[PlayStation 5] Trek To Yomi Review
- On May 10, 2022
Trek to Yomi from Devolver Digital, Leonard Menchiari and Flying Wild Hog is an outstanding cinematic experience on PlayStation. Check our Trek to Yomi review!
Trek to Yomi from Devolver Digital, Leonard Menchiari and Flying Wild Hog is an outstanding cinematic experience on PlayStation. It looks great on PlayStation 5, with detailed characters and locations presented in black and white with a film grain that gives it that old-school samurai movie look. You will start your younger as young samurai in training Hiromi. After training with your Master, Sensei Sanjuro, bandits attack the town. Hiroki disobeys his Master and decides to become involved in protecting the town. Unfortunately, things don’t end well, and Sensei Sanjuro is fatally wounded while protecting Hiroki and everyone else. Hiroki vows to his Master that he’ll now be the one in charge of protecting the town and its people against any threat. As a samurai, your honor is everything.
The first chapter in the game will act as an extended tutorial that will teach you most of the basics while also allowing you to get a feel for the exploration and battle segments in which each chapter is split. Once you complete the first chapter in the game, time will fast-forward to Hiroki’s adulthood, which is when your real journey begins. Aiko, Sensei’s daughter, will be by your side. After learning of a group of bandits – led by a warlord – who are burning down each village in their path, Hiroki and a group of warriors jump into action to try and stop them before it’s too late.
Once you’re ready to play, you’ll be able to select from three difficulty settings: Kabuki, Bushido, and Ronin. Kabuki is the easy difficulty, available for those that want to enjoy the story without having to worry too much about combat. Bushido is a balanced option. Ronin will dial up the challenge and should be selected only if you already have some experience with Trek to Yomi. Once you complete the game, you’ll unlock the Kensei difficulty, in which a single hit is all it takes to defeat Hiroki, thus forcing you to perfect your fighting style so that you can parry through not only regular battles but also boss fights.
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick. To collect items and interact with other characters, you’ll have to press the X button. When in battle, the X button will rotate Hiroki so that he faces left or right as needed. The Square button will be used for light attacks, the Triangle button for heavy attacks, and roll as needed with the Circle button to avoid damage. Actions will drain your stamina, so be sure to always keep an eye on it! Once unlocked, you can equip a bow by pressing left on the D-Pad and an ozutsu – a hand cannon – by pressing down on the D-Pad. If you have any bo-shuriken, they’ll be equipped by pressing right on the D-Pad. Ranged attacks are mapped to the L2 and R2 buttons.
You can block attacks with the L1 button, but doing this will drain your stamina. When your stamina reaches a dangerously low level, you will become tired until your stamina recovers a bit. When tired, you won’t be able to block and will only be able to perform a single slow attack. While tired, you’ll at least will be able to parry. If you time your block just right, you can parry attacks, leaving your opponent wide open for a counterattack. When an enemy is stunned, you can go for a finisher attack by pressing the R1 button, which will also allow you to recover some of your lost health. And to check your inventory, press up on the D-Pad.
There are plenty of collectibles to find during your time with Trek to Yomi, and yes, there are some trophies tied to finding them – more on these in a bit. One of the collectibles you should certainly keep an eye on is the health upgrade item since it will allow you to permanently upgrade your max health, which can make the difference when taking on groups of enemies or when fighting a boss. There’s another item that will increase your max stamina. Sometimes you’ll be rewarded with items or new skills when defeating specific enemies – some of which are optional and hidden away from the normal path. Interacting with civilians will sometimes also allow you to obtain rewards.
As for the trophies, this one has a Platinum trophy to work on, and it won’t be an easy one to add to your collection. The list includes 9 Bronze trophies, 14 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. While there are trophies for completing each of the game’s chapters, for completing the game, defeating your first enemy, and for finding an upgrade, but those are the easy ones. Then we have the ones for performing 50 counters, 50 finishers, or for defeating ten enemies without using one of your weapons. Another group of trophies asks that you defeat the bosses without receiving any hits. And then, there’s a trophy for beating the game at the highest difficulty setting, in which a single hit can kill you. You know, the usual. At least you’re getting the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and since each one has its own trophy list, you can work on two Platinum trophies.
Trek to Yomi is an outstanding cinematic experience on PlayStation. The game’s black and white presentation, with the film grain applied on top, as well as the game’s aspect ratio, make for a very interesting experience. As the camera changes while you move from area to area, you’ll switch from exploration mode to combat mode and back, being able to move freely to then be locked on a 2D plane to make combat a simple yet complex endeavor. The game is a Cross-Buy release, so your $19.99 purchase will grant you both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game, each one with its own trophy list. Trek to Yomi is a game you should definitely check out on PlayStation.
This Trek to Yomi review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Devolver Digital.