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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 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  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
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Feb 25, 2019
    70
    The only thing that’s changed in those 18 years is the resolution. Nevertheless, Onimusha: Warlords still offers very solid gameplay in fantasy medieval Japan. The obsolete game design and camera controls are a bother, but what would you expect from the year 2001?
  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: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  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. Mar 31, 2019
    10
    This is not so much a review but a wish request. I hope Capcom will not be dissuaded by these scores. Us fans really want to see this seriesThis is not so much a review but a wish request. I hope Capcom will not be dissuaded by these scores. Us fans really want to see this series come back. The scores would have been better if it was an HD collection. Release Genma Onimusha, Onimusha 2, and Onimusha 3 on the same disc for $40 and it will sell. Maybe have Dawn of Dreams on the same disc, and unlocked after completing the first 3 games. Or just have it selectable from the start. At least have the other 3 games.

    Then release a brand new game starring Samanosuke. We never knew what happened to him between the 1st and 3rd game. There is a whole story about how he met Gargant that hasn't been explored. Gargant could be the main antagonist. Either that or show us what happened between part 3 and Dawn of Dreams.

    New Oni weapons: Marcellus' Sword and Shield - good for defense, combos with shield bashes. Twin swords - speedy, high combo potential that allows new movement like a ninja. Large heavy broadsword - lower combo count but breaks defense and does severe damage. Allow for real time weapon switching so different combos from different weapons can be used to open up bosses or fight varied groups. Upgrading the weapons unlocks new moves.

    New Armors - 1. updated version of the red armor. 2. The ninja suit from Onimusha 3 opening. 3. New heavy western armor. 4. Actual demon armor that looks demonic. Using different combinations of armor with different weapons unlocks new moves for those weapons and increases effectiveness (ie. ninja suit with twin swords, or sword and shield with western armor).

    Environments - Have whole buildings to explore like the keep from part one but also large, open environments that are interconnected like the Dark Souls games. Bring back puzzle boxes and lock and key exploration.

    The RE engine looks fantastic with DMC5. Use it! Please make it happen Capcom! We really want to see the series come back!
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  3. Aug 20, 2021
    9
    Onimusha Warlords is action hack-and-slash adventure game released for the PS2 in 2001. I played the HD Remaster on PS4 which is available onOnimusha Warlords is action hack-and-slash adventure game released for the PS2 in 2001. I played the HD Remaster on PS4 which is available on all modern consoles.

    Think of a fusion of less complex Devil May Cry combat with Resident Evil puzzles. The game itself is on the shorter side for it's genre, but a very fun game to run through. Combat is pretty simple: use your swords to defeat ememies and absorb souls in which you use them to make your weapons stronger. The game has fixed camera angles and is an early PS2 game, so don't expect too much detail. But this is a case of less is more because I really enjoyed this game. Story is okay in a sense that you need to rescue the princess kind of deal, but it keeps you engaged as you explore the game. I love the setting which take place in the Sengoku period. The soundtrack is another highlight of the experience. It was actually a scandal in which composer Mamoru Samuragochi who claimed he was totally deaf took the credit for the ost. It was later revealed that he had a ghostwriter named Takashi Niigaki who composed Onimusha and the "Directors Cut Dual Shock Ver." version of the first Resident Evil. Niigaki stated Samuragochi was "posing as a deaf man to generate a mystique around his image as a composer."

    My first playthrough was just under 4 hours, but like the Resident Evil games, the more times you go through it, the faster you get. Minor nuances like not being able to skip cutscenes and not including the extra content in the Original Xbox version "Genma Onimusha" are about all I can complain about. This game inspired mechanics in the first Devil May Cry and was designed to be a "ninja Resident Evil". There are 4 games in the Onimusha series and I plan to play them all. Some better than others, but all fun action-adventure games. Since the remaster didn't meet sales expectations, it seems like we won't be getting any more ports. Back to the PS2 we go!

    8.7. Five and above, give it a shove!
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  4. Jul 12, 2020
    8
    A good remaster to relive the old days. The only problem I see is that this had to be released in a collection format, using Onimusha 1, 2, 3A good remaster to relive the old days. The only problem I see is that this had to be released in a collection format, using Onimusha 1, 2, 3 and dawn of dreams. It did not cost them anything to do if we talk about games that came out for Ps2 Expand
  5. 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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  6. Jan 27, 2019
    7
    Capcom is running out of games to re-release, so they decided to dig a bit deep of the early days of the PS2 with Onimusha Warlords. I couldCapcom is running out of games to re-release, so they decided to dig a bit deep of the early days of the PS2 with Onimusha Warlords. I could not be happier I have some nostalgia for this game that childhood me was just terrible at and adult me was good enough to finish in basically a sitting, but I’ll get into why it is so short.

    The story you follow Samanonsuke (yes, I had to look up how to spell this very Japanese name) he is a samurai who is on a quest to stop these demons and save the princess. It is a very straight forward story with a bunch of lore sprinkled in if you want to read it all. The voice acting is bad, and I mean it is a really bad dub. Think of Resident Evil (PS1) style of Jill- sandwich level of lines and delivery. In a weird way though it does give this game some level of charm. The game as I mentioned is short. You can fly through the story in less than 3 hours. If you do the game will award you with a trophy so it is something they noticed.

    Speaking of how the game plays it is a hack and slasher but slower combat then maybe one would be used to. Since you can use the analog stick combat is easier then what it used to be. When I had to switch to a character that I don’t get XP for I would just run around enemies. Now the puzzles are what can be a pain. Only because the puzzles vary from do this pattern to open a box of goodies to if you fail you die. Being that Onimusha is an old school game it has some old school features. The biggest one is that if you die you must restart at the last time you save. You can only save at designated points. It also has this annoying thing that the only way to get through certain doors is to level up your magic globes, which is fine except that it takes away from your XP to level up your weapons. This isn’t the worst thing, but if you want all the weapons leveled up you need to grind the enemies that come back every time you leave the room.

    Overall the game is great if you used to be a fan, it is a wonderful trip down memory lane. As for those who never heard of the series or weren’t into it during the PS2 days I would say skip this game for sure. The voice acting is bad, and the graphics aren’t improved that much. They basically don’t hurt your eyes anymore. The combat is fun, but it is basically jam on square the game. I like it but I feel that I am a bit bias, but at a $20 price point I would give it a BARGAIN BIN. This will go on sale for even cheaper when it is the price of a song get it only if you have some memory of this in the past. If you’re in the other camp maybe just avoid it all together.
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  7. Jan 1, 2020
    2
    Voice acting is beyond terrible. Graphics look like they forgot to update them from their decade+ aged origins on PS2. Personally I can'tVoice acting is beyond terrible. Graphics look like they forgot to update them from their decade+ aged origins on PS2. Personally I can't imagine gameplay that would be good enough to justify the horrid voice acting and graphics so I'm not dropping a dime on this garbage. Expand

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