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Oni (Windows)

76
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Two distinct genres that work well as a hybrid. Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Probably the most entertaining game I ever played Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
An excellent game w/ a couple of faults JMoore (6) unrated
Oni, while not as great as it could have been, is a very good game ududy (47) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
First game of this type that I ever finished. jlebel (2125) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Great potential, complete flop. Tomer Gabel (4370) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A very engaging game that blends hand to hand combat with gunfighting. DS___ (8) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (54 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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93
Gamer's Pulse
If you can put aside the problems with saving games, controls, and clipping, you are in for an extremely addictive action fighting game with some very cool anime storytelling and martial arts that are wrapped in an otherwise superbly executed game that is one of the most fun and coolest games I’ve played in years. An exceptionally strong start for this new year of games.
90
GameZone
This product does have a few minor glitches, but they aren't enough to dissuade anyone from snatching this up. Though viewed from the third-person perspective, this is still a terrific shooter game that dances on the fringes on a role-playing program. With its rich graphics, solid story and great audio, Oni is a sure-fire hit.
90
GamersHell.com
If you're into action - try this game. If you're into anime - try this game. If you're into gaming in general - try this game. It does demand some processing power and a decent graphics card, but since you have so many resolutions to choose from you shouldn't have much of a problem running it. A Geforce 2 Ultra along with a monitor that can handle the highest resolution would be fun, but naturally quite expensive, hehe. There are many levels, and a compelling storyline so it's a game you get addicted to. This is a game that will be remembered for pushing the genre further. It will be in the game of the year poll next year.
85
games xtreme
For my final thoughts Oni is a fun and addictive game that brings to life a dark future anime world full of action and intrigue, as its multi-level plot unfolds over the vast levels. Each mission makes you want to play the next one. I would say it is a must have game on any collectors shelf. I can only congratulate Bungie for bringing us a refreshing breath of air into a market full of clones and copies of an old tired ideal.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Oni se veut donc un titre innovant et qui rompt avec ce à quoi nous avait habitués les jeux d'action et d'aventure. Les aventures de Konoko deviennent très rapidement passionnantes poussant le joueur à revenir sans cesse à la charge. L'un de ses atouts majeurs réside très certainement dans son excellent gameplay qui parvient à associer une maniabilité excellente à un système de jeu parfaitement réussi. Visuellement très soigné Oni ne déçoit pas et devrait sans aucun doute susciter l'engouement des adeptes de la catégorie qui verront ici une belle occasion de s'offrir un peu de changement avec un jeu explosif.
84
Peliplaneetta.net
Kyseessä on kuitenkin PC:lle lähes täysin uuden tyylinen peli. Meitä PC- pelaajia ei nimittäin pahemmin ole hemmoteltu Tekkenin tyylisillä tappelupeleillä ja Oni tarjoaakin oivaa apua kyseiseen puutostilaan. Mikäli koneestasi löytyy tarvittavaa potkua ja tyylikäs, konsolityylinen mättäminen lämmittää sydäntäsi, on Oni varmasti puutteineenkin mieleinen peli.
80
GameSpy
People looking for a new kind of 3D action game should definitely give Oni a good look. The combination of gunplay and street fighting is something that has never been attempted before, and Bungie pulled it off beautifully.
80
Game Vortex
Oni is an enjoyable experience, but as you play the game you feel like Bungie was shooting for much, much more than what they delivered. As it is, it's one of the more enjoyable third-person action games I've played in a while, and it certainly does some things better than any other game -- hand-to-hand combat is often amazing -- but the casual gamer may want to rent it for their PS2 and make sure it's their cuppa.
80
Secret Service / New S Service
Mimo wszystko ONI to dobra pozycja, a momentami wręcz znakomita. Chłopakom z Bungie udało się stworzyć coś, co z pewnością trafi w gusta milionów graczy na całym świecie. Dawno już nie było tak dobrego chodzonego mordobicia.
80
Power Unlimited
De combat in Oni is ronduit fantastisch maar wat meer fantasie in leveldesign was geen overbodige luxe geweest. Kortom; het was nog nooit zó leuk om je tegenstanders in elkaar te beuken maar deze game is verre van perfekt.
80
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een leuk concept dat de liefhebbers van het third person genre wel zal aanspreken. Zonde van die savegames!
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Oni stuns the third-person action scene with a powerful uppercut to the jaw. Bungie has never put its hand to a bad product, and its latest offering is a passionate protest against dull games. Some of the previews I read leading up to Oni's release equated it to Tomb Raider, and although this was inevitable due to the use of a third-person perspective and a female lead, the comparison is a poor one. Oni's action seeps with voltage, demands hard things, and at times causes smoldering frustration. That it is also irresistibly fun is a testament to its outstanding design and spectacular, cutting-edge animation. A couple of things could use polishing in a sequel or expansion, such as the unfinished interface and the A.I., and it would be nice to see the next title better leverage its 3D environment -- imagine grabbing a pipe and swinging around it to hit enemies or access a new area. But for now, Bungie has hit all the right notes.
80
CyberJoy
Pomimo kilku niedociągnięć, Oni zainteresuje nawet najbardziej wybrednego gracza. Miła dla ucha muzyka, bogaty arsenał broni oraz niesamowity klimat towarzyszący rozgrywce robią niesamowite wrażenie.
77
4Players.de
Oni übt trotz einiger Mankos doch eine gewisse Faszination auf mich aus. Die spannenden Kämpfe und die Herausforderung, die Schlagkombinationen im richtigen Moment auszuführen, haben mich in den Bann gezogen. Sicher, das ist nicht jedermanns Sache und wird`s wohl auch nicht werden, aber Anime-, Actionspiel und Kampfsportfans sollte diese verwegene Mischung ansprechen. Was aber leider auch den noch hartgesottensten Fans den Spaß verderben kann, ist die misslungene Speicherfunktion. Hoffentlich liefert Bungie einen entsprechenden Save-Patch nach, wie es schon Nihilistic bei Vampire: Die Maskerade gemacht hat. Solange ist Oni ein recht happiges, aber letztendlich doch spielbares, Vergnügen für Fans und Action-Profis, die eine neue Herausforderung suchen.
77
PC Games (Germany)
Zweifellos hat Konoko Qualitäten aufzuweisen, die man im PC-Bereich bisher vergeblich gesucht hat - ob die Dame letztlich massenkombatibel ist, bleibt allerdings abzuwarten. Der westliche Computerspieler kann sich erfahrungsgemäß nur schwerlich mit dem scheinbar kindlichen Manga-Stil anfreunden, der sich durch das gesamte Spiel zieht.
75
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Несмотря на некоторое количество довольно серьезных минусов, игра получилась неплохой. Даже хорошей. Уже доказано на людях. Еще живых. Может, Oni и не очень атмосферна, но все же способна увлечь. Тем более что хорошей альтернативы пока нет.
75
Game Revolution
Oni manages to compensate for dull graphics, empty interiors, lack of a multiplayer mode and unfriendly saves with intense action and impressive enemy AI. The game is fun, challenging, and ultimately worth the frustration.
73
PC Player (Germany)
Dass ich das noch erleben darf: Ein handfestes Prügelspiel auf dem PC, bei dem es Zähne schneit, dass es die reinste Freude ist. Und eine Prise Taktik kommt auch noch dazu: Es ist immer besser, das Terrain zunächst einmal vorsichtig zu sondieren, als blauäugig auf jeden Gegner loszustürmen. Das liegt vor allem an den Waffen und den Verbündeten, die man unterwegs trifft. Dicke Wummen sind sehr hilfreich, aber nur, wenn noch genug Munition da ist. Andere Soldaten und Zivilisten helfen, aber nur, wenn Sie ihnen vorher beistehen. Auf Dauer freilich wird's monoton. Trotz etlicher neuer Techniken ist das Spielprinzip immer gleich, Ideen wie geschrumpfte Gegner oder richtige Storyelemente gibt es zu selten. Wer aber lediglich seinen Alltagsfrust ablassen will und noch dazu mit der Speichermethode klarkommt, kann eigentlich nur zufrieden sein.
73
PC Action
Die Stärken von Oni liegen in der Action. Sein Level-Design wirkt uninspiriert. Das liegt nicht am linearen Aufbau, sondern am Ideenmangel. Der Spieler folgt dem (übrigens genialen) Kompass, drückt ab und zu einen Schalter und ist alles andere als überrascht, dass sich mal wieder eine verschlossene Tür öffnet. Die interessante Story wird durch Gespräche und zahlreiche gute Zwischensequenzen in der Spielegrafik weitergesponnen. Der Konsument sollte allerdings die Anime-Optik und überzogenen Dialoge mögen. "Die Bioanalyse ergibt, dass der Wirt in unmittelbarer Nähe zur SLD ist. Der Xiox-Zerstörmechanismus wird geladen." Aha
72
Gamesmania
Oni wäre ein Knaller geworden - wenn die Entwickler einem Einführungskurs im PC-Programmieren belegt hätten. So bleibt es ein origineller Genremix mit leicht angestaubter Grafik, sehr geradliniger Action und einer schlechten Steuerung.
72
GameStar (Germany)
Es ist schlicht eine Frechheit, dass die Sicherungsorte so selten sind und kurz davor Gegnermassen oder Sprungeinlagen über Säurebecken mein Leben kosten. Auch die (nur per Datei-Editor zu verändernde) Tastaturbelegung gewinnt keinen Komfort-Preis; komplexere Schlagfolgen benötigen Fingerspitzengefühl und viel Übung. Deshalb meine Warnung an alle Gelegenheitsspieler: Finger weg von Oni! Profis auf der Suche nach dem etwas anderen Action-Erlebnis sollten sich Oni dagegen in Ruhe ansehen – das Spiel hat durchaus seine Momente. Die Kung-Fu-Kämpfe funktionieren zwar längst nicht perfekt, zielsicher platzierte Schlagkombinationen heben die Laune aber beträchtlich. Waffen und Fäuste ergänzen sich gut; Sie müssen für jede neue Situation abwägen, ob Sie aus sicherer Entfernung schießen oder die Munition aufsparen. Spannende Kämpfe als Selbstzweck müssen Ihnen allerdings Belohnung genug sein; denn weder die zähe Story noch die triste Grafik können langfristig motivieren.
71
ActionTrip
However, some of the mission design - the stuff you have to do is highly unoriginal and mainly consists of jumping over obstacles, cracking the damn consoles, and opening doors... This of course spells out LINEARITY in capital letters, which means you can forget about Oni if you're looking to play an innovative PC action adventure. The focus in Oni is, as I said on pure action gameplay, and the rest of the elements including the Japanese copycat story just fall way behind. And even the good action in the game unfortunately suffers from symptoms of consolitis. So, should you part with your dineros for Oni? Heck, it's hard to say... Go back and read the review again if you're still not certain, because I can't tell you anything more than what I have already written in this review. I'm just as puzzled as you are.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
On the whole, Oni is a mixed bag. It's very playable, with quite a nice engine and a strong leading lady, but the storyline is a touch frail, the game is severely limited by its lack of multiplayer and the long gaps between save points make certain sections almost too challenging. Hopefully Bungie will have a better idea of what they want to do next time, and will be in a position to build on Konoko's strengths instead of relying on them. Oni in its current state hits just a bit wide of the target.
70
Gamekult
Excellent jeu d'action 3D, cet Oni étonne par un gameplay vraiment efficace et des animations parfaitement réalisées. Des coups et des combos à la pelle accompagnés de bon nombre d'effets spectaculaires, le titre de Bungie Software réussit à défouler dans un genre assez pauvre sur PC. Bien sûr, sorti du combat (armé ou non), Oni ne présentera que peu d'atouts pour qui recherche une quelconque profondeur de scénario ou une totale liberté dans la progression. Pourtant, Oni saura convaincre par son style dessin animé manga et son côté arcade/action intense.
70
Computer Games Magazine
As it swings between being the best combat PC fighting game in existence and a frustratingly limited one, Oni feels somewhat like a sketch for a much bigger, and better, game. It feels a little like the contractual obligation game—the one Bungie had to finish before moving on to bigger and better things like Halo. Somehow all of the missing pieces can't completely dilute the impact of what is a terrific, if somewhat slight, combat experience. It's so close to being a masterpiece that you'll inevitably be disappointed, but when you step back and look at the whole instead of focusing on the parts, the one thing that stands out more than save limitations or the lack of configuration is the spectacular action. And that's ultimately what matters most.
70
FiringSquad
I wanted to love Oni, I wanted to adore Konoko and have sweet little dreams about her kicking terrorist Syndicate butt. However, after I started playing Oni, I kept wondering if I was doing something wrong, if I was missing something… Three years in the making, finally coming out a year and then some after its initial release date, Oni was still rushed. You can't bind your keys, the save system is absolutely sinful, and the lack of multiplayer is almost criminal. Oni is in sore need of some polish and pondering, and we're hoping that the gold copy we reviewed will undergo some kind of revision or patching by the time this review is posted.
69
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Oni is gewoonweg een standaard derdepersoons actie-game met een niet echt fantastische visuele weergave en een al evenmin super-meeslepend verhaal ...en toch...
66
Game Over Online
The more I played Oni, the more its faults came to light. Without question, Oni brings to the table an explosive and refreshing hand-to-hand combat system. Despite its presence though, Oni falls victim to a variety of issues including repetitive level design, an awkward control scheme, numerous visual glitches and a lack of multi-player. I really wanted to love Oni, but it simply didn't follow through on its potential. If anything, we can hope Oni influences the direction that future third-person action titles take.
50
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
One boss, the deadly brain, is arguably the Dumbest Boss Ever in a fighting game. The deadly brain literally requires you to turn off the same four switches surrounding it three times in a row. You end up simply running laps around the brain, hitting switches to kill it. And then, in mission 13, you get to do it all over again. This is fun? But still, you may come back and play ONI over and over. The fighting is an absolute blast and the graphics. though sparse and desolate, are quite pretty. Too had there’s no multiplayer or skirmish mode so you could fight without all the silly plot. Overall, ONI is a blemish on Bungie’s good name. While there was a time when Bungie could have been considered infallible, that time has definitely passed. Let us pray that they don’t ruin HALO.
50
Gaming Age
The combat is what really grabs this game and barely keeps it from sinking into oblivion. A decent hand-to-hand combat system making an appearance in a genre dominated by guns is really a sight for sore eyes. The combat in this game is just plain fun thanks to the uneven odds and skillful artificial intelligence, not to mention the serious amount of damage the player is capable of dishing out. As the game progresses the combat skill of the AI increases at a very smooth rate making a perfect match between the game's difficulty and the player's experience. Bungie has also packed in a few verbal taunts that can be used before or after fights. It doesn't provide any lasting effect, but it sure gives some satisfaction.