Genma Onimusha Reviews (Xbox)

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GamePro (US) (Jan 28, 2002)
Samurai meets princess. Samurai loses princess. Samurai butchers a supernatural army to win princess back. That?s the basic premise that fuels Genma Onimusha, an action/adventure title that should be called Onimusha Redux: This is an improved version of the PlayStation 2 game with new areas, cleaner visuals, and a richer audio track
Netjak (Oct 30, 2003)
Genma Onimusha is an excellent game in nearly every way and actually manages to be an improvement over the original. While it doesn’t add quite enough to justify a purchase if you’ve already played Onimusha: Warlords, it is certainly the version to get if you have yet to experience Capcom’s masterpiece.
GameSpy (Feb 15, 2002)
Genma Onimusha is a little short and the camera is wonky at times, but neither of those complaints can derail this excellent game. If you enjoy survival-horror games, this is one title you can't afford to miss.
Gamezilla (Feb 18, 2002)
As the forces of good rise up to defend themselves against the evil Nobunaga Oda and his invading army, the master-less samurai Samanosuke answers the call for help from the forgotten Princess Yuki. Demons who have been watching the human world for some time stand poised to make their move as the human warriors bicker amongst themselves.
GameSpot (Jan 28, 2002)
More of a "director's cut" than a straight port of last year's successful PlayStation 2 action/survival-horror hybrid, Genma Onimusha is such a refined version of the game that it's almost worth picking up even if you've already played through the original. In it, you play as Samanosuke Akechi, a masterless samurai dedicated to destroying a group of demons that have kidnapped a princess. To aid Samanosuke in his quest, a group of ogres have given him a magical gauntlet that devours the souls of the creatures he kills, providing him with special powers.
85 (Mar 29, 2002)
It’s obvious that Genma Onimusha is a very good game, with a few flaws. Basically it’s what Onimusha Warlords should have been on the PS2. In comparison to the PS2 title, not a lot has changed to justify calling it a worthy purchase for existing owners, it’s merely a port over. On it’s own though, as a title in it’s own right, it’s excellent. The action is thick and fast and if you give it time you’ll love it. Even if it is over too quickly! It looks like Onimusha will be with us for some time.
Genma Onimusha sounds like a full-fledged sequel, but it’s actually a port of the PlayStation 2 game released last March. To give this re-release some legs, and also to make it appeal to fans of the original, Capcom has completely reinvented the entire quest. Of course, the prerendered backdrops and overall story arc remain untouched, but the majority of gameplay is in fact new. The environments may seem familiar, and the gameplay mechanics may fit like a worn glove, but the remainder of the game has been overhauled, not just to create a different experience, but to add much needed diversity and a boost in the overall difficulty curve.
If you want a great action game, Genma Onimusha is the game to get. This game lasts much longer then the PS2 version did, but it is over pretty quick. Thus, the game will keep you on the edge of your seat and when it's over, you'll be begging for more.
Gaming Age (Feb 10, 2002)
Genma Onimusha is a polished upgrade to the original. The deeper gameplay system lengthens battles and doesn't let you sprint to the end. The few new areas, enemies, and costumes won't lure back previous players. But Xbox owners who haven't sliced into the demonic world of Onimusha, should.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2002)
The legions of undead samurai have crawled out of the ground again and this time, they're headed for the Xbox. It's been almost a year since they first stalked the PS2, but these rotting corpses still know how to lay the smack down on any would-be samurai hero's armored behind.
IGN (Jan 30, 2002)
I had my doubts about Genma Onimusha. I wasn't a big fan of the original, PS2 incarnation. I couldn't see what all the hooplah was about. It wasn't much of a challenge, the controls felt stiff, and it ended too soon. Capcom has tweaked the gameplay, slipped in a handful of new enemies, and added some new wrinkles to make for a much stronger gaming experience. Hallelujah, I've been converted!

82 (Sep 24, 2004)
As mentioned earlier, Genma Onimusha has several new features that will undoubtedly endear it to fans of the series and set it apart from the previous title. It is tougher than the original certainly, and the new elements that Capcom has added definitely warrant a few more visits to a title that gamers may, unwittingly, disregard as a mere PS2 port. Make no mistake, though, this is no port - in fact, calling it a director's cut would be far more accurate. Pick Genma Onimusha up today and your collection will thank you tomorrow.
Gaming Target (Feb 26, 2002)
Genma Onimusha is an excellent example of what a port SHOULD be like. Onimusha on Xbox just simply isn’t the same game with pretty graphics, but new features and enhancements that take advantage of the hardware make it a whole new experience. EA Sports, are you taking notes over there? The addition of more enemies, new armaments, tweaked gameplay features and undoubtedly superior visuals, Genma Onimusha is proof once again of what can be achieved on Xbox. Unfortunately, as with all games of this genre, replay ability isn’t really high. There isn’t all that much in the way of extras once you play through the game a few times. Nonetheless, Genma Onimusha is a fun game that is almost worth the price of the game even if you already own the original on the PS2. If you haven’t experienced this game for whatever reason (no PS2, or just never picked it up), this is the version you want!
Level 7 (Apr 05, 2002)
Onimusha är ett spel som du sätter dig in i på två minuter och som håller fast dig tills du klarat det. Om du spelat det på PS2 finns det ingen större anledning att köpa det till Xbox trots de nya själarna, en del nya monster, stöd för Dolby 5.1-ljud, nya filmsekvenser och en del nya områden. Har du däremot aldrig spelat det tidigare är det hög tid för dig att få uppleva Samanosukes äventyr. Var bara beredd på den något klumpiga styrningen och de fasta kamerorna.
GameZone (Feb 06, 2002)
Genma Onimusha accomplishes exactly what the package claims. Genma is more difficult, twice as long (although still overall short enough for a rental), visually enhanced, a few new twists on the combat system, and enjoys some great sound capabilities for those of you who have your Xbox Dolby 5.1 ready to fire up. While the story itself isn't entirely unique/captivating, it has fast paced action gameplay and an interesting dark twist on the Eastern action setting.
GamesFirst! (Mar 07, 2002)
Ultimately, Genma Onimusha is one of the better games that I’ve played, even though it can be at times down right infuriating, and promotes homicidal tendencies (both in graphics and psychological affects). With an interesting, if not original, story line, good graphics, and entertaining combat and weapons, Onimusha is a must rent for any fan of action/adventure/ survival games. Unfortunately, with such a limited replay value and short story length, not to mention the frustrating difficulty level, I find that the game qualifies on the low end of the four star spectrum, enough that I wouldn’t recommend a purchase without a good six hours bathed in the red glow of a rental. If you still decide to buy it, there are far worse games on the market, and if you’re looking to purchase sight unseen, most players would be safe with this one. It is simply a good game.
XboxAddict (Apr 16, 2002)
I must say this was a tuff game, my hat goes off to ever who can play this game on the normal setting and I hope I can be like that person when I grow up.
AceGamez (Nov 22, 2006)
Genma Onimusha is a great game and the various enhancements added to the Xbox version make it the definitive version for Onimusha fans to play. The graphics are clearly those of a PS2 game, but they do the job well enough and the emphasis on combat and exploration with a few unusual puzzles thrown in for good measure makes for a very enjoyable and compelling game. If you even slightly enjoyed Resident Evil or Dino Crisis then you'll love this and for those who are yet to enter the world of survival horror, this is a fine place to start.
Insomnia (Jun 27, 2006)
Genma Onimusha is an ideal port -- one that adds new content and tries its best to fix the original's shortcomings, rather than simply adapting it to run on different hardware. It's a shame few people ever got to play it. Capcom grossly overestimated demand, and there are now so many copies in the Japanese market that I've seen new ones go for 300 yen.
TeamXbox (Feb 04, 2002)
Everything considered, I feel that I have spent my time playing a game that was actually worth all of the effort. At first I was biased towards the game because of its semi role playing, hack and slash game play. But as I played, I learned that Genma encompassed a lot more than I originally gave it credit for. The addition of difficult puzzles, dynamic characters, and amazing cut scenes are among the few things that break this game away from its stereotype. If you are willing to spend the time and effort to work your way through this game, I don’t think you will be disappointed. If you are new to RPG’s and are looking for a game to break you in, this would be a good choice. If you are a veteran to traditional role playing, then this game may lack many of the elements you look for in a hit. All in all, I believe that Capcom has put out a solid game in Genma Onimusha that raises the bar for the action RPG genre, and is worth checking out.
75 (Apr 09, 2002)
S'il n'est qu'une version légèrement remaniée de l'épisode sorti il y a presque un an sur PS2, Genma Onimusha n'en demeure pas moins un superbe jeu d'action, qui dispose par ailleurs de nouvelles caractéristiques de gameplay inédites. Un titre à acquérir de toute urgence si vous ne connaissez pas Onimusha Warlords et que vous ne craignez pas d'être déçu par la très faible durée de vie du jeu.
1UP (May 09, 2004)
Where Onimusha distinguishes itself is in the execution. Instead of hoisting rocket-launchers and flame-throwers, the protagonist Samanosuke wields a selection of swords, bows, and rifles. While this may be good enough for some, it gets even better. After killing the demons that populate Onimusha, Samanosuke can absorb the souls of the dispatched into the gauntlet he wears on his arm. At any given save-point he can cash in those souls for upgrades to any of his weapons or items. Each of Samanosuke's swords can be leveled up three times, which increase the power of the standard and magical attacks. Because of these innovations—and the nearly non-stop action —Onimusha is great fun to play. It focuses less on puzzles and fetch-quests (although there are puzzles), and focuses more on action. However, not all the news is good.
72 (Apr 20, 2002)
Die Änderungen zur PS2-Version sind minimal, aber gelungen. Die Spieldauer ist immer noch eher kurz, aber trotzdem ist Genma Onimusha auch auf der Xbox ein schönes Abenteuer mit bewährten "Hau drauf" Effekten. Schade das keine deutsche Sprache spendiert worden ist und dadurch die Atmosphäre des Spiels etwas in Mitleidenschaft gezogen wird.
X-Power (Apr 08, 2002)
Genma Onimusha is een geslaagd spel met genoeg variatie. Sommige stukken zijn wel aan de moeilijke kant. De graphics zijn erg mooi maar toch kan de X-box volgens mij nog beter. Voor de geharde speler is het misschien iets tekort. Toch eens een andere benadering van het Survival/Horror genre.
Gamekult (May 14, 2002)
Vous l'aurez donc compris, Genma Onimusha ne s'adresse qu'à ceux qui ne se sont pas essayés à Onimusha : Warlords, tant les deux jeux se ressemblent. Les quelques ajouts opérés par Capcom apportent des plus réellement intéressants, ce qui rend cette mouture Xbox un peu meilleure que l'originelle sur PS2. Un très bon survival/horror à se mettre sous la dent, surtout qu'il est toujours le seul du genre sur Xbox. Les amateurs qui n'ont pas joué à la version PS2 peuvent l'acheter les yeux fermés.
Defunct Games (Oct 18, 2017)
The alterations made for the Xbox version are both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Adding in a challenge tower with a new boss to fight was a great idea. Unfortunately, seeing the same backgrounds with each floor you ascend can get tiresome. The difficulty jumped up with throwing in more enemies and adding stronger enemies earlier on. Those who relish a challenge will get it here; though, thankfully, there is an easy mode for those who just want to enjoy the game. The green souls are both a great idea and a constant source of aggravation. Playing tug-of-war for them while enemies are bearing down on you gets very annoying very quickly, but getting them is critical. Only the truly hardcore would want a bunch of foes going berserk constantly.
60 (UK) (Mar 24, 2002)
Onimusha is a decent enough action game in its own right, with spectacular graphics and epicurean encounters with savage, monstrous enemies, particularly the boss characters. But it's already showing its age and is hindered by a control and camera system we had hoped to have seen the last of. Any fans of Feudal Japan and sword fighting not prepared to fork out full whack for the Xbox version of the game might do well to wait for the recently announced Platinum re-release of Onimusha for the PlayStation 2, as ultimately this game is no longer worth £40 of your hard earned cash.
Bordersdown (Jul 02, 2002)
Genma Onimusha is a game that does exactly what it says on the tin. It doesn’t set out to revolutionise the games industry so maybe it is churlish to criticise it for a lack of innovation. In a way Onimusha is retro chic, not twenty year old retro but five years old. For those people who hanker for the old style Biohazard gameplay in an action based package, they need look no further. But for those looking for something a little fresh, this title could well leave them feeling disappointed.