Sharpen up those katanas and kunais and get ready to go to battle in feudal era Japan. The popular PlayStation 2 Capcom action-adventure game Sengoku Basara (a.k.a. Devil Kings in the US) that has enjoyed considerable success and spawned two sequels and a spin-off 2D fighting game comes to the PlayStation Portable. Loosely based on Japanese history, the game takes place during the Sengoku period (mid 15th to early 17th century), when the country was in social and political upheaval. This era of Japanese history can best be described as Japan's Warring States period. During this time, feudal lords battled for control of all of Japan, and in this game players can take on the roles of famous lords. Game play mechanics are very simple and work in a similar fashion to the Dynasty Warriors games. The action takes place on small battlefields, but unlike Dynasty Warriors there are only a few enemies on screen at a given time compared to the hoards of cannon fodder that you often face in Dynasty Warriors. Each character has four attacks - two normal and two specials - that can be used to form multiple hit combo strings. Characters can jump and guard themselves from attacking bad guys. Graphics are in 3D and since the game was specifically made to run on the PSP, the visuals and characters are top-notch. Sound is atypical of the genre but doesn't add or detract from the game. The game has also inspired a manga series that is available in English from Udon Entertainment. And anime studio Production I.G. has produced a 12-episode anime series based on the game that began airing at the beginning of this month in Japan. The game is only available in Japanese, and there have been no announcements for an English language version yet. Basara Battle Heroes is an enjoyable, mindless button mashing game that can be played during your downtime, study breaks and even to relieve those daily commute blues to and from school.