Onimusha: Warlords

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Onimusha: Warlords is set in 16th century Japan during the period of the civil war dominated by Nobunaga Oda. You play Samanosuke Akechi, who dies during an attempt to stop the kidnapping of young princess Yuki, the sister to Yoshitatsu Saito. However, Akechi is given another chance at life, and is handed the gauntlet of the Ogres.

With this new power Samanosuke must fight through the monster-filled halls of Inabayama Castle. As monsters are defeated, their souls are absorbed by the gauntlet, increasing its power. Some souls restore Samanosuke's health and magic, while others can be used to power up weapons, armor, and items. Powering up weapons will increase their damage and the strength of their associated magic, and is also required to pass by special locks throughout the castle. Items will need to be found in one part of the castle to unlock doors or otherwise bypass obstacles elsewhere in the castle, and sometimes the player will take control of Samanosuke's companion Kaede while Samanosuke is incapacitated in some way. Kaede can reach some locations that are beyond Samanosuke as well as pick locks and throw kunai, but she can not absorb souls or open any lock intended for the wearer of the Ogre gauntlet.


Onimusha: Warlords Windows princess Yuki.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Why mom always warned you about putting your sword in the outlet. During your quest, you'll come across magical swords that embody the powers of electricity, fire, and wind.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Where's Shredder? Panda suited Samanosuke defeats a glowing-eyed demon ninja.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Soul Blade. Stealing the spirits of your victims is the way to increase your power and heal yourself.

Alternate Titles

  • "鬼武者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Onimusha: Путь Самурая" -- Russian spelling
  • "Guiwuzhe" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

PS2 gained a point to envy by hosting this game. PlayStation 2 MAT (102232)
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! PlayStation 2 Kartanym (10755)

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 May 21, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Feb 21, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 08, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Mar 22, 2001 B+ 83
Gamer's Pulse PlayStation 2 Apr 19, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Jul 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PSM PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Cincinnati Enquirer PlayStation 2 Apr 11, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 2 May 19, 2004 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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"Onimusha" is Japanese for 'demon warrior'. Surprisingly, the name is applicable to a number of characters in the story...even the hero...

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