I’ve been playing X-Blades off and on for the last couple of weeks and have been having great fun with it. It’s gotten some absolutely atrocious reviews, but I’m not sure where the hate is coming from – yeah, it’s got no real plot to speak of, and yes, the main character is comically oversexualized, but it lets you run around, beat up monsters and blow stuff up, look good while doing it, and generally just enjoy yourself for an hour or two at a time. Because there really isn’t much to the story, it’s easy to pick up and put down, and it looks fantastic.
For the record, I’m not just talking about Ayumi’s refreshingly open attitude towards thong underwear as appropriate combat wear. While that’s nothing to complain about, the rest of the game’s graphics are decidedly cranked to 11. The game lets you run around levels after you’ve cleared them, and I spent a fair bit of time just checking out the environments.
It does have the “good ending” vs “bad ending” issue, and I unfortunately happened on to the bad ending – oops – but the requirements to get the good ending don’t seem that onerous so I think I’m going to give it another play through.