Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Action Ayumi

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Action Ayumi

Article excerpt

Mr Spock. Science. A 1979 single by rockers Supertramp. All these things are logical and, dependent on your point of view, rather fun.

A mongoose in a bow-tie certainly doesn't make any sense, but at least it has a redeeming sense of ridiculousness.

However, unfortunately Blades of Time fits neither of the above descriptions.

There's a lot wrong with the "spiritual successor to X-Blades" from it's unimaginative and instantly forgettable story - it's set in a place called Dragonland for crying out loud - to glitchy graphics and a bland, generic, easily hated Lara Croft clone as its lead.

That's before you consider the woeful voice acting, repetitive enemies and a central time travel mechanic which serves to make both combat too easy and puzzles frustratingly trial and error.

Such a ringing endorsement may leave some to question why anyone - save hormonal teenagers enticed by the scantily clad, buxom heroine Ayumi on the box - would buy the game and in truth it's hard to recommend that anyone actually does. …

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