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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 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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 16, 2019
    70
    Yes, Onimusha is an old game, and to be honest it shows a lot with fixed cameras and a very rigid gameplay. On the other hand it's still a game to be highly recommend if you haven't done it yet, and if you can cope with the PS2 era technical side of things.
  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: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. 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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  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 21, 2019
    8
    Onimusha Warlords holds an extraordinary place in my heart based on my love of samurai lore and PS1/PS2 Capcom products. With that out of theOnimusha Warlords holds an extraordinary place in my heart based on my love of samurai lore and PS1/PS2 Capcom products. With that out of the way, I still think that Onimusha holds up as a bite-sized gaming experience. First of all the story is fun action movie schlock. Think of how Capcom handled horror for Resident Evil (RE), the same can be said for Onimusha and samurai films. Over the top, terrible but excellent voice acting, and streamlined narrative with little to no deviations.

    The gameplay is still top-notch, and the sword switching and magic are fun to mess around with during combat. The ranged weapons (bows and muskets) are set up like traditional RE games with L1 reading the gun and another to shoot. This is great in RE, but for Onimusha, where the action is quick and punishing, it can be bothersome. I did not use any ranged weapons until I was forced to do so.

    The "remaster" ing is very light, and the game shows its age. The cutscenes and backgrounds all look pixelated and were not optimized. While very impressive for the time they show age and the remastering might as well be an upscaled backward compatible version.

    TL:DR: Overall the game is still entertaining to play but is not a lengthy experience. The action is fun, fluid, and unique to Onimusha. The campaign is cheesy in the best ways, and the upgrades for the remaster are borderline non-existent. For $20 bucks though its great to have Onimusha on a new console. I hope this means the series is back.
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  6. 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
  7. Sep 23, 2019
    7
    This re-release of the classic PS2 adventure is good, but it could've been better. Besides the remastered graphics, the game now features aThis re-release of the classic PS2 adventure is good, but it could've been better. Besides the remastered graphics, the game now features a widescreen format, a new musical score and analog control. Everything else remains the same. The gameplay of "Onimusha Warlords" is quite dated, but still fun. The fixed camera angles and enemy respawns will annoy some players. In addition, you cannot skip cutscenes. I wish Capcom would've included unlockable artwork, new costumes and perhaps the Xbox version. As it stands, this is a pretty basic remaster. Overall, this was the "Dark Souls" of its time with a formula that was borrowed from "Resident Evil". It's worth the $20 retail price. I would rate it with a 7.4 out of 10. Expand

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