Maken X

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Maken X

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is a game for the Dreamcast console that fits into an extremely small sub-genre of "first-person slashers". The game is mainly regarded as a First-person action game because of the realistic elements in gameplay. It is unique in that the main character is the weapon (Maken), rather than a person.

The word "Maken" literally translates as "demonic sword". On the title screen, the "X" is shown to stand for deus ex machina (Latin for "god out of the machine").

The player can control a number of character via 'brainjacking', which leaves the person a vegetable. The woman displayed on the boxart is the first person controlled when the facility that Maken was created at comes under attack.


The western release of Maken X: was heavily censored from its Japanese counterpart, which featured a more National-Socialist theme for some enemies (most notably, two enemies who actually had swastikas for faces), and a boss-battle against the pope set inside the Vatican.

The PlayStation 2 remake, Demon Sword, retains censorship of the swastika in all versions, including the Japanese. It also contains significant differences to the gameplay, the most striking being that it is played in a third-person perspective rather than first-person.

Critical response

Maken X was especially panned for its poor English localization. IGN stated in its review of the Japanese version that "the Japanese voice acting is...
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