Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Chronicles Switch Review – Blade Runner

IIt’s not clear why it took so long to modify a video game Demon Slayer It should be done, given the suitability of the property to the broker. It’s even unclear why, once the game went green, it took so long to make its way to the Switch, especially considering how perfectly the anime and system fans got along. But now, six years after the initial release of the manga, and almost a year after it appeared in all the other platforms, we have Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chroniclesthe first video game to adapt Japan’s latest Transmedia sensation, on Switch.

That extra year might have been avoided, but it’s water under the bridge now, especially how good the game’s Switch port really looks. From a content perspective, the Switch version It comes with the original game, as well as all the post-launch content released for it. In terms of graphics and mechanics, this is a remarkably good transition to a much weaker system, as the game looks sharp and performs very well. In fact, I had few or no obstacles while playing the game Demon Slayerand the biggest complaint against it from a tech perspective are the loading times, which seem to be quite long – long enough to break the excellent flow that combat encounters can deliver in the game.

Let’s talk about those combat encounters a little bit. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It is a 3D arena fighter. And while it’s not a game that requires a perfect framework for data entry and lengthy bulk saves for its players, the combat system here works fairly well. It’s easy to understand (made easy to get by with some of the best fighting games I’ve seen in a game since… well, it’s been a while since the last time, I’ll leave it at that), and results in some incredibly flashy and elegant action on screen Which is great to watch no matter how many times you’ve played it before. They seem badass, and in addition to being true to their source, they are accurate to the story they tell as well.

Demon Slayer It has a remarkably integrated single player component, featuring a story mode that faithfully follows the source material, and is spread across multiple chapters taking you through all the major plot rhythms. “

And yes, there is a story here, and it’s not a story mode as you might expect from most fighters. Demon Slayer It has a remarkably integrated single player component, featuring a story mode that faithfully follows the source material, spread across multiple chapters that take you through all the main plot rhythms, and some well-designed encounters that all do a great job of slowly helping new players come to understand how the game mechanics work. . By the time you finish the non-intensive story mode, you are able to keep your own story in the battle modes.

These battle modes, which unlock after completing story mode lessons, are much like any other fighter – you choose your characters (individually if you’re picking demons), choose your arena, and then eliminate them. The combat system is fun enough to support a combat-focused mode just like this, although it’s obvious Demon Slayer It does not have the depth that other dedicated fighting games may have. Support for local and online multiplayer also keeps these battles fun and engaging – long after you’ve exhausted the fun you can get from repeating battles against the ad nauseam of the CPU, simply being able to play against another human opponent can help prolong the time you want. You will spend with the game.

Not that fans of the series will need more incentives to really spend more time with the game because Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles In many ways, a love letter to the source material, filled with many nods, references, and collectibles evoking anime and manga that fans are sure to have fun working with. Story mode will last 8-10 hours, depending on how much you choose to explore its world and environments, and you’ll keep coming back to it, along with other in-game modes and content, to unlock more points that can then be used to unlock fighters, arenas, profile pictures, music, quotes and taunts And more for battles. There is a lot to go through – if you like it Demon Slayerwhich is enough because you will probably want to set aside a fair amount of time to get it all done right.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Demon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles

“Scientist Demon Slayer Fantastic, and this game does it justice enough that I can imagine it’s interesting even to those who have never dealt with IP. “

And what if you’re not a fan? This is where things get suspicious. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It’s legitimately fun and well designed on its own merits, with plenty of content too, but it can be really hard to get into if you don’t have basic knowledge of anime or manga. While this game ostensibly covers the same story beats, it doesn’t stand alone, and seems to have adapted the game with the expectation that the player would have a whole context from elsewhere to complete it. Simply put, if you are a newcomer Demon Slayer, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It can kind of feel like you are being thrown into the deep end of a pool and asked to figure it out for yourself. While the story begins to rely less on basic knowledge as it develops its stakes, on the whole I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone as their first entry into the franchise.

The only thing I can say is that the world Demon Slayer Fantastic, and this game does it justice enough that I can imagine it interesting even to those without prior involvement with an IP. But honestly I’d say it’s more credit to the series than the game.

If you weren’t a fan, and ended up with this game anyway, it’s still a good time. The gritty combat is great, the exploration is mostly linear but rewarding, the world the game depicts is interesting and requires more knowledge, the voice acting, the music, and the graphics are all great, and there’s plenty of content to chew through your boots. And if you are a fan? It’s hard to imagine a better video game adaptation of the beloved property of Demon Slayer, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It ends up. Hopefully, this heralded the start of many high-quality games based on the upcoming IP.

This game was reviewed on Nintendo Switch.

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