Sssamurai brainsss tassste like chickenn… Review

Onimusha Warlords Info


  • Action/Adventure


  • 1 - 1


  • Capcom


  • Capcom

Release Date

  • 01/25/2001
  • Out Now


  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC
  • PS2
  • PS4
  • Xbox One


Sssamurai brainsss tassste like chickenn…

Can someone tell me what kind of bug crawled up the butt of the undead? I mean,

they’re always out causing trouble, resurrecting various evil entities or gnawing

on the occasional human head for a late night snack. Some zombies, like Michael

, have tried to go straight and make a decent life for themselves,

but most end up on a quest to find the perfect brains du jour.

According to Capcom, feudal Japan was full of these evil dead guys. They just

can’t seem to kick that brain-eating habit and the intelligence of the locals

are suffering because of it. Join the fight for humanity and play Onimusha


You are the great Samanosuke Akechi, swordsman extraordinaire. Inabayama Castle

has been overrun by evil Demons (ie. zombies) and, of course, it falls on your

armored shoulders to stop them.

So how does a simple guy like Samanosuke kill what’s already dead, you ask?

Easy – with the power of Ogres! It seems that the Ogres and Demons had some

sort of falling out in the past and the Ogres are more than happy to help mess

up things for the Demons.

Okay, so it sounds like an XFL game. But while the story’s not one of the

best, some top-notch gameplay surely makes up for it. Onimusha may fall

into the survival horror genre, but it actually has the heart of an action game.

You’ll slash your way through hordes of demonic underlings using several types

of weapons, both melee and ranged. You’ll also use a magic gauntlet to capture

the souls of your enemies once you have smashed their mortal shells. These souls

will enable you to further power up your weapons and items, making our main

character one bad mamma jamma.

When you’re not swinging around your chosen instrument of martial mayhem,

Onimusha has the feel of the Resident

series that Capcom is famous for. You’ll search out keys and various

other items that will help you get closer to the heart of the problem. You’ll

also need to occasionally solve a straightforward box puzzle in order to gain

said items.

It’s obvious that Onimusha is based on the RE formula, and sometimes

the similarities are a bit annoying. You still use the infamous “green herb”

for health, search for items like cogs and key pieces, and are unable to walk

up a simple set of stairs without the push of a button. It’s not a big deal,

but a little more creativity on this end would have been nice.

Some similarities are a good thing, though. Controlling Samanosuke is a breeze

thanks to the Resident Evil style control scheme. It’s been tweaked to

be a bit more responsive for the faster paced action of Onimusha and

it won’t take long for players to slash like a pro.

Don’t think that Onimusha is just a button masher (though one could

certainly play that way), since a smart samurai will discover the secrets of

swordsmanship with a little practice. Dodging and slashing at the correct instance

can bring about a sweet one-hit kill. Very satisfying, indeed.

To further augment the solid show of gameplay, Onimusha gives gamers

an awesome visual treat. Picture perfect CG and great looking scenarios do a

good job of showing off the PS2’s capabilities. There are also a few impressive

instances where Samanosuke battles enemies in shallow water, complete with the

appropriate water effects. Everyone should be glad this game got bumped from

the N64 and original Playstation to the next generation.

Cheeseball English dubbing may be the norm, but fortunately for us, a smart

move was made at Capcom to provide the option for Japanese with English subtitles.

I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me. Bad English dubbing in a

game like this should be illegal.

If you’re lucky enough, a mini-game called Oni Spirits will be unlocked. A

nice touch of replay value, but nothing to get excited over.

The only real letdown in Onimusha is its length. The first time through

will probably take around ten hours or so, exploring every nook and cranny and

running around like a lost soul. If you decide on another round to pick up other

things you may have missed, the game can be completed in less than three hours.

So little demons, so much time.

Still, Onimusha is an extremely solid game with not much to complain

about. Its amazing graphics and fun gameplay make this one of those games that

you need to experience. Just watch out for those damn zombies. You never can

tell when they’ll be in the mood for a samurai snack.


Box art - Onimusha Warlords
Fun gameplay
Excellent graphics
Nice arsenal to play with
Japanese audio!
Too short
Too familiar