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  • Summary: As power-hungry warlords battle one another for control of feudal Japan, a young princess is kidnapped. Now, one lone swordsman, Samanosuke, boldly volunteers to rescue and avenge her. An entire legion of demon warriors stands between you and the princess, so you'll need all your weapons andAs power-hungry warlords battle one another for control of feudal Japan, a young princess is kidnapped. Now, one lone swordsman, Samanosuke, boldly volunteers to rescue and avenge her. An entire legion of demon warriors stands between you and the princess, so you'll need all your weapons and magic to break through. The world of Onimusha: Warlords comes alive with waterfalls, wind effects, insects, and weather, but in order to triumph, you must stay focused on your mission. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 18, 2019
    100
    The graphics are enhanced but still feel old school. I can’t believe I missed this growing up. It’s simply outstanding. I couldn’t list many things I disliked because there really weren’t any. I got over not being able to skip scenes and got used to the wacky camera changes. It’s no wonder this was critically acclaimed so long ago. I didn’t mention it before, but the presentation was high level and the music was spectacular. If you’ve played it before, you’ll enjoy reliving (or re-dying) it. Never played it before? You’re in for a real treat. I can’t recommend Onimusha: Warlords enough.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    85
    Onimusha: Warlords still holds up exceptionally well nearly twenty years since its original release. Capcom’s ability to merge historical events with such a fantastical and engaging plot, together with a gameplay foundation that’s well paced, deep, and constantly exciting, is precisely why this classic is so highly regarded. Whilst Warlords is indeed unforgivably short, this is one Capcom comeback that you simply must have.
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    85
    Onimusha: Warlords is a great remaster. The combat and the exploration of a Castle in Feudal Japan is as good as it was in the original. Those who played the original and the newcomers will enjoy this game alike. The control adaptation is great and I hope we get more Onimusha for Xbox One in the near future.
  4. Jan 24, 2019
    75
    While its comeback could have been better refined, this is a serviceable remaster with enough bells and whistles to entice veterans and newcomers alike.
  5. Jan 25, 2019
    72
    The mechanical core stood the test of time, unlike the visuals. I am still waiting for Onimusha to get a decent sequel or the Resident Evil 2 treatment.
  6. Jan 25, 2019
    70
    Onimusha: Warlords wasn’t revolutionary when it launched in 2001, but it was certainly good and time has been kind to it. This remaster offers a fresh overhaul of the game’s visuals and gameplay that make it feel accessible and enjoyable for a modern audience. The gameplay itself holds up quite well despite lacking the depth some other action titles have, with a variety of enemies and weapons to fight and wield. The story is horrendous and the camera can be difficult, but exploring the world has a nice flow to it that alleviates some of that. Onimusha isn’t a 2019 classic, but it has earned its place as a 2001 classic that’s still more than worth playing today if you’re in the market for good games from bygone eras.
  7. Jan 28, 2019
    60
    This is still the same game as the PS2 original, and much of the gameplay still holds up, minus some cheap one-hit death puzzles that prove extra frustrating since they occur during some unskippable cutscenes. While the experimental combination of Survival Horror and Capcom-style Action proved more successful with its sequels, Onimusha: Warlords is still an entertaining prototype that is worth a revisit for fans and a first look for newcomers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 30, 2019
    10
    I want you to bear in mind this is one of the first game from the playstation 2 catalogue before reviewing this game.

    -The series
    I want you to bear in mind this is one of the first game from the playstation 2 catalogue before reviewing this game.

    -The series originates in Yoshiki Okamoto's 1997 idea to create Sengoku Biohazard, a ninja version of Capcom's own 1996 Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan), set in the Sengoku period and featuring a "ninja house" filled with Booby traps, similar to the mansion from Resident Evil, where battles would be fought using swords and shuriken: "The house will contain hidden doors behind walls, ceilings that fall down to you, scrolls and ninja magic, and many other ninja techniques." The project was originally intended for the Nintendo 64's 64DD.

    Onimusha: Warlords was originally being developed for the original PlayStation, but the project was eventually moved to the PlayStation 2. The half-finished original PlayStation version of Onimusha was then scrapped and never released.-

    Pros:
    +This version has fixed the stale controls, you no longer walk like Resident Evil 1/2/3 or Silent Hill 1 from the playstation one era.
    +The graphics were also greatly improved, especially the face models.
    +The game runs at 60 fps in all consoles , the switch version is no different.

    Cons:
    -The original game has a horrible voice acting and the story is really generic and stupid. (There is no way to fix that)
    -The game is very stale for this era, even after all the fixes and that is why lots of new players will prefer to pick anything else instead of this tittle.

    What makes onimusha series great is how they develop the story of japan with the genma and magic in the middle.

    That supernatural and fantastic part of this series is what makes it great.

    Onimusha series is more oriented to the action genre, instead of the horror and survival from the Resident Evil series.

    The series became great from the 3rd game onwards, when they stopped developing this horror/survival side and improved the action side of the series.

    *Play this game if you want to see where everything began on the Onimusha universe.

    *If you already played this then you will surely enjoy this again as the fixes really make a difference.

    Onimusha 3 and Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams are the best this series has to offer, but for that we need to support this game, so they can make an HD collection or even work on the remaining tittles.
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  2. Jan 16, 2019
    8
    A well-established title that started with one of the best franchises, especially for the PS2 console owners, but today, the PS4 console, andA well-established title that started with one of the best franchises, especially for the PS2 console owners, but today, the PS4 console, and a remix that could be better than that. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    8
    There are a few improvements in both the visuals and sound design over the original and this does make the game have a lot of atmosphere inThere are a few improvements in both the visuals and sound design over the original and this does make the game have a lot of atmosphere in all areas. Playing through the story was once again a pleasure because it has stood the test of time remaining interesting throughout just like it did back in the day. I forgot just how much variety the enemies you have to face along the way had which meant defeating them again was once again satisfying. Technically the game held up really well throughout my time with it and I was impressed with how tight and responsive the controls were. The combat whilst not containing a huge amount of depth is rewarding at all times which in turn makes you forget about the lack of depth quickly. In terms of content the game doesn’t have a huge amount and you’ll be able to complete the game some-what quickly.I found the camera to be quite annoying at times and I think that’s mainly because they went with the fixed camera style, which isn't unexpected as that was the thing during this gaming ERA. it’s hard to imagine that the original Onimusha: Warlords first made its way to consoles almost 18 years ago and still to this day its considered to be a classic which is absolutely right because for me the game was a gem. When I first learnt that it was being remastered then the excitement within me was off the charts and I’m pleased to say that as far as remasters go this is very good. There isn’t a great deal of improvements present but for me there didn’t need to be because the game has aged really well in my opinion. Obviously there are some improvements though and these improvements can be seen in both the visuals and sound design which definitely look and sound crisper. This then means that the story comes alive even more which might I add is just as interesting now as it was back when it first came out. I also found the combat to be as good as it was back then and whilst it doesn’t have a lot of depth present in it defeating the very varied enemies always felt rewarding and satisfying. At the end of the day then if you’ve never experienced Onimusha: Warlords before then this is the best version to try out because there has been a lot of care and effort gone into this remaster which means you’ll enjoy this game if you’re a newcomer or a fan of the original game. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    7
    HOLD " Critic Reviews " accountable!!!!
    IT's not hard to see & track(use windows Notepad or Stick-it ap)
    Look @ this Xbox Critic giving it a
    HOLD " Critic Reviews " accountable!!!!
    IT's not hard to see & track(use windows Notepad or Stick-it ap)
    Look @ this Xbox Critic giving it a 100 score..
    ZERO CREDIBILITY..A 100!!!
    That should be held for rare rare gems like Zelda BOW,,MGS V,,gta v,,Binding of Isaac,,TheLastOfUs,,State of Decay1(jk) but a game like this a 100 screams $$$$$$$
    user reviews are the ONLY merit......
    Meh,,,,
    maybe worth a rental (Gamefly)
    I got bored after an hour & forced myself for 2 more until I couldn't no more....
    but it's NOT garbage by no means....
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  5. Jan 21, 2019
    7
    Played this on ps2 and now on Xbox One X. New generations cant handle this camera. Game is still good but short like 4h.
  6. Jan 16, 2019
    0
    it's a terrible game compared of the original, this is so so terrible.....