Last year I took a chance on watching The Seven Deadly Sins anime and it turned out to be one of the best ones I’ve seen in awhile. As great as it was, I just knew a game adaptation was coming our way soon, and here it is in Bandai-Namco’s The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia. If you love the series or beat-em up fighting-like games, you’ll want to engage in some of the sinful fun this title offers.
Following the plot of the anime, the story features a young princess named Elizabeth that’s looking for some legendary knights called the seven deadly sins, as they were named after the sins with each of them possessing great power. It doesn’t take long for Elizabeth to bump into a young-looking man named Meliodas that also happens to be the leader of the knights and is marked with the sin of Wrath and also runs a mobile tavern that’s on the back of a giant pig. After hearing her plight about her kingdom being taken over by evil forces, Meliodas takes it upon himself to help her and find the other sins as they went their separate ways a long time ago. What follows is an adventure that will take all of the sins and some newfound allies to take down the evil that’s trying to rule, and save the kingdom and world from destruction.
It’s sort of difficult to explain what kind of game this is, as it plays like a 3D beat-em up with fighting game mechanics thrown in as well. There’s two modes to choose from called Adventure Mode where you play the campaign/story, and Duel Mode where you can fight against CPU controlled enemies or other people locally and online. As you fight your way through adventure mode, you’ll unlock other characters and arenas you can use in duel mode. The main story mode will have you traveling on your pig (with the pig’s son named Hawk serving as Meliodas’ faithful companion) on a map where you can visit other towns and set up shop to learn clues and other locations via gossips and rumors bring up while drinking. From there you select a character that features their own unique styles of fighting (using tried and true weak, strong, and ranged attacks you can mix up for combos) and special moves from the anime, and tackle various missions from beating up lowly enemies, to taking on main bosses, and simple things such as gathering supplies.
To add in some RPG-like elements, there’s also a skill tree that you can fill out by taking on missions and gather certain items to unlock them that’s sure to keep loot happy players busy. I have to say the art style of the game looks a lot like the anime series as it features a cel-shaded look. The sounds are also great and feature the original Japanese actors from the series along with some energetic tunes to keep you into the action. I also like that you can sometimes team up with one of the other characters during missions, since sadly there’s no co-op mode to play which is real a shame for a title such as this.
So if you enjoy the anime series and beat-em up titles, you might want to get in on the sinful action happening in The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia. It’s a simple but fun game that gives fans of the show plenty of fanservice while also being completely accessible to newcomers who will want to watch the anime after playing. Add in the cel-shaded look that recreates the anime perfectly along with some RPG elements, and you’ll find yourself having a sinfully good time with this one.