A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Though combat is the main focus, teamwork is an underlying theme. Characters work together to defeat overwhelming odds, growing the strength of the bonds between them as a result.
Positive Role Models
Characters have a range of different personalities, but all have a strong sense of duty and honor, are working toward a greater good. Also, despite their differences, they see each other as a sort of family, looking out for one another.
Not much in the way of diversity. All of the Touken Danshi are male personifications of various swords in Japanese history. There are some differences in terms of general appearance and attitude, but no gender or racial diversity.
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Ease of Play
The core of the combat is button mashing. While there are a few special attacks and team abilities available, they're charged up by hacking and slashing waves of enemies with strings of basic attacks and activated with a single button or hotkey selection.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is the main focal point, with players using a range of sword attacks and special abilities against human and monster opponents. While players will face off against hundreds of foes at a time, there's never any blood or gore. Instead, defeated enemies simply disappear from the screen.
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Dialogue is in Japanese with subtitles. Some mild profanity, such as "ass" and "bastard" are occasionally seen on-screen.
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Products & Purchases
Based on a Japanese free-to-play online game that has built a global presence. Features a lot of downloadable content available for purchase, mainly in the form of in-game cosmetics.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Touken Ranbu Warriors is a hack-and-slash action game available on the Nintendo Switch and Windows-based PCs. It's based on a popular Japanese free-to-play online collectible card game. Players take control of famous swords from Japanese history given human form and fighting to correct anomalies in the timeline. Combat is core to the gameplay, with characters fighting against armies of enemies with fast-paced swordplay and special abilities. While the violence is constant, there's no blood or gore shown on-screen. The game's dialogue is in Japanese with subtitles and features some mild profanity. Lots of downloadable content is available for players to expand the playing experience, mainly in the form of cosmetic items.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its massive popularity in Japan, this franchise has only managed to eke out a niche audience in Western markets. Koei Tecmo is hoping that changes with Touken Ranbu Warriors, yet another of its Warriors series, this time featuring the literal "swordsmen" from the free-to-play browser-based game. A collection of historic Japanese swords given human form would seem like the perfect fit for a hack-and-slash action game. After all, why play a character with a sword when you can play a character that is a sword? On the surface, it's an interesting concept with a lot of potential. But in practice, Touken Ranbu Warriors feels less like a samurai's sword and more like a butter knife.
Right off the bat, the game assumes players are already familiar with the Touken Ranbu franchise. It's like you're catching a movie at the halfway point without having any context for what's come before. In fact, short of a few almost throwaway lines, you wouldn't know that the characters are humanized swords, which is the core of the franchise. From a gameplay perspective, Touken Ranbu Warriors lacks some of the complexity of Koei Tecmo's other Warriors games. It's very streamlined, with simplified controls that require little in the way of skill or strategy. This is made even more apparent in the game's "Easy" mode, which takes things a step further by making attacks more contextual and handles most defensive moves automatically. While this might make for a good introduction to the Warriors-style hack-and-slash genre, the game's simplistic approach and assumptions of familiarity with the source material leave it catering to a select group of preexisting Touken Ranbu fans.
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