil May Cry. Anime." It's a shame that they forgot to include the most important thing: fun. If you own a gaming platform that plays X-Blades, there is a 100% chance that that platform has at least four 3rd-person action games that are all leagues better than this one.