- Platform: PlayStation2
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Onimusha: Warlords (PS2)
- One of the first survival horror games for the PlayStation2
- Save the kidnapped princess from the evil General Nobanaga
- Use a variety of blade weapons as well as the Demon's Head
- Solve a number of puzzles
- Real-time polygonal backgrounds
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Set during the medieval period, Onimusha: Warlords is a survival horror game that puts you in the difficult position ofhaving to save a kidnapped princess from the evil General Nobanaga. Enter Nobanaga's castle and use a variety of blade weapons as well as the Demon's Head, which acts as both a shield and a weapon, against his foul minions. More than just fighting, Onimusha: Warlords presents a number of puzz es that must be solved if you're to get to the princess. The game also boasts both real-time polygonal backgrounds and characters.
With Onimusha: Warlords, PlayStation 2 owners with a passion for Resident Evil's genre-launching gameplay are in luck: Capcom delivers the same world-famous gameplay style (sans zombies) in a beautiful action adventure set in a mystical medieval Japanese kingdom. It probably won't win any awards for ground-breaking gameplay, but the fast-paced action promises to overload the senses with more than enough stimuli to notice.
The experience is set in 16th-century Japan, a fantastical era in which warlords clash for control of the country. As the samurai Samanosuke, players volunteer to rescue the kidnapped princess Yuki. No surprise that the ultimate goal (and the entire storyline, for that matter) falls by the wayside as hordes of demons converge on the player hour after hour. The weapons system benefits from the flashy graphics--as players discover and add gems to a gauntlet, weapon upgrades increase firepower with increasingly dramatic effects.
Graphically, the game is stunning. Carving through the levels--forests, tunnels, and the requisite dark, dank castle environment--isn't anything less than a spectacular experience, thanks in much part to the game's unusually high production values. Character models are built from up to 10,000 polygons each--high detail, even for a PS2 game. Subtle environmental effects--the wind flowing through the trees ripples the fabric in characters' clothes, for instance--furthers the game's realism. The backgrounds are painstakingly detailed and nicely enhanced by dynamic lighting effects. The talent behind the aural effects is just as impressive; Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro lent his voice to the main character, and a 200-piece orchestra delivers a dramatic score.
Call over any PS2 sceptics in your neighbourhood, then load up Onimusha: Warlords. A few minutes with this game may turn any zombie gamer into a next-generation gaming system fan. --Eric Twelker
Top Customer Reviews
The edge is the story line and setting. Feudal Japan is the setting and instead of blasting the Undead to bits with pump-action shotguns the hero slashes them to bits with various edged weapons. Capcom have spent a lot of time developing the story in the form of FMV sequences that really add to the game however; the basic game play remains the same as the original and best "Survival Horror" game, Resident Evil: Horrid villain, in league with demonic forces, wants to be extremely naughty in a remote castle. Realistically one should say "Well, let 'im get on with it 'cos I'm going the pub..." However, having set the scene very well Capcom draw the gamer into the plot and support the experience with excellent graphics, a biting score and some tricky puzzles.
The game takes place in and around a castle now taken over by demonic forces that intend let loose even more tyranny by doing something utterly despicable to the beautiful princess. Enter Samunosuke (pronounced Samu-nos-kay) to put paid to these devilish plans with help from his female Ninja side-kick, Kaede. Samunosuke also has help from a sympathetic Clan of Ogres (don't we all?) and thus can perform some quite stunning feats with Swords, Bows and a particularly vicious looking staff with Machetes on each end. Not wanting to spoil the plot entirely I would just comment that it is quite easy to get some serious destructive ability quickly and whacking the baddies becomes a joy at a very early stage. Support characters pop in and out, usually in FMV, and add to a varied and interesting list of inhabitants.Read more ›
But a large difference from Resi is that its heart is pure action. You don't just run around aiming monsters from a distance; how could I put it, "slow" exploring. You run around carrying large blades, getting close to somehting and beating the hell out of it. Sure,there are puzzles, AND cutscenes, actually quite a bit too many of these for someone who's impatient to carry on, especially at the start. the first ever qaurter of the game is passed in lengthy cutscenes and lots of chatter. in some parts of the game you egt to use the lead character's partner for some sections of the game, which offers a new array of moves. yet with both characters you just button-bash attack to do combos.
The graphics in Onimusha show very well what the PS2 is capable of. The backgrounds are as realistic as real life, yes REAL LIFE! the character models are nearly so, and blend in well. It's all superb. Why, the main character's face is that of a japanese actor! Few of the cutscenes are modified to the ultimate as FMV's, since it's close enough already. The weaponry is also realistic, and the magical attacks look great!
The sound effects are also astounding. Each area has its own unique soundtrack, and they're all cool. They'll make the game definitely more exciting. The sound effects are carried out nicely: you can expect such things as blades clashing with each other, weapon sounds, the wind howling in deep tunnels, monster's shrieks and howls, and growls and many more.
The game's controls are smooth and easy to master.Read more ›
This game has everything you could possibly ask for; some stunning graphics and cut-scenes (just wait until you see trees swaying in the breeze!), tricky puzzles, and some really addictive combat. I found myself praying for more monsters and hellish demons after being able to finish a whole bunch off in spectacular fashion! Being able to knock down the enemies and dispatch them with your sword before they have chance to get up is most impressive!
This game isn't just simply about 'hack 'n' slash', however, there are a few devilish puzzles scattered throughout that will get you really involved in the game.
Finally a word on the sound. The makers of the game really got the atmosphere just right in my opinion, recreating that distinct 'feudal japan' sound.
This games a real treat to play and if you liked Devil May Cry or Soul Reaver, you're gonna love this! 5 *'s!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only thing I could think of is it has puzzles so much and the camera angles is pointless and reminds you of resi games. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2015 by Mr. L. C. Emmott
If anyone is looking for a cheap game with a good story and gameplay which is easy to pick up then this should be it especially if you havent played any of the series. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2012 by A. Brookes
I bought this game after playing Grand Theft Auto 3 to death, being suitably stunned by its fluid graphics and massive area to explore. What a let down this was. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2002
Onimusha is a really disppointing game. It's unoriginal, repetitive and does not deserve to be classed as 'survival horror' in the Resident Evil sense. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2002
The best survival horror i have played , easily. it beats reident evil and has the advanced graphics and gameplay to match that of silent hill. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2001 by mr ashley w reed
This is an excellent game, and I really enjoyed it... but to be honest, I rented it out on the Friday and was finished by Sunday. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2001