What is better than robots? Strong anime characters that kill robots. In the anime community, it is fairly rare that a female character is the primary protagonist and even rarer where she kills other creatures or evil entities. At Anime Expo 2023, we met with NIS America to preview their upcoming games that are set to release in 2023 and 2024. Their booth featured a demo for Disgaea 7, CRYMACHINA, RHAPSODY: MARL KINGDOM CHRONICLES, Trails into Reverie, and other games. Anime guests could play the game demos, get stamps on their fans, buy merchandise, and get a reward for playing the games. Fans could also get pictures with cosplayers Disgaea 7 cosplayers.
At PAX West 2023, we met with NIS American again to see how Disgaea 7 and CRYMACHINA have progressed. When visiting the booth, we discovered that the Disgaea 7 demo was the same one as the one at Anime Expo; however, the CRYMACHINA demo picked up where the Anime Expo demo left off. As the group is united, Leben learns how she has come to be where she is and what is going on. Once moving through the level, the player can experience the colorful and sci-fi level design. The demo gives players two options, go down the linear path and fight the area’s normal boss or go down the lasered hallway.
For the demo, we went down the linear path to fight Murphy, Slayer of Wisdom. The boss fight was fairly easy to navigate with most of the enemy’s moves being easy to predict. Visually everything from the beginning to the end boss fight gave a fun cyberpunk vibe. The combat can be challenging at times, but if you are a fan of souls-like games, then you should be able to adapt easily.
If you would like to check out the Anime Expo and PAX West demos, you can watch them down below.
CryMachina Steam Description
CRYMACHINA is an action RPG where mechanical girls strive to survive in a post-apocalyptic world to become “Real Humans.” But what does it mean to be a “Real Human”?
Join the three playable main characters as they fight in fast-paced action RPG combat featuring a myriad of tactics to customize your weapons and challenge your foes.
This heartwarming story of love, told by synthetic beings, will pull at the strings of your biological heart.
See for yourself whether happy catharsis awaits these mechanical girls as they cry, struggle, and overcome their fate.
In modern times, a strange disease runs rampant. A young girl named Lebel Distel who teeters on the brink of death hears a mysterious voice–”You have been chosen.” Though taken by darkness, Leben awakens to find herself in a dark, post-apocalyptic world and is greeted by an android named Enoa.
Leben finds herself in Eden, a structure where machines continue to operate with the goal of creating “Real Humans” to restore humanity. Guided by Enoa, Leben becomes entangled in the battle to become a “Real Human.”
Venture between the battlegrounds of Eden and the safe haven of the Imitation Garden. Within Eden, face exhilarating and cathartic battles against mechanical enemies and discover the unknowns of the dark world.
Then return to your base, the Imitation Garden, to relax, customize your weapons, and enjoy lighthearted and heartwarming conversations between the girls.
CRYMACHINA is set to be released on October 24, 2023, in the United States; the game is set to be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.