• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    Steeped in style, sleight in substance, and superior in overall satisfaction.
  2. 100
    The extensive character techniques and engrossing story line will keep gamers glued to their controllers for hours.
  3. In my opinion this game ranks along side of "Metal Gear Solid" and "Deus Ex." This is a must buy for the avid gamer and even if you don’t care for adventure games it should be rented just to see how well the PS2 can pipe out graphics.
  4. It appears a new king has been crowned with the best graphical representation on the PS2 to date! The atmosphere is intense and gripping, keeping you thoroughly engrossed and on the edge of your seat.
  5. The biggest letdown of this game is just how short it is, though to open up everything does take a couple of runs through and you will want to play it again after that for sheer fun value alone! A truly gorgeous game, Onimusha Warlords is a must-buy for fans of the genre.
  6. Onimusha is one of the first ‘must have’ games for the PS2, if you enjoy the survival horror genre then this is a must have. But this is also a top title for action freaks alike.
  7. 89
    I especially liked the upgrade-able weapons systems, and the way in which different swords worked on varying monsters with stronger or weaker degrees. These things you figure out as you play along, but every time you fight a new monster, the thrill of hacking it to mincemeat is every bit real.
  8. Almost every ingredient, from the engrossing storyline, to the solid graphic engine and wondrous sound options brings this game to the forefront of the action genre.
  9. 88
    Fans of the "Resident Evil" series will love Onimusha, as the player has long overcome the small "nit-picky" problems inherent in the genre.
  10. It may not be a lengthy adventure, but it sure is an intense and gratifying one.
  11. Whether you’re old-school or newbie-fresh, there’s no getting away from the perennial curse of survival horror games: Cheesy Voice Acting.
  12. While die-hard Resident Evil fans will be turned off by the game's length, others will find it to be the survival-horror game for people who don't like survival-horror games.
  13. It may not be totally original-the blueprint for this game seems to have been lifted directly out of the "Resident Evil" file-but intuitive controls, outstanding graphics and a wonderfully unsettling soundtrack help this title rise to the top of the PS2 heap.
  14. Its amazing graphics and fun gameplay make this one of those games that you need to experience. Just watch out for those damn zombies.
  15. One amazing game. If you love hack and slash action or resident evil type games, you should definitely get this masterpiece, especially with the replay value.
  16. The fact that you get sent back to the original load screen every time our friend Samanoske meets his untimely death is unforgivable, but it's not something that should keep you away from an otherwise first-class game.
  17. Short and easy, but also polished and action-packed violent fun for the adult PS2 owners who haven't yet played "Code Veronica."
  18. If you can overlook minor perspective problems, Onimusha’s intense combat, stunning graphics, and involving story make this a masterpiece hotter than a mouthful of wasabi.
  19. Truly a gem of a game...The only problem I have with Onimusha is that it's a little too short. You can complete the adventure with a game time of five to six hours.
  20. Fits like a familiar old glove (or gauntlet), but smoother, better-fitting and lined in fine, Japanese, brocaded silk.
  21. Okay, so the (control) system allows for dramatic angles of spookiness and so forth but it all but kills a game. The fighting system is very poor too, as the computer does it all for you, all you have to do is keep hitting on the X button. Tripe!
  22. Even after a few years, Onimusha: Warlords is a decent game with some truly impressive qualities. Sadly, it’s also impressive how short this game manages to be.
  23. May disappoint some die-hard fans of survival horror because of its relatively short length and the way it occasionally trades action for atmosphere.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Feb 13, 2013
    A truly revolutionary game for its time, Onimusha firmly created a hybrid of a cinematic experience in games. With breath taking graphics, good controls, and a classic, epic story, Onimusha is a classic Among PS2 games. Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2014
    Resident Evil meets samurai in Sengoku-period Japan. More hack and slash than survival horror, combat is decent, if limited; but was impressive for its time. Features one almost game-breaking puzzle (THE WATER TRAP) and some less threatening demonic entities - easily sliced. Lots of fun, great atmosphere. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2014
    The game looks and plays beautifully. The cinematic experience you get with this game was something new to the time and the camera angles actually fit in and work pretty well, despite them being criticised. Full Review »