Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. One of the best games of the year. Even before finishing Onimusha 2, I looked forward to playing through it again.
  2. Brutal, bloody and brilliant with a massive body count. Few can match its looks. [GamesMaster]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."
  6. Quite simply, Onimusha 2 is one of the year’s best offerings on the PS2.
  7. It’s certainly a great game, but doesn’t break ground in the same way that Onimusha did.
  8. 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]
  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. Visually near-perfect (the opening gave us goose bumps). [27 Sept 2002, p.89]
  11. 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]
  12. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Mar 29, 2013
    It took everything it did in the first game, and made them better. Visuals are superior. Combat is even more action pact and a dream to play. Story is REALLY gripping with some really deep characters that you really connect with. Surprising, as Jubei really comes across a little flat at first glance. This is truly a fantastic sequel that deserves to be in anyone's collection. Overall: This is what all sequels should aspire to do! Full Review »