Publisher: Aksys Games
Release Date: January 14th, 2014
Available on: Playstation Vita
When Muramasa Rebith came out on the Playstation Vita it pretty much had nearly everything that the Wii version had, and nothing more. With the release of Fishy Tales of the Nekomata we get the first piece of original content created just for the Vita version. Good news? It’s great and sets a high bar of quality for future add-ons to Muramasa Rebirth.
Fishy Tales of the Nekomata opens up with the murder of a woman named Okoi. On her dying breath she laments her failure to complete her father’s task to deliver a teacup to a neighboring shogun. Even worse is that there is only one witness to her death: her pet cat Miike. Lucky for her it turns out Miike was a cat demon, or a Nekomata, who takes the form of Okoi to finish her final task. Things don’t quite end up how she was expecting though, leading to an interesting story about revenge. While the end does sort of tie into the main game, as a whole Fishy Tales of the Nekomata is almost completely stand alone. If you already played Muramasa: The Demon Blade on the Wii then this is good, as you can jump right into new content without worrying about missing anything. It takes about 3 hours to finish the main storyline, which is pretty decent for a $5 add-on, especially once you start to delve into the side content.
The DLC also heavily changes up combat. Instead of swords Miike uses her claws to fight. Miike also has the ability to switch between three different forums. As a human she has stronger physical attacks and can dash around the screen really fast. As a cat she has weak melee attacks, but now has access to various magical spells that she can sling around. You’ll have to figure out how to combine and use these forms in the best possible way. Every time you kill an enemy and collect souls you’ll charge up your final form: That of a completely invincible and high damage dealing cat monster. You can’t stay in this form for long, but while you are it’s devastating on the battlefield. Since Miike doesn’t use swords the sword tree has been replaced with an upgrade tree that offers various upgrades and passive bonuses to her forms. Surprisingly the tree is almost as big as the sword tree in the original game and by the end of the story I only had a few of the upgrades unlocked.
Once you finish the story there is at least more to do. You can now explore the full world of Muramasa as Miike instead of the small section she was stuck in. You have demon caves that you can go through to rack up extra souls to expand the tree. You also get the ability to fight the bosses from Momohime and Kisuke’s stories as Miike, which is a nice bonus.
Fishy Tales of the Nekomata is a great start for Muramasa Rebirth’s DLC. Adding more and meaningful content and a new playstyle extends the game’s life for a few more hours. Miike’s story is interesting and I hope that we’ll get to see more of her in future installments, and likewise I’m hoping that all the future DLC will be just as good.