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From Japan with Love

With critically acclaimed franchises like Dynasty Warriors and Fatal Frame, Koei Tecmo Games has earned a reputation as a perennial provider of rich and diverse gameplay experiences—often introducing gamers to properties that they would not have a chance to experience otherwise. At E3 2016, the company aims to continue the trend with a selection of unique titles from the industry’s top Japanese developers.

First up is Nioh, a dark fantasy-action game set in feudal Japan. Players take on the role of William, a blond-haired samurai loosely based on William Adams (the real-life model for John Blackthorne in the legendary novel ShMgun). Nioh’s version of 17th century Japan is very different from the one the real-life Adams experienced, however—populated as it is by demons and other supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore.

Nioh’s gameplay centers on authentic samurai-style sword fighting as William makes his way through its brutal, alternate-history version of Japan, and it aims to offer players a serious challenge. Designed by Team Ninja—the minds behind the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series—Nioh boasts intricate combat in both one-versus-one and one-versus-many formats. A robust skill tree allows players to unlock new attacks and abilities that are triggered by moving into different stances. With a release planned later this year, this PlayStation 4 exclusive recently teased players with an open alpha test. The version shown at E3 brings even more combat, new weapons, more challenging enemies, and never-before-seen characters.

Koei Tecmo is also showing off another high-profile property at E3. Attack on Titan, based on the beloved anime of the same name, pits players against the enormous humanoid Titans in a fast-action game of acrobatic combat. The setting is an Earth analog, where 100 years of invasion by the giant Titans have wiped out most of humanity—driving the survivors to huddle together in a giant settlement surrounded by three concentric walls. The plot follows the main characters of the anime, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin, as they work with the military to defend humanity against the Titans. With visuals that appear drawn straight from its source material, Attack on Titan sends players grappling to dizzying heights thanks to the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear.

Developed by Omega Force—best known for Dynasty Warriors and similar horde-based roaming fighters—Attack on Titan offers gamers the same visceral, action-packed combat style. As the eerie, grinning Titans shamble through the towns, players must contend with realistically crumbling architecture in addition to the giant-sized threats. Of course, the game includes plenty of story to complement the action, with events drawn straight from the first season of the anime. Attack on Titan is set to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Steam on August 30.

Be sure to visit for a look at one more brand-new Omega Force game, announced just in time for this year’s show!

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