Toukiden: Kiwami - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

27 March 2015

Also on:

PS4 PS Vita

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
7.5

Summary:

In Toukiden: Kiwami on the PlayStation 4, a group of creatures known only as the Oni have come from the shadow to push humanity to the brink of destruction. You are one of the last people left alive that can actually put a stop to them. You are a Slayer and it is your job to end the reign of madness and terror that the Oni are unleashing in order to push them back to death and the darkness that they came from. Pushing away from the War of the Roses we found the title was instantly reminding us of a bigger than life version of Monster Hunter.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Omega Force
  • Publisher(s):
    • Koei Tecmo Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • 27 March, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 12+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-4
  • Online Play:
    • Optional

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 18.3GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 76 Hours
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
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2015-05-18

Darren_Summerell

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PS4

7.5

Toukiden: Kiwami was developed by Koei Tecmo Games before making its way onto the PlayStation 4. Koei Tecmo, as you know, became popular due to their commitment to slasher games with historical Japanese precedent, usually taking place during the War of the Roses. Franchises like Dynasty Warriors became their calling card. Toukiden: Kiwami is a return into that style of gameplay, featuring a huge caste of warriors and hidden shadows that seek to destroy everything in their path. Featuring the gorgeous art direction and fantastic gameplay of prior entries, we couldn't help but look forward to popping this game into our PS4.

Toukiden: Kiwami is a sequel to the Age of Demons game which was released quite a few years prior to it. Even though this is a sequel, you don't have to have familiarity with the older title in order to enjoy this one. As with most of Koeis releases, the games rely more on method than actual plot and story progression. The games are meant to be enjoyed at breakneck pace with nary a real thought spent on what the characters are actually saying. So with that frame of mind let's dig into the review and see what we have here.

The basic plot of the game is pretty simple. There is a group of creatures known only as the Oni that has come from the shadow to push humanity to the brink of destruction. As is the wont of games featuring this story line, you are one of the last people left alive that can actually put a stop to them. You are a Slayer and it is your job to end the reign of madness and terror that the Oni are unleashing in order to push them back to death and the darkness that they came from. Pushing away from the War of the Roses we found the title was instantly reminding us of a bigger than life version of Monster Hunter. A welcome change to the way that Koei does business comes in the form of how reliant the game seems to be on the actual plot of the story. Quests push you in a certain direction and they have actual outcomes that actually seem to effect how things progress going forward. With all of that being said, let's dig even deeper.

Pulling the vibes captured by so many 'ultimate team' style games and movies, you are introduced to a line of tough teammates who seek to make your life easier. There are a group of Slayers at your side that you will quickly learn to lean on. Horou is a gun wielding, mass damage dealing person. The guns are a big change from the hack and slash nature of prior titles and they control with some issues. Reloading is the biggest issue because you have to time out your reloads with the Oni that seem hell bent on putting you out of commission. Next up in your All Star line up is Reki. Reki uses a giant naginta that gives you hack and slash gameplay with the benefit of extended range that swords can't match. Soma closes up your group with a gigantic club. It takes awhile to wind up the attack but it is one of the most powerful weapons you will use, provided that you actually survive long enough to put it into play.

Fighting is obviously the most important part of this title. If you don't enjoy how the game plays then you likely won't stick around for the (sometimes cliche) plot. Fortunately the fighting in the game is pretty top notch. Combat has its hiccups, primarily with how the guns handle, but it is otherwise fluid and easy to learn. You'll use both thumb sticks to wind your way around battle as you punch in different combinations to put the hurting on the big Oni. The addition of new weapons and more slots for Mitama mean that you will be able to customize your battling experience as much as you want. These new buffs and skill make your fighting style evolve as the game pushes ever onward.

Toukiden: Kiwami on the PlayStation 4 is an interesting game in that it stuns us with its look in one sequence before breaking immersion in the next. What we mean by that is that the game has inconsistent work done on it. Character models look absolutely gorgeous. The giant Oni demons are beautiful in how they are realized, featuring great textures and dynamic color patterns. Character models are also exquisitely detailed, with some forgiveness given to background characters that do nothing but set the scene. Yet, the backgrounds are consistently below average and distracting when taken at face value. It's hard to mentally rationalize how beautiful the characters are with the dull and bland backgrounds behind them. We suppose that Koei assumed we'd be so focused on fighting as to notice, but we are still here making the comment.

The majority of time you spend on the game will follow a simple pattern: turn on the game, start missions, collect loot, and repeat the process. This isn't to say that the game is dull, it's rarely ever that, but it is to say that it is formulaic. There is a middling online mode that we suppose is entertaining, but I didn't spend any time trying to get on it. The core game is interesting enough to follow along with and that is all we want out of a title like this.

If you are familiar with Toukiden: Kiwami then you may have seen the PS Vita release. While the questing and battle based gameplay works well on the hand held device, it doesn't even look close to as pretty. I really enjoyed seeing everything blown up on my big screen television because the fight scenes were epic enough to make it all worth it. The sound mixing was great and the music was pretty fantastic as well. As a whole this is a complete upgrade over the PS Vita version.

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