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Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors Xbox

Published by SEGA
Developed by From Software
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £39.99

Otogi Myth of Demons was quite unlike any other combat heavy action/RPG when it was first released on the Xbox. The artwork, the combat system and the destructible nature of your surroundings were all unique and it made the game feel totally different from other games in the genre. Here we have the sequel, Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors which manages to add a few extras, such as more playable characters, to the mix and it makes the whole experience that little bit more enjoyable.

If you played the first Otogi game you'll remember how Raikoh destroyed the demons that threatened his nation. Well now the evil has returned and a female sorceress named Seimei has decided to raise Raikoh from the dead to once again defeat the demons. She revives Raikoh using the blood and souls of four generals, Kintoki, Tsuna, Sadamitsu and Suetake. It is now up to these characters to visit a number of locations and purify them by removing the demons from them. It won't be an easy task though. In fact Otogi 2 is far from easy but fortunately it's very compelling with a great combat system that will keep you coming back for more, no matter how many times you're defeated.

One of the key features of Otogi 2 is being able to play as different characters (Raikoh, Kintoki, Tsuna, Sadamitsu, Suetake and Seimei) and this really adds to the variety of combat moves. Each character has their own combo moves and each character will be more effective in different situations. It is because of this that you're allowed to pick which character you want to use before entering a stage. When you select a stage to purify, you'll be shown an affinity rating for each of the playable characters. The higher the affinity rating the more suited the character is to that stage. You can even check on what enemies await you in the stage and this allows you to equip the relevant spells and items. This also serves to make the game more satisfying as it not only adds replay value to the game but a sense of strategy too. It's also worth mentioning that once you've completed a game you can take the levelled up characters through the game a second time which again is a nice addition and adds replay value.

The combat system in Otogi 2 is impressive. The fact that you can perform so many attacks whilst in mid-air really adds to the game. The controls have been kept simple and this helps no end with making the combat accessible. The A button performs a jump whilst the B button performs a light attack with the Y and X buttons performing a heavy attack and magic attack respectively. The L trigger locks on to enemies (you can choose to auto-lock too) whilst the R trigger performs a dash manoeuvre. There are different control schemes to choose from too if you're not happy with the default controls, although I have to say I found them pretty much perfect.

Otogi 2, like the first Otogi game, is choc full of style and the game definitely has an oriental, mythological look about it and it's very impressive (the screenshots don't do the game justice to be honest). What is also impressive is the way you can destroy virtually anything in the game. Buildings and other seemingly important parts of a landscape can be smashed if you want to do so and it all looks great. There is a great deal of variety in both the stages and the enemies you'll fight (some of the bosses in this game are huge) and for the most part they look excellent. There are times when the action can become very hectic and even in the middle of such a mêlée, the frame rate remains rock solid which is great to see. Unfortunately though you do have to baby-sit the camera using the right analogue stick and at times it does get slightly annoying, especially during combat. Should your character be behind a solid object though you'll still see a silhouette of them so you'll still know where they are.

When beginning a new game you'll have to choose a few options and one of these is captions. By default the captions are enabled so as long as you don't change the setting for this option the game will be fine for deaf games. All the details are shown in text. Cutscenes and other dialogue are shown in text too. In fact hearing gamers can even choose to switch to Japanese voices if they wish, so as you can imagine it's imperative that the game is fully subtitled in English. The game manual contains around 18 pages of English text which might not seem like much but what's there is very useful and will help answer any questions you have about the game.

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is a great sequel to Otogi: Myth of Demons and offers a lot of fun to not only fans of the original game but fans of action/RPG's in general. Being able to choose which character to play for each stage really gives you more options and allows you to use a certain amount of strategy. Replay value isn't a problem either and it's great being able to play through again with characters that you've improved on the first play through. The only area of the game where improvements could have been made is the camera which needs a little too much manual control. On the whole Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is a great game that most will appreciate.

Overall Game Rating: 8.7/10

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors manages to be an even more exhilarating experience than the first game. Having more characters to play as adds replay value to the game and you can even play through the game again with your levelled-up characters. The camera in the game could have been a lot better though.

Deaf Gamers Classification:

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You get the option to enable subtitles when you start a new game and doing so will make the game absolutely fine for deaf gamers.