Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2)

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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 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 Girl power. During the course of the game you'll occassionally take control of Samanosuke's female ninja companion.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Soul Blade. Stealing the spirits of your victims is the way to increase your power and heal yourself.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 The true power of Onimusha

Alternate Titles

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

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PS2 gained a point to envy by hosting this game. MAT (102215) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (10755) 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
Futuregamez.net Aug 24, 2001 91 out of 100 91
PSX Extreme Mar 12, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target Feb 21, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
Quebec Gamers Sep 13, 2012 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Mar 08, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamer's Pulse Apr 19, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gamekult Jul 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 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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