Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (Xbox 360)

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Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad is the first game for the Oneechanbara franchise for the Xbox 360. As it does for all Oneechanbara games this title features sisters Aya and Saki, dressed in their respective trademark bikini/cowboy hat and schoolgirls' uniform, in their fight to eradicate a looming zombie infestation with samurai sword in hand and a stern expression in their eyes. Along for the fight is Annna, new to the franchise with her use of guns only for combat; also returning as an NPC is the motorcycle jumpsuit-wearing Reiko, who offers a balance between swordplay and gunplay.

The Oneechanbara franchise is in the beat em' up genre and similar in style to the Dynasty Warriors and Devil May Cry series. Familiar gameplay elements returning include: the emphasis on correct timed attacks (cool combos), sword fatigue that affects the timing and effectiveness of your characters attacks, playing two heroines concurrently which enables tagging out to regain lost health, and a rage meter that transforms the protagonist into a devil state when full, enabling both double damage exacted to enemy and oneself.

New gameplay elements to this part of the Oneechanbara franchise include: separate attack branches on a combo tree, counter attacks that slow down time, a new Ecstasy meter that is dependent on long combos, and the prevalent use on guns for certain characters (only restricted to Reiko previously) as well as combat on motorcycles. Also updated is Quest Mode that challenges the player to perform certain tasks like finish the game in devil state or finish with very high sword fatigue in order.

The game also features a dress up mode which the player can unlock in order to dress up their character as they see fit, offering customizations like new t-shirts, hair color, etc. Downloadable content includes two new outfits each for the original three protagonists as well as three unlockable playable characters: Reiko, Misery, and Himiko.

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Alternate Titles

  • "お姉チャンバラvorteX ~忌血を継ぐ者たち" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Oneechanbara vorteX: Kiketsu o Tsugu Mono-tachi" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

1UP Feb 20, 2009 B 75
4Players.de Apr 02, 2009 44 out of 100 44
360 Magazine Feb 02, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Cheat Code Central 2009 1.7 out of 5 34
Game 2.0 Apr 26, 2009 3 out of 10 30
Video Game Talk Feb 12, 2009 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 05, 2009 3 out of 10 30
G4 TV: X-Play Feb 23, 2009 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
GamePro (US) Feb 10, 2009 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
ZTGameDomain 2009 1 out of 10 10

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Trivia

The downloadable characters for Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad are previously non-playable characters Reiko, Misery and Himiko. All have the same outfits as in the game.

The downloadable outfits are for Aya, Saki and Annna. The outfit for Aya is a similar bikini without feathers and with colorful braces on her forearms; the second is a Spanish inspired bolero-outfit with a tight white blouse showing substantial cleavage, a cowboy hat worn on a string around her neck as well as bolero pants with netting stitched up the side of each leg. Saki has two more schoolgirl outfits, one primarily blue and one bright and plaid; she is a blonde in this case. Annna has a camouflage bikini top and camouflage jeans as well as a Matrix-inspired outfit that has skin tight PVC black chemise top and black pants and sunglasses, similar to the character Trinity; also, Annna is wearing a tiara with this uniform.

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lasttoblame (393) added Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (Xbox 360) on Jun 13, 2008