The cult manga is being adapted for the first time into a video game. A title that will delight fans but may have a little trouble convincing neophytes.
On May 19, the day the cinemas reopened after several months at a standstill, the animated film Daemon Slayer got everyone to agree. With more than 500,000 admissions in two weeks, the film adaptation of Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga directly rose to the best starts of the year.
A feat yet predictable for this manga, a real machine for selling paper since its creation in 2016. Enough to push its beneficiaries to transpose the license to other media, therefore cinema, and now video games.
Two game modes
“Daemon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles” – that’s its full name – was released a few days ago on Playstation and Xbox, to the delight of fans of the series. At the helm, we find the CyberConnect2 studio, at the origin of the very successful Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series.
This adaptation of the manga thus offers two very distinct phases of play. The first is a story mode that takes the first 69 chapters of the manga and ends with the script of the animated film released last May.
As for the manga, CyberConnect2’s game therefore tells us the story of a young coal salesman, Tanjiro Kamado. The latter discovers one day that his family has been slaughtered by a demon. Only his sister, Nezuko, survived, but at what cost since she has been transformed into a demonic creature of which only a meager hint of humanity remains.
Tanjiro will then do everything to save her and embrace the career of demon slayer (Daemon Slayer in the language of Boris Johnson).
And if in the manga, the action and the adventures follow one another without batting an eyelid, this is less the case here. The pace is sluggish and the action gets bogged down. Despite a few scenes that hold up, we quickly let go of the controller as boredom quickly tips its way in this game mode.
Fans of the series should however find their account there. They will particularly appreciate to find the Japanese voices of the anime. However, nothing beats the manga or the animated version of the license to enjoy the story of Daemon Slayer.
The second game mode concerns fighting. First disappointment: there are only twelve playable characters (plus six alternate versions). This does not prevent the fan service from doing the rest. The characters present hold the road perfectly, as well as the sets, faithful to the manga, reinforce the immersion of these fights. This game mode also takes advantage of the multiplayer mode, which does not spoil the case.
The title of CyberConnect2 will therefore largely do the trick for fans. Thanks to a successful combat system, it will allow players less aware of the license to have fun anyway while others may sometimes be a little confused, especially during the story mode.
Daemon Slayer : The Hinokami Chronicles. PC, Playstation et Xbox. 59,99 euros.