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In PS2 on June 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Onimusha

Onimusha: Warlords- PS2

So I’ve just blasted through this for the first time in almost a decade. The thing with Onimusha is that it’s a bit like Resident Evil (the old ones that is), but without the ammo limits or OCD inventory management; from the fixed camera, with rendered backgrounds that still look surprisingly good today, to the tank controls and even the clumsy dialogue (although the dodgy lip syncing does give it that badly dubbed foreign film charm).

As samurai Samonosuke Akechi, it’s up to you to tear through a demon infested fortress in search of a missing princess. As much as there are puzzles scattered around, demon bashing is going to take up most of your time, and the bastards are everywhere. However, their constant respawning, rather than being frustrating, is actually essential to your progression, and by absorbing the souls of defeated enemies you can upgrade your weapons and open up new areas.

The combat system itself is fairly simple, you’ve got your basic attacks, with a special attack for each of the three main weapons and a counter system that will instantly kill any enemy, if you can time your attacks just right. Satisfaction in Onimusha is clearing a room in a few button presses.

Once you get to grips with the combat system, and have your weapon of choice fully upgraded, Onimusha is an easy game. Learn when to attack, when to block, or when the enemy is about to open itself up to a counter, and it becomes a walk in the park (aside from the odd boss encounter). Despite sharing similar traits to the Resident Evil series, Onimusha is a classic in its own right; it’s not a game about puzzles or inventory management, it’s about being awesome at beating up demons with a sword.

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