X-Blades is an unflinching action game of fast-paced, choreographed combat strung along an animé-inspired storyline. The story follows a blade-wielding treasure-hunter named Ayumi, whose battle inhibitions are as scant as her outfits. Ayumi hacks, slashes, and shoots her way through nearly 40 color-saturated levels full of ancient secrets and vile demons, in a combo-driven style seemingly inspired by Devil May Cry or God of War. The game's combat system runs on rage: the more of it Ayumi has, the more special attacks and abilities she can perform. The easiest way to build up rage is slaying enemies. A different special power can be assigned to each of the main action buttons. In general, special powers are divided into the Light, which includes healing abilities, and the Dark, which includes the most devastating attacks. The game ends in one of two different ways, depending on the choices Ayumi makes.