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The Intriguing Vita Cooperative Adventure Toukiden Heading Our Way Soon

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Posted on December 2, 2013 AT 12:16pm

When Capcom moved their massive PSP franchise, Monster Hunter, to the 3DS instead of the Vita, it left a huge hole in the hearts of fans of Sony’s handhelds.

Since that point, we’ve seen a flood of games that have tried to fill that vacancy, with everything from Phantasy Star Online to Soul Sacrifice to Gods Eater Burst vying for the attention of players who like to get together with friends and kill stuff. One of the most alluring entries in this genre, for me, is Toukiden: The Age of Demons.

Part of my interest comes from the focus on historical-Japan-meets-demon-folklore, offering up a nice change of pace from typical fantasy or futuristic settings. Another big draw is Toukiden’s visuals, which strike a beautiful balance between detailed character designs and simpler, more artistic expression of those details.

There’s one aspect I’m not a fan of, sadly: Toukiden is yet another game featuring gigantic weapons. Why are Japanese developers (and fans) so obsessed with impossible oversized armaments?

Thankfully, Tecmo Koei is going to give me the chance to find out if Toukiden can live up to the hype that I’ve built for it in my head. The game will hit in English just in time for adventuring out with a loved one on Valentine’s Day, as it launches in North America on February 11th, 2014.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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