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Onimusha: Warlords meets the hype that's been heaped upon it in the past few months and delivers one of the best games for the New Year. After a less-than-stellar launch lineup, the Play-Station 2 gets an A-title created exclusively for the system with Onimusha: Warlords--a remarkable action-adventure offering. Not only is Onimusha graphically stunning, but the extensive character techniques and engrossing story line will keep gamers glued for hours.
The fact that this is a horror video game set in feudal Japan sets it apart, making it original. The fighting engine that powers the game is easy to pick up and enjoyable to watch. Hacking and slashing combined with the finesse of expert swordsmanship is always a plus in my book. Onimusha has received substantial hype. Not only does it live up to the hype, but it also sets a new standard for the adventure/horror genre -- an original story set to a historical battle, evil villains, a noble quest and a hero who will undoubtedly get his own video game franchise. I believe that the PS2 now has a winner on its hands. In my opinion this game ranks along side of Metal Gear Solid and Deus Ex. This is a must buy for the avid gamer and even if you don’t care for adventure games it should be rented just to see how well the PS2 can pipe out graphics. Currently, Onimusha: Warlords is the best PS2 game on the market. What are you waiting for? Go get it!
So overall I say if you’re looking for a nice action/adventure with a kick ass soundtrack, some wonderfully atmospheric graphics that’s a cut above the usual Resident Evil or Silent Hill clones, you can’t go far wrong with Onimusha Warlords. It has all of the good ingredients to make it a top quality game. So I’m off to go and power up that blade and take on the hordes of darkness by the side of my Ninja babe, until then, Credo.
If you are a fan of Capcom's Resident Evil titles, as I am, then this will definitely keep you happy however, if you aren't to keen on Resident Evil then you probably won't get to excited about this game. Perhaps with a little more tweaking of the controls this could have been elevated to another "must have" Playstation 2 title, but it falls ever so short of that name despite the high overall score. With some great characters, plenty of action and stunning visuals Onimusha: Warlords is a brilliant example of how exciting the genre really can be. Grab a copy now.
Game Informer Magazine
I wouldn’t necessarily say Onimusha is "zombiefied"; however, comparisons can be made to its survival horror brethren. The camera work, puzzle elements, and story dynamics all fall into the traditional mold. Steering away from a copycat classification, drastic changes have been made to the combat system. The clunky control and slow spin-rate found within Resident Evil wouldn’t suffice in a game like this. Wielding a firearm is one thing, but if you’re going to be successful with a sword, you’ll need to be as agile as possible. Naturally, Capcom has reworked the player movement, granting players the ability to move swiftly and attack with exactness. I was skeptical at first, but the combat truly is something to behold, and the overall gameplay presentation is superb. Onimusha may not be as suspenseful or horrific as RE, but it’s easily the best playing and most addictive entry yet.
In the end, you probably don't care what I would've said to you regarding a purchase of Onimusha. Chances are that this game will break the 1 million sales barrier here in the states, and eventually in Japan, and you know what? It definitely should. I urge gamers out there to pick up Onimusha as soon as it arrives in stores, I strongly advise you to pre-order the game NOW! If the Japanese version is any indication of how the US copy will do, then we should prepare ourselves for one strong selling title. I should also mention the amount of money that Capcom will pour into Onimusha's marketing campaign which will include, TV commercials, print ads, online ads, and even radio marketing. With Onimusha's breathtaking visuals and impressive gameplay, I assure gamers of all kind will enjoy this classic title, especially Resident Evil fans! And so the wait for Onimusha ends and the wait for Devil May Cry begins... now!
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Japanese history buffs and fans of anime alike will find plenty to enjoy in Capcom's newest spin on the survival horror genre. Set in feudal Japan, Onimusha Warlords tells the story of one Samanosuke Akechi, a masterless samurai who witnesses a pivotal moment in his land's history. On his quest to conquer all of Japan, a warlord known as Yoshimoto is attacked and slain at the hands of a rival named Nobunaga. While celebrating his rival's defeat, Nobunaga is caught unaware by an archer's bolt and collapses with his throat punctured and blood fountaining from the wound. Having observed the battle, Samanosuke leaves and puts the matter out of his mind until a distressed message from Princess Yuki, of the Inabayama clan, begs him to investigate disappearances of her palace staff and rescue her from the terrifying situation.
Es verwundert nicht, dass Onimusha in Japan über eine Million Mal über die Ladentische gegangen ist. Eine fantastische Atmosphäre wird von einer überzeugenden Grafik umrahmt und das altbekannte Spielprinzip durch einige frische Ideen aufgewertet. Der manchmal sehr fordernde Schwierigkeitsgrad sollte Euch genauso wenig abschrecken wie die insgesamt recht kurze Spielzeit. Doch seien wir mal ehrlich: Lieber ein Spiel, das einen für zehn bis fünfzehn Stunden vor den Bildschirm fesselt als eines, das man nach einer Stunde gelangweilt in die Sammlung stellt. Trotz kleiner Mankos -die aber zu guter Letzt Platin verhinderten- geht ein Glückwunsch an Capcom. Wer einen Grund sucht, sich eine PlayStation 2 anzuschaffen, wird mit Onimusha mehr als fündig. Auf das Teil 2 bald erscheine.
The long-awaited PlayStation 2 exclusive, Onimusha Warlords, has finally reached American shores with a thundering arrival. After passing through two previous systems and as many revisions, Onimusha Warlords comes with heavy bag of goods. The game delivers a mixture of fantastic, one could even say gorgeous, visuals, usually bathed in blood and gore, while other images, especially the CG, are so highly refined and spectacular that they must be watched repeatedly to catch the full depth of their vibrancy, color, and realism. Whichever way one looks at Onimusha, it leaves an indelibly deep impression.
Game Informer Magazine
I have held the assumption that Onimusha is Resident Evil with swords. It is really more like Dino Crisis 2 with swords in that you are rewarded for taking down enemies, but that is beside the point. Onimusha has the same trickery, puzzle elements, and overall game structure of Capcom's survival horror series, but it has been graphically boosted on the PlayStation 2.
In the early days of the PlayStation 2, good games were few and far between. There were a few that may have been overlooked, but for the most part, you didn’t have the widest selection to pick from. Such is life with a brand new game console I guess. But in early March, Capcom released their new survival horror title, Onimusha, which finally gave the PS2 a great game that didn’t come from the much-maligned launch. The game is a year old now, but even today it’s one of the better PS2 games, despite being rather short. And with the new $30 price point, you get a lot more game for your money, even as the release of Onimusha 2 nears. If you haven’t had the time to experience this game, I’d definitely recommend finding a copy, because despite taking maybe 4-5 hours to beat your first time through, it’s a damn good ride while it lasts.
Même si Onimusha ne révolutionne rien dans la façon dont il se joue, son système de combat est stimulant et satisfaisant et même innovateur pour l'époque. J'ai l'impression que des jeux comme God of War et Devil May Cry se sont peut-être inpisrés d'Onimusha quelque part, car dans ces jeux aussi on amasse des "orbs" en tuant des ennemis pour booster nos trucs. L'histoire est aussi très bonne et pas mal plus profonde qu'elle peut le sembler à la surface. J'ai vraiment aimé lire les différents manuscrits à travers le jeu nous expliquants qui sont les démons, leurs classes, leurs coutumes... L'univers d'Onimusha est intéressant et c'est un jeu auquel je reviens souvent, car il fait partie de mes classiques et une petite partie ne fait jamais mal!
Onimusha Warlords is een absolute must buy.. mits je genoegen neemt met het feit dat je deze hele toffe game in vier à zes uur kan hebben uitgespeeld!
While die-hard Resident Evil fans will be turned off by the game's length, others will find it to be the survival-horror game for people who don't like survival-horror games.
Onimusha is a very good game, worthy of all the praise it has received. Its presentation is sharp, and epic, and most importantly, it is fun to play.
Game Over Online
This week we're going to take a look at Capcom's newest game, Onimusha: Warlords. The game's style stems mostly from its Resident Evil predecessors, but with a much higher concentration on action and combat. The end result is a game that is extremely fun to play, fairly easy to learn, and will keep you coming back to that black box by your TV. So let's look a bit closer at Onimusha.
Still, Onimusha is an extremely solid game with not much to complain about. Its amazing graphics and fun gameplay make this one of those games that you need to experience. Just watch out for those damn zombies. You never can tell when they'll be in the mood for a samurai snack.
Eigentlich bedarf es hier kaum sonstiger Worte den Onimusha ist endlich eines der Games die geradezu erschaffen worden sind die PS2 zu präsentieren. Was am Anfang garnicht so grafisch beindrucken vermag entwickelt sich immer mehr zu einem Augenschmaus erster Güte. So schön gezeichnete japanische Zimmer,bewegende Schatten und Lichteffekte gab es in meinen Augen noch nicht zusehen. Unabhängig davon wurde dieser Titel auf der SIGGRAPH 2000 für die beste Grafik ausgezeichnet - nur warum wurden vorgerenderte Hintergründe (teilweise Interaktiv) verwendet? Capcom hätte diesbezüglich ruhig noch ein paar neue Innovationen und Ideen reinbauen können, denn die PS2 kann mit Sicherheit mehr. Ist aber auch egal, denn die Story und das Intro sind äusserst interessant und sehr gut inszeniert, Charaktere und dessen Design schön anzusehen und tief, ansprechende Rätsel gut verteilt sowie geht die Steuerung leicht von der Hand.
Overall, however, mature PlayStation 2 owners who enjoy action, fighting and "survival horror" games should definitely add "Onimusha: Warlords" to their collection. It may not be a lengthy adventure, but it sure is an intense and gratifying one.
The game is such a blast to play. It's got the right balance of action and puzzles and plenty of beautifully rendered story segments. In fact, I haven't enjoyed a Capcom game this much in a long, long time. This is definitely one adventure that all PS2 owners should take. I just hope that the sequel brings a bit more innovation to the table.
Ricalcando in gran parte l’impostazione dei primi grandissimi episodi di Resident Evil, Onimusha Warlords finisce col pagare qualcosa dal punto di vista dell’originalità e delle meccaniche di combattimento. Il titolo Capcom rimane comunque un’avventura ricca di fascino e coinvolgente, capace, finche dura, di soddisfare le esigenze di qualsiasi estimatore del genere.
Onimusha arrive avec un sacré train de retard en Europe sur Playstation 2. Du coup, la surprise et l'émmerveillement de la sortie japonaise retombée et les énigmes en français beaucoup plus simples à comprendre, le jeu ne surprend plus autant que lors de sa première appariton. Pourtant, son environnement sensationnel, ses graphismes fantastiques, son histoire prenante et sa réalisation sans faille lui permettent d'atteindre des sommets sur PS2. Le gameplay est certes calqué sur celui qui a fait le succès de la série des Resident Evil, mais plusieurs innovations viennent renforcer un background déjà bien solide, rendant de ce fait le jeu des plus attrayants. Superbe, divertissant, parfois angoissant, le seul reproche est en fait que cela ne dure pas assez longtemps... Mais que les possesseurs de PS2 se rassurent, la révolution est en marche.
With Onimusha Capcom gave the PlayStation 2 its first great title, ending a horrible initial year in the system's lifecycle, and giving many late adopters (including yours truly) a reason to move in. Moreover, its influence has proved far-reaching, steering the 3D hack and slash genre towards a more technical approach, and can be seen in numerous games that came afterwards, such as Devil May Cry (2001), Ninja Gaiden (2004) and Genji (2005). Any way you look at it, Onimusha really was quite a stunning achievement. Let's all just forget about those puzzles now.
Onimusha Warlords is the second really thrilling PlayStation 2 game we've seen in under a week. The much hyped, long-awaited PS2 exclusive is a triumphant journey through a land of sumptuous visuals and breathtaking computer generated cut-scenes, and really shows what the oft-criticized console is capable of doing under the right direction. It had one of the biggest budgets of any videogame ever, but instead of blowing it on designer clothes and perms, the developers put it to work where it was needed.
Besonders zu Beginn war ich von Onimusha aufgrund der angesprochenen Mängel schwer enttäuscht. Richtig großer Spielspaß ist bei mir fast nur bei den Kämpfen entstanden, auf einige nervige Rätsel hätte ich gerne ganz verzichtet. Trotz der schwächeren Optik bleibt für mich der Horrorschocker Extermination die Nummer 1 im Genre, zumindest für PS2.
Malgré sa très faible durée de vie, Onimusha fait d'ores et déjà partie des incontournables de la PS2. L'excellence de son gameplay et sa mise en scène incroyable en font un titre inoubliable, et pas seulement pour les amateurs de survival-horror.
All Game Guide
One of the saddest things about Onimusha is its length. It is not a long game and can be completed quickly even the first time through. This is mainly thanks to its action roots and the fact that it doesn't rely on players running back through the maps to burn time. Still, the small number of options that open up after completion don't do enough to add to the replay value. While it lasts, Onimusha is a great experience that successfully blends several genres into one competent, entertaining package.
Super Play (Sweden)
Om man inte bryr sig så mycket om tredimensionella bakgrunder kan det ändå vara värt att införskaffa, för Onimusha: Warlords är ju som sagt ett bra spel i grund och botten. Ett lite annorlunda och mer actionbetonat Resident Evil som inte riktigt lever upp till hypen, men trots allt är kul.
ONIMUSHA WARLORDS DEFINITELY TAKES a different slant on the survival horror genre, and trust Capcom to create a game that is not only visually impressive but also is packed full of action. Incorporating a new combat system, Onimusha attempts to move away from the formulaic Resident Evil series to create it's own form of adventure, which resembles the second game in the Dino Crisis series, without the usual shotguns and explosives. While Capcom appear to have accomplished what they set out to do with this title, Onimusha is anything but a perfect game, and many players may find it difficult to see past it's glaring flaws to the great game that lurks beyond.
Even after a few years, Onimusha: Warlords is a decent game with some truly impressive qualities. Sadly, it’s also impressive how short this game manages to be. Because of that, Onimusha is a perfect rental, or simply a solid investment if you find it for dirt cheap (which shouldn’t be too hard). Play it, beat it, and then shelve it. I can think of worse ways to spend a couple evenings.
The Video Game Critic
The graphics are outstanding, with life-like character faces and gorgeous scenery. In fact, I sometimes found myself pausing play just to marvel at the surroundings. The backgrounds are pre-rendered, which means they look super detailed but aren't very interactive, and you can't adjust the camera angle. All in all, Onimusha is a quality title for who prefer a good dose of action in their adventures.