Review: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles’- Impressive, but short | EarthGamer

It could be said that Kimetsu no Yaiba he is in one of his best moments. Since the anime’s premiere in 2019, its popularity has only grown. In addition, the arrival, and success, of his first film only served to cement the franchise as one of the favorites of the public.

As is often the case in these cases, the story of Plate and Nezuko is the most recent anime to receive a video game adaptation. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles is the name of this title that seeks to make us feel like all members of the demon hunters. He achieves it?

It’s quite familiar if you already saw the Kimetsu no Yaiba anime

In the history section, The Hinokami Chronicles broadly encompasses the events of the first season of the anime and Mugen Train. Any fan of Kimetsu no Yaiba you’ll enjoy reliving some iconic moments, but that doesn’t mean that non-loyal fans can’t enjoy it.

You will follow the path of Plate to become a demon hunter and find the cure for his sister’s transformation. Along the way, he will meet some friends who will accompany him on his adventure and with powerful spawn of the night. Although it may sound a bit serious, it has quite a few very funny moments.

Get into the role of Tanjiro

Most of my time in Kimetsu no Yaiba I had it in its story mode, as it is the only way you can unlock its playable characters. Here you take the role of Plate to relive various moments from the anime, but this time you are in control

Each of the chapters in The Hinokami Chronicles It has sections where you can explore the scene in search of your next objective. Also, these sections reward exploration as there are some memorabilia and ‘side quests’ that you can find.

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Exploring will also help you find points Kimetsu, which you can spend to unlock character phrases, music, and even settings. The memories you find during your adventure are some fragments taken from the anime, which you can see in one of the menus. These can help those who are unfamiliar with Kimetsu no Yaiba, its history and its characters.

Although it might seem like a more adventure game, deep down, The Hinokami Chronicles It is a title of fights in the style of the saga Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. The walking parts can entertain you, but the real ‘juice’ is in their fighting.

Face off against some of your favorite Kimetsu no Yaiba characters

The story mode will also serve as an introduction to combat of Kimetsu no Yaiba-The Hinokami Chronicles. It’s pretty simple at first, but it won’t take long to make some very damaging and visually stunning moves that look like they were straight out of the anime.

You have a button to make weak attacks, another to make the ‘forms’, which are special attacks, and the defense button. The strength of your attacks and the specials you perform will depend on the combinations you make with the lever. So it is advisable to practice to get some winning combos.

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You also have two bars, in addition to the health one. One is used to make special movements and the other you can use it to strengthen your attacks or spend it to use the most powerful technique of each character. If you manage to land the last blow with this one, you can see a small image from the anime.

You can also count on the help of another fighter whom you can call to hurt your opponent or save you at the last moment of a combo. You can also switch places with it and control it, although this will not restore life. You can make different combinations of characters from Kimetsu no Yaiba and some have a special victory animation if you put them as a pair.

A somewhat small cast

Who follow Kimetsu no Yaiba know that there are quite a few swordsmen and demons that appear throughout their history. However, the cast of fighters in The Hinokami Chronicles It is quite small. Not to mention that there are some that are practically repeated.

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It was announced that new characters from Kimetsu no Yaiba They will arrive in the future for free, but at the moment it is a selection that does not finish convincing. In addition, several of them share their movements, so I believe that you will quickly finish experimenting and you will run out of fun.

A visual section that saves something to Kimetsu no Yaiba

What stands out the most of Kimetsu no Yaiba It is the visual section and that in the fights. In story mode the truth is that the graphics seem taken from a PS3 title, except for the protagonists. However, during the fighting, you can tell that the developers put in a lot of effort.

The more powerful techniques that I mentioned are very pleasant and you will even be happy to do them. But the real icing on the cake is in the boss battles in story mode. Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It has exciting battles with powerful demons and to give the final blow you participate in small sections with QTEs.

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Although these are not usually liked by many players, I find that they work very well here. After all, they allow you to be a part of impressive scenes that I frankly don’t know how they would work with ‘normal’ gameplay.

A mainstay of anime video games?

Despite having very good visuals, which is also very faithful to anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles falls short as a video game. Its story mode gets to entertain, but it is very brief, especially the last chapters, which feel somewhat rushed.

You could find him a little more life in his versus mode or you could even get into some online battles. Unfortunately the few fighters that are available make the fun be over in no time. It won’t be long before you get tired of seeing the same movements over and over again.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles It can serve to satisfy those who wanted a game of this beloved anime. You could also argue that it is a good start for a series of similar titles and a sequel would have potential. However, in its current state, it seems to me that it would be recommended only for true fans of the history of Plate and Nezuko

I played Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles en Xbox One.