"Slaying Demons in Style"
Has the lack of a Monster Hunter game on Vita left you feeling blue? Are you looking for some fast-paced action, extensive crafting options, and beautiful graphics, all on a system that fits in your pocket? Look no further than Omega Force’s answer to the Monster Hunter void – Toukiden: The Age of Demons. In this action RPG, players will become a Slayer, a special warrior who fights the hordes of Oni (demons) who inhabit the earth.
From the start of the game, players will notice the story takes some inspiration from traditional Japanese mythology. The voice acting is done in Japanese as well, which perfectly complements the setting and storyline. This is tied together with some beautiful graphics. Rich environments, extensive character outfit options, and unique demon designs all help to create a cohesive world for the gamer to explore through gameplay.
The gameplay itself is similar to other entries in this specific action RPG genre. It is pretty easy to jump into, regardless of player skill level. Two buttons are used for different attacks, and certain attacks can be chained together for maximum damage. As a Slayer, the character has access to special spirits known as Mitama, which unlock additional abilities and stat boosts. Players can use Mitama to customize their play style and develop their character as they see fit.
Players have the option to choose from six different weapons. While I would have liked to see more options, players should be able to find something to suit their personal play style. Using these weapons, the player’s character will slay Oni in various quests. Chopping off demon limbs and defeating enemies will give the player crafting materials, which can be used to create new weapons and armor. There are tons of weapons and armor to create, presenting the player with a seemingly never-ending quest to get the “best” options. Doing some of the quests over and over to get the materials you need can be repetitive, but it’s all worth it when you finally have that complete set of armor.
Perhaps the best feature of Toukiden is the multiplayer. The game is a lot more fun with others, and special missions are available only through co-op. Up to four players can slay Oni together.
Overall, if you’re looking for something to fill the Monster Hunter void in your life, or if you just want to play an excellent action RPG on the Vita, give Toukiden a go.
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