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Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad is the first game for the Oneechanbara franchise for the Xbox 360. As it does for all Oneechanbara games this title features sisters Aya and Saki, dressed in their respective trademark bikini/cowboy hat and schoolgirls' uniform, in their fight to eradicate a looming zombie infestation with samurai sword in hand and a stern expression in their eyes. Along for the fight is Annna, new to the franchise with her use of guns only for combat; also returning as an NPC is the motorcycle jumpsuit-wearing Reiko, who offers a balance between swordplay and gunplay.

The Oneechanbara franchise is in the beat em' up genre and similar in style to the Dynasty Warriors and Devil May Cry series. Familiar gameplay elements returning include: the emphasis on correct timed attacks (cool combos), sword fatigue that affects the timing and effectiveness of your characters attacks, playing two heroines concurrently which enables tagging out to regain lost health, and a rage meter that transforms the protagonist into a devil state when full, enabling both double damage exacted to enemy and oneself.

New gameplay elements to this part of the Oneechanbara franchise include: separate attack branches on a combo tree, counter attacks that slow down time, a new Ecstasy meter that is dependent on long combos, and the prevalent use on guns for certain characters (only restricted to Reiko previously) as well as combat on motorcycles. Also updated is Quest Mode that challenges the player to perform certain tasks like finish the game in devil state or finish with very high sword fatigue in order.

The game also features a dress up mode which the player can unlock in order to dress up their character as they see fit, offering customizations like new t-shirts, hair color, etc. Downloadable content includes two new outfits each for the original three protagonists as well as three unlockable playable characters: Reiko, Misery, and Himiko.


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Alternate Titles

  • "お姉チャンバラvorteX ~忌血を継ぐ者たち" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Oneechanbara vorteX: Kiketsu o Tsugu Mono-tachi" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

JustPressPlay Mar 08, 2009 8 out of 10 80
1UP Feb 20, 2009 B 75
SOS Gamers Jan 06, 2010 72 out of 100 72
360 Magazine Feb 02, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Cheat Code Central 2009 1.7 out of 5 34
Meristation Mar 10, 2009 3 out of 10 30 (UK) Mar 05, 2009 3 out of 10 30
IGN Feb 17, 2009 3 out of 10 30
Game 2.0 Apr 26, 2009 3 out of 10 30
GameSpot Feb 13, 2009 2.5 out of 10 25


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Oneechanbara vorteX's dress up mode is literally just that: unlike other games where you must work to unlock sexier clothes for your protagonist to wear (e.g. Resident Evil 5: Sheva Alomar's unlockable outfits), this game's dress up mode has your characters start in their underwear to have you unlock shirts and skirts to put on them. Only when all clothes are unlocked do the characters at last look "presentable".

This same approach can be seen in the downloadable content available for this game whereupon each outfit for each hero covers up previously exposed skin from the original costume.

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lasttoblame (427) added Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (Xbox 360) on Jun 13, 2008