February 11, 2014 // 6:32 pm
- KOEI Co Ltd Producer Kenichi Ogasawara
announced that Toukiden: The Age of Demons is out today on PlayStation Vita.
To quote: Today's the day to become a Slayer and save the world from the Oni's destruction!
The most exciting aspect of Toukiden: The Age of Demons is the "targeted destruction system" where players can feel the exhilaration of severing parts of the Oni's body and destroying them. Players can choose from six different weapons, each with their own original attack methods and attributes.
Using powerful attacks to slash, thrust and crush parts of the enormous enemy, I think it might excite the natural instincts of players.
It is difficult to defeat the Oni, however, just by attacking them. By destroying parts of the Oni, the life energy that exists within them will be drawn to the surface. Attacking this life energy will truly damage the Oni.
However, Oni not only possess an enormous life force, they are able to regenerate parts that are cut off - and these regenerated parts become even more powerful.
The severed Oni parts that have fallen to the ground can be permanently destroyed through the Ritual of Purification, and this prevents the body part from being regenerated. Thus, in order to defeat the Oni, the destruction of body parts is a necessary part of the game system.
There are over 200 Mitama - the souls of famous historic Japanese figures - both real and fictional. The Mitama, which can be obtained by defeating Oni, each carry a battle style and/or skill which can assist in battle. Choosing which Mitama to equip deepens the strategic aspect of battle.
The use of "Japan" as a theme in the fantasy world of Toukiden is another key attraction of the game. I don't think there's been another full-scale hunting action game that has used a Japanese setting for the in-game world.
The story and characters are completely original, and we received high praise from players in Japan on how the story unfolds and draws them in. This strong and beautiful Japanese themed world should be a refreshing surprise to Western gamers.
There is an abundance of content for gamers to experience, with over 100 missions in the Story Mode, and an additional 150+ missions in the multiplayer mode. The main story of Toukiden can be enjoyed entirely in single player mode, so no need to worry that it's a game that can only be played and enjoyed in multiplayer mode.
After the main story is finished, additional missions are unlocked with even stronger enemies. These are best cleared with the help of friends, so I hope you'll go and defeat the powerful enemies together. There's co-operative play through ad-hoc mode, or players can be easily matched online, so it should be pretty easy to find party members to battle together with.
With Toukiden: The Age of Demons, I think we've managed to make a game that even action game connoisseurs in the West will enjoy. Happy Hunting!