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
  1. The entire game takes place indoors, with only a few moments spent alongside and atop the building complex. I would have preferred to also battle in detailed outdoor environments. Think of some of the jaw-dropping fighting sequences in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  2. 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."
  3. Oni has definitely redefined the action game genus; it may have created a new genre.
  4. There's refreshingly little emphasis on lever pulling or jumping puzzles -- someone out there is listening.
  5. You know you’re in trouble when it takes you five times to get through the first training level of a game, and it freezes on the second.
  6. Oni manages to compensate for dull graphics, empty interiors, lengthy load times and unfriendly saves with intense action and impressive enemy AI. The game is fun, challenging, worth the frustration and is a splendid addition to your PS2 collection.
  7. 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.
  8. 40
    Oni looks bad, sounds bad, and plays even worse -- all of the anticipation for this game is left unfulfilled.
  9. Had the control scheme been less complex and easier to learn, that would have gone a long way toward fixing the problems.
  10. 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.
  11. 80
    It's rough around the edges in some spots, and can become infuriatingly difficult at times, but if you stick with it, you'll probably get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
  12. As far as the controls go though... oh, boy. Let me say that the control configuration is incredibly difficult as every button is used frequently including the never used L3 and R3 buttons.
  13. Slick looking, sharply packaged, and a heroine who really packs a punch with a razor edge style: Oni is a game in its own realm when it comes to looks.
  14. The combat in the game can be a blast at times, but the awkward control and super precision of the enemies often makes it more difficult than it needs to be.
  15. There's nothing like watching a hot chic beating the crap out of a couple guys.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  19. 75
    Although the game's design and combat system do not always dazzle, Oni is a sublime break from the ordinary.
  20. The over complicated controls and bland level design ultimately eat away at the rest of the achievements.
  21. 80
    Unlike many of today's action-girl heroes Konoko isn't all about big boobs and tight butt-cheeks. In contrast to a certain someone she spends the game firmly ensconced in kevlar body armour and combat fatigues.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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 »
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    7
    Great combat mechanics seamlessly mixing close quarter combat and melee/ranged weapons. Unfortunately the plot is pretty dull, and the levelGreat combat mechanics seamlessly mixing close quarter combat and melee/ranged weapons. Unfortunately the plot is pretty dull, and the level design is boring - you run from one grey room to another. With more attention paid to these issues this could have been something truly special. Full Review »
  3. CatS
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    This game is awesome!! I am a huge Tomb Raider fan, and I picked up this game between TRs. The fighting is exhilarating. I almost never usedThis game is awesome!! I am a huge Tomb Raider fan, and I picked up this game between TRs. The fighting is exhilarating. I almost never used the guns unless absolutely necessary. Also, replay is enhanced due to cheat codes which allow you to switch characters. The story stays the same, but you get a whole panoply of new moves with each character you play. The control scheme was hard to get used to at first, but becomes extremely intuitive -- it just works. Full Review »