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Platform: Arcade

Region: Region Not Set

Developer(s): CAVE Co., Ltd.

Publishers(s): CAVE Co., Ltd.

ReleaseDate: 2010-08-19

Players: 2

Co-op: No

Akai Katana

Akai Katana is an Action game, developed and published by Cave, which was released in Japan in 2010. Plot Set in a parallel world resembling Japan's Taishō period, the people have discovered the powerful Blood Swords, the titular Akai Katana. Requiring human sacrifices to unleash their immense destructive power, these swords have been used by the empire to crush neighbouring countries. However, all the bloodshed and power gained through sacrificing close family members has made some of the swordsmen reconsider. With new fighter planes and the powered up swords at their disposal, this small band of rebels now fight back against the tyrannical empire. Reception Reception Aggregate scores Aggregator Score GameRankings 76.25%[2] Metacritic 75/100[3] Review scores Publication Score Destructoid 9/10[4] EGM 8/10[5] Eurogamer 8/10[6] Famitsu 33/40[7] GameSpot 8/10[8] IGN 7/10[9] OXM (UK) 3.5/5[10] Famitsu gave the game scores of 8, 8, 8 and 9 from four reviewers, adding up to a total score of 33 out of 40.[7] As Rising Star's inaugural U.S. title, Tech-Gaming found the game a "promising offering, offering stateside shoot ‘em up fans an exceptional entry into an increasingly niche genre.", and praised the title's depth of play mechanics.[11] GameSpot gave the game a score of 8 out of 10, describing it as "a well-crafted dose of over-the-top bullet-hell action."[8] Destructoid gave the game a score of 9 out of 10, concluding that "you may just find yourself ascending to bullet hell heaven if you dedicate some time to learning the game’s obscure but absolutely thrilling mechanics."[4] Mean Machines described it as a "must-have blaster" for the Xbox 360, praising the gameplay, the "masterpiece" 2D graphics, and the "fantastic" hard rock soundtrack.[12] Crunchyroll praised the challenging gameplay as well as Umemoto's "insane guitar" music as possibly "soundtrack of the year," concluding that "anyone interested in the genre should pick this one up and reward said risk with a small swirling bundle of gold."

ESRB Rating: Not Rated

Genre(s): Action

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