Blades of Time tells the story of Ayumi, the gorgeous gun and sword-wielding treasure hunter, sets out on a journey to an ancient island in search of new adventures. While rich in bounty, the island is also filled with the magic of Chaos, being at the same time home to blood thirsty monsters.
GAME NAME: Blades of Time
DEVELOPER(S): Gaijin Entertainment Corporation
PUBLISHER(S): Gaijin Entertainment Corporation
PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3
GENRE(S): Action, Adventure, Platformer
RELEASE DATE(S): 21 Apr 2012 (Steam)
Ayumi, the gorgeous gun and sword-wielding treasure hunter, sets out on a journey to an ancient island in search of new adventures. While rich in bounty, the island is also filled with the magic of Chaos, being at the same time home to blood thirsty monsters. With a host of colorful characters, eye-popping visual appeal, tons of treasure and a huge variety of combat skills to master, Blades of Time will bring just as much fun and satisfaction both to gamers that are new to the action adventure genre and to experienced players. – Quoted from the Steam Store page for the game
After seeing this game pop-up in the ‘Coming Soon’ list in the Steam Store, I was looking forward to giving it a go, the screenshots on the Steam Store page for the game really impressed me and I was eager to give the demo a go. After waiting for the ‘Download Demo’ button to actually get fixed I grabbed it straight away and boy was I impressed, the combat mechanics and the game’s visuals are stunning but this was just the demo.
Nevertheless I was so impressed by the demo I decided to part with some cash and get the Limited Edition version of the game which comes with a couple of extras, including the game’s soundtrack, a lovely art book and a couple of wallpapers in various sizes.
As for the game itself, I was expecting to have to run through the entire demo area again before getting into something new but that wasn’t the case as I was thrown straight into this beautiful, lush and tropical environment that was full of vibrant colours and brilliant architecture. The game really does look pretty, the environments are very unique and colourful and really are a welcomed change from the groggy, musky environments that most modern games go for.
The combat mechanics are even more impressive than what was showcased in the demo, you can blast the heads off of enemies with your rifle or you can slide-and-dice with your katanas and when you progress further into the game, you’re given special abilities and upgrades from altars that are dotted around the landscape which allow you to pull off even more brutal and spectacular moves.
The controls are fluid and responsive, mouse and keyboard controls feel natural in this game and slashing away at enemies is extremely satisfying. The game offers 360 controller support but I have not tested the 360 controller with the game as of yet and I don’t think I am actually going to as mouse and keyboard feel so great. This really is a plus for me, as a PC gamer.
Now despite the fact that this game touts some great controls and beautiful visuals, it does fall short in the audio department. The soundtrack really sets the tone in certain parts of the game, so a great job was done music-wise and it’s quite pleasant, although not very memorable. The voice acting is this game’s biggest downfall, the voice-actress for the main character, Ayumi sounds very bland and provides little emotion and believability to the character. If you close your eyes during some of the cutscenes it sounds like two people reading a script for the first time.
Another small gripe I have with this game is that a few of the textures appear to be very blurry and low-res, it’s not a big issue but when you see a stone statue with a low-res texture in the middle of this well-crafted and nicely textured forest, it does kind of stand out. Other than that and the voice acting this game is very good, it offers some fantastic combat mechanics and some very pretty environments but don’t expect top of the line production values because you wont find them here, what you will find is a great action-adventure game with a pretty visual style and tons of action.
Do give the demo a go and see what you think because it’d be a shame to pass it up and miss out on it.
– Colourful and rich visuals
– Great combat mechanics
– Detailed enemies and environments
– Unconvincing voice acting
– No save/load feature
– Some textures are blurry and feel out of place
Thanks for reading and good gaming.