BackgroundLong, long ago, in an age that only the gods can now remember, the universe was ruled by two powerful beings that were revered and worshipped by all races - but the brotherly relationship between these two creatures was always in question from the beginning of time, simply because no one knew who the real number 1 was. While the Enlightened was on the side of good, helping his people how and when he could, the Dark One was quite the opposite, full of hate and devilish works - and so the never-ending battle between the Enlightened and the Dark One persisted for centuries. Humans suffered terribly thanks to this constant combat between the two, combat which shook the universe to its very core. Finally, thanks to a trick, the Enlightened succeeded in banishing the divine power of the Dark One, imprisoning it in an Artifact - but in doing so, the Enlightened lost his own divine powers, because the two divine beings were inseparably linked to one another. This is how two Artifacts came to be hidden in a huge Temple - and how the Enlightened prevented the downfall of the entire universe. However, these two artifacts contain total, absolute power - both good and evil. Any human being who comes in contact with the powerful stones will be horribly cursed - and the power of darkness will once again be awakened.
The game begins when a map which has been lost for countless years suddenly turns up - and it shows the location of the artifacts. The adventurer Ayumi starts searching for the immensely valuable stones. Powerful forces against which she is helpless threaten to awake in her body. Now it's up to her to discover what the secret of the curse is - and at last defeat the darkness.
GameplayX-Blades offers action-packed enjoyment in fantastic Hack-and-Slash style. Using various weapons, spells and tactics, the player must fight his way through many indoor and outdoor levels, killing hordes of monsters on the way. The story, exciting and rich in variety with numerous cutscenes not only motivates the player, it also cleverly interlinks the individual levels. Besides the 'normal' monsters, there are also "Monster Generators", which ceaselessly create new creatures (and of course powerful Boss opponents) for the game world. Hidden Power-ups and coins ensure that the player is rewarded for exploring a level. Some locations can only be reached by bold and daring leap/jump combinations.
The player will only achieve success in the game if he makes use of the extensive system for the further development of the heroine Ayumi - Experience Points earned, for example, must be converted to Skills. There are various Power-ups available to help the player as well, like combat techniques, magic, weapon enhancement and teleportation and the right mix will lead to success. Apart from that, the use of skills on the "good or bad side" also affects the finale. Depending on player actions, two different game endings await the heroine Ayumi.
- Gripping fantasy story featuring an attractive anime-style heroine, spectacular landscapes and characters
- Transform into special Light or Dark forms, each of which boosts the player's speed and power
- Innovative "Pistol Blades" for shooting projectiles and close quarters fights
- Over 40 indoor and outdoor level environments
- Over 30 different types of enemies
- Over 20 different types of magic in different classes
- Strong boss opponents in fantastic detail and designs
- Hidden artifacts encourage players to fully explore levels
- Alternate endings depending upon the player's behavior throughout the game
Hardware RequirementsPentium 4 2.0 GHz processor or equivalent;
512 MB RAM;
ATI Radeon 1650 256 MB or nVidia GeForce 7600 256 MB;
5 GB hard disc space; Windows XP with Service Pack 2
DirectX 9.0c; Keyboard, mouse
Recommended system requirements:
Pentium 4 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent;
1024 MB RAM;
ATI Radeon x3800 512 MB or nVidia GeForce 8800 512 MB;
5 GB hard disc space; Windows XP with Service Pack 2/Windows Vista
DirectX 9.0c; Xbox 360 Controller for Windows