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  • Summary: As power-hungry warlords battle one another for control of feudal Japan, a young princess is kidnapped. Now, one lone swordsman, Samanosuke, boldly volunteers to rescue and avenge her. An entire legion of demon warriors stands between you and the princess, so you'll need all your weapons andAs power-hungry warlords battle one another for control of feudal Japan, a young princess is kidnapped. Now, one lone swordsman, Samanosuke, boldly volunteers to rescue and avenge her. An entire legion of demon warriors stands between you and the princess, so you'll need all your weapons and magic to break through. The world of Onimusha: Warlords comes alive with waterfalls, wind effects, insects, and weather, but in order to triumph, you must stay focused on your mission. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    85
    Onimusha: Warlords is a worthy remaster, and even though it feels rather short, the combat and exploration of such a claustrophobic world reminds you just how good it is.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    I can’t deny that it was a pleasure to meet again with a title that I played many years ago and, in general, I consider that it is an experience that can be pleasant for fans of the series. However, its not easy to bring back mechanics and control schemes already overcome; maybe those who played the original delivery will take a little time to get into the rhythm and, in a brief time, they will achieve it. The big questions remains: can Onimusha: Warlords appeal to a new audience as well? The answer remains uncertain. In any case, elements such as control and certain game mechanics, such as the more complicated riddles and the difficulty of some combats or enemies, will leave the coin in the air waiting for the experience to be pleasant for those embarking on this adventure. Despite its limitations and, Onimusha: Warlords fulfills its premise as a remastering and as a game. Without a doubt it is a good return to the past and I hope that it has the necessary reception to guarantee the launch of the subsequent titles.
  3. Jan 23, 2019
    80
    This is actually a decent HD remaster. For a game that I played a ton of when I was 15, it was still fun to go back to with a new set of eyes and experiences under my belt. It may be a much more simplistic adventure compared to other action games nowadays, but checking in on this gem was enjoyable all the way through. Fans of the old series will have a fun nostalgia trip while players that missed out on it at the beginning of the PS2, can find some old school fun here and the $20 price tag is perfect for this one.
  4. Jan 15, 2019
    75
    It does not offer new contents, not even borrowing them from Genma Onimusha. Although Warlords has aged well, thanks to its pioneering combat system, we understand that old fans can remain hesitant.
  5. Feb 3, 2019
    71
    Important classic from the early Playstation 2 era, which is no longer up to date, but has a great atmosphere.
  6. Jan 15, 2019
    70
    Onimusha is still pleasant and fluid to play, showing off those beautiful precalculated backgrounds that we once loved. However, the remastared version suffers from its lack of new content, and doesn't fix some of the problems we faced many years ago.
  7. Jan 15, 2019
    40
    It’s odd that Capcom has done so little to the hibernating series and let this beloved game wither away under the harsh sands of time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    Of course its not a 10 game, but hell I wanted to play onimusha again so much, that I am giving it higher score than it deserves (its aboutOf course its not a 10 game, but hell I wanted to play onimusha again so much, that I am giving it higher score than it deserves (its about 6,5/10 game) because I want more from this series.
    The question I have is why Capcom decided to port only the first title instead of trilogy OR Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams? This series was getting better with each new part so either 3 or DoD would be perfect for newcomers or to scratch nostalgia itch. Well, its a bit shame because DoD looks better than this "remaster" and DoD was released in 2006...
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  2. Jan 30, 2019
    10
    I want you to bear in mind this is one of the first game from the playstation 2 catalogue before reviewing this game.

    -The series
    I want you to bear in mind this is one of the first game from the playstation 2 catalogue before reviewing this game.

    -The series originates in Yoshiki Okamoto's 1997 idea to create Sengoku Biohazard, a ninja version of Capcom's own 1996 Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan), set in the Sengoku period and featuring a "ninja house" filled with Booby traps, similar to the mansion from Resident Evil, where battles would be fought using swords and shuriken: "The house will contain hidden doors behind walls, ceilings that fall down to you, scrolls and ninja magic, and many other ninja techniques." The project was originally intended for the Nintendo 64's 64DD.

    Onimusha: Warlords was originally being developed for the original PlayStation, but the project was eventually moved to the PlayStation 2. The half-finished original PlayStation version of Onimusha was then scrapped and never released.-

    Pros:
    +This version has fixed the stale controls, you no longer walk like Resident Evil 1/2/3 or Silent Hill 1 from the playstation one era.
    +The graphics were also greatly improved, especially the face models.
    +The game runs at 60 fps in all consoles , the switch version is no different.

    Cons:
    -The original game has a horrible voice acting and the story is really generic and stupid. (There is no way to fix that)
    -The game is very stale for this era, even after all the fixes and that is why lots of new players will prefer to pick anything else instead of this tittle.

    What makes onimusha series great is how they develop the story of japan with the genma and magic in the middle.

    That supernatural and fantastic part of this series is what makes it great.

    Onimusha series is more oriented to the action genre, instead of the horror and survival from the Resident Evil series.

    The series became great from the 3rd game onwards, when they stopped developing this horror/survival side and improved the action side of the series.

    *Play this game if you want to see where everything began on the Onimusha universe.

    *If you already played this then you will surely enjoy this again as the fixes really make a difference.

    Onimusha 3 and Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams are the best this series has to offer, but for that we need to support this game, so they can make an HD collection or even work on the remaining tittles.
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  3. Jan 15, 2019
    9
    It's a good game and a good portage. It's onimusha, the resident evil like, but with a katana in japan.
  4. Jan 16, 2019
    8
    A well-established title that started with one of the best franchises, especially for the PS2 console owners, but today, the PS4 console, andA well-established title that started with one of the best franchises, especially for the PS2 console owners, but today, the PS4 console, and a remix that could be better than that. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2019
    8
    I am not capable of reviewing this without my nostalgia goggles firmly on my face, but this is a great remaster, it plays fantastically, andI am not capable of reviewing this without my nostalgia goggles firmly on my face, but this is a great remaster, it plays fantastically, and it still feels very good. Keep 'em coming Capcom, I won't be truly satisfied until I can play Onimusha 3: A Day In Paris With Jean Reno. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2019
    7
    A remaster of the classic PS2 game that offers little beyond the upscaled graphics. A widescreen format, new musical score and analog controlsA remaster of the classic PS2 game that offers little beyond the upscaled graphics. A widescreen format, new musical score and analog controls are now included. Everything else is now the same as it was in the original title. Initially a 2001 release, the gameplay of Onimusha Warlords is quite dated. Unfortunately, you cannot skip cutscenes and sadly there are no new features. I wish Capcom would've included artwork, extra costumes and perhaps the Xbox version of the game, Genma Onimusha. But as it is, this is a pretty basic remaster. It's fun and can be seen as the granddaddy of Dark Souls. However, there are many things that feel archaic such as the fixed camera angles and enemy respawns. Overall, this is still an enjoyable hack n' slash in the vein of Resident Evil. I would rate it with a 7.5 out of 10. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2019
    7
    Onimusha is just as I remember it back in 2001, and at the time, it was one of the most impressive action games ever. Unfortunately time hasOnimusha is just as I remember it back in 2001, and at the time, it was one of the most impressive action games ever. Unfortunately time has not been too kind on it. Even though the graphics have held up really well, the gameplay suffers. This is mainly due to the horrible fixed camera angles.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still a very playable game, even still enjoyable throughout most parts. I was just hoping it would feel more like a remaster rather than a basic port with upscaled graphics. I do think $20 is a fairly reasonable asking price, but I'm glad it's no higher than that, as it only takes around 4 hours to play through it thoroughly.
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