• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2004
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
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  1. The graphics are fantastic, the score is excellent and the gameplay offers a great variety of fast-paced combat and brain-teasing puzzles.
  2. This is the best in the series and my nomination for action game of the year. I loved every minute of the game including finding all of the secrets in the game.
  3. The perfect sequel. It also has everything a great action/adventure game needs. Fast and smooth action, multiple characters, well thought of puzzles, well fleshed out characters, a good story and kickass graphics and sound to boot. [JPN Import; Grade = A+]
  4. The experience that awaits you here transcends such archaic terms. This is an event, an epoch making title that years from now historians will look back upon as a defining moment in the history of video games. This is not an over exaggeration, nor is it simple hyperbole, this is the cold hard truth. Onimusha3 is the reason why you became a gamer in the first place. [JPN Import]
  5. The game keeps the repetition to a minimum, mixing whips, swords, and guns into the Onimusha equation. I just couldn’t drop the controller until the very last minute before I had to go to class.
  6. It provides both a immensely enjoyable movie experience as well as some quite robust game play.
  7. Onimusha 3 more accurately represents an action game like "Devil May Cry." Instead of the rigid control scheme used by the "Resident Evil" series, Onimusha 3 has fluid controls. Moving the analog stick around will directly move your character, instead of just turning him. [JPN Import]
  8. 91
    Not mindless fun, but rather fun with a slight level of intelligence. If you enjoy games with a lot of action, a decent story, and massive amounts of monsters, you should definitely pick up Onimusha 3.
  9. Computer Games Magazine
    On the technical side, an analog control has finally been added, rather than continuing to rely on the directional pad. [Aug 2004, p.6]
  10. The biggest problem with this is that the backgrounds don’t look as rich and colorful as they did in the two previous installments.
  11. 90
    Aside from the Leon bait-and-switch, there are few surprises in Onimusha 3—it’s a great game that fits like an old glove, so the old saying goes. A soul-sucking, flesh-leeching glove with one creepy, blinking, hollow eye.
  12. 90
    You’ll get at least 40 or 50 hours of game play, and that’s before you get to the mini-puzzles.
  13. What I really like about this game is that I always felt like I was getting a new weapon, going to a new area, or fighting a new boss (most of which are ferociously tough, by the way). [June 2004, p.126]
  14. This is in fact everything you have ever loved about Onimusha buffed out to the max. [June 2004, p.75]
  15. You will be hard pressed to find a game that controls as nicely as this one.
  16. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Even if the story doesn't do much for you, Demon Siege's production values still might win you over. [June 2004, p.97]
  17. 90
    While the game isn't a construction of godly perfection, it is pure, raw fun that may eclipse the first two, depending on whether you'll miss the adventure elements or the less ostentatious presentation of the first game. I, for one, did not.
  18. Weekly Famitsu
    10 / 8 / 8 / 10 - 36 platinum [Vol 794; 5 Mar 2004]
  19. Onimusha 3, if meant to be the series’ swan song, is as polished, refined, challenging, rewarding and just plain fun as a game of this type is ought to be. Stop reading this review right now (cause, well, it’s over) and get to your nearest store to pick up a copy of this game.
  20. PSM Magazine
    If you've never plaed the series before, this is the one to try. If you have played it, you won't want to miss this amazing finale. [July 2004, p.20]
  21. 90
    So while it may be a bit bothersome to weed through the tile-sliding treasure chests and the time travel puzzles don't happen often enough, it's not really what the game is really about anyway -- they're really just supplements to a kick-ass action title with a tremendous presentation and storyline.
  22. Double bastard-woo with hot custard on top (and those who allege otherwise are suffering from cranio-rectal inversions).
  23. While Samanosuke’s sword play is second to none and impressive in itself, Jacques’ energy whip is where the real fun is at. Jacques has the ability to grab his enemies, throw them around and even use his pistol in between to keep the combo rolling.
  24. This game is easily a recommendation because it gave me the same feel as I had when I first played "Devil May Cry," a game this one borrows a lot from.
  25. Definitely the best Onimusha title so far, based on a purely aesthetic level.
  26. Capcom knows a thing or two about learning curves and each victory is extremely satisfying, even if death scenes last longer than German operas and bosses always do something nasty before they keel over.
  27. The introduction of a secondary hero, as well as a number of side characters that aid and even have their own role to play in the defeat of Nobunaga’s forces are handled very nicely, and the plot of the game is well constructed.
  28. 85
    The time travel aspect on the one hand conjures up the best puzzles yet in the series, and also gives rise to the lamest story.
  29. Besides the multiple endings that can be reached, defeating the game on a number of different difficulties will yield extras, some of them being playable ones (such as the Adventures of Heihachi) to alternate costumes (yes, Samanosuke’s killer panda suit is back).
  30. The classic action/adventure combat, now augmented with time travel and more ways to dish out punishment, will please fans hoping for a good ending. There are still some lingering issues, but this old warhorse remains in top form.
  31. Onimusha 3 maintains the series' very high standards for production quality, and it features vastly improved controls, an entertaining premise, and Jean Reno, who's good in pretty much everything, including this game.
  32. TotalGames.net
    It also looks immensely cool to see Jacques swinging through the air. Later, his whip is upgraded to a segmented sword-cum-whip combo - as brandished by Ivy in Soul Calibur - once again demonstrating the disparate influences that have gone into his design. [JPN Import]
  33. 82
    The storyline is absolutely fantastic due to its originality and well-paced progression.
  34. The game is almost flawlessly presented and the CG movie that opens it is probably one of the best to grace the PlayStation 2.
  35. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The new "Devil May Cry"-like control scheme makes it easy to quickly change targets and evade swarms of Genma demons. [July 2004, p.96]
  36. 80
    More ambitious and interesting than its predecessors, the game offers the same excellent action-packed gameplay, even if it does suffer from several of the same drawbacks.
  37. Cheat Code Central
    The gameplay is almost generic. You may feel as though you've been manipulated after the game but not while you're actually playing it. That's the sign of good development.
  38. Ah, gay Paris. The sights, the sounds, the frothing hordes of time-traveling Japanese demons. Wait...what?...Minor complaints aside, Onimusha 3 is amazing. It breathes new life into a familiar genre and makes France, well, kinda cool.
  39. A fitting tribute to the popular trilogy, granting fans everything they could hope for.
  40. It may seem like Onimusha 3 lacks ambition, but even though it fails to provide any solid innovation to a tired genre, it makes great effort to keep what’s familiar interesting and engaging - going to great lengths to cater for its audience’s needs, even if they seem run of the mill.
  41. A highly polished, mostly highly enjoyable hackandslash romp with only occasional lapses into tedious gaming by numbers same-old-same-old object hunting and respawning enemy laziness.
  42. AceGamez
    I think some more innovative and radical changes are needed if a fourth in the series is to materialise.
  43. A great popcorn thrill-ride from start to finish. It may not be the deepest or most thought-provoking thing out there, but there's no question it delivers on its promise of slam-bang action and enough plot to hold it together.
  44. The weapons, amazing special attacks, mostly interesting story and button-mashing fun make O3 a highly addictive game and well worth the money.
  45. 80
    A great conclusion to this part of the story and a great experience in general.
  46. netjak
    The originality in this series is pretty much gone. On the other hand, those who pick up this game as their first Onimusha title will most likely come away with being very pleased with what they play.
  47. The last entry could have been a less conservative on the fighting gameplay, but it doesn’t prevent players from having a good time.
  48. Play Magazine
    A classically charged action game. [July 2004, p.73]
  49. 70
    Capcom have succeeded in taking the series to a natural end without making any significant changes...A crowd pleasing adventure, but not an essential one. [JPN Import]
  50. It could have been a great game rather than a merely average one if it backed up it's shiny new exterior with some added substance. Expect to be pleased, but don't expect any surprises.
  51. Just a few little flaws with the sometimes simplistic combat, and the fact that there’s not really anything here that we haven’t seen in the previous titles (although its done much better in this third instalment), means that Onimusha will never be remembered in the same kind of regard as say the "Resident Evil" series.
  52. It's easy to forget just how precious few of the genre's many exponents ever attain this level of competence, of course, but that said it's not unreasonable to have hoped for a little more innovation from Capcom. [July 2004, p.103]
  53. games(TM)
    That Onimusha 3 is the final chapter is a shame, given its stellar mix of action and puzzles. Combine this with a new control system and it's clear that the series is only just hitting its stride. [July 2004, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#41 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 137
  1. onimusha
    Apr 26, 2004
    Loved the Intro.
  2. Oct 28, 2021
    It still onimushas game but it Lost too much of its charm. The first thing is lost was the prerender of backgrounds which is a horrible thingIt still onimushas game but it Lost too much of its charm. The first thing is lost was the prerender of backgrounds which is a horrible thing to lose because it Lost most of its awesome atmosphere and colour from it. The music tries to be like the first game but it can because the first still has the best soundtrack in any game and it's maybe the reason why I enjoyed the first one so much,it mostly just sounds like a generic version of number one. I find the game is a bit too long the first one was about 3_4 hours length I find the perfect for dis games , and Combat system is good but is not good enough to hold the game 10 Hours but it is a good ending for the franchise so it's worth playing it Full Review »
  3. Jul 8, 2021
    The third entry in the series and mostly famous for having Jean Reno in it. Even from non fans of the game / series it had received muchThe third entry in the series and mostly famous for having Jean Reno in it. Even from non fans of the game / series it had received much recognition. Again it is an action adventure in hack and slash type where you have to defend yourself against demons who want to take over. Story: The story begins when Samanosuke Akechi makes his way to the Honno-ji temple to ultimately end Nobunaga Odas reign of horror. However not everything happens as planned and he ends in modern day Paris while Jacque Blanc (Jean Reno) ends in feudal Japan a few days before the fight at the Honno-ji temple. Both characters have to fight their way through their enemies to get answers and solve this mystery. I like the story as it was a refreshing experience. It worked surprisingly well and Jean Reno is a bonus I value highly. Gameplay: This time you have 2 playable characters. Both have different weapons and because of this play also a bit differently. Basically it is an action adventure with all its rules. Attack your enemies and don't get hit by them in return;-): Of cause you have more options. There are magic attacks, blocking, counterattacks, combos, items and different weapons to use. Defeated enemies leave behind souls. Those come in different flavors and the most common is the currency for upgrading your weapons, armor and gauntlet (at a save point). These souls you must absorb with your gauntlet by button pressing but be careful as you are vulnerable doing that. There are also a lot of items for you to find, a dark realm to explore, a training mode and some secrets. Upgrading your stuff is a key to victory and give you an edge on the enemies. Also the controls work quite well for its time. Advice: The training helps and finishing the (optional) dark realms is beneficial. I actually grinded a bit to overpower the enemies and it worked well in the first half. Also never underestimate what Ako can do for you (vests!). I should point out that there are multiple endings and a rating system. Maybe read a guide before. Presentation: While it cant keep up with modern games it was truly amazing back then and got a lot of praise. The graphics were just amazing and enhanced the experience. Sidenote: Just the intro alone deserves praise for its time. Soundtrack was similar really good. I think there is no misstep here in this regard. Negatives: There are some small negatives. Rarely the camera is not working well enough (With emphasis on the word rarely). Some parts of the story are not that good (The Samanosuke in Jaque’s campaign for example is a bit incompetent and some other things could be done better) and the best ending is hard to get. Overall this was an enjoyable game for its time that I valued. I might not end on my favorite list but was worth my time. Full Review »