Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 39
  2. Negative: 30 out of 39
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  1. Games Master UK
    A repetitive load of rot. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  2. It is a mediocre title at best and one which revels in that fact. A sticky, filthy little pleasure that I have had quite a bit of enjoyment playing.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine
    Horrendous camera and targeting system. [Apr 2009, p.79]
  4. There’s nothing wrong with barely clothed gals trashing through hordes and hordes of zombies. But when one button appears to be the only one you’ll be using for killing enemies, the concept suddenly becomes a lot less appealing. Those that are looking for a good zombie slasher should stick to Dead Rising or wait for it’s sequel. Hey, that game has some hot babes too you know.
  5. It doesn't have very many good qualities, the gameplay isn't very impressive, it isn't up to snuff on a technical level, and whatever charm it manages to muster runs out of steam in a hurry.
  6. If you haven’t had your fill of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, I’d recommend picking up Onechanbara for the absurd storyline and characters alone.
  7. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A juvenile wishlist of swords, guns, girls and gore - really not much cop a game. [May 2009, p.42]
  8. Onechanbara on the 360 looks terrible. I forgave a lot of the graphical problems the Wii version had since it was a game on the Wii. No next-gen game should ever look this terrible, even if it does only cost $40.
  9. As strange as they come, with the shallow twist of centering on a group of women who bare all. You already know if this is for you or not.
  10. A linear, uninventive and utterly boring action game from start to finish, the splatter-fest that is Onechanbara makes us wonder how a game with bikinis this skimpy could be a very bad thing. I like a good hack-and-slash action game but this Bikini Samurai Squad makes mindless fun feel really quite unentertaining.
  11. 40
    Zombies, women and blood: a cocktail which hasn't come off as it should have in this poor action game.
  12. The concept of scantily clad babes cutting down zombies with swords may appeal to some, but its gameplay and delivery are flawed in so many ways that only the most hardcore hack-'n-slash fans will have any fun here.
  13. The most that can be said in support of Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad is that it's mildly amusing, at first, to slice through countless zombies in quick succession, while watching the blood fly. From there it's all downhill: the sex and blood represent a dedication to offense, not art; there's no technique required in the hardest immediately available difficulty; the game was poorly executed on a technical level.
  14. Onechanbara knows it’s goofy and stupid. It’s just too bad it doesn’t realize that it’s a terrible game.
  15. For me, Onechanbara represents one of the biggest disappointments I've felt in a game—it looks silly, action packed, and a little fun. Instead, it's just repetitive drivel with a bit of cheesecake.
  16. 30
    Onechanbara is a digital disaster in nearly every way. It's ugly, sounds awful, handles poorly and has a premise that is as shallow as they come. There are simply too many other better options out there to waste time with this mess.
  17. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad might have been enjoyable, in a silly, disposable way, if the gameplay was halfway decent. It isn't, and not even the nicest bottom in the world can make up for that.
  18. A girl, a cowboy hat and a pair of katanas are not a serious argument in any way. Onechanbara features three different characters involved on a nonsense background story, but the main attraction of the game is seeing the half naked girls slashing and cutting hordes of zombies. Too bad to be good, and so it is. Onechanbara packs as one of the worst Xbox 360 games, featuring production values that resemble some of the games on the mid 90´s
  19. Just save your money and play something that is actually worth your time.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Quirky but not worth the asking price. [Apr 2009, p.90]
  21. Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad seems to be much older than the three years passed since its first release in Japan: the gameplay is ridiculously simple and seems to be taken from games 20 years old and the plot is trite and uninteresting. Even the bikini-girls-with-blades theme fails to attract, due to disappointing and last-gen worth graphics. Keep away from this game, and your X button will thank you.
  22. It’s clear that there was a lot more programming manpower put into jiggly girl parts and gouts of blood than in the rest of the game design.
  23. So what reason is there to play Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad? There is none, so suppress any morbid interest you may harbor and spend your money elsewhere, because neither acrobatic temptresses nor legions of the lurching undead can make this game worth playing.
  24. 25
    The worst graphics and gameplay you probably ever have seen on the Xbox 360. If you really like virtual chicks in bikini slaying zombies, it probably is the right game for you!
  25. Onechanbara is a digital disaster.
  26. 20
    Leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth and an unwashable feeling of downright sleaziness, Onechanbara can be simulated by checking into a shady motel.
  27. 20
    Woefully inadequate. Cleavers and cleavage, sadly, aren't enough.
  28. Don't let the subtitle fool you - not even semi-naked girls and/or zombies can save this dire action game.
  29. This is an embarrassing and crude production with few to no redeeming traits at all. Dated graphics, poor control scheme and lacking gameplay are just some of the reasons as to why this title shouldn't end up in any self respecting gamers library. This is a poor excuse to show of scantily clad women and nothing more.
  30. 10
    I really can't recommend this game for anyone other than those that just enjoy torturing themselves.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 56
  2. Negative: 15 out of 56
  1. D2ARK
    Feb 22, 2009
    This game is plain, mindless, sexy, bloody fun! I had my eye on this game since it was announced to have an Xbox 360 release. I, unlike This game is plain, mindless, sexy, bloody fun! I had my eye on this game since it was announced to have an Xbox 360 release. I, unlike apparently most of the reviewers in America, knew what to expect from this game - blood, T&A, and a cheesy storyline. What I did not expect, however, was how much fun I would really have with it! I've been playing it for a few days now, more than Street Fighter 4 to be honest, and I got SF4 the day it was shipped! As you play this game, you can level up the characters and eventually increase the moves you pull off in combos.... There is an added plus that if timed right, combo moves can turn into Cool Combo moves which, if strung together, do more damage AND open up custom animations, such as Saki sheathing her sword and punching THROUGH zombies, or Reiko's Continuous Super B**ch Slap - which is funny as hell to watch because she has one hand on her hip, the other one using her shotgun to just walk through a crowd of zombies while slapping them left and right. The controls are tight and responsive, on par with (or better than) anything coming out of a top-rated developer, and the admittedly repetitive gameplay of sword slashes, kicks, guns, and airborne attacks is fun nonetheless. The number of modes help to increase replay value: to allow you to run through already-cleared areas in Free Play or just fight through hordes of zombies in Survival, or coming up with specific costumes and looks you want the girls to have, this game is no slacker on stuff to do. Level up the girls, and get extra items, and have a blast doing it! Overall, if you want to watch cute / sexy females with attitude (in various modes of dress) cutting hapless zombies into bloody ribbons, and don't care about saving the world or having ultra-realistic graphics (looks good enough to me), then this is a game that will be quite enjoyable for the price tag. Just leave your political correctness / femi-nazi attitude at the door. Full Review »
  2. [anonymous]
    Oct 25, 2009
    This game sucks. The graphics suck. The plot sucks. The gameplay sucks. The sound sucks. Everything sucks. Don't give it a ten to This game sucks. The graphics suck. The plot sucks. The gameplay sucks. The sound sucks. Everything sucks. Don't give it a ten to convince yourself that you didn't waste your money. It sucks. Don't even insult yourself by looking at it, unless you suck. Full Review »
  3. EricL.
    Sep 8, 2009
    This is the worst game ever played, and even though it goes for the "it's so bad it's good" appeal, it doesn't work. It's This is the worst game ever played, and even though it goes for the "it's so bad it's good" appeal, it doesn't work. It's just SO BAD!! First thing you'll see is graphics, and I'm dead seriouse when I say that I've seen better on the Gamecube. The colors are so bland and there is barely any texturing (sp?). The music is... there, that's all that can be said about that. The camera follows you like it would in a 3d sonic game, and even though I'm one of the few hopeless people who like those games, this ISN'T a speed-platformer. The enemies just stand still, and you'll be suprised when they actually attack, and if you play as anna you'll be there forever she's so weak. the power ups drain your health, which is one of the only ways you may die in this game. Another way is through boss battles. The same ones are recycled over and over, and one time, after beating one, I had to fight FIVE more clones of her! It's like some sort of joke!! Level design is dragged out for as long as it could be, making you go to the ends of each map to fight the same pacifist zombies over and over. What I can say is that there at least is no problem with it's controle, and it is $40. However it may be sold for, it's worthless, though. People may say "It's not trying to be good" but that's a pointless argument. If you go to a resturant and ask for dog poop, and have it served to you on a silver platter, you may not argue with the chef for messing up your order, but at the end of the day, you're eating dog poop. Full Review »