GAMES - Review
17:00 - 24th April 2014, by Matthew Edwards

Toukiden: The Age of Demons

It'd be easy to accuse Toukiden: The Age of Demons of being a blatant rip-off of Capcom's ever popular Monster Hunter series, but while there's no denying the many similarities, Omega Force has done an admirable job of adding its own tricks to an otherwise familiar template. The game takes place in an ancient Japan setting where a demonic race of Oni has invaded the land. As the newest Slayer in Utakata Village, it's your job to hunt the Oni down while collecting new materials to forge better weapons.

The game gives you six different weapon classes that range from the simplicity of the sword and the speed of the knives, to heavy hitting gauntlets that let you break through an enemy's defence and a chain and sickle combo that sees you propel your character into the air. There's also a tempering system that allows you to infuse your weapons with the souls of deceased heroes, and a bond system that lets you improve your standing with the other Slayers.

All in all, the combat system lacks the weight and sophistication that Monster Hunter players are accustomed to, but as new entry in a highly technical genre, it's surprising just how much Toukiden gets right. We'd even take it above Soul Sacrifice (if not Gods Eater 2) as the best action-RPG with online multiplayer support that's currently available for the Vita.

The lack of a true Monster Hunter game on the Vita makes this an enticing proposition. It's also one of the system's better looking games.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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