X-Blades is a hack and slash game in the fantasy setting. It follows Ayumi, a young adventurer that uses two pistol-blades. One day she was cursed and now needs to find the way to break free from it. You take on the role of Ayumi and lead her through hordes of monster towards the secrets of her world. The protagonist gets involved in the struggle between Light and Darkness, and her choices throughout the game will lead to the victory of one of these forces.
The game features a character development system that includes different skills you can upgrade with experience point during the game. The skills are light and dark, and the ending depends on what path you choose. The core gameplay is typical for the hack and slash genre: you need to clean up levels full of enemies and kill bosses. Besides using swords and guns, Ayumi can cast spells to her opponents. Different attack types are most effective against different enemies.