Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
Driven by duty and
honour, Raikoh, the famed undead warrior from Otogi: Myth of Demons,
returns to the demon-infested city but this time he is not alone. Five
masterful warriors battle alongside him with brilliant magic and
unearthly powers to defeat the demons once and for all. Sega's awesome
undead tale returns in what promises to be one of the most exciting
action/arcade games of 2005 that once again reunites players with the
powerful Raikoh and his soul shrine sword which has the power to banish
demons from this mortal realm.
uninitiated, the original Otogi: Myth of Demons followed the tale of a
resurrected ancient Samurai called Raikoh who is faced with ridding the
Earth from the demonkind. The story is set during the Heian era of Japan
(794 AD – 1185 AD) and closely follows a variety of ancient mythological
characters and creatures from Japanese history to make this one of the
most engaging stories of today. In this current incarnation of Otogi,
Raikoh is back but apparently his powers are not great enough to defend
the Earth from the demon hoards, thus, this time around you will have
the assistance of four generals who include Tsuna, Sadamitsu, Kintoki,
and Suetake who all have a large stake at saving the world of man.
Otogi: Immortal Warriors is a fast paced style of a hack and slash game
that contains over thirty different levels that all have various
objectives to successfully complete. As with all good arcade/action
games, the gamer must also fight through a plethora of enemies and of
course a variety of boss characters that must be destroyed in order to
proceed to the next level. Another interesting thing about Otogi is that
almost everything to be destroyed, something very few games have
successfully achieved. So when you take out some of the environment in
the game, it often can be used to take out some of your enemies as well.
The gameplay is still very similar to the original, which is not a bad
thing, but is mixed up with the variety of different characters as you
play the game. This helps to add some more variety to the game and gives
you some different looks on completing levels. All of the characters
control somewhat of the same but they all have different specialties
that can easily be learned by playing with them.
The combo system of Otogi 2 is rather easy
to grasp, especially for action-oriented gamers. Most are repeated taps
of the B button with the occasional X or Y button. Hit counts can get up
in the lofty digits with 40 and 50 hit combos being commonplace on some
of the larger enemies. Spells, accessories, and attribute upgrades can
be purchased and equipped prior to beginning each stage. While weapons
are not shared, spells and accessories are. This helps in stretching the
worth of a few upgrades. The method in which the user interface is laid
out can make navigation a bit confusing, and the development upgrades
are also unintuitive, but these are really minor gripes in the entire
scope of things.
The only downside to the gameplay of Otogi is the fiddlesome camera
angles that sometimes get stuck but fortunately the game has a manual
camera override that can really save your hide in dire circumstances.
With that being said, this issue doesn't really get in the way of the
game as the gameplay fast paced, addictive and beautiful that it's
really hard to look at this game and not be impressed. This game may not
be the deepest, or the most interesting but it really does give you
great hack and slash experiences.
Graphically, Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is one of the most impressive
looking games on the XBox and Sega did an amazing job of creating some
of the most realistic looking character models with an extreme amount of
detail and colour schemes. The backgrounds are also quite detailed that
also contain destructible environment.
Immortal Warriors also contains a very Japanese style of soundtrack that
matches the feudal area of Japan. Match that with a variety of realistic
sound effects and of course the harsh grunts and screams of otherworldly
demons and you have a perfect sound game. With that said, Otogi also
supports Dolby Digital 5.1 surround for that true arcade experience.
Otogi: Immortal Warriors is a very impressive game that contains a
wonderfully addictive storyline with some of the best gameplay on the
XBox in a long time. With beautiful graphics (and High Definition
support), Otogi has truly taken the console to the next generation of
gaming and although some parts of the game are repetitive, the designers
have ensured that every level has something different so you can be
guaranteed to finish this game.