Publicado: 14 de abril
TL:DR – Third person hack and slash game similar to Darksiders, but very linear. There’s no significant backtracking, and all the puzzles are pretty easy to solve. You can beat the game in less than 10 hours. Technically, it has RPG elements but is extremely simplified.
In Blades of Time you play the treasure hunter Ayumi, a scantily clad, double sword wielding fighter who can kill a whole room full of armed men but can still occasionally act like Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot (whiny and afraid). It’s hard to blame her though because after trying to crash her way into a mythical treasure trove, she and her sidekick Zero (a big buff dude) get thrown into Dragonland. Now separated from Zero, you (as Ayumi) need to find your way through the monster infested Dragonland back to your own world. No, Dragonland doesn’t have any dragons for you to fight, but there are a variety of creeps itching to take a bite out of all your exposed skin.
Gameplay wise, Blades of Time is a third person melee game where you can just mash the attack button and Ayumi will swing her swords like a ninja commando slashing everyone around her. However, unlike games such as Darksiders or Devil May Cry, the enemies aren’t really “stunned” by your hits and can still attack you even as they’re flinching from your strikes. Your attacks don’t interrupt them. Fortunately you have a short range dash/dodge move that you can use to evade enemy attacks. One thing I noticed is that either the enemies all have a lot of health or your sword strikes are really weak, because killing enemies takes a lot more hits than you would expect. Seriously, it takes like 20-30 hits to kill anything with your swords. You do have a rifle to shoot baddies with though, and that seems to be pretty strong.
I said before that the game is simplified, and this applies to character development and equipment. You don’t “level up” in the game, and you don’t collect money to buy items with either. As you progress through the story, you “find” new skills or upgrades to your existing ones. They’re unmissable so don’t worry about not finding an awesome spell. All of your equipment upgrades are found using a homing compass that also guides you on which direction you should be traveling. The equipment is missable, but none of it is game changing. They all just boost 1 of your skills, and nothing else (no +armor or +damage). There are only a few magic spells for you to use (fire, ice, and a heavy blast) but they add a little variety to your gameplay. They’re not especially strong either though.
Probably your greatest tool (and the reason for the game’s title) is your ability to reverse time for a short period. During the time reversal, enemies and your past self will re-enact what happened a few seconds ago. During this window you can attack the enemy with your clone for a double or even triple attack (if you reverse time in the middle of another time reversal). This is also used for puzzle solving since there are some areas that you can’t progress without hitting 2 switches at the same time (stand on switch 1 and reverse time, then stand on switch 2 while your clone is still on switch 1).
+Simple gameplay and no “research” needed. Don’t worry about character building.
+The game runs smoothly despite having nice graphics for a fantasy world with magic and monsters. My computer didn’t even heat up very much.
-If you’re looking for an in-depth RPG like Dragon age, or a loot game like Diablo, Blades of Time isn’t the game for you. Also, the game’s “dialogue” is kind of weird. I don’t know if it’s translated from another language or just badly written at times.
-There is this really annoying bug involving getting your spell casting “stuck” that requires a game restart to fix. It happens a lot in boss battles, and at first I didn’t even realize it was a bug. I thought I had a keyboard button jammed or something. It occurs when an enemy interrupts one of your magic spells.
-The Outbreak multiplayer option plays like a third person MOBA but there’s nobody playing online. Don’t get this game for the multiplayer.
Overall, the game is fun to spend a weekend on, especially if you just want brainless hack and slash without worrying about exploring huge areas or backtracking. You also get to fight large boss monsters and earn some easy Steam achievements. 7/10