A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story focuses on themes of family and friendship, fighting against evil, and helping those in need, especially those that may not be able to fend for themselves.
Positive Role Models
While Tanjiro trains to become a Demon Slayer, his ultimate goal is to find a way to cure his younger sister from her own demonic transformation. Likewise, Nezuko is extremely protective of her older brother, as well as those targeted by demonic forces. Other associated characters tend to be honorable and heroic in nature, as opposed to the true evil represented by the demons.
There's a range of representation, including strong male and female characters. But the art style doesn't show much diversity in ethnicity.
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Ease of Play
Basic attacks are as simple as pressing one button and button mashing can get through some early battles. There are more layers to combat mechanics, though, requiring a mix of defensive timing, counterattacks, using special moves, and activating combo meters in order to succeed against more powerful opponents.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is the main focus of the game, with players fighting opponents using a combination of martial arts, weapons, and magic abilities. Splashes of blood regularly appear onscreen and there are some scenes of demons getting dismembered. During explorations, there are times when players might come across dead bodies and pools of blood.
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Some profanity, such as "s--t" and "ass" appear from time to time in the characters' dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
The game's based on the popular Demon Slayer anime and manga series. The game also supports the addition of future downloadable content, which will include both cosmetic items and extra fighters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -- The Hinokami Chronicles is a fighting game available on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. The game's story mode retells the story of the popular Demon Slayer anime and manga series. Players fight against other characters and demon enemies using a mix of martial arts, weapons, and magical abilities. The game does have a fair amount of blood and gore, with blood splatter regularly shown onscreen as characters take damage and with scenes of blood, dismemberment, and death showing during cutscenes. Some profanity does also pop up in the characters' dialogue from time to time over the course of the story as well.
Is It Any Good?
With its unique cast of characters, a rich "good versus evil" plotline, and epic fight scenes in almost every episode, this popular anime series was always primed for the video game treatment. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -- The Hinokami Chronicles takes key moments from the show's first season and movie, adapting them into a fast paced, over-the-top arena fighting game that does a phenomenal job of recreating the feel of the anime. Cutscenes and combat look like they've been lifted straight from the show, and as an added bonus, both the English and Japanese voice casts have been brought over to the game as well. Unfortunately, the exploration portions of the game that take place between the cutscenes and combat are barren and boring by comparison. Players just sort of go through the motions here, picking up a few items and talking to people to solve small side quests that unlock bits of extra content. This feels more like it's been tacked on to pad the gameplay, especially considering the drought of other overall content.
Fighting is the core focus of The Hinokami Chronicles, and it's something the game pulls off almost flawlessly. Newcomers and casual gamers can jump right into the action, thanks to easily accessible controls that don't require any sort of complicated or awkward button/joystick combinations. At the same time, more experienced fighters will appreciate some of the deeper layers of combat, such as perfectly timed parries and counterattacks, dash moves, and support mechanics. It's extremely well-balanced but suffers from an anemic roster. After working through the initial Story mode's prologue, only four characters are unlocked for use in Versus play. Players can unlock the rest of the eighteen characters by playing through the Story and extra side missions, or by buying them with credits earned by fighting matches, participating in Training, and completing other in-game challenges. This is a long and arduous process, especially for fans that just want to dive into Versus mode and duke it out with their friends.
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