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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 PlayStation 2 The impressive opening video shows the forces of Oda Nobunaga attacking those of Imagawa Yoshitomo, a real historical event. Akechi Samanosuke's role, of course, is fictional.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Brains! These zombie ashigaru aren't tough, but they often come in numbers.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Fighting in the rain... The intro video's battle scene featured the largest number of people motion captured in any one scene up to that point.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Princess looks tasty! This ogre-like demon is the first of many bosses you'll enconter.

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Onimusha: Warlords Render
Onimusha: Warlords Screenshot
Onimusha: Warlords Screenshot
Onimusha: Warlords Screenshot

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. MAT (140935) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (10726) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Jul 14, 2005 5 out of 5 100
games xtreme Oct 09, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93 Aug 24, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Mar 22, 2001 B+ 83
PSM Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Aug 17, 2001 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gameplanet Aug 29, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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Onimusha places itself within historical context by including some real historical figures. Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi show up as villains, while Imagawa Yoshitomo makes a very brief, and final appearance in the introduction movie. Even the hero is the nephew of Akechi Mitsuhide, the infamous retainer of Nobunaga who eventually betrayed him.

While tales attribute Nobunaga's ruthlessness to some evil or demonic nature, the events of the game are, of course, completely fictional (aside from Nobunaga's attack on Yoshitomo's troops).


In January of 2001, Capcom released Onimusha. And, in the same month, it became the PS2's first 1 million seller according to Capcom Co., Ltd.'s corporate page. As of June 30, 2016 it has sold 2.02 million copies worldwide since its initial release.


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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