Toukiden 2 (PlayStation 4) review
"More than just a minor upgrade, Toukiden 2 brings fast-paced demon slaying into the open world."
Monster Hunter may be the most familiar title within the hunting sub-genre of RPG, but there are a variety of capable contenders for that crown. Many of them have tried to introduce and popularize a new twist that will secure a loyal following. The Toukiden franchise, for instance, prides itself on being thoroughly steeped in Japanese mythology and history, as seen both in its world building and in the variety of adversaries it presents. Taking place only a few short years after the familiar adventures that once played out in Utakata Village, the story in Toukiden 2 introduces a new village called Mahoroba, which desperately needs heroes who can fend off a horrific new threat.
In perhaps the largest shakeup the niche has yet seen, Toukiden 2 finally breaks away from the compartmentalized arenas that have become the norm. They are replaced by a large open world that consists of interconnected regions, each with fast travel points and its own separate sets of collectibles and monsters. Fear not, because the numerous areas remain expansive enough to accommodate arena-sized battles, once an oni has been engaged. While the initial load times are a bit on the longer side (even when playing on the Playstation 4 Pro, with a SSHD installed), the player can then run from Mahoroba Village to any distant point on the map without hitting a single loading screen.
Freelance review by Kai Powell (March 23, 2017)
As an aspiring FGC contributor, Kai has earned enough tournament accolades to earn the title 'Eternally Second'. When not pouring his heart out over covering the games industry and running a corporate games store, he also spends his mornings at a ramen-ya
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