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Review: Sumioni: Demon Arts

At a glance, XSEED’s PS Vita debut game Sumioni: Demon Arts strongly resembles that of the PlayStation 2 classic Okami. From the logo down to the art style, it’s clear that Sumi-e played a huge role when it came to designing a world that oozed style and substance. Sumioni, as a result, is gorgeous. It’s also a side-scrolling delight that doesn’t stray too far from familiar conventions, but uses its aesthetic strengths to appeal to players of all kinds. Vivid colors, a dreamlike world, and soothing Japanese-styled music work together in harmony to weave an intriguing (and quite challenging) tale that finds its place on the newly-released PlayStation Vita – if you don’t mind paying a little more than usual for a game this short.

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