Take on the role of a warrior maiden forced to hunt down her best friend who has stolen a sacred demon blade. End the feud between two warrior maidens and the demon sword between them, told through high speed action!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,024 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 10, 2014

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"I know I know i can't pronounce that title either. Solid hack and slash, though very short its highly replayable. Nice upgrade system for progression."

About This Game

The smash hit action game from Comic Market 84 is finally available on Steam!

Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae focuses on high-speed arena-based action. Use lightning fast sword slashes, hand-to-hand attacks and mysterious ancient techniques to defeat wave after wave of demonic foes.

Use skill points to learn new skills, upgrade your abilities, and take on brutal bosses.

Weaken your enemies with vicious wounds, then sheathe your sword to finish them off with style. Employ hand-to-hand techniques to build your katana gauge, then cut deep with your divine blade.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel CORE2 2GHz or better (recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Directx 9.0c (Shader Model3.0 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600GT or better
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I got this game in a bundle, and was unsure whether or not I wanted to keep it. After reading numerous comments and reviews about MKH, I decided to give it a try - and was really happy to get a chance to play through it.

If you enjoy Japanese-themed swordsmanship with challenging technical mechanics, fighting mobs of enemies, and grinding for upgrade systems, then you will really enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are fantastic - the detail in the different character models is very good, and the fighting special effects is well-done. The music and sounds are great, adding a high level of intensity to the brutal, fast-paced gameplay. The cutscenes are short but sweet, and add an anime-like feel to the narrative. Although fairly basic, the story is decent enough to keep you interested in the plot (although the fighting mechanic definitely is the shining gem for this game).

The controls can be challenging to learn - especially if you do not use a controller. The move list and tutorials are helpful, however, the default keybindings make keyboard play unnecessarily difficult. That being said, I completed several playthroughs without a controller (I will be attempting to complete it on the hardest difficulty with a controller, since keyboard play is far too brutal), so it is possible if you have no alternative. The learning curve is moderate to challenging because the later stages (and higher difficulties) really require you to utilize more advanced moves - like countering and parrying. If you cannot do this in the later levels (and/or difficulties), you will not get very far.

Each "level" consists of multiple waves, followed by a boss fight. Every enemy type follows a particular attack pattern that you can memorize and use to your advantage, adjusting your playstyle accordingly. For each kill you make, enemies may drop health or experienc orbs - experience is added to your total pool, which can then be used in the abilities store (you can access this at any time by pressing ESC).

There are a variety of things you can unlock and upgrade - in particular, improving your health and "katana energy" gauge (used to perform moves with your sword) is crucial to survival and chaining more combos. Improving your normal attacks will allow you to do more damage, refill more of your energy bar (hand-to-hand attacks refill your energy), and increase attack range, among a multitude of other things. You can also unlock a deadly counterattack, which is essential for defeating higher-tier enemies, and even bosses. Special attacks can also be unlocked and improved, however, it is entirely possible to complete at least one playhrough without further enhancing these things (it will just make it more difficult).

For achievement hunters, it can be both very fun and very lengthy to unlock every achievement in the game.

Overall, the game is a lot of fun, and technical players will appreciate the depth of the possible fighting controls and combinations. Definitely give this game a try.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is what I like to call a "supplemental" game. This is a game you would play while taking a break from another similar "main" game. Some people would prefer to play a different game, but I don't know. Juggling a plethora of games that represent dozens of different genres would turn anybody's brain into stale yogurt. Why take the risk when you can play something similar that's stil entertaining?

This game - which I'll refer to as MKH because acronyms are fun (AAF) - falls under the genre of arena-slasher. Typically a character-action game has some mode where you fight wave after wave of enemies (Bloody Palace, Lost Chapter, Tests of Valor). When a character-action game is literally just that wave-based mode, it becomes an arena-slasher. These are pretty rare and tend to be doujin titles, like Croixleur Sigma (also available on Steam).

The plot to MKH is: woman kills stuff with katana. Each of the five chapters are divided into five waves. Enemies are rich in number but poor in identity. There are guys with swords, red guys with swords, yellow guys with swords, big guys with swords, robots, an evil schoolgirl, and maybe 1 or 2 other different types of enemies. However, this is a short game, one that you can slash through in less than two hours.

Not-evil schoolgirl (I already forgot her name) has a sweet sword and not much else when you start off. Upgrades can be purchased as well as new moves and powers. The #1 thing to keep in mind throughout is parrying. While it's easy to mash the attack button and slice evil to pieces, playing defensively is how you avoid getting your combos broken. More specifically, it's all about the parry. Blocking is fine, but it doesn't work on heavy attacks and tends to get broken by a continous assault. Timing the block just right allows NES to awesome her way through the enemy's attack and deliver a strong counter-move.

There are other tactics to keep in mind. When an enemy is struck enough times they'll start to bleed (turn red). At this point a few more hits are liable to kill the enemy, just before they die the player should sheathe their weapon. It's like that common Japanese maneuver where the samurai cuts a dozen people at once, but they only fall over and die after the sword's been sheathed. In this game it's just something you want to do to boost your skill-points & regain health, though it also does big damage to bosses. There are other abilities and skills to master, but it's better to get a feel for it while playing the game.

For the most part, MKH is a breezy entertaining slasher. It's satisfying getting those big combos while also deflecting numerous attacks coming from every angle. Keeping track of the action can be difficult though, and your sound has to be turned up to notice the enemies that inevitably attack from behind. Some more variety in the enemies and bosses would have been appreciated, but maybe it's just me. I've been playing Bayonetta 2 and it seems like every 10 minutes there's a new enemy to fight. Like I said though, MKH is a short game. 10 minutes in that game is at least 3 or 4 waves. New enemy-types would just get lost in the chaos.

Unlike the games it serves a supplementary role to, MKH can be enjoyed even if you only have 5 minutes of free-time. There's no sitting through cut-scenes or loading, nor does it take several minutes to get the action. It's also possible to save in-between waves, and you certainly aren't expected to play through the whole thing without dying. Start this game up, slash through a few waves, and put it down so you can focus on your main title.

All in all, this is a worthwhile pick-up.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I'm not going to lie, I purely bought this game for selling cards you get for leaving the game running for long hours and progressing about 40% into the game and then staring at all the kinky school girls with ancient powers and swords fighting hard and dangerous forces of evil.

The only issue really is if you're fighting a boss which can sometimes be tough, if you're getting turned on by the sight of the main characters back side you can pretty much die instantly to a boss and forced to start all over, it's not really worth it just to make your willy feel nice.

I'll thumbs it up simply because I got more money back for it when it was on sale from selling cards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
this game starts off slow with very few button combinations and you think well this is lame. Then you upgrade your skills and abilities then you realize this game has alot of depth, some bosses require alot of skill to beat its actually a rewarding game once you learn the mechanics, every ability and skill is usefull to progress.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
The game is hack and slash in the area. The game price and quality i can't complain. I love the design of the character . But i guess the campaing is a bit too short for me but it doesn't mean that the game wasn't good. It good and fun I'm really enjoy the story line is nothing special. But at least you can enjoy hack and slash and combo hit :D

I'm recommend it for relax. But I didn't have to try the hard so no idea how hard is it just play normal. Anyway i think if developer could make mission bigger and more story line it will be a lot better
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
NOt worth $10, but definatly worth $5 on a Steam sale. Not enough depth to justify the full game price listed. Bu I enjoyed this game a lot .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Despite it's rather unpolished apearence and.... sort of, lack of story, this game can be rather entertaining to those willing to master it's soemwhat complex combat system. can be a bit frusttrating due to the punishement for the slightest margin of error, but other than that,a rather flashy,well thought and rather well executed hack and slash.

...Oh! and did i mention there's unloackables? there's quite a few. mostly costumes for the mian character, soem with an odd twist in difficultyto unlock, but it's soemthing to look forward to and work for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game is pretty damn great.
It's by no means a 10/10 masterpiece but it's a lot of fun.
The combat is nice but has some difficult controls if you're new.
You have "prime" enemies like any Dynasty Warriors game to do maximum damage.
It's a point based game so you won't be playing it for the little story there is.
You're mainly grinding the same levels to upgrade stuff and get higher scores.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It has upskirt shots
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Game is fun with good action and you can see the girls panties lol
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is down to personal taste entirely. It does have a lot of positive reviews but as I've seen most are for 'pantsu' and not really anything else. I got the game because I wanted a good ol' button mashing fighter game to chill me out. It does just that and I'm happy with that because it's all I wanted from it.

There isn't really a story to speak of and visually it's quite boring as it's the same arena just a different backdrop. If you want a more indepth fighting game with background and multiple characters...this isn't the game for you. If you just want to hit some things in the face with a sword repeatedly, well then what are you waiting for?!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
It is a fun game when i am in the mood for a good Hack 'n slash.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Panties flying across the screen, some say you can even see monsters and school friends to defeat, but those are just false rumours.
Underskirt simulator 3D, 6/9 Would buy again.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
nice hack and slash and indie genre game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I just loved this game <3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Do you like bewbs?
Do you like butts?
Do you like katanas?

If your answer to those 3 questions is a yes, get this game.


Seriously though, this game is hard. It's like a hack and slash Dark Souls.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
What you see is what you get. This is the kind of game where you just know this is for me and it was, but I can't recommend it unless you are really into these kinds of games.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
An immensely tedious button-masher where you sit in an arena and fight waves of the same guy over and over again by stun-locking them until they die.

On top of that, the story is an incredibly cliché anime storyline with little lasting appeal.

Additionally, the keyboard controls are terrible, so unless you're using a controller, the game will require a fair amount of key rebinding untill you find a comfortable setup.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
An arena sword figting game with anime schoolgirls and without any real story
which could be described as "mindless fun", except there is no such thing as fun.

The worst part about the game is the sound, since there is only one sound for each action.
Your combos always sound the same, aswell as when you take damage.

Even the rapeculture-esque death moan gets annoying over time, because even on normal difficulty you just die alot, since your guard is unreliable and boss attacks are hard to read.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This is a Shinobi/Ninja Gaiden/DmC hack and slash combat arcade game. No real story just combos and killing. It would feel right at home as an import Dreamcast game you got show how cool you are.
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