Oni PC

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. Oni stuns the third-person action scene with a powerful uppercut to the jaw. Bungie has never put its hand to a bad product, and its latest offering is a passionate protest against dull games.
  2. It's an interesting premise with a fine fighting scheme – squandered by sloppy design and bugs. Definitely a title destined for demo-status gone awry and certainly little more than a game for those who like their games with little substance.
  3. With all the good aspects that Oni has it’s amazing that the action can get a bit "samey."
  4. A very entertaining, exhilarating and challenging game for those who would rather star in an action movie than merely watch one.
  5. CNET Gamecenter
    70
    Definitely more interesting than most third-person action games, though it's hindered by a variety of interface problems.
  6. It's so close to being a masterpiece that you'll inevitably be disappointed, but when you step back and look at the whole instead of focusing on the parts, the one thing that stands out more than save limitations or the lack of configuration is the spectacular action.
  7. Da Gameboyz
    85
    If you can get past the learning curve then you will surely enjoy the game. Expect to be frustrated at first, especially because the moves are often hard to pull off.
  8. Daily Radar
    75
    The characters within the game are incredibly well detailed, but the world they're placed in is bland to the point of boredom.
  9. I loved the fighting and I would love to see this engine used again, though I still wonder about what might have been with a little more money and a little more time.
  10. It's very playable, with quite a nice engine and a strong leading lady, but the storyline is a touch frail, the game is severely limited by its lack of multiplayer and the long gaps between save points make certain sections almost too challenging.
  11. Oni does present a truly awesome hand to hand combat system, certainly the best on the PC.
  12. Oni brings to the table an explosive and refreshing hand-to-hand combat system. Despite its presence though, Oni falls victim to a variety of issues including repetitive level design, an awkward control scheme, numerous visual glitches and a lack of multi-player.
  13. Manages to compensate for dull graphics, empty interiors, lack of a multiplayer mode and unfriendly saves with intense action and impressive enemy AI. The game is fun, challenging, and ultimately worth the frustration.
  14. GamePower
    75
    After three years in development and two years of hype and anticipation, Oni fails to meet the expectations Bungie created for it.
  15. An extremely addictive action fighting game with some very cool anime storytelling and martial arts that are wrapped in an otherwise superbly executed game that is one of the most fun and coolest games I've played in years.
  16. From the first time you blast someone with an SML3 Plasma Rifle, to the 539th time you throw a "Triple Hit Haymaker", you'll have fun. You'll wish you could do more, but you'll have fun.
  17. The shoddiest, most poorly constructed, most flawed game that we have ever seen manage to be a Hit, although only by the outermost molecule of the skin of its teeth.
  18. A fairly plain third-person action game that contains a more robust combat system than those found in most similar games. Its graphics, particularly the environments' graphics, aren't noteworthy, and its story isn't fully developed.
  19. 80
    The combination of gunplay and street fighting is something that has never been attempted before, and Bungie pulled it off beautifully.
  20. A worthwhile purchase for a big time fighting fan, just remember that with this one, you'll be left feeling a little deprived, and without much replay value, it will probably collect a lot of dust on the shelf.
  21. Though viewed from the third-person perspective, this is still a terrific shooter game that dances on the fringes on a role-playing program. With its rich graphics, solid story and great audio, Oni is a sure-fire hit.
  22. The combat is what really grabs this game and barely keeps it from sinking into oblivion.
  23. I count myself somewhere in the middle, acknowledging the innovations of Oni while also being aware of its inherent flaws.
  24. Its anime influences also feel forced and plagiaristic. Overall, this is one of the bigger disappointments this year.
  25. 75
    It certainly does do the major things that it promised to when it comes to creating a fast paced fighter, but doesn't really reach the godly state that everyone really hoped that it would.
  26. PC Gamer
    72
    A fun martial-arts romp that could have been a multiplayer classic. [Apr 2001, p.96]
  27. It could have been a contender but unfortunately, the lack of user-control saves and a multiplayer feature keep this fighter out of the championship ring.
  28. Spank!
    80
    Rock solid, all-action gameplay but misses out on a higher mark due to a few noticeable flaws.
  29. The lack of saves, the hackneyed gameplay, and the frustrating controls stop Oni from being the game it could have been.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 13, 2011
    10
    Yet another brilliant game that was way ahead of the curve. This game was never going to be a critical success like Halo (et al.) because itYet another brilliant game that was way ahead of the curve. This game was never going to be a critical success like Halo (et al.) because it demanded a lot from the player, it really is for the hardcore gamer. This is due to the very flexible combat system which enables you to dispatch the bad guys in almost any way you could imagine, resulting in great replay value. There is a huge variety of guns and hand to hand techniques to keep you busy, or my favorite, sneak up behind someone and break their arms. I think the reason this game reviewed badly was because you cannot passively experience this game and expect to win (I'm looking at you, Bad Company 2). The game provides the player with the tools to experience a manga-esque sandbox, so its really up to you to come up with a viable strategy to have fun. Reviewers that bagged this game probably wouldn't get Minecraft either. Full Review »
  2. GuangmianK.
    Nov 20, 2006
    10
    It is a great game, so good and intense that the graphics do not matter at all. I love it, and i hate all who put it down.
  3. Jan 2, 2017
    8
    If you're fan of the real-time close combat, you can go nuts with the hand-to-hand attack combo system, along with the extendable movementsIf you're fan of the real-time close combat, you can go nuts with the hand-to-hand attack combo system, along with the extendable movements through game progress which are fantastic. Also the music adds up a lot when fighting and pursuing!

    Now then, the story is not bad. The levels are either too big or "filled with so much emptiness": It feels annoying when you have to walk through all the big empty places, just looking for hidden items or enemies camping around... and they feel repetitive too.

    Some weapons feel weird to handle at times, like the rocket launcher, or single handed weapons, which can't use the left hand to strike, instead you have to switch to melee again... That's a detail though.

    In the end, the game feels half-rushed. If multiplayer mode existed and the levels were smaller and better elaborated, score for this game could've raised straight to heaven.
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