Koei takes a stab, slash, and shot at tackling giant monsters with Toukiden

Space and time have been sundered by oni. Heroes from the past and present have been devoured by the oni; their souls trapped within. Humanity is on the brink of annihilation with very few villages and the Holy Mount. A small group of people known as Slayers,  the demons who slay demons, have the strength, courage, and drive to fight back against these monsters. Using the power of the mitama, the souls of fallen heroes, they can stand up to the demons and come out on top.

In Toukiden:Kiwami, an updated and expanded version of Toukiden: the Age of Demons, toukiden2the player assumes control of a Slayer who was recently assigned by the Holy Mount to reinforce Utakata village. The other Slayers are all wild characters with various personalities and quirks. From the know-it-all archer who couldn’t save what what was most important to her to the tough-guy brawler with a soft spot for children. All of them develop deep bonds with the player character as you help them hunt down the literal demons from their past. As their bonds deepen with the player their own mitama will also become yours.

There are nine different weapon types in Toukiden: Kiwami  and they are all outstanding in their own way. Swords can activate a gouge mode to double the damage dealt while the Slayers stamina holds out. Knives, chain & sickles, and naginatas have impressive aerial abilities while gauntlets and clubs pulverize oni at ground level. The spear’s hawk swoop and brace moves make it surprisingly damaging even when playing defensively. Bows and rifles let the player maintain distance but lack the defensive abilities of the melee weapons. All weapons have their own destroyer and team destroyer moves though each weapon has various effectiveness filling each gauge. Weapons can be upgraded with materials and by using them in combat to level them up at the blacksmith.

The mitama your character uses has just as much of an effect on gameplay as their weapon does. With 10 different types of mitama and thousands of skill combinations everyone can find a setup they like. Since most of the mitama are actual figures from history they can get bonuses from being used with their rivals, family, and friends e.g. Nobunaga and his sister Oichi. Mitama can be upgraded at the shrine giving them more skills up to 3 and then 4 when they are reach MAX level. These skills have various effect from basic stat increases to increasing the abilities of other mitama and some also have the ability to buff the moves of certain weapons.

Gameplay is awesome. Fighting against these enormous monstrosities results in a battlefield covered in their limbs. But be careful; if the Slayers take too long to purify the parts then the oni will regrow them. Purifying the limbs means that the oni’s essence will be exposed so the Slayers can deal direct damage to its health. Otherwise the oni’s surface protection has to be chiseled away before damage can be dealt again. Many of the oni will unlock new moves or change completely when enough damage has been dealt. They’ll shed armor, drop down on all fours, and one of them does the rest of the fight while doing a handstand. Difficulty really ramps up over time as enemies start dealing more damage and inflicting status ailments.

I love everything about this game. I love the giant monster fight. I love the ridiculously oversized weapons. I love the competent allies and their backgrounds and personalities. I love getting the background information of historical and mythical figures. The game can get frustrating when the difficulty ramps up again and again but that’s the point. There’s a few clips here and there with everything but this game is very near to perfection to me. If you love games about fighting giant monsters and are tired of disconnections then Toukiden: Kiwami is a great way to tackle enemies with a full team even when you are offline.

  • good storytelling between missions
  • varied gameplay with weapon and role combinations
  • cool monster designs
  • solid gameplay
  • 1-hit deaths from nearly undodgable attacks
  • level caps on mitama until story progresses
  • solo and team limited missions
Graphics Pixl Score 4 4
Story Pixl Score 5 5
Sound Pixl Score 4 4
Controls Pixl Score 5 5
Fun Factor Pixl Score 5 5