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Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 The Queen Bee. Your enemies come in all shapes and sizes.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Brains! These zombie ashigaru aren't tough, but they often come in numbers.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Demons are a cowardly, superstitious lot. Samanosuke, aka Pandaman, strikes a heroic pose against the night sky.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Princess looks tasty! This ogre-like demon is the first of many bosses you'll enconter.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

PS2 gained a point to envy by hosting this game. MAT (71464) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (10779) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

games xtreme Oct 09, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2001 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Jul 06, 2001 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Mar 08, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Gamezone (Germany) Jul 05, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
Insomnia Jun 26, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania Aug 17, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Gameplanet Aug 29, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Video Game Critic Aug 01, 2005 B- 67

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Trivia

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).

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Kartanym (10779) added Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2) on Apr 13, 2001
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