Blades Of Time Borrows Cursor*10’s Concept For An Action Game

Don’t call Blades of Time a sequel to X-Blades. While both games feature Ayumi as the lead character, Blades of Time isn’t connected to X-Blades, a Konami representative explained. Yes, Konami. They picked up two titles from Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment, World War II flight simulator Birds of Steel and Blades of Time.

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Both companies decided to drop Ayumi’s anime look and tweaked her weapons. Instead of pistol-blades, her sword and rifle are separate items in Blades of Time. Oh, and Ayumi is some kind of treasure hunter now. Maybe low(er) cut Lara Croft?

 

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(Left: X-Blades, Right: Blades of Time)

 

Blades of Time has one mechanic that may set it apart from other hack-and-slash games. The game lets players create a time rewind clone, perhaps inspired by the creative puzzle game Cursor*10. Your Ayumi clone replicates the last actions you made, so it’s possible to tag team a boss or stand on two switches at the same time. When I played Blades of Time the time clone feature wasn’t fully functional. It worked when fighting small groups of enemies, but I couldn’t trigger it when Ayumi was caught under a magical chaos barrier that made Ayumi move as if she was submerged in water. I had to use magic instead (there are two kinds – order and chaos) to freeze enemies before hacking away with Ayumi’s blades.

 

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A Konami representative explained the build I was playing was still early in development. Gaijin Entertainment plan to finish Blades of Time before its early 2012 launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Like X-Blades, players will be able to dress Ayumi in different costumes, maybe even Konami inspired outfits too.


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