X-Blades was a fairly generic hack-n-slash action title that still did well enough to warrant a follow-up, Blades of Time. But aside from featuring the same female lead, this new game has very little do with its predecessor. For one thing, the anime look from before is no more (which is for the best, because it honestly wasn't very good). So instead of shamelessly adopting an art style from the east, a gameplay mechanic has been borrowed instead. One that hails from Japan as well, coincidentally enough.

As Siliconera explains, one can create clones to mimic actions you just performed, similar to the web game Cursor*10. That way you can team up with essentially yourself to take down powerful enemies, as well to solve puzzles that require you to be in two places at once. That's assuming puzzles are even present, though it would be foolish for Blades of Time's makers to not take full advantage of such a mechanic. Though the notion of swinging your sword alongside doppelgangers hails all the way back to Ninja Gaiden 2 for the NES.

Back to Cursor*10; many might not know that its creator, Yoshio Ishii, worked on a PSP game that also employed the same basic principles, and which also had hack-n-slash elements added. It was called Onore no Shinzuru Michi wo Yuke, and one can read all about it courtesy of Hardcore Gaming 101. A clip of it in action can be seen after the cut.