Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, EF-12 Bring Japanese Gaming To Steam Greenlight

Are you the kind of gamer that longs desperately for the return of classic, fun titles that helped shape some of the past generations of console gaming? Well, the bigger publishers may not be concerned much with fun, nostalgia or historically poignant titles, but indie gamers care greatly about these things, as evidenced by Japanese designers hoping to bring PS2-style influenced titles to Steam.

Techno Buffalo did a great piece about the indie title Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae. The game is very straightforward and is a 3D hack-and-slash style title made in a similar vein to the original Devil May Cry titles. You can see it in action below.

The game is gorgeous. I mean, I just didn't expect it to look so smooth, clean and professionally designed. No offense to indie devs, but when it's a one-man-army setup you have to expect concessions, and usually those concessions come in the form of model designs or animations. However, with Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, the character designs are beautiful. That's some top notch stuff right there. The three-member team at Zenith Blue really outdid themselves with this title and I'm hoping this game picks up enough steam throughout the media circles to warrant a timely approval by Valve.

You can upvote and favorite Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae right now by visiting the official Greenlight page. Additionally, you can purchase the game right now from Playism for only $14.99 if you can't wait for the game to arrive on Steam.

Oh whoa, you thought that was it? Oh no. There's a bit more. Check it out: another super sexy game on Steam Greenlight is this title called EF-12, from a small Japanese indie group called Quad Arrow Future Links, led by famed fighting animator Masahiro Onoguchi.

EF-12, quite naturally, is a 3D fighting game made in design of titles that populated the PS2 two generations ago.

The game features a full roster of fully customizable characters and deep support for modding. That's right, the game was designed from the ground up to be modded. This feature has led many gamers to yell out in the comment section “Steam Workshop support!” and rightfully so. This project is brimming with potential and could take over Steam as the top-end, customizable 3D fighting game. This project also has the potential to become the next M.U.G.E.N., and we all know that we could use a new 3D version of M.U.G.E.N. Check it out in the video below.

Being able to import 3D models from a wide range of compatible formats opens up a huge swath of possibilities. Think about it: all those Grand Theft Auto mods, ripped models from Garry's Mod, and all those fan-servicy models from MMD, the cast of characters from Soul Calibur or mod-compatible models used in Skyrim could all potentially make an appearance in EF-12.

Heck, this could mean we could finally see Liu Kang versus Ryu or Johnny Cage versus Ken... and not those nasty 2D sprites from ages ago.

If you like what EF-12 has to sell you, you can upvote the game and favorite it over on the official Steam Greenlight page. Additionally, you can purchase the game right now from over on Playism.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.