Oni, while not as great as it could have been, is a very good game
I completely disagree with the criticism of this game on the Featured Game
column. The criticism states that Oni looks great but plays poorly. I claim
the reverse is true. Oni's graphics were drab and disappointing (except for
the smooth and varied animation), but its hand to hand combat system created
a playing experience that is both unique and superior to most other 3d action
games. Intuitive controls (after a short adjustment period), a great range of
effective movements and intelligent enemies combined to create some of the
most thrilling fights i ever had in an action game, 1st or 3rd person. the save system works perfectly most of the time, with the duration between saves short enough not to frustrate, long enough to be challenging.
I expected much more from the story, which was left underdeveloped and
cliched. the game's environments were its weakest point - repetitive,
underwhelming, with very little interaction.
The Bottom Line
no game is like Oni, no computer combat is like going 1 on 3 in Oni and throwing your opponents left and right, and no gun toting two bit hero can equal heroine
konoko's combat fury and finesse. the game does not live up to its full
potential, but it is a remainder that new gameplay experiences can still be
created if designers stop thinking by the formula. if you're tired of aiming and
shooting, strafing and blasting, get Oni and teach those goons a thing or two
about female power.