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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 Why mom always warned you about putting your sword in the outlet. During your quest, you'll come across magical swords that embody the powers of electricity, fire, and wind.
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 Top this, Robin Hood! Samanosuke readies a magical arrow.
Onimusha: Warlords PlayStation 2 There are infinite things that we do not understand...like why a samurai would wear a Panda outfit that includes a pouch?

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 (66286) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that! Kartanym (10785) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Jul 14, 2005 5 out of 5 100
Gamezilla Apr 11, 2001 96 out of 100 96
GameSpot Mar 08, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamer's Pulse Apr 19, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 17, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Jul 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PSM Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games May 19, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Super Play Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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 (10785) added Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2) on Apr 13, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Karthik KANE (460)