This game was actually previewed at the Tokyo Game Show this year, but with all the PS4 hype and Xbox One:Always On, No Used Games, Terrorist Machine noise, I didn’t even see a word about it until a week or so after the event.

Drakengard 3 is hack and slash action game, along the lines of Devil May Cry. Starring Zero,the eldest of five sister practitioners of song-magic, known as Intoners, this game is actually a prequel to the first Drakengard released on the PS2 so many years ago. The original PS2 game has gathered a cult following for its atypical story -which featured demonic babies, incest, pedophilia and time travel – and the ability to rain fiery death on your foes with aerial dragon combat. Drakengard 3 continues that trend, offering a mixed selection of on-foot combat that focuses on combos, aerial battles on your Dragon, Michail, and fighting huge boss monsters on the ground with Michail.


Though not as tight as, say, Bayonetta or Metal Gear Rising Revengence, the controls are lightyears ahead what they were on the PS2. The warriors in both Drakengard 1 and 2 were as agile as an ox-driven cart, and pitiful combos to boot. The combat in this prequel is very fast and gives a sense of control over the battlefield.

But perhaps above all else, I am anticipating the music of this game. Keiichi Okabe composes some amazing work and this particular, haunting, wailing song performed by Chihiro Onitsuka fills me with emotions I can’t even describe.

Drakengard launched on Friday, December 20th in Japan and is has a vague 2014 date set for the US/EU

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