Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba wowed the hearts of anime fans when it was released back in 2019. After a movie and a second season, Demon Slayer just continues to pump out content that fans die for! That was why we here at Honey's Anime knew a video game was coming sooner rather than later, and developer CyberConnect2 alongside publisher SEGA made a title happen quite quickly! Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles has players dive into the universe of Tajiro and other slayers as you get to experience the story from the anime in a fighting game format. Those of you who know the majesty that is CyberConnect2—they made the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja games—are going to be thrilled to hear this is yet another excellent 3D fighting game, and it is amazing. Here are our thoughts on Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles!
Enlarging the Roster
Fans of Demon Slayer will be thrilled to know Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles does a great job capturing the majesty of the story. While some elements are omitted—we won't spoil which in case you haven't seen the anime—most of Demon Slayer is here, and that means you'll get to control your favorite characters like Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. Still, there's more to this adventure than just the basic roster, with several playable characters being added as DLC. Rui and Akaza were the first to join the bunch, and now we have Susamaru and Yahaba—two more are on the way!
We absolutely loved reliving the moments from the anime and playing through them ourselves. Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles gives the story a whole new feeling, even for die-hard fans.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Meets Demon Slayer
We won't beat around the bust; CoD: Vanguard has probably the most boring and painfully dull zombie mode ever seen in the franchise. Don't get us wrong, it still looks and plays like the previous entries, but a lot has changed in the main structure leading to the strangest designed zombie mode seen in CoD.
Instead of the endless waves of undead soldiers that ruthlessly pursue players, you'll quickly notice that Vanguard tries to be like a roguelike zombie game. Players have a central hub to upgrade weapons, buy new abilities/gear and then enter one of several portals. Each playthrough will change the portals created, but the gist of the gameplay doesn't change. When you dive into them, you are teleported to a place filled with zombies tasked with an objective. Goals can be as simple as killing a set amount of zombies or safely escorting a weird skull to a given location.
Gone are the scary zombies that always seem locked in on your location. We encountered zombies that won't attack even if you run next to them or zombies that will actually run away from you! These could be bugged moments, but it happens so often we have to presume this is how the zombies are in Vanguard. Objectives get boring, and the zombies are dumb... Overall, CoD: Vanguard zombie mode is not worth even touching.
Who is the Better Demon Slayer!? Let’s Find Out!
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles has, of course, multiplayer either locally or online, and it is nearly perfect. With a large roster of playable characters and more being added, there is a wide variety of fighters to master! Why you'll want to master them is so you can call yourself the best slayer as you go online and duke it out with others. The netcode in Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles is pretty impressive as we rarely experienced lag or had any major issues when playing online!
Story Mode Could Have Used Some More Exploration
Honestly, there's very little we didn't like about this title. If we had to nitpick anything, it would be the lack of gameplay in the story mode. Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles is a bit deceptive, as it allows you to move around various locations in the Demon Slayer world but really not do much more than engage in fights with story-specific characters or drone-like enemies. We do wish they added some more depth like side-quests or more game-specific fights, but as we mentioned, this is only a small gripe and really didn't make us dislike our time with the game.
With a billion fighting games out there, you'd almost be afraid that Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles would fall into just another quickly released anime title. Luckily, CyberConnect2 knows how to produce good games, and Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles is one of them. We loved this 3D fighter not only as fighting game masters—in our minds—but as fans of the series!
If you're ready to fight the demons, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba– The Hinokami Chronicles is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.