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9:00 AM on 04.27.2012

Blades of Time: Limited Edition announced ... seriously

If you thought the intense Blades of Time saga was over just because we finally got a copy and were able to review it, think again. In astounding news, it seems that an honest-to-God Limited Edition version is on its way to P...

Jim Sterling


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12:30 PM on 03.28.2012

Jimquisition: Konami

There's something very messed up going down at Konami. Nobody knows for sure what it is, but the results are there for all to see. You might not have realized quite how bad Konami's behavior has been over the past year, but ...

Jim Sterling



Review: Blades of Time  photo
Review: Blades of Time
by Jim Sterling

You've got to give Gaijin Entertainment some credit. The Russian studio has no reputation for creating good games, and 2009's X-Blades was particularly mediocre. Despite this, Gaijin just keeps on plugging and is even prepared to revisit its prior failures, giving the world a spiritual successor to X-Blades in the form of Blades of Time

It's amazing how much faith Gaijin has in the series' barely clothed heroine, Ayumi, because Konami certainly has none. Taking over the publishing duties from Southpeak, Konami has famously refused to put any effort into promoting the game. It announced a release date a week before launch, and the game itself missed that date in most areas by roughly three days. 

Let's face facts. Blades of Time is far from a masterpiece. It struggles to be good at all, in fact. Nevertheless, one can't help but feel sorry for it, and at least feel a little charmed by its noble attempts to be taken seriously.

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1:30 PM on 03.09.2012

Blades of Time update: Konami has ANNOUNCED the game!

In a BREAKING Blades of Time update, publisher Konami has just announced the game, despite it allegedly releasing three days ago. According to the company, the game is now officially available. Perhaps that means more than Ne...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 03.09.2012

Blades of Time update: there's a copy in New Jersey!

Destructoid's intense journalistic coverage of Blades of Time continues, with news that a physical copy of the game has been traced to the East Coast. I swung by my local GameStop to see if it had anything, and was informed t...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 03.08.2012

Blades of Time's producer can't find his own game

I've made it a personal mission to excessively cover Blades of Time for no other reason than I find Konami's lack of marketing utterly fascinating. The game allegedly launched yesterday, but you'll be lucky if you can find a ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 02.29.2012

Fun facts about X-Blades followup Blades of Time

I've been chatting with Anthony DeCicco from The Gamers Hub, who apparently has as soft a spot in his heart as I do for X-Blades and its associated games. Following the release of this weeks' Blades of Time trailer, DeCi...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 02.28.2012

X-Blades sequel Blades of Time out March 6

I will be perfectly honest -- I had no idea this was a thing. It seems beyond comprehension that X-Blades would actually manage to get a sequel, but it seems that Konami has picked the title up from the ashes of Southpeak an...

Jim Sterling



Preview: Play with yourself in Blades of Time photo
Preview: Play with yourself in Blades of Time
by Ryan Perez

Geeks seem to love screwing with natural order. Whether it's by creating biological weapons that breed a form of undead human, or by using ugly '80s cars to go back in time and narrowly escape sex with a younger version of their mothers, the more eccentric minds of society adore finding ways to throw a middle finger towards whomever or whatever is pulling the strings.

Unsurprisingly, some videogames have taken the concept of messing with time and turned it into a nifty little collection of interesting gameplay mechanics. Blades of Time is no exception, as you are given the ability to rewind the action a few seconds ... but with a slight distinction from what we're used to.

In Blades of Time, setting the clock back actually lends itself to gameplay, rather than merely being an easy fix for those "oops I f*cked up and died" moments. The result makes for some pretty fun moments.

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