Here’s A Look At The Beefy Toukiden Demo

By Sato . June 18, 2013 . 11:40am

Tecmo Koei recently announced that Toukiden will be seeing a release in the West later this year, along with an official trailer that was revealed during E3 last week. Prior to that, the historical hunting action game will be coming out at the end of this month in Japan, and will see a demo on the 18th. Here’s a good look at the first few minutes of the demo that shows character creation, Utakata Village and some demon purging action:



The video starts out with the character create part, which has basic customizable features such as gender, hairstyle, hair color, face type, skin color and voice. The next part is picking a main weapon for your Mononofu warrior. You can get a closer look at weapon details in our earlier report.


In the next part of the demo, we see a cut-scene of what appears to be two powerful Mononofu warriors taking out a demon in just a few seconds. They head back to the village while mentioning that they’re expecting a newcomer, who they hope will be useful.


The player is immediately sent into a tutorial fight against a demon. It doesn’t seem to offer too many instructions on what to do, but it gives us a look at the neat damaging vision feature that allows us to take a look at the various parts of the demon that can be damaged and broken off. After persistently attacking the demon, the fight eventually ends.


The green-haired Mononofu player is then greeted by the leader Yamato. He then instructs the newly appointed senior officer Ouka to take the newcomer to his house. Ouka, who seems to be a nice young lady and knows how to crack a couple jokes, makes some small talk about the Utakata Village then shows the player to his new home.


The home only has a save point at first, which you’ll have access to right away. If you’d like to know more about the village, check out our earlier report, here.


Just as the player was starting to look comfortable settling into his new home, a bell goes off. This sound indicates war. The new Mononofu warrior is immediately requested to participate in the battle. The player is then instructed to speak to the receptionist, Yuu, before taking off to battle. As seen in other games of the hunting genre, she’ll be the one  you’ll be talking to before starting any quest.


The starting quest seems to be pretty simple, as you’ll be taking out minion demons with the help of Ouka. The main goal of it is to get players used to using the map and picking up drops from the enemies, while trying out various attack combinations. The footage ends with the player acquiring a Mitama, a spiritual power from historic heroes, along with a message saying there will be plenty more available to experience on the upcoming demo of Toukiden.


Toukiden is slated for release on June 27th for PlayStation Vita and PSP.


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  • MyBodyIsReady

    Anyone played this game? Any good?

    • neocatzon

      “Toukiden is slated for release on June 27th”

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Wasnt there a demo? You sarcy…

        • neocatzon

          :D 1 Gig demo, still downloading :(

    • TheExile285

      I played the demo. Seems pretty great good. The graphics are good (on the Vita version) and its pretty cool that you can cut off boss body parts. The demo was lacking good customization so I’m hoping the full game is better in that reguard. The map setup looks like they copy
      And pasted from MH.

    • Aquarius

      To be honest, Soul Sacrifice left a way better impression on me. But in any way am I saying that this game is bad, it’s actually pretty good and better than I expected.

      The battle pace is pretty good, weapons are very interesting (loving the kusarigama) the graphics are detailed, character animations are very fluid, no problems with the camera control, good voice acting, no problems with the framerate.

      Honestly it’s kinda easy since bosses attack patterns are very predictable and you have a lot of health (again coming from someone who plays as 1/99 on SS), some parts of it feel more Monster Hunter-ish than they should but at the same time it feels way more functional than Monster Hunter, presentation is lacking (after what SS had to offer this just feels empty).

      I know it’s just a demo, and my opinion may be biased anyway, due to Soul Sacrifice being one of my favorite games at this moment. But overall it’s a very good game, you should give it a try.

    • neocatzon

      Here’s my thought. It’s a monster hunter with story, similar to ragnarok odyssey and god eater. Movement and hunting is faster than mh, godeater-like speed (maybe slower). I don’t think we can bring any item but there’s a statue/stone that can heal players on field.
      As far I’m playing the demo gives players a lot of health and party. Even though we can attack friendly, they won’t budge or damaged.

      For customization, in demo it’s still minimal. But, beside weapon and armor upgrade we can attach(?) heroic soul to our character. I don’t know what they exactly do.

      Graphics are great and smooth, looks like the first screenshot in this article. Camera’s good.

      My conclusion is Toukiden is made to be more approachable and lower risks than mh. It’s a bit bland for me, either the premise or the gameplay. The demo definitely didn’t show challenge at all if there’s any.

  • One more week for me

    • Vash bane

      too bad I already bought a vita D:

  • Vash bane

    my body is ready

  • revenent hell

    Third image screams uke to me……
    But yes I do believe I shall even pre order this ^.^

  • ekibyougami

    Plus the fact that the game has ONLINE MULTIPLAYER — which I totally didn’t expect. But there’s no real challenging boss in the 2nd demo though. And there’s a 30-item variety limit in storage so it was hard trying to keep track of crafting weapons and armors if you have a limit on which items to hold ._.
    Good thing they fixed the frame rates really well and added some balance and tweaks.

    Nonetheless, if the full game would turn out splendid, I might actually gonna buy the JP version (and the ENG version later this year when it’s out)

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