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Blades of Time is an Action-Adventure Hack and Slash game developed by Gaijin Entertainment and published by Konami and Iceberg Interactive. It was released in North America on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012, in Japan and Australia on March 8, 2012, and in Europe on March 16, 2012, while the PC version was released on April 20, 2012. It is a Spiritual Successor of X-Blades, a previous Action Adventure Hack and Slash game developed by Gaijin Entertainment that also starred a sword wielding Action Girl named Ayumi.
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A dual sword-wielding treasure hunter named Ayumi finds herself stuck on a mysterious and dangerous island. While rich with bounty, the island is also caught in the throes of Chaos magic. Ayumi soon discovers that it is also the home of thousands of long-held secrets, including special powers and abilities that she can gain for herself. Using everything she can, she must find a way to defeat armies of menacing villains and a multitude of treacherous traps in order to break free of the possessed island's grasp.

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Tropes present in Blades of Time:

  • Action-Adventure: Like it's predecessor, the game features the protagonist running around exploring old temple ruins while killing near limitless hordes of monsters.
  • Action Girl: Ayumi and Michelle.
  • BFS: Zero, Ayumi's partner, wields one.
  • Big Bad: The Guildmaster/Keeper of Chaos
  • Braids of Action: Ayumi's hairstyle consists of two braids.
  • Cleavage Window: Michelle's outfit features one.
  • Dual Wielding: Ayumi wields two swords and can unlock several variations with different enhancements.
  • Expy: Ayumi is obviously based on the main character from X-Blades, even sharing the same name. Her design is also reminiscent of Lara Croft.
  • Hack and Slash: Very much so. Ayumi can unlock more than 40 sets of skills, including attacks and combos.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. Dragon Ayumi stabs herself with the Keeper's sword in order to free herself from his control. She subsequently wakes up again in her human body.
    Ayumi: Yeah, I'm fine. I just had to kill myself that's all.
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  • Hybrid Power: Being a descendant of the dragons, Ayumi has inherited several powers, which she gains access to upon entering Dragonland.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Dragonland is the battlefield of a war between the Skyguard (who represent order and light) and the Chaos (who represent chaos and darkness). Ayumi can also unlock powerful Order and Chaos forms of magic.
  • People Puppets: At the end of game, it's revealed that the Keeper of Choas can control Ayumi's Dragon form due to the fact that the Altars that had unlocked her powers belonged to him all along.
  • Talking to Themself: Ayumi has a habit of talking to herself when she's alone.
  • The Dragon: Ayumi was intended to be this to the Keeper of Chaos, but she rejects the offer.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: Ayumi has an ability called "Time Rewind", which lets her turn back time and produces a clone that replicates the last actions she made. It is vital in solving puzzles and fighting hordes of enemies.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Averted. The Keeper takes control of Dragon Ayumi's body and attempts to force her to destroy her human body and fully embrace her role as his strongest warrior, but she ultimately overcomes his control and stabs herself instead, thus waking up in her human body.
  • Videogame Dashing: Both Ayumi and Michelle have a "Dash" ability, which can instantly close the distance between enemies as well as travel quickly using environmental features.
  • We Can Rule Together: The Keeper continually tries to convince Ayumi to join him during the Final Battle, but she rejects the offer.

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