Touken Ranbu Warriors Demo Review

The English demo for Touken Ranbu Warriors has been released! Playing it yourself is a great way to gauge if you’re interested in buying it or not, but you can just read this review if you don’t know if you want to invest your time in the demo yet.

Story

The Touken Danshi are spending their time quietly when the Honmaru is attacked. Konnosuke strengthens their powers. It is revealed that the Saniwa has gone missing. That is the extent of the story in the demo. I found what little we got of it to be interesting. You can read more about the story on the official website.

Gameplay

I found the gameplay to be incredibly fun! The only Warriors title I’ve played before this is the original Fire Emblem Warriors and I personally found this to be more enjoyable than that. There are also easy modes for people who don’t want to focus on the gameplay and would rather just enjoy the story.

Graphics

The graphics can be viewed for yourself for your opinion on them. My personal opinions were mixed. I found the models to look a bit strange, but I also felt that the characters were just as beautiful, if not more so, than they are in Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-. I don’t know what to think.

Localization

The localization was my least favorite thing about my experience with the demo. It wasn’t bad, but I would have preferred that certain terms weren’t left in Japanese, personally. However, they were also left in Japanese for the English release of Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- so I can see why Koei Tecmo used the same terms that fans of the franchise are used to. The biggest problem is that certain portions (during gameplay) aren’t subtitled, so if the player doesn’t know Japanese, they won’t know what was said.

The Verdict

Personally, despite my issues with the localization and mixed feelings toward the graphics, I really enjoyed my time with the demo for Touken Ranbu Warriors and I definitely recommend playing it if you’re unsure about buying the game or are just excited to play the game.

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