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Thank you to Capcom USA for giving me a chance to get hands-on with Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess. At Summer Game Fest Play Days, the Capcom tent was covered in Street Fighter 6 and Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess artwork. Stations were set up throughout giving plenty of opportunity to play these titles. So first and foremost this game is not what you think it is. At its core, this is a mobile tower defense game. You are a warrior protecting and guiding your Maiden through corrupted and defiled environments. Along the way using your sword dance combat and citizens turned warriors you will clear a path for the Maiden to cleanse the land of defilement.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess
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Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess Has A Day and Night Cycle

The layout of the first playable area starts with you and the Maiden at one end of the map. There is a path covered in Defilement that leads to a gate. Your ultimate goal is to get the Maiden safely to the gate so that she can cleanse the evil out of the area. Now there is a day/night cycle, daytime is where you rescue/recruit civilians and purge defilement. The resources needed to change your villagers to various warriors are gained from purging. So after you gather enough resources you can change the class of the villager into either a melee class or an area-controlling mage class.

Once you choose their classes you place them on the map to use their abilities to stop the evil entities called seethes. Now you do not directly control the villagers, but you can have them move to a new location at any point during the two phases. You can even change their classes but you have to have enough resources to do so. So once nighttime comes the next phase of the game kicks off immediately. From the gate, enemies spawn in waves to defeat the Maiden and to keep the land forever cursed by defilement.

During this phase, you will use your sword dance techniques to fancifully destroy evil. After two phases of fighting seethes and clearing the path of defilement I was able to get the maiden to the gate. The villagers and maiden go into a spiritual dance that resonates with power and rids the gate and surrounding area of defilement.

Death Is Not The End

After you clear an area the Maiden sets up a camp that allows you to use upgrades and other items you have collected. You can spend points to improve the rank of your villager’s classes. For example, I increased the range of the mage’s abilities. You unlock the ability to equip charms that buff your character’s abilities. There was a boss that we were able to fight and during that intense bout, I died for the first time. When your character dies it is not an immediate game over. You turn into a spirit or wisp and float around the battlefield still commanding your villagers. After a certain amount of time, you will be able to respawn and continue to personally fight.

Overall, the combat is fluid and engaging with various combos that make taking down waves of defilement a lot easier. The world is full of color and the defilement is made up of intense disfigured monstrosities. Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess is a fresh take on tower defense and action RPG. So if you are into fast-paced combat, cool monster designs, strategic battles, and tower defense this game will check those boxes. You can check out Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess on Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC Via Steam, and PS5/PS4 on July 19, 2024. If you want to find out more information about check out the official website.

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