The PS2 is broadly regarded by many as being the console with one of the best library of video video games ever. Which is why even now, in 2019, we’re nonetheless getting remasters and re-releases of video games from that period. Titles similar to Satan Might Cry, Ratchet and Clank, Shadow of the Colossus, and Jak and Daxter (to call just a few) have obtained the HD remedy through the years. They’ve benefitted from the extra highly effective {hardware} that makes their visuals shine and extra presentable for newer avid gamers. Whereas a big choice of the PS2’s biggest video games have discovered their method to the present crop of consoles, some collection like Onimusha have been overlooked within the chilly — till now.

Capcom has dusted off the primary recreation within the collection, Onimusha Warlords, and given it a recent coat of paint whereas retaining the identical title. Onimusha: Warlords is out on January 15 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Change, and Home windows PC. We performed it on the Nintendo Change to seek out out if there’s extra to it that simply shiny new graphics.

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One of many demons you will be encountering in Onimusha Warlords.

Onimusha: Warlords is ready in feudal Japan and has you within the position of Samanosuke Akechi, a swordsman tasked with rescuing a princess from an evil warlord. On the floor, it’d look like a premise that is performed to demise in video video games, however the presence of demons, monsters. and undead ninjas mixed with its Japanese setting give it a brand new lease of life.

The sport has mounted digital camera angles, so you will at all times be seeing solely part of the world you are in at any given level of time. This offers enemies a little bit of a headstart and even a chance to ambush you, including a welcome factor of shock. Nevertheless it manages to get annoying because of the abrupt leap the digital camera makes in the course of the motion. This kind of digital camera is a maintain over from the early success of the Resident Evil video games and located its means into the likes of Onimusha: Warlords in addition to the ill-fated Dino Disaster too. It was a obligatory evil in the course of the recreation’s unique launch, however retaining a hard and fast digital camera angle in 2019 would not do it any favours. That mentioned, Onimusha: Warlords has quite a few differentiating components that do give the sport its personal identification.

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Mounted digital camera angles restrict your visibility in any specific space.

The motion is kind of easy, which is what makes the sport fulfilling regardless of the digital camera work. You’ve gotten your common assault, magical assault, and ranged assault. This mixed with the blocking mechanism — which you need to grasp as early as doable — is just about the important of fight. There is not any choice to dodge as such, however you possibly can rapidly back-step to keep away from hits. The factor is, you are not handheld via the fight or controls by the sport so you need to get all this both by wanting on the controller settings or simply enjoying round with the buttons, which is as old-school because it will get. It would not have any tutorials in any respect. Fortunately, mastering the controls would not take a lot time, and you will be properly settled throughout the first 15 minutes of the sport.

Talking of which, Onimusha: Warlords is not a really lengthy recreation by any means. For those who’re enjoying within the Simple mode, which is unlocked proper from the beginning within the remaster, it is possible for you to to run via it in round four hours, relying on how rapidly you may get via the puzzles. Like video games of that point, it can save you solely at particular save factors, which on this case are magic mirrors. This provides one other layer of technique to the sport, since in addition to the save operate, these are the one areas the place you possibly can provoke upgrades to your objects and weapons.

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Onimusha: Warlords has some very attention-grabbing and memorable boss fights.

For sure, discovering a magic mirror and remembering the place it is positioned can play an important position in the best way you play and the areas you possibly can entry. As an illustration, we discovered ourselves revisiting the magic mirrors we unlocked to mow down demons (which respawn whenever you go away an space) as a means of getting extra highly effective early on. Killing enemies internet you orbs that you should utilize to improve your weapons and entry to newer areas is dependent upon what number of upgrades you could have in your gear.

Whereas this tactic would possibly suggest the sport is simple, that is removed from the case. It is because Onimusha: Warlords will typically enhance the extent of issue, placing robust to kill foes in your means. What’s extra, there is a tendency to throw unforgiving puzzles that consequence immediately demise could make progressing via it really feel painful. These eventualities are few and much between however after they do present up, you should have no selection however to play via these areas a number of occasions till you work it out. Puzzles additionally come within the type of cryptic chest bins that comprise necessary loot — the type that may make the distinction between life-and-death in sure conditions.

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Onimusha: Warlords cutscenes nonetheless look fairly good.

Seeing how good Onimusha: Warlords appears to be like on the Nintendo Change, reminds us of how superb the sport’s visuals have been when it had first launched in 2001. The pre-rendered cutscenes look nice even immediately, and the HD remedy to the visuals retains it from wanting dated. In each docked and handheld mode, Onimusha’s visuals maintain up properly.

In fact you possibly can’t examine it to immediately’s AAA visuals and even the ground-up remake that Capcom itself has performed on the Resident Evil 2, however the last outcomes did look higher in particular person than the impression we obtained from the preliminary trailer. It is truthful to imagine that Capcom wished to check the waters with the reception of Onimusha: Warlords, fairly than go all-out with a remake as a substitute of the remaster. Both means, visuals is just not an space we’re complaining about.

The English voice appearing nonetheless, is likely one of the largest examples of why Japanese video games ought to solely be performed with Japanese voices. Simply because it did again within the day, the English voice appearing misses many emotional cues and is peppered with easy grammatical errors, which pull you out of the second immediately. Nevertheless in Onimusha: Warlords, you possibly can swap the voice over to Japanese together with English subtitles to forestall this. Additionally price noting is that the soundtrack is nice, punctuating its dramatic moments and upping the ante when wanted.

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The sport has some nice wanting set items.

Onimusha: Warlords was fairly superb for its time and a recent playthrough provides us a refresher of why it has a cult following. The sport attracts you with its simplicity and shortly spins you right into a deep and wealthy storyline with memorable occasions, bosses, and characters. The puzzles really feel recent within the period the place you are not made to work too laborious for options, and although the sport will instantly throw you into the deep finish at occasions, you’ll really feel completed with you get to the following save level.

The Simple mode makes the sport much more accessible for gamers who wish to benefit from the story and puzzles with out getting overwhelmed by fight. What is going to flip some gamers off is the mounted cameras and the general lack of a tutorial or a touch system that trendy video games are inclined to focus tremendously on. Nonetheless, when you’re up for a (little little bit of) problem and wish to see what the fuss is all about and even wish to revisit the sport 18 years after you final performed it, Onimusha: Warlords has so much to supply when you can put up with its limitations.


  • Immersive plot
  • Easy but deep fight
  • Respectable visible improve


  • No tutorial
  • Mounted digital camera angles

Ranking (out of 10): 7

Devices 360 performed a evaluate copy of Onimusha: Warlords on the Nintendo Change. The sport is out on January 15 for the PS4 and Xbox One for Rs. 1,660, and Home windows PC for Rs. 1,499. It is $20 (round Rs. 1,400) on the Nintendo Change.


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