Oni PlayStation 2

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
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  1. 73
    A fun beat-'em-up with controls that are a little too complex for the game's own good. It's neither a great fighting game, nor a super shooting game. Despite the pain and agony I went through in Oni, I was compelled to keep playing. Chalk it up to good action, I guess. Or self torture...
  2. The plain graphics and cookie-cutter objectives can make some of the levels drag a bit, but the storyline and the sheer size of some of the game's levels make the whole package easier to swallow.
  3. 70
    While the control system is well thought out, it can at times infuriate as you desperately scramble around trying to reel off rounds into your enemies, while running from them.
  4. It's just that Bungie was obviously trying for an ambitiously epic, innovative game with a distinct style and a hip, futuristic plot, and almost none of those new and unique elements work well.
  5. For all the complaints you can level at the game--serious though they might be--the fact remains that the combat controls are well designed, and kicking ass in this game is incredibly entertaining.
  6. There's nothing like watching a hot chic beating the crap out of a couple guys.
  7. Despite expectations, many gamers will find themselves disappointed by Oni's frustrating gameplay and lack-luster presentation. However, Oni is not a total loss, and succeeds at moving us one step closer to a true three-dimensional representation of classics like "Streets of Rage."
  8. 60
    It's more a rehash of "Fighting Force 2" than anything else, only with a half-cyborg chick at the helm instead of the typical Rambo/Duke Nukem character.
  9. Overall, Oni is in no way without merit, it is just not original or exciting enough to keep your attention for long. As a PSone game, perhaps we would be a bit kinder but for a next generation title, there is nothing more frustrating than bland mediocrity.
  10. Had the control scheme been less complex and easier to learn, that would have gone a long way toward fixing the problems.
  11. The over complicated controls and bland level design ultimately eat away at the rest of the achievements.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#27 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 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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  2. May 22, 2015
    10
    Understandably, this game is was developed in 1999 so graphics are sort of "weird". Talking from the PC version, controls were generally anUnderstandably, this game is was developed in 1999 so graphics are sort of "weird". Talking from the PC version, controls were generally an satisfactory, and the voice acting was okay. Aside from that, the game is pretty interesting and it is a fun game. Full Review »
  3. Feb 21, 2014
    3
    A generic story, horrible dialog, and a very, very, god-awful game play system couldn't even keep me entertained. Hell, even Sonic Heroes wasA generic story, horrible dialog, and a very, very, god-awful game play system couldn't even keep me entertained. Hell, even Sonic Heroes was slightly (ever so slightly) better than this **** Full Review »