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  • Summary: As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. May 5, 2022
    91
    All in all, Trek to Yomi is a pretty solid game if a little short. I won’t fault a game for being single-digit hours long, as long as it delivers a good story; Trek to Yomi certainly did. As mentioned prior, the additional story path options potentially take the game up to a good probably 10 hours, assuming all are approximately the same. The challenge offered by completing the game on higher difficulties can also invite a challenge to squeeze a few more hours out, and the combat is fun enough to welcome a playthrough just for difficulties sake.
  2. May 5, 2022
    85
    Taken as a whole, Trek to Yomi is an impressive homage to classic Japanese action films. It looks and sounds incredible, with art direction and music that are impeccably authentic to both history and cinema. As an action game, Trek to Yomi is engaging but a bit lacking in variety and depth, with controls and animations less polished than its visuals. Trek to Yomi is a fascinating and altogether unique experience, worth playing if you're a fan of great samurai films or simply enjoy new variations on the action game formula.
  3. May 9, 2022
    80
    The major aspects of Trek to Yomi that will stick with the player are the combat, the atmosphere, and the world design. All three of these key features will drive the player to continue playing and enhance the gameplay. One example would be how exploration can reveal alternate ways to defeat groups of enemies. These moments are few and far between, but their inclusion is a nice reward for players who choose to explore the map. It's one of many smaller pieces of gameplay that makes the overall experience stand out among other indie titles.
  4. May 5, 2022
    73
    Featuring a black and white image style and a pure cold weapon combat system, Trek to Yomi creates a unique experience in the style of swashbuckler films. The abundant sense of various details in the game scenes, dynamic weather effects and unique mode of composition all make the game screen look cinematic. However, the overly monotonous enemy behavior patterns, as well as the increasing swarm of monsters in the later game levels, are making the fun of combat quickly decline. The bland story, together with some too far-fetched understanding of Eastern culture, makes the quality of the game storyline less than ideal.
  5. May 5, 2022
    70
    Trek to Yomi is a very beautiful cinematographic work. It doesn't have to pale before the giants who inspired it. Its use of the camera and black and white grain allow it to present us with particularly sumptuous paintings. Add to that some eye-popping fight choreography and you've got a little nugget of artistic mastery. If a game was judged by this, Trek to Yomi would undoubtedly top the charts. But unfortunately, the game is, in comparison, too little pushed in terms of gameplay. Its superfluous choices and its repetitive fights prevent it from expressing his full potential. That said, it is still worth the detour and even more so if you are sensitive to this kind of video game work.
  6. May 5, 2022
    68
    Trek to Yomi is a visual masterpiece with a solid story, unfortunately let down by its gameplay. Whilst there are some enjoyable elements, it doesn't hold up when compared to numerous recently released peers that do samurai combat better.
  7. May 5, 2022
    50
    While it is extraordinary beautiful, Trek to Yomis gameplay is lacking in multiple areas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. May 8, 2022
    10
    What a visual masterpice. Soundtrack also. Don't let the gamepass hater fool you. A great little game, overloaded with class and style
  2. May 8, 2022
    10
    Que jogo maravilhoso, história bem boa, jogabilidade legal, e uma pegada de jogo antigo, eu gostei bastante
  3. May 8, 2022
    9
    the game is beautiful the b&w color in game it's remind me of seven samurai movie and gameplay is excellent really liked the game
  4. May 13, 2022
    7
    Trek To Yomi is an indie game with character and style clearly visible from trailers and screenshots that drew me in. The actual game itselfTrek To Yomi is an indie game with character and style clearly visible from trailers and screenshots that drew me in. The actual game itself is a rather mixed bag, however.

    The graphics are Yomi’s selling point. Much has been touted about the Kurosawa influence, yet to most of us it’s just a black and white Samurai game. In cut-scenes the graphics are impressive with a hint of simplicity, whilst in action scenes things become more dramatic as you witness the elements alongside incidents such as fire and destruction. These make for engaging backdrops for the action to take place.

    The Yomi side of it, however, suffers for this. The foggy and puzzling supernatural backdrops I found to be less immersive and the spectres more annoying than striking.

    The gameplay of Yomi is where you expect the bread and butter to be as a Samurai game, but it’s actually the game’s weakest point. The combat is inconsistent at best and downright cheap at worst. It can be satisfying to slice through opponents, yet the controls I found to be temperamental in their responsiveness and combos couldn’t be executed consistently. Most combat boiled down to a Wild West style quick-draw, with whoever gets the first hit usually being the winner as the combat stun-locks you into defeat. A special mention goes to the bullcrap final boss who does exactly this with a ridiculously long combo.

    Basically, most of the game sees you running through corridors and killing enemies in your way. I did find a few times where I needed to reload as I got stuck on the environment and some puzzles were more annoying than challenging.

    Then again, Yomi isn’t marketed as an action game. It’s a Kurosawa film in game form. The story is a fairly simplistic tale of student-master-love-interest triangulation. The Yomi aspect brings in a supernatural element later in the game but I didn’t think this added much worthwhile. It was the most tedious part of the game for me and dragged on too long as you navigated clichés of facing up to your past killings and failure to protect the one you love. There’s nothing wrong with the story, but nothing remarkable either.

    Overall, Trek to Yomi is a game worth playing with some caveats. It’s neither a cinematic nor a gameplay masterpiece. I applaud it for trying something a bit different and with more focus on improving the combat it could be quite a gem of a game. Game Pass makes it much more recommendable.
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  5. May 17, 2022
    7
    This game nails art style and sound design. It is weaker on combat mechanics. For a game that leans into the fluid block/counter/attack combatThis game nails art style and sound design. It is weaker on combat mechanics. For a game that leans into the fluid block/counter/attack combat it needs work. I never got the hang of counters even though I would block at the right time and attack back. Most of the time it would just do a normal attack. The game also drags during the middle to later half. That's when they stop introducing new enemies. It is a rather short game. I finished it in two extended sessions. Would recommend. Expand
  6. May 11, 2022
    6
    The game is stunning with great music, but the combat mechanics are so bad...
    Animations are very limited (and full of bugs...), combos are
    The game is stunning with great music, but the combat mechanics are so bad...
    Animations are very limited (and full of bugs...), combos are awful, and the combats are so boring after just a couple of hours...
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  7. May 6, 2022
    0
    Visuals are absolutely breathtaking in the game. Story is very much a revenge tale. Gameplay is solid, and learning combos is easy.Visuals are absolutely breathtaking in the game. Story is very much a revenge tale. Gameplay is solid, and learning combos is easy. Definitely has replay value. No reason not to grab this absolute gem Expand

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