Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 89
    Longer, deeper, and more personal than the original, fans of "Warlords," "Resident Evil," and the like have their next great adventure right in front of them.
  2. One of the best games of the year. Even before finishing Onimusha 2, I looked forward to playing through it again.
  3. Early on, Onimusha 2 showed promise and appeared to be the innovative follow-up that it so desperately needed to be. However, as the game went on, and the entertaining gameplay aspects disappeared, my enthusiasm for the game withered. [Sept 2002, p.77]
  4. 100
    Like a new year’s line of automobiles, Onimusha 2 has a sleeker look, more bells and whistles, and improved standard features over its predecessor model, "Warlords."
  5. Quite simply, Onimusha 2 is one of the year’s best offerings on the PS2.
  6. It’s certainly a great game, but doesn’t break ground in the same way that Onimusha did.
  7. Thanks to an interesting trading system and the promise of literally hours and hours of extra gameplay-unlocked goodies, an improved system for absorbing and applying souls and perfectly executed graphical and aural treats as so few developers in this industry can really deliver, the game is simply too good to miss.
  8. Brutal, bloody and brilliant with a massive body count. Few can match its looks. [GamesMaster]
  9. 87
    An enjoyable, but yet again, hack n’ slash fighting type game, but was balanced enough with the way you had to fight a boss that I didn’t mind the hack n’ slash as much.
  10. 91
    Sure, you won't be spending "Final Fantasy X"-calibur time with it, but it's a good way to kill a dozen or so hours. [Sept 2002, p.30]
  11. The camera has been improved a good deal, although there are still a few times when you’ll be racking your brain and craning your neck to see where your character needs to go.
  12. Visually near-perfect (the opening gave us goose bumps). [27 Sept 2002, p.89]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    Still one of my favorite games! Remember playing this all the time and completed it way more times then I can remember. It blew my mind how everything was improved, to the combat, weapons, story and shopping system. Still get my PS2 out to play this today! Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2014
    In most respects, Samurai's Destiny is everything Warlords was and more, though I can't help but feel that Warlords' formula has been diluted somewhat. Nevertheless, Samura's Destiny is bigger, has more of everything and is - for the most part - all the better for it. I finished Warlords in 5 hours, this one took me 10. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    This is a graphically stunning game with it's own style, great character designs, and plenty of pretty scenery. It's also a fun and addictive action game. Full Review »