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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 The Three Ashigaru. These fellows will point you in the right direction early on. What becomes of them is a mystery probably best left unresolved.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Oh. That was easy...   Unfortunately, finding the princess in the first few minutes of the game only leads you to more problems, including your unfortunate demise.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 Main menu

Promo Images

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Onimusha: Warlords Render

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 (177632) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (12825) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Jul, 2001 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Mar 08, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamer's Pulse Apr 19, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Game Revolution Mar 22, 2001 B+ 83
PSM Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Jul 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Insomnia Jun 26, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming History May 01, 2009 8 out of 10 80 Jul 09, 2001 15 out of 20 75
Thunderbolt Games May 19, 2004 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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