Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles from Sega and CyberConnect2 is a fast-paced arena fighter on PS4 based on the manga and anime. Check our Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles review!
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles from Sega and CyberConnect2 is a fast-paced arena fighter on PS4 based on the manga and anime. After your family is slaughtered by demons, and your sister, Nezuko, is turned into a demon, you decide it’s time to try and enter the Demon Slayer Corps. Tanjiro will be put to the test, sent into a mountain to fight against the demons that have invaded it… including a rather large one that is way beyond what his strength and abilities can handle!
For this story-driven journey, you’ll complete each of the stories in a chapter before being able to unlock the next one. Since your rank will be important for your trophy run – more on this in a bit – you’ll be able to replay chapters after completing them. You’ll collect Memory Fragments along the way, which will allow you to learn more about a character’s past and of the events that unfold at the same time as the main story, but that are not shown as part of the main story path itself.
You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you move the camera around with the right one. The X button is for jumping., The Square button is for light attacks, while the Circle button is for Chase attacks. You can use your skill with the Triangle button. Guard with the R1 button to lower the damage from incoming attacks as you boost with the L2 button. Once you’ve filled up the gauge, you can make use of your Ultimate Art with the R2 button to turn the tide of battle. You can use your support or demon skill with the L1 button, depending on which character you’re playing as.
At the top of the screen, there will be two bars. The green one is for your health – that is, your HP – while the blue bar is your skill gauge. Whenever you use a skill, some of your skill gauge will deplete, but at least it will replenish over time. The goal is simple: keep your HP bar from running out while attacking your opponent to reduce its HP bar to zero. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see your special gauge, which will fill up as you damage your opponent or as your opponent hits you. Once the bar is full, you’ll gain one stock and can hold up to three of them. You can use one stock to boost your strength or to unleash your Ultimate Art.
To be able to survive and win each fight, you’re going to have to combo your way to victory. A circular timer will pop up next to your combo meter, letting you know how big of a window you have to complete a combo. The circular timer will be green for when you have lots of time, yellow for when you’ve reached the middle mark, and red for when time is about to run out. Time your button presses to string a series of hits, use a throw within the combo, and use a skill just as the circular timer is about to run out in order to maximize your damage output.
You’ll be collecting a lot of stuff as you progress through Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles. There’s battle attire, profile photos – of which there are over 400 to obtain! -earn almost 400 spoken quotes, and add the almost 90 music tracks in the game to your collection. You can view all of this in the Archives section. You should check the Rewards section to view the panels that can be unlocked to obtain the aforementioned collectibles. To unlock a panel, you’ll either have to fulfill a specific condition or spend some of your Kimetsu Points, which are earned from completing challenges or by gaining them in story areas.
Exploring is easy in Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles since you’ll have a mini-map in the upper right corner of the screen at all times to let you know what’s around you, as well as a full map you can check out with the Triangle button to see your destination – which is always marked – as well as any Memory Fragments, Reward Missions, or Kimetsu Points to collect. This means that as long as you pay attention to your map, you won’t need a collectibles guide during your trophy run.
There’s also some even better news for trophy hunters since Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles includes a full trophy list, and none of the trophies are missable! You do need to get good at the game because on your road towards that new Platinum, you’re going to have to achieve an S-Rank on every chapter in the game on Normal and also get an S-Rank on Hard for all special missions and mini-games. The rest of the trophies will be tied to progressing through the game’s story, as well as for completing all training challenges for ten characters and taking the Vs. Mode for a spin.
If you’re a fan of the manga and the anime, then getting Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles is a no-brainer. But even if you’re new to the series, the game does a great job of allowing you to learn everything you need to enjoy your time exploring each location and fighting each demon and boss you find. Add a Vs. Mode that can be played either locally or online, and you have a game with a lot to offer on Sony’s console.
This Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Sega.