Toukiden 2 Articles RSS Feed | Toukiden 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Best Indie Games of 2017 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:33:01 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau


So here we are with my indie games of the year. Now, let me tell you that this year has seen a lot of game releases. These are but a few within that grand ocean. Also, there's nothing wrong with liking triple-A titles, but I feel that if you stick to them alone, you'll miss some real gems in the world of gaming.


Do you agree with this list? Do you not agree with this list? Let us know in the comments section below.


1. Danmaku Unlimited 3


So here we are: The number-one indie title is Danmaku Unlimited 3. Now, this isn't the only shmup mentioned on this list. It is, however, the best, based upon how pure it is. This game is one of the best-designed indie titles and examples of its genre.


The game takes place across five stages where you'll shoot down a large number of ships. The title features the smoothest of controls. There's a variety of difficulty modes to appease everyone of every skill level. The sprite work of your ship, enemies, bosses, and the stages themselves is highly detailed. Boss battles are nerve racking and demand your best. You can literally play this forever because you have your high score -- and the world's -- to beat.


The game features an amazing rock soundtrack. I could mention more, but it bears mentioning that this was made by one person. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is available for PC, Android, and iOS.


2. Drifting Lands


Is there such a thing as an RPG shmup? If one doesn't exist formally, I would like to present Drifting Lands. Drifting Lands is a title based upon a distant future and a new age of exploration. You are a pilot tasked with protecting a caravan through both known and unknown space.


Here, you'll find a fully fleshed-out narrative based upon the perils of futuristic exploration. You'll have a choice to use one of three ships; each focuses on a particular play style to suit any player.


Now, your performance is based on your ship's equipment as well as your skillset. Of course, this is all well and good, but you still have to survive bullet hell and blow up thousands to progress your story. Did I mention that the soundtrack couldn't be any better?


3. Cuphead


Retro-inspired games aren't dead, friends. In fact, the best place to find them is on the indie market. To that end, we have Cuphead, a game inspired by the animation of the 1930s and mostly old-time jazz music.


The game is also a callback to old-time games like Gunstar Heroes and Contra. Stages are pretty unforgiving, and bosses are ruthless. It's rewardingly difficult and a must-play for hardcore fans. More importantly, it's great to see a title that is so old-school in design be appreciated as this has. Cuphead is available for Xbox One and PC.


4. Battle Chef Brigade


 An indie title that was slow cooking for years. The wait, however, was worth it. Battle Chef Brigade is a mix of genres that come together beautifully. It's part adventure, puzzle, RPG, and cooking game. 


What is most enjoyable about the game is the wealth of battle options. Well, I mean to say cooking battle options. You can focus on a variety of tactics, each with its own strength and weakness. It's great to know you can serve up defeat to a foe any way you see fit.


The title is presented as an episodic story of a young lady becoming a battle chef. The game's difficulty/story escalates naturally as the cooking competitions get higher stakes. Also, the cast of characters is so endearing and helps flesh out the story so well that you want everyone to have screentime. Battle Chef Brigade is available on PC and Nintendo Switch.


5. Nighthaw-X3000


Nighthaw-X3000 is, at its simplest, a shmup -- a shmup that is very much inspired by the 1980s. Much like that time period, the game is very set in its particular aesthetics.


You play as a reluctant pilot facing court-martial. Why? Well, aliens have invaded Earth and are threatening his downtime with liquor, so he's all too eager to risk losing his job to save the booze, er, the planet. 


The game features stages and visuals you'd swear were ripped from ads. Stages are pastel-colored, and the game's music sounds like it belongs in Miami Vice. 


You can collect power-ups to help you reach a new high score and stand a better chance. Also, did I mention that the soundtrack is awesome? Nighthaw-X3000 is available for PC.


6. Beat The Game 


Beat The Game is perhaps one of the weirdest games I played all year. A music producer find himself in a strange alternate world after a small bike accident. What follows is a bit hard to describe.


Beat, essentially, is the video game form of what it's like to make a song. What does that mean? Well, an artist will often find the sounds he/she needs from interacting with the world at large. So, Beat will find tunes and songs from objects and people you bump into. Each discovery is meaningful and quite strange.


Ultimately, you are tasked with putting on a performance with the sounds you've collected within the surreal sandbox. Beat is a journey all fans of music should experience. Beat The Game is available for iOS and Android.


7. Toukiden 2


If you've never played a monster hunting title, you're missing out on quite the experience, and there's no better place to start than with Toukiden 2.


Your current circumstances ask that you help defeat demons to keep the land safe. Your quest isn't a lonely one, as you'll be joined by some very colorful characters.


You also have an array of weapons you can us to fight. Do you like big swords? Or maybe you want to punch things out with gauntlets? Whatever you like, you'll find them available. 


You'll find yourself regularly in strange lands and up against some larger-than-life enemies. You'll be driven by a narrative that'll continue to ask you why you and the demons are there. Toukiden 2 is available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and PC.


8. Gundam Versus


Gundam Versus exists in a weird place. The franchise is popular, anime-wise; the games, however, aren't that popular here in the West. So with the release of this title, we have a game that celebrates the franchise's history and gives people robot-on-robot action.


Each unit plays differently and has their own set of abilities. Players can play a robust campaign and take part in online multiplayer matches with other players. The game may not blow you away, but it'll give you a competent robot-based action game. Gundam Versus is available on the PlayStation 4.


9. Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap


In my honest opinion, Egglia: Legend of the Red Cap may be the best JRPG you'll find on mobile released this year. It's a spiritual successor to Secret of Mana in all but name. So what that means is that it plays and feels like a classic.


The game is ridiculously cute and bright. It features a simple format; you'll explore stages and slowly expand the world. In battle, you'll fight off wild monsters with swords, magic, and/or whimsical spirits -- all while discovering the mysteries of the world. 


As a mobile game, you'll be rewarded with bonuses for playing daily. The game has a very cute and heartwarming story to boot. Egglia is available for iOS and Android.


10. Battle Chasers: Nightwar


In a year where we've seen many RPGs, I found Battle Chasers: Nightwar to be pretty unique, which is saying a lot since RPGs tend to be more than a little homogeneous. 


Battle Chasers, in a nutshell, was built with modern sensibilities. It allows you to save anywhere. You can also tackle dungeons at higher difficulties for better treasure. These are but a few of the reasons why it stands out.  


The gameplay is challenging and in-depth to the point where you have to always plan accordingly. The title also features a unique story penned by the same man behind the comic series upon which it's based.


2017 has been a pretty good year for games. There's no denying that fact. There's so many games that release within a year that it's hard to keep up -- I can barely keep up myself. With all there is to offer, triple-A titles take up the limelight, understandably. 


Now, I'm not saying the big-name stuff is bad. I'm just a fan of the little-known guys, so it's no secret that here at GameSkinny, I'm an indie/niche game aficionado. I feel that particular landscape tends to cover the path less traveled creatively. So to that end, here's my top ten list of indie/niche titles you shouldn't miss out on.

Toukiden 2 Complete Mitama Unlocking Guide Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:53:58 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Toukiden 2 has a lot options to help you fight the demons you encounter throughout the game. And one of the keys to such battles is the mitama. The mitama are essentially the souls of past heroes and heroines from random time periods. Their souls all have different benefits to aid you in battle.

These spirits can add a lot to your combat, but they're so numerous that it can be difficult to tell which one will work best for you. And even then, you have to figure out how to get the soul before it can fight by your side. 

This guide will go over each spirit and give you their name, ability, and how you can obtain them. Most mitama are obtainable from quests, side quests, or defeating certain monsters on certain difficulties. But some are only available via DLC that's being released over time. 

ATK Mitama -  This battle type focuses on boosting your attack.
Ashikaga Yoshiteru Petros (Normal)
Asakura Sōteki Quadbracchium (Normal)
Lady Atsu Cacarion (Expert)
Izanagi Orochi (Expert)
Oichi Skyshredder (Expert)
Kamiizumi Nobutsuna Quadbracchium (Expert)
Lady Miyazu Crocodilus(Normal)
Sakanoue no Tamuramaro Free Roam (Sidequest)
Sanada Yukimura Pyropteryx (Expert)
Susanoo Orochi (Story)
Lady Tomoe Free Roam (Sidequest)
Toro DLC 
Nomi no Sukune Venter (Expert)
Hasegawa Heizo Windshredder (Normal)
Bishamonten Chthonian Fiend (Expert)
Minamoto no Tametomo Free Roam (Sidequest)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Story (Starting)
Minamoto no Yorimitsu Onyxwing (Normal)
Miyamoto Musashi Jollux (Expert)
Takechi Hanpeita Anomalos (Normal)
Ragna the Bloodedge DLC 


DEF Mitama - This battle type focuses on boosting your  defensive capabilities. 
Arthur Drakwing (Normal)
Aterui Cruspisces (Expert)
Benkei Edax (Expert)
Ooka Echizen Manhunter (Normal)
Lady Kai Petros (Normal)
Go Swiftwing (Expert)
Sakata no Kintoki Cruspisces (Normal)
Sesshū Viper Queen (Normal)
Tokugawa Ieyasu Swiftwing (Expert)
Tokugawa Yoshinobu Brutebeast (Expert)
Naoe Kanetsugu Skyshredder (Expert)
Hijikata Toshizo Brutebeast (Normal)
Fujiwara no Hidesato Ogre (Story)
Hojo Tokimune Glaciabella (Expert)
Honda Tadakatsu Free Roam (Sidequest)
Kusaka Genzui Anomalos (Expert)
Matsudaira Katamori Aquaclaw (Normal)
Minamoto no Yoritomo Succuwing (Expert)
Raiden Tame'emon Free Roam (Sidequest)
Sanada Nobuyuki DLC (Pre-order)
Tsukahara Bokuden DLC (Manga: Tsubaki/Kamuna)


SPD Mitama -  This battle type is dedicated to agile and fast attacks.
Amaterasu Story (Benizuki)
Arai Hakuseki Windshredder (Expert)
Chiba Sanako Mortabella (Expert)
Iyo Free Roam (Surrounds Sidequest)
En no Ozunu Umbrapod (Normal)
Okita Sōji Leohomin (Expert)
Ono no Komachi Astrapteryx (Expert)
Katsu Kaishu Umbrapod (Expert)
Yoshinaka Kiso Scorpioclaw (Expert)
Kusunoki Masashige Glaciabella (Expert)
Sarutobi Sasuke DLC 
Siegfried Free Roam (Sidequest)
Soga no Iruka Shadow Soul (Normal)
Chosokabe Motochika Skyshredder (Normal)
Lady Tokiwa Glaciabella (Normal)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi Aurogrinder (Normal)
Minamoto no Yoshiie Maledictuar (Expert)
Momotaro Edax (Normal)
Yamato Takeru Crocodilus(Story)
Kozō Nezumi DLC 


HLG Mitama - This battle type is dedicated to boosting your healing and recovery abilities.
Amakusa Shirō Venom Queen (Expert)
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu Canidaemon (Expert)
Imagawa Yoshimoto Jollux (Normal)
Gion no Nyougo Maledictuar (Normal)
Lady Kushinada Orochi (Normal)
Kusumoto Ine Drakwing (Normal)
Konohana sakuya-hime Phlogistor (Normal)
Siebold Free Roam (Sidequest)
Lady Shizuka Bladetail (Story)
Sugita Genpaku Goylespawn (Normal)
Sen no Rikyu Brutebeast subspecies (Expert)
Lady Sen Manhunter (Expert)
Taira no Tomomori Scorpioclaw (Normal)
Lady Takiyasha Wingspawn (Normal)
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Bruteclaw (Expert)
Ninomiya Sontoku Phytodior (Expert)
Nene Pyropteryx (Normal)
Hikaru Genji Onyxwing (Expert)
Matsu DLC 


SPT Mitama - This style specializes in ranged attacks that uses your spirit to boost your skills.
Admiral Perry Drakwing (Expert)
Izanami Orochi (Expert)
Unkei Bloodhunter (Expert)
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro Shadow Soul (Expert)
Katsushika Hokusai Bruteclaw (Normal)
Saika Magoichi Story (Tokitsugu)
Sugawara no Michizane Wingspawn (Story)
Lady Suzuka Free Roam (Sidequest)
Zeami Succuwing (Normal)
Taira no Masakado Wingspawn (Expert)
Chacha Jollux (Expert)
Toyama Kinshiro Manhunter (Normal)
Prince Naka-no-Oe Chthonian Fiend (Normal)
Nasu no Yoichi Succuwing (Expert)
Niijima Yae Brutebeast (Normal)
Murasaki Shikibu Cruspisces (Normal)
Lady Mego DLC 
Tōshūsai Sharaku Venom Queen (Expert)
Yoshida Shōin Mortabella (Expert)


DCT Mitama - This style utilizes trickery & deceit.

Attacking from behind improve your chances for a well aimed blow.

Ashikaga Yoshimasa Scorpioclaw  (Expert)
Ii Naosuke Leohomin (Normal)
Oiwa Phytodior (Normal)
Lady Kaguya Onyxwing (Expert)
Kamo no Chōmei Bladetail (Expert)
Saitō Hajime Brutebeast (Expert)
Jigoku Dayu Bladetail (Normal)
Shishido Baiken Free Roam (Sidequest)
Takasue's Daughter Onyxwing (Normal)
Tsukuyomi Cruspisces subspecies(Expert)
Princess Nukata Chthonian Fiend (Normal)
Hattori Hanzo Story (Homura)
Hōjō Sōun Carcinus (Expert)
Hojo Masako Bloodhunter (Normal)
Hosokawa Gracia Pyropteryx (Normal)
Matsuo Bashō Manhunter (Expert)
Mōri Motonari Stealthwing (Expert)
Yagyu Jubei Bruteclaw (Story)
Chiyome Mochizuki DLC 
Nyabraham Linnyahn DLC 


SPC Mitama - This excels in the control of  space and aiding your team. It reduces skill cooldown.
Ariwara no Narihira Hermitclaw (Expert)
Izumo no Okuni Quadbracchium (Story)
Ikkyū Bloodhunter (Expert)
Urashima Taro Orochi (Normal)
Lady Ina Abyssal Fiend (Expert)
Okada Izō Free Roam (Sidequest)
Okikurumi Chthonian Fiend (Expert)
Ki no Tsurayuki Astrapteryx (Normal)
Kukai Hermitclaw (Normal)
Inō Tadataka Goylespawn (Expert)
Takeda Shingen Petros (Expert)
Chiba Shūsaku Anomalos (Normal)
Saito Kichi DLC (Dengeki 8/11/16)
Shinpachi Nagakura Story (Kamuna)
Mito Mitsukuni Windshredder (Normal)
Minamoto no Yorimasa Bladetail (Normal)
Yoshida Kenkō Bladetail (Expert)
Yoshino Dayu Phytodior (Normal)
Watanabe no Tsuna Maledictuar (Normal)
Brünnhilde DLC 


LCK Mitama - This style uses Luck where  you can restore one of your skills.
Akechi Mitsuhide Petros (Expert)
Ishikawa Goemon Carcinus (Normal)
Ishida Mitsunari Pyropteryx (Expert)
Ibaraki dōji Cruspisces (Expert)
Ono no Imoko Phlogistor (Expert)
Oryo Mortabella (Normal)
Jianzhen Cruspisces (Normal)
Saichō Astrapteryx (Expert)
Sanada Masayuki DLC 
Shimizu no Jirochô Aquaclaw (Expert)
John Manjirō Drakwing (Expert)
Sugi Fumi Leohomin (Normal)
Takasugi Shinsaku Drakwing (Normal)
Tanuma Okitsugu Bruteclaw (Expert)
Fujiwara no Kamatari Orochi subspecies (Expert)
Hino Tomiko Glaciabella (Normal)
Fukuzawa Yukichi Leohomin (Story)
Maeda Keiji Quadbracchium (Normal)
Yamana Sōzen Scorpioclaw (Normal)


SUP Mitama - This style is suited to help your allies  where you can supply your weapon gauge to others.
Chikurin'in DLC 
Uesugi Harunori Ogre (Expert)
Ōkubo Toshimichi Leohomin (Normal)
Otose Aurogrinder (Expert)
Lady Ototachibana Venter (Normal)
Lady Kukuri DLC
Katsura Kogorō Leohomin (Expert)
Kuzunoha Onyxwing (Normal)
Goto Matabei Story (Tsubaki)
Xavier Brutebeast subspecies (Expert)
Jeanne d'Arc Drakwing subspecies (Expert)
Sei Shōnagon Cruspisces (Story)
Soga no Umako Aurogrinder (Expert)
Lady Sotoori Phlogistor (Normal)
Taira no Atsumori Viper Queen (Normal)
Lady Nō Jollux (Normal)
Hachikadzuki Wingspawn (Normal)
Fujiwara no Sadaie Viper Queen (Expert)
Lady Fuse Bruteclaw (Normal)
Masayuki Hoshina Swiftwing (Normal)


PLN Mitama -  This style is dedicated to focusing in destroying demon limbs.
Issun-boshi Canidaemon (Normal)
Uesugi Kenshin Jollux (Story)
Ura Free Roam (Sidequest)
Oshio Heihachiro Phytodior (Expert)
Oda Nobunaga Abyssal Fiend (Expert)
Kondō Isami Brutebeast (Normal)
Sakamoto Otome Anomalos (Expert)
Sakamoto Ryoma Free Roam (Sidequest)
Sakuma Shozan Mortabella (Normal)
Shuten-dōji Maledictuar (Expert)
Date Masamune Stealthwing (Expert)
Todo Heisuke Cacarion (Expert)
Tokugawa Yoshimune Windshredder (Expert)
Nakano Takeko DLC 
Nitta Yoshisada Succuwing (Normal)
Lady Hangaku Viper Queen (Expert)
Beowulf Story (Gwen)
Yaoya Oshichi Goylespawn (Normal)
Lady Yamato Phlogistor (Expert)


Con Mitama -  These mitama allow you summon an oni construct to aid you in battle.
Ashikaga Takauji Succuwing (Story)
Ashiya Doman Wingspawn (Expert)
Abe no Seimei Wingspawn (Normal)
Lady Kasuga Venom Queen (Normal)
Kamo no Tadayuki Astrapteryx (Normal)
Kuroda Kanbee Quadbracchium (Expert)
Saigo Takamori Brutebeast (Story)
Sarutahiko Cruspisces subspecies(Expert)
Shakushain Swiftwing (Normal)
Prince Shotoku Crocodilus(Normal)
Taira no Kiyomori Edax (Expert)
Tamamo-no-Mae Drakwing subspecies (Expert)
Tokugawa Iemitsu Goylespawn (Expert)
Hatsu Ogre (Normal)
Himiko Chthonian Fiend (Normal)
Hiraga Gennai Story (Professor)
Fujiwara no Fuhito Orochi subspecies (Expert)
Fujiwara no Michinaga Aurogrinder (Normal)
Hieda no Are DLC 
Hisashige Tanaka DLC 


Hopefully this guide helps you on your quest to save the world.  The awesome part of the mitamas is that you can equip 3 for additional bonuses that normally can't bee accessed otherwise. So make sure to mix and match to get the most our your abilities.

Note: This guide was made by the hardworking efforts of the gamefaqs community.

Toukiden 2 Weapons Guide Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:29:01 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Toukiden 2 is a game where you have to fight a lot of demons. Its not exactly a walk in the park. Thankfully for us the game offers a great selection of weapons.

Now with the weapons available it's hard to choose just one. So we'll examine the benefits of each one and seeing them in action. You'll find there's 11 ways to deliver devastating damage to these demons.


The sword is the first weapon you're armed with as you begin Toukiden 2. This weapon focuses purely on offensive and dispatching your foes.

Attacks and skills focus on delivering attacks that are fast. You'll to also focus your energy to boost your base attack strength. More damage can be inflicted on demons as you can gouge them. With the right series of attacks enemies will be falling before you know it. The sword is a weapon you wield if you're a fan of pure hacking and slashing.


This weapon doesn't have much offensive output with a single strike. To make up for this, their the fastest weapons you can wield. Not only can you fight foes on land,  you also have considerable offense in the air as well. So flying enemies are child's play to your small blades.

Unique to the knives is the Dash attack.  With the dash you deliver damage moving at speeds unlike any other weapon. This also serves as a great defensive measure to avoid damage while you attack. You can also execute a counter attack with the knives in a speedy fashion as well.


This weapon allows you the advantage to attack within mid-range. With the ability to attack from certain distance you'll have the ability to avoid danger. You can control your range and engaging enemies in battle. The spear can also provide you crowd controlling abilities with crush attacks. You possess the ability to swing the spear surrounding the area. With rush attack you head move forward with a series of numerous attacks.

If you're looking to chip away at a demon's life from the mid ranged position, spear is the way to go.


Perhaps the slowest weapon you can wield in the game. At the same, it delivers some of the highest damage as well. As an added bonus, you posses the ability to set fire to foes. The added elemental damage, inflict additional damage over time as you attack. As a foe is set on fire you can deal greater damage on body parts. The  weapons as have some defensive capabilities.

You're able to defend yourself while under attack. This provides you the chance to counterattack. However the defensive stance you can hold is useless to attack from the back. If you want to handle demons like a boxer than the gauntlets are for you.

Chain & Sickle

The chain and sickle has the capabilities to slash and crush demons. The best benefit is that you can attack from long distances.  Whether demons are on the ground or air they're just would be targets for you. The chain and sickle allows you to clear distances to be able to leap on monsters. You can also charge your attacks and perform a whirlwind attack. This spin attack allows your slayer to attack multiple body parts at the same time.

The best feature of the weapon is perhaps using the counterweight. You can attack with the counterweight and at the same time leap back from danger. If being mobile and out of harms way is for you, then the chain & sickle is for you.


One of the best weapons to use from a far off distance. You can focus your attack to strike with a single powerful arrow. You can deliver more damage the longer you charge your shot. You can also attack  multiple times with quick nock. Quick nock allows you to launch multiple arrows at demons.

While sacrificing your ability to move you can make us of homing arrows. Homing arrows help you target specific body parts in battle. You can also attack with arrows that explode on contact. If you need protect yourself you can also use arrows to evade attacks as well. If you like to play the part of an archer than the bow is the way to go.


A heavy weapon with a wide area of attack  and damage output. Attacks take in consideration its length. Powerful strikes can be made with the right attack at the right time. As you land a series of powerful strikes, you will enter a hyper powered state. This rage mode boosts your attack speed and shortens the time to recharge.

The weight of the weapon doesn't allow for quick moves. You can however stop your attack and counter you foe. The club is your go to weapon if you want to knock oni around.


This weapon is designed for attacking from a distance. It maybe similar to the spear but it has key differences. The weapon offers a fast attack that can still some real damage. When you land successive blows you can enter in a hyper skilled state as well.  In this state you can attack multiple body parts and with powerful blows.

The Naginata also allows you the opportunity to attack in the air. Your multiple series of attacks allow your slayer good distance when facing danger. The weapon also possess  an unique defensive move. You can dodge attacks while deflecting a demon's attack. You want to attack from a distance with flair, the naginata is your weapon.


Arguably the best weapon for long range attack. As you aim your gun, you can see miasmal nodes. These are weak points on all oni, and attacking these points will deal extra  damage. You can use a plethora of bullets  as ammo. Each bullet inflicts different amounts of damage when used against different areas.

You also can throw grenades at foes. Of course, you can shoot these grenades and the explosion can any number of effects, depending on the bullet. Once you get the hang of this skill, you'll have plenty of offensive choices. If you like to play part strategist and sniper than the rifle is your friend.

Sword & Shield 

New to the game is the the Sword & Shield weapon. The sword and shield offers the player a combination to provide a mix of offense and defense. With this weapon you can use stances; both the defensive and offensive. The stances provide you a set moves where you can adapt to situations accordingly. Unique to the weapon is  an assault gauge.

The assault gauge rises when you receive damage using your defensive stance. The gauge boosts your attack and depletes over time. The sword and shield is great for newcomers and versatile enough to handle anything.

Chain Whip

The Chain Whip provides your for fast maneuvers to take control of battle. The whip can be used in a series of attacks. You can attack by leaping backwards to stay safe. The best surprise is that you can use the kunai and cause an explosion. You can aim your kunai for a well aimed attack. With the weapon you can add more damage to body part pierced by the kunai.

With your kunai you can use the whip to pull yourself forward. So you can close the distance between foes in no time at all. Your kunai can also be used as as bombs that explode as you see fit.

Sure that's a lot to take in when it comes to weapons. Thankfully, the game offers you plenty of opportunity to use them. Toukiden 2 is a game that ask you to be a weapon's master. Even if don't find a favorite you can always switch it up to diversify your weapons. Hopefully our guide helps you find the right demon slaying weapon.

Toukiden 2 Review: A Fierce Monster Hunting Game with Lots of Style Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:09:09 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Toukiden 2 is the follow up to 2015's Toukiden: The Age of Demons for the PlayStation Vita. Now available on the PlayStation 4, this sequel is certainly a step up above its predecessor. 

Developed by Omega Force, this title is an action RPG where you hunt demons. If you've played titles like Monster Hunter, then a lot of what Toukiden 2 offers will seem familiar. But what sets the game apart and makes it really fun is its own unique aesthetic.

Plot Armor

Let's look at the story for starters. In my experience, monster hunting titles tend to have a very weak narrative -- one that often just serves as your forgettable backdrop to hunting and gathering. 

However, Toukiden 2 packs in a pretty intricate story that fuels your actions. You're a 20-something slayer (female or male), a defender of the people, and government sanctioned warrior. You start the game in the middle of battle with the leader of Oni, and then you're spirited away to begin your journey.

Eventually, you find yourself in a village, under the employ of a genius professor. Things get rather complex as you solve various mysteries. Why have demons shown up in the world? Why does your character have abilities that no one has ever seen before? You have to uncover the answer to those questions.

Things get even more complicated when it comes to the civil unease among the people. Then there's several other intriguing stories surrounding your comrades. So there's a lot going on in terms of plot. That kind of focus on narrative is appreciated, and I can't praise the game enough for breaking the genre norm in that regard. 

Slaying with the best

Aside from the excellent story, the best part of Toukiden 2 is its gameplay. While you can choose to just hack and slash your way through like you would in a standard monster hunting game, this sequel offers you a considerable amount of offensive options. 

You have a multitude of weapons at your disposal to suit any playstyle during your missions. Shoot your foe from a safe distance with a firearm, or plunge into the thick of battle with a single long sword. 


The game also allows you to arm yourself with heroes from ages past. So you can equip various characters to give you additional benefits. For example, you can boost your offensive capabilities when airborne or provide yourself life draining powers as you hack away at your foe. 

Then there's the matter of your mobility in the midst of battle. Its a thrill to move in this game. You can run and dodge as one would expect, but you also have the special ability to run extremely fast -- which helps you avoid meaningless or unnecessary battles when you want to. It also helps you traverse large amounts of land in a very timely fashion. So all in all, it's a great addition.

Demon Limbs

The Demon Hand is perhaps the most enjoyable part of this game. This ability serves as both an offensive and defensive mechanism. You can use your ghastly limb to grab, pull, and counter your foes. And if a monster is weak enough, you can literally rip off its claws, wings, horns, etc. 

The Demon Hand helps turns the tide of battle and can render a giant foe's attack useless. You can also use the ghost hand at the right time as a counter move. This will knock down any beast and render them unconscious for a short amount of time. 

The demon hand also grants you some pretty fancy maneuvers. In battle or outside of battle you can use it to grab and pull yourself towards demons/obstacles. Or you can use it to cross distances. You can execute some impressive flips and so forth, & that is where Toukiden 2 really starts to show off its unique flair.

Maintaining Style

With things like its engaging story and the Demon Hand ability, Toukiden 2 has a distinct style that's deeply rooted in its battles, but permeates every aspect of the game. There's a sort of flair that follows you everywhere you go. 

Even when you're working with your team, you can make things flashy. The more everyone attacks and works together, the better. You'll unleash devastating combos on your foes, and they'll never know what hit 'em. This sort of style makes even the most boring missions a bit more fun. 

Easy on the eyes

Speaking of style, the visuals for this game are very pleasing to take in. You'll often find yourself stopping to appreciate the landscapes, characters, & demons you come across during your travels. The environments range from colorful to dreary, and hit just about everything in between. The characters have lovely portrait art, too. 

Toukiden boasts a unique ancient Japanese backdrop. Most of your allies and enemies fit this setting, but you'll also come across living robots and warriors from Europe. This dichotomy may not make sense on paper, but it doesn't matter -- Omega Force makes it work cohesively. You won't feel any sort of dissonance as you run through the demon world, seeking out the next hunt with your diverse crew.

Content, content, content 

Toukiden 2 also offers a bounty's worth of content. Aside from the numerous main quests, you can lose a day or more with side quests alone -- missions which range from farming to hunting certain targets.

Then there's all the armor, weapons, and other items that you can collect. Looking cool is kind of a big deal in such a stylish game, so you'll want to take advantage of any chance you get to deck yourself out in cool stuff. 

If you get tired of playing the main game, you can also hop online to run around with other players and form teams with your fellow slayers to complete various missions. Personally, I spent most of my time playing online -- and this game makes me think that all monster-hunting titles should include online co-op.


Final Note

I could go on and on as to why Toukiden 2 should be your go to monster slaying game. But doing so would take away from the experience. I will say this, though. Monster hunting games hinge on the amount of content they offer, and this title has tons. You'll have fun for hours -- unless using giant swords and a cool ghost hand isn't your idea of a good time. 

All in all, Toukiden 2 offers a fresh monster hunting story that's surprisingly rich in its narrative and stylistically consistent across the board. 

If it sounds like something you want to check you, the game is available now for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Now if you'll excuse me. I have some very mean monsters to fight.

Note: A copy of the game was provided to the writer for the purposes of this review. 

7 Vita Games to Look Forward to This Year as Sony's Handheld Putters Out Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Release date: Fall, 2017


The second Ys title on this list Lacrimosa of Dana is a new installment in the series and received a score of 34/40 on Famitsu praising the game's improved story and the pace of its battle system.


The story focuses once again on the red haired lead character Adol, who while on a journey to the continent of Eresia has his ship attacked and sunk by a giant sea monster. Adol later wakes up realizing he is on a cursed land known as Seiren Island.


Fans of the series will be familiar with its fast based real-time combat system, where skills are activated by pressing certain button combinations. Attack types are classified in three groups known as slash, strike and pierce, and it is up to the gamer figure out what enemies are weak or resistant to the groups of attacks they have at at their disposal.


Which Vita game are you most looking forward to in 2017? Have I missed any off this list? Let me know in the comments below!


Release date: TBA 2017


Valkyria: Revolution is a follow up to the excellent but criminally overlooked PS3 title Valkyria Chronicles, and features an all new alternate timeline set during the European Industrial era as well as a new real-time and tactical hybrid combat system.


The combat system consists of preparing your strategies at the base before battle, then carrying out your objectives on the field. One big theme in this game is the feature of permadeath for major characters in the game's story thus affecting how the story unfolds in the presence or absence of such characters.

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

Release date: February 21, 2017


Based on the manga series of the same name, the game faithfully retells the story from its Golden Age arc that depicts the meeting and relationship between The Black Swordsman Guts and the Band Of The Hawks leader Griffith, through to the huge and violent battles of the Millennium Empire story arc.


The game features the hack and slash mechanics that were previously seen Koei Tecmos Warriors series only this time with far more brutal and bloody battles than previously seen from past titles.

Ys Origin

Release date: May 30, 2017


Falcom's Ys Origin is a Japanese action rpg that was originally released on Steam and now it is finally getting a release on both the Vita and PS4 as downloadable title from the PSN store.


Played through the perspective of the three protagonists that offer unique stories, the game is set 700 years prior to the events of the first Ys game. It provides a backstory for Ys, Darm Tower, the Black Pearl, the twin goddesses, and the six priests. So the game serves not only as a great starting point for newcomers to the series but offers fans a great deal of depth adding more to the lore of the long running series.

God Wars: Future Past

Release date: March 28, 2017


God Wars is a tactical RPG that blends Japanese legend with traditional stories of Japanese origins.


The tactical combat is traditional take on the genre while adding new layers to the gameplay to help truly immerse the player in the game's mechanics. Characters get stat boosts by making offerings at shrines before the combat begins -- naturally making the right choices can lead to victory.

Toukiden 2

Release date: March 21, 2017


Toukiden 2 is an action RPG set after the events of Toukiden: Kiwami. Where you play the role of a Slayer tasked with hunting dangerous creatures and defending mankind against a demonic threat. The game has an all new narrative and a near endless bestiary of demons and monsters to defeat.


The gameplay of Toukiden is very reminiscent of the Monster Hunter series offering up a great albeit darker alternative to that long standing series.

Super Robot Wars V

Release date: February 23, 2017


Super Robot Wars V is a 25th anniversary release for the series and is a game that has crossovers featuring anime mech characters from series such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Evangelion, Invincible Super Man and more.


It's a tactical RPG with a story based after the destruction of earth and several other colonised planets by the Gamillia. Humans have one year left to survive until a few decide to try and fight back for the sake of humanity.


Despite having a great opening year in 2012 and selling well in Japan for several years there after, the Vita never saw the same success in the West. With its sales completely eclipsed in all regions by the Nintendo 3DS as well as tablet devices that were cheaper and technologically better than Sony's offering, the support for the machine soon started faltering. The machine lost app support in the way of maps and perhaps more prominently YouTube.


The PSVita was granted some extra life when Sony introduced remote play on the PlayStation 3, and later more reliably on the PlayStation 4. But even then it was promoted more like it was an accessory rather than a gaming machine, and was even bundled together with some PS4 deals.


Through Sony's main focus on getting remote play working on PC's, the company is slowly moving away from the PSVita and as a result it looks likely it will become part of Sony's legacy systems.


While it wasn't the runaway success that Sony had hoped for, the PSVita still had access to some fantastic and niche titles you didn't see anywhere else, especially those that were coming out of Japan that may not have seen the light of day in the West at the time.


The Vita still has some life in it yet and has quite a few titles still due for a release this year. Here I have picked 7 of the best upcoming PlayStation Vita games for 2017.

The Five Biggest Differences Between Monster Hunter and Toukiden 2 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:58:09 -0500 Rob Kershaw

The parallels that can be drawn between Toukiden and Monster Hunter are significant. Find a monster, kill it, repeat. Capcom's veteran franchise essentially kicked off the craze and has been doing the rounds for well over a decade now, compared to the relative infancy of Toukiden.

But the new kid on the block is not willing to roll over that easily. Toukiden 2's release date was recently confirmed for March 24th, and it looks like we can expect a serious challenge to the Monster Hunter throne after the moderate critical success of the first installment. But are there really that many differences between the two series? As it turns out: yes, there are.

We've picked apart what we've gleaned so far from Tecmo Koei's follow-up and compared it to the stalwart MH series -- and here's where the two franchises diverge.


1. Toukiden Isn't Just About Portable Gaming

The last few numbered Monster Hunter games have been solely handheld affairs, specifically exclusive to the Nintendo DS. Toukiden 2 is coming to the beleaguered PS Vita, but will also make its way to the PS3 and PS4. Enjoying the full glory of high definition monster takedowns on a big TV will doubtlessly compare favorably to huddling over a tiny handheld console screen.

The first Toukiden game was expanded and ported to PS4 last year under the moniker of Toukiden: Kiwami so the studio already have experience of Sony's powerful hardware. The trailer suggests that it's going to be a bombastic affair, which will suit a bigger screen nicely. Furthermore, the original game made it onto PC, opening up even more avenues for gamers to enjoy it. We expect the sequel will do the same, assuming it is successful.

2. More Immediate Gameplay

Monster Hunter fans love digging into the item management and weapon customization of the series, tweaking and adjusting for each upcoming battle. Where Toukiden filled a gap was in the "drop in, drop out" gameplay; the more streamlined experience may have spurned the complexity of Monster Hunter, but in doing so it offered the option for quick installments rather than full-blown, planned hunts -- something that many gamers appreciated.

Toukiden 2 looks to capitalize on this with the addition of an open world, which will see the end of the first game's linearity and allow you to pick and choose your fights -- all in real time. Moreover, a new ability named Demon Hand will let you bind yourself to monsters, pulling you in to pummel them at close quarters and speed up the slaughter.

3. One Against An Army

While both series feature online multiplayer, Toukiden and its sequel differ from their rival by the addition of human AI companions. While you'll be heading into the wilds alone in Monster Hunter, in Toukiden 2 you will be offered the choice of five teammates to choose from -- one more than the first game.

Whether this works for you or not is going to be down to your taste in hunting. Do you prefer to take on your foes single-handedly, and reap all the glory knowing that everything you've achieved is down to your hand alone? Or would you rather it be a group effort, a celebration of camaraderie and combined power in a joint victory?

Monster Hunter offered Palicoes, cat-like sidekicks which can be scouted out and recruited. Unlike Toukiden's companions though, you won't have anywhere near as much invested in them since their backstory is non-existent. However, there is a much wider variety of Palicoes to choose from, meaning that the strategy element of each hunt is far more varied.


4. Rise of the Robots

Tenko, the cutesy foraging creatures you rescue from defeated monsters, make a return to Toukiden's sequel. This time around, they will act more like pets -- treat them well, and they'll reward you with gifts.

Automatons are new to Touikden 2 and can be sent out to bring back resources in the form of supplies and items that you can take on your hunt. For example, these may be used to bolster your weaponry or create new healing objects. They are also upgradeable, and the more you spend improving the abilities of your robots, the more success they'll have sniffing out new goodies for you.

In contrast, the Palicoes in Monster Hunter double as scavengers, heading off when you're not in battle in the wild and bringing back resources.

5. Not Just A Pretty Face

The companions do more than just proffer assistance during your hunts in Toukiden 2. They provide context, a story, a reason for them (and you) to exist -- namely, almost everything missing from the Monster Hunter series.

You could argue that a game which focuses primarily on getting you from epic fight to epic fight doesn't really require any sort of narrative. But having one certainly doesn't hurt. Indeed, even the protagonist is being fleshed out beyond the usual faceless tank-like warrior.

As the official text accompanying the trailer states, you play as the Slayer who awakens in a small village, ten years after a battle with a giant demon sucked you into a portal. With no memory of the previous events, you need to work with a group of other Slayers to hold back an incoming tide of Oni (read: massive monsters) which threaten to wipe out humanity.

As stories go, it's not hugely innovative, but it at least provides some context for your actions.

Do you think Toukiden 2 can ever match the juggernaut of the established Monster Hunter franchise? Perhaps you came to Toukiden for the first time on PC and now want to try out Capcom's series. Let us know in the comments!

Expect To Hunt Demons On 2017 With Toukiden 2, But On Which Platform? Fri, 16 Dec 2016 03:25:38 -0500 Danny21_2396

Fans of the Monster-Hunter-style, demon hunting game set in a pseudo-Japanese setting better get their hands, and wallet, ready. We have known for quite some time that the latest title in the Toukiden series, Toukiden 2, will see a western release by early 2017. Just recently, Koei Tecmo announced that Toukiden 2 will see a Spring 2017 release window. No exact date has been given yet, but we're sure that Koei Tecmo will update us as we ease our way into 2017.

In Japan, Toukiden 2 was released on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, but Koei Tecmo has not stated which platform western audiences will receive the game on. We can be optimistic that the game will land on PlayStation's console and handheld, like its Japan release, and expect Koei Tecmo to spill the beans closer to release.

Toukiden 2 is the third game in the franchise, after the initial Toukiden game and its sequel Toukiden: Kiwami. It takes place two years after Kiwami, where players must fight demons that have engulfed Nakatsu Kuni with a peculiar miasma. Nakatsu Kuni just conveniently happens to be an ancient name for Japan!

Both the first Toukiden and Toukiden: Kiwami eventually became available on PC via Steam.

In Toukiden 2, players will create and customize their own character, called Slayer, to fight the demons. There are numerous weapons which players can choose that will provide a wide array of strategy in fighting the numerous demons. Players will explore the land in an open world environment, complete with day and night cycles. Combat is designed to be a seamless encounter that can happen anywhere in the field.

Koei Tecmo initially announced Toukiden 2's western release along with games like Atelier Firis, Nights of Azure 2, and Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru. It is not clear if all of these games will receive the same release window or not, but stay posted on GameSkinny for more details!

Toukiden 2, battle against 'Onuhouko' Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:13:13 -0400 CalendarV

The official YouTube account of PlayStation Japan has uploaded a short video clip showing the gameplay of Toukiden 2 -- the sequel of Toukiden: The Age of Demons, an action role-playing hunting game developed by Omega Force.

The video features a battle against the new demon 'Onuhouko'. The player fights with a new Shield Sword weapon, and often uses the ability 'Oni no te', meaning "demon's hand" in Japanese. It is an ability that somewhat resembles the Devil Bringer from Devil May Cry 4. Oni no te can be used to grab the enemy and fly to it, to trip a charging demon, and to completely destroy the body parts of demons.

Improved graphics and new systems can be noticed from the gameplay video. Toukiden 2 will be out for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita on July 28th for Japan. PS4 and PS Vita demos are already available in Japan, and a new demo will be released on July 21st.