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 Princess looks tasty! This ogre-like demon is the first of many bosses you'll enconter.
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 Nobunaga's charging the attack
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 There's no place like home...  Even these giant, axe wielding creatures are no match for a well-empowered special attack.

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 (108987) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (10751) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Futuregamez.net Aug 24, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 21, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2001 8.75 out of 10 88
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
Gamezone (Germany) Jul 05, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
Retrogaming History May 01, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games May 19, 2004 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

References

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).

Sales

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.

Title

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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