DescriptionOnimusha: Warlords is set in 16th century Japan during the period of the civil war dominated by Nobunaga Oda. You play Samanosuke Akechi, who dies during an attempt to stop the kidnapping of young princess Yuki, the sister to Yoshitatsu Saito. However, Akechi is given another chance at life, and is handed the gauntlet of the Ogres.
With this new power Samanosuke must fight through the monster-filled halls of Inabayama Castle. As monsters are defeated, their souls are absorbed by the gauntlet, increasing its power. Some souls restore Samanosuke's health and magic, while others can be used to power up weapons, armor, and items. Powering up weapons will increase their damage and the strength of their associated magic, and is also required to pass by special locks throughout the castle. Items will need to be found in one part of the castle to unlock doors or otherwise bypass obstacles elsewhere in the castle, and sometimes the player will take control of Samanosuke's companion Kaede while Samanosuke is incapacitated in some way. Kaede can reach some locations that are beyond Samanosuke as well as pick locks and throw kunai, but she can not absorb souls or open any lock intended for the wearer of the Ogre gauntlet.
The 2018 enhanced HD version for Windows and consoles now supports 16:9 wide screen resolution as well as the old 4:3 ratio. Improved controls now allow players to move and fight with analog-stick precision.
- "鬼武者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Onimusha: Путь Самурая" -- Russian spelling
- "Guiwuzhe" -- Chinese title
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- Character Feature: Actual person's looks and voice
- Onimusha series
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
- Setting: Japanese Sengoku Period
|PS2 gained a point to envy by hosting this game.||PlayStation 2||MAT (194488)|
|Resident Evil in Japan, and there is nothing wrong with that!||PlayStation 2||Kartanym (12771)|
|GamePro (US)||PlayStation 2||Jul 14, 2005||5 out of 5||100|
|Futuregamez.net||PlayStation 2||Aug 24, 2001||91 out of 100||91|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||PlayStation 2||May 21, 2001||90|
|Gaming Target||PlayStation 2||Feb 21, 2002||8.7 out of 10||87|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||PlayStation 2||Jul 17, 2001||8 out of 10||80|
|All Game Guide||PlayStation 2||2001||70|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Xbox One||Jan 15, 2019||14 out of 20||70|
|Thunderbolt Games||PlayStation 2||May 19, 2004||7 out of 10||70|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Nintendo Switch||Jan 15, 2019||14 out of 20||70|
|IGN||Nintendo Switch||Jan 15, 2019||6.5 out of 10||65|
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ReferencesOnimusha places itself within historical context by including some real historical figures. Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi show up as villains, while Imagawa Yoshitomo makes a very brief, and final appearance in the introduction movie. Even the hero is the nephew of Akechi Mitsuhide, the infamous retainer of Nobunaga who eventually betrayed him.
While tales attribute Nobunaga's ruthlessness to some evil or demonic nature, the events of the game are, of course, completely fictional (aside from Nobunaga's attack on Yoshitomo's troops).
SalesIn January of 2001, Capcom released Onimusha. And, in the same month, it became the PS2's first 1 million seller according to Capcom Co., Ltd.'s corporate page. As of June 30, 2016 it has sold 2.02 million copies worldwide since its initial release.
TitleOnimusha is Japanese for 'demon warrior'. Surprisingly, the name is applicable to a number of characters in the story...even the hero..
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