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  • Summary: Players assume the role of a Watcher named Kagachi, doing battle by “manifesting” the souls of Daemons, which act as the classes found in traditional roleplaying games. Each Daemon has its own unique weapons and skills, and players can shift between them in real time to gain the upper handPlayers assume the role of a Watcher named Kagachi, doing battle by “manifesting” the souls of Daemons, which act as the classes found in traditional roleplaying games. Each Daemon has its own unique weapons and skills, and players can shift between them in real time to gain the upper hand in battle. Moving between the Living World and the realm of the dead known as the Beyond, Kagachi must save the souls of the Lost, as the story of life and reincarnation in this wondrous kingdom unfolds. Expand
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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. 80
    Oninaki proves that Tokyo RPG Factory is not simply built on nostalgia and definitely has the chops to make a captivating modern RPG.
  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
    70
    Oninaki is a welcomed trip down memory lane to the glory days of Chrono Trigger, fully capturing the nostalgia of the time. However, like Tokyo RPG Factory's previous creations, while there's a lot to enjoy here, the flaws cannot be ignored. There is a fascinating premise, and a robust story, but it takes far too long to really get going, and the side-quests are wasted. Also, the scope feels too small. When it comes to the combat, the wide range of Daemons keeps things fresh, changing up the experience enough to keep interest higher but, at its core, the combat is just... fine. There's nothing special - same with the RPG elements that add little extra depth to the whole thing.
  5. Aug 29, 2019
    70
    Tokyo RPG Factory's third attempt at the RPG genre was their closest one yet to being a very good game - it just falls a bit short on some places.
  6. Sep 4, 2019
    65
    Tokyo RPG Factory got creative vision and talent but not the know-how to make something more than mediocre games afflicted by glaring technical issues.
  7. Aug 29, 2019
    40
    Oninaki’s sin, then, is to be so achingly close to quality and yet so far; to have almost everything needed for a top-tier role-playing game – an interesting premise, hauntingly evocative aesthetics, a deep and complex approach to combat – only to be betrayed by fundamental issues that keep it tied to this earthly realm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jun 22, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Oninaki is a guilty pleasure title. It is a crude and honest game. You expect the game to have a classic story and defeat the demon-lord kind of ending. You expect the hero to be the main protagonist, but as you progress the story, you find out that you have become the one you are sworn to destroy, and there's nothing you can do to stop the calamity or the extinction of humanity. Much like Nier Automata, and Crystar. The game introduces a mission and a goal for you, but shatter it as soon as you reach it. You will feel despair but after revisiting the game months later. You realize it's a masterpiece and it is not afraid to touch on the taboo topics of video game storytelling. After playing this game, you will definitely grow more mature. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2019
    10
    Im fan of tokyo factory games and i really enjoyed Lost sphear and I Am Setsuna but Oninaki is best so far easy 10/10.Gameplay is amazing.Im fan of tokyo factory games and i really enjoyed Lost sphear and I Am Setsuna but Oninaki is best so far easy 10/10.Gameplay is amazing. Main character is so different and interesting and the story is super good. You got so many Daemons to play with that the game doesnt feel repetitive at all. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2020
    9
    From a gameplay perspective alone this game does a lot of things right and boasts some unique systems that other developers in the spaceFrom a gameplay perspective alone this game does a lot of things right and boasts some unique systems that other developers in the space should be looking at for inspiration, I could easily recommend it to any long-time fan of the ARPG genre. The story is solid, the art direction is nice, the soundtrack is acceptable.

    Sadly, there is a lack of challenge. Even on the highest difficulty level a lot of enemies stand about lazily and you'd basically have to be trying to get killed. It would have been nice to see the developer offer additional support post-release, NG+ mode would have been a nice addition too, though the post-game dungeon is a solid alternative.
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  4. Aug 23, 2019
    8
    So far I love the game, specially its music & story. The only reason for the 8 as score is that on Switch there is an small input lag whichSo far I love the game, specially its music & story. The only reason for the 8 as score is that on Switch there is an small input lag which could make a bit difficult the combats (specially on Maniac level that requires some precision); anyway... I was already expecting this before I bought it... "portability over performance"
    Totally recommend this game!
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  5. Sep 29, 2019
    8
    Very good games and all the demons to upgrade is a perfect to change de way to play The story is simple but de subject is new for a japeneseVery good games and all the demons to upgrade is a perfect to change de way to play The story is simple but de subject is new for a japenese rpg. I think this game will be difficult to find in a few years and it become a classic for rpg’s fan. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2020
    7
    Pretty solid game from Tokyo RPG Factory. It would be nice if there was an English dub, just because the dialogue doesn't seem to translatePretty solid game from Tokyo RPG Factory. It would be nice if there was an English dub, just because the dialogue doesn't seem to translate well, imo. Good mechanics, gameplay is fun but uninspired, not really much setting it apart from it's contemporaries. Story is interesting, dark, and enjoyable. Over all it's a great game but I wouldn't pay full price for it. Great news is there's a demo so you can figure out whether it's for you before you pull the trigger on it. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    3
    Tokyo RPG factory trade marks are here: enemies designed as penguins and lots of long loading screen with sleepy piano music. If you’ve playedTokyo RPG factory trade marks are here: enemies designed as penguins and lots of long loading screen with sleepy piano music. If you’ve played their previous games you know what I mean. Not a bad game anyway definitely not worth the money they’re asking for it. Expand

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