Review Toukiden: Kiwami (PlayStation 4)
It oni gets better
Toukiden: The Age of Demons was and still is a great adventure on the PlayStation Vita, but it's been made a bit obsolete by its follow-up, Toukiden: Kiwami. Not quite a sequel, Kiwami includes the entirety of the original game, plus a slew of new chapters which continue the story after the events of The Age of Demons. As such,...
About The Game
In the deeply rich world of Toukiden, Demons (Oni) have always hid in the shadows and aimed to torment mankind. Through history, a secret caste of warriors, the Slayers, have been trained to dispose of the demonic threat before it could consume the world. However, an event called the 'Awakening' caused rifts to appear in space and time. Through those rifts places that had long disappeared from the world resurfaced, and with them came hordes of various demons that started to relentlessly hunt humans.
These demons would consume the souls of those they killed and imprison the ones of brave heroes in order to grow in size and strength. Using these souls, Oni can regenerate at a rapid rate and only Slayers are trained in the proper way to battle them.
As the extinction of humanity was not far from reality, the Slayers opened their villages as sanctuaries, to protect those who escaped, and provided a last line of defence against the horror.
Toukiden's original storyline starts 8 years after the Awakening and follows a newly trained Slayer from the village of Utakata (enter: the player!). The player's role is to complete various missions, strengthen his relationships with the other warriors in the village and eventually start battling the largest of the Oni to banish them back to their dimension (a mysterious demi-plane that stands between space and time) and free the souls of the heroes they've trapped.
In turn, when these souls are free, they stay with the player and provide him with a variety of equipable abilities for his weapons.
Set against a backdrop inspired by various historical periods of Japan, 'Toukiden: Kiwami' continues to narrate the tale of humanity's last stand for survival. As it makes its debut appearance on the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system, 'Kiwami' picks up the story from the beginning, allowing new players to familiarise with its vast, demon-ridden world. Nevertheless, it is actually almost double the size of the original game, offering fans of the series the opportunity to pick up where 'Age of Demons' stops and follow their slayer into a variety of new, exciting adventures.
Visually stunning, like its predecessor, this game boasts an extensive character creation mode, a multitude of new and returning weapon types, each of which can be forged and upgraded to the player's preferences, while it also features 300 characters based on both fictional and historical Japanese figures, whose souls help players strengthen their team and defeat their enemies.
'Toukiden: Kiwami' will also include an extensive multiplayer mode. The player is always encouraged to tackle battles with the most powerful Oni as part of a group and, as with the previous title, there is a choice between a number of NPC or, preferably, a cooperative multiplayer mode that allows for a team of up to four Slayers to band up and banish a demon together!
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