E3 2018 Impressions: Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin

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One of the games that caught my eye last year at E3 was a side-scrolling action game at the XSEED booth called Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. I could not have been more excited to see it again this year.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an action game where players take on the role of the Harvest Goddess Sakuna who has been banished alongside a small group of humans to a dangerous island. She has to use farming tool weapons and a celestial scarf to battle fierce monsters and claim territory. She then plants, harvests, and polishes rice for the humans to eat. She is a Harvest Goddess so this is actually how she increased her power.

Last year, I played one of the side-scrolling combat levels and loved it. The action was swift. The enemies were interesting. I also really enjoyed how mobile I was able to be once I learned to use the celestial scarf as a grappling hook. I was able to fling myself all over the screen to get a combat advantage against the different enemies.

This year, I was able to play around with the rice farming system. I was terrible at it, but I did manage to grow a reasonably good crop of rice during my demo. It was actually pretty meditative and I know that it would be easier to learn and master if I weren’t standing uncomfortably in a booth.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is being developed for the PlayStation 4 and is set to release this Winter.

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