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Trek to Yomi and Ravenous Devils – Zero Punctuation

This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Trek to Yomi and Ravenous Devils.

For more major games Yahtz has reviewed lately, check out Rogue Legacy 2, Teardown, Weird West, Tunic, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and Elden Ring.

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I should probably learn Japanese. Seems to come up a lot in my job, especially in droughty seasons when the disgusting triple-A pie-eating contest has to take a break to clean up all the puke and I have a chance to try all the little manageable Mr. Kiplings the Japanese industry churns out. Thanks to that, I officially know more about the procedures and traditions of Japanese high school life than I do about those of the actual high school I dropped out of. But what a refreshing break it is to now cover a game that’s merely set in Japan. And inspired by Japanese movies. And voiced by Japanese actors. But! Importantly! Not developed in Japan, but in Poland. Poland and Japan have a lot in common, I think. They’re joint presidents of the “not particularly nostalgic for the 1940s” club. Anyway, Trek To Yomi, which translates loosely as Highway to Hell, is inspired by Akira Kurosawa films, just like Ghost of Tsushima, but is determined to out-Kurosawa Ghost of Tsushima at every turn. It’s all in slightly overexposed black and white, it’s got a room by room fixed camera setup where every moment could be a frame from a Kurosawa film, and combat’s modelled on that Samurai movie thing where two dudes make like three lightning fast sword movements and then one of them keels over gushing red water like a leaky dishwasher in an Italian restaurant.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.