Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 90
    On the surface, Oninaki might seem like a rough-around-the-edges action RPG lacking depth to its combat alongside an anime-inspired melodramatic story. However, for those who are patient enough to explore its world, characters, and ability-based battle system, there’s a lot to like an dive into after all. If you have even the slightest curiosity in this title, Oninaki‘s refreshing take on JRPGs is most definitely worth your time.
  2. 90
    After Lost Sphear and I am Setsuna, it is clear that Tokyo RPG Factory wanted to ramp up its gameplay credentials. Everyone already knew that it could tell a beautiful if sad story, but it seems like the criticisms about the less-than-engaging combat systems in efforts past got to the team. Sadly Oninaki is still not a particularly interesting game insofar as the button pressing side goes, and the increased focus on the combat is draining. With that being said, move past the combat and you’ve got yet another powerful and deeply human story, told in such a way that it’s pure poetry to behold. Oninaki is three for three as far as sad, but beautiful tales from Tokyo RPG Factory go.
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    80
    Once you fall into the groove, Oninaki is greatly enjoyable, even if it initially falls flat because of its repetitive combat. The story heads to dark places surrounding the central theming, occasionally in a ham-fisted way, but still manages to have emotional impact. Ultimately though, Oninaki is a gem of a game if you’re persistent in putting in the work. Tokyo RPG Factory have done it again
  4. Aug 22, 2019
    80
    Oninaki is an action RPG that has a good story that deals with adult themes, an interesting gameplay thanks to the different weapons and abilities of the Daemons and a very beautiful artistic design. All these elements make it a highly recommended title for any fan of the genre.
  5. 80
    Oninaki proves that Tokyo RPG Factory is not simply built on nostalgia and definitely has the chops to make a captivating modern RPG.
  6. 80
    This is an enjoyable, thought-provoking, and stylish RPG that stands on the shoulders of the developer’s previous efforts. Pacing issues and a lack of variety hold it back from being truly great, but Oninaki is absolutely worth a playthrough, if you’re not averse to the solemn subject matter. The stellar combat feels almost like hack-and-slash, and the overall story compels you through the experience. If this is the reincarnation of Tokyo RPG Factory, they’ve come back less a factory and more an artisan.
  7. Aug 27, 2019
    75
    Ultimately, the journey spiritual accomplished by ONINAKI may not be as rich and suggestive as that offered by I am Setsuna, but it will still be able to offer you equally valid insights.
  8. Aug 22, 2019
    75
    Oninaki is a compelling game, the art style is the best from Tokyo RPG factory yet. Its story is dense, as the studio uses to, but it has its mishaps when delivering said story. The change of pace in the combat serves it well, but unfortunately the complex system renders useless once you get to the higher levels. It goes from a strategy based combat to a mindless button masher. But nevertheless, one you could enjoy.
  9. Aug 21, 2019
    75
    A classic RPG that works well but it's not great on every aspect of its gameplay.
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  1. Aug 21, 2019
    Oninaki comes out of the gate promising, but it doesn’t truly capitalize on its dark themes or religious introspection. The ultimate truths revealed about Oninaki’s world and characters were never enough to really make me feel like cutting through enemy after enemy after enemy was worth it. It’s unfortunate—there are a lot of genuinely cool ideas here, but none of them really makes the game special.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 67
  2. Negative: 15 out of 67
  1. Aug 25, 2019
    6
    Pros:
    * The story feels unique compared to traditional RPGs and I've personnaly never played anything similar, and I've played loooots of
    Pros:
    * The story feels unique compared to traditional RPGs and I've personnaly never played anything similar, and I've played loooots of RPGs.
    * Even though the graphics aren't very good, I still like the art style which is similar, but not as good as, Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

    Cons:
    * Lots of loading screens (even before and after every cutscene). Also they are really lengthy. Sometimes you wait for a 1 min loading screen to see a 20 sec cutscene followed by another 1 min loading screen.
    * The performance (docked) is quite bad at times.
    * Enemy variate is severly lacking, even 15h into the games you will fight the same enemies you did in the first hours but with a different color. Also the design is bad (I mean, penguins, plants, really?). Almost all enemies are the same and you can just mindlessly hack and slash most of them like in Diablo.
    * There are lots of Daemons but really you can complete the entire game with just the one you start with plus the ranged one for bosses. The only reason to switch Daemon is for variety to prevent the combat from getting too boring.

    Verdict:
    Only play this game if you're interested in the story, because the combat is not very good. Also the game is definitely not worth the price. It's not a AAA game but still they ask for a AAA game. I would recommend waiting until it's on sale $20-30.
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  2. Jun 2, 2020
    7
    Oninaki es un juego que entra por los ojos por su estilo artístico peculiar, su historia, personajes, gameplay... pero que va cayendo en laOninaki es un juego que entra por los ojos por su estilo artístico peculiar, su historia, personajes, gameplay... pero que va cayendo en la monotonía a medida que el juego avanza. Con un solo pueblo sin mucho desarrollo, y una continua exploración de mazmorras medio descafeinadas, el juego acaba cayendo en la monotonía. Mantiene el interés hasta el final por la historia, y los misterios ligadas a ella, y los diferentes finales merecen la pena. Para aquellos que no les gusta la misma historia, este juego se aleja de ella, centrándose en la profundidad de la inevitabilidad de la muerte.
    Si no te interesa la historia, no recomendaría este juego, pero en caso contrario sus "puntos negativos" son muy pasables y la experiencia merece la pena.
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  3. Mar 28, 2021
    10
    This game is absolute masterpiece. Story is really great, characters are very well created and combat is amazing and rewarding. Every daemonThis game is absolute masterpiece. Story is really great, characters are very well created and combat is amazing and rewarding. Every daemon is different and if you will change it you will feel like playing other, but also amazing, game. Full Review »