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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    85
    Onimusha: Warlords is a worthy remaster, and even though it feels rather short, the combat and exploration of such a claustrophobic world reminds you just how good it is.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    I can’t deny that it was a pleasure to meet again with a title that I played many years ago and, in general, I consider that it is an experience that can be pleasant for fans of the series. However, its not easy to bring back mechanics and control schemes already overcome; maybe those who played the original delivery will take a little time to get into the rhythm and, in a brief time, they will achieve it. The big questions remains: can Onimusha: Warlords appeal to a new audience as well? The answer remains uncertain. In any case, elements such as control and certain game mechanics, such as the more complicated riddles and the difficulty of some combats or enemies, will leave the coin in the air waiting for the experience to be pleasant for those embarking on this adventure. Despite its limitations and, Onimusha: Warlords fulfills its premise as a remastering and as a game. Without a doubt it is a good return to the past and I hope that it has the necessary reception to guarantee the launch of the subsequent titles.
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    Onimusha: Warlords is a fun remaster for those who have not experienced the franchise. While the remaster may not provide much new content for past players, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile experience for everyone else. Despite some design decisions of the past which haunt the remaster, namely the fixed camera and save system, Onimusha: Warlords is a classic title worthy of a playthrough. With Capcom re-establishing itself as a force in the industry with some of its latest releases, one can only wonder where the Onimusha series goes from here.
  4. 75
    Onimusha: Warlords is a decent remaster.While its combat remains great and its mechanics solid, some of the graphical upgrades can be hit and miss.
  5. Jan 15, 2019
    75
    It does not offer new contents, not even borrowing them from Genma Onimusha. Although Warlords has aged well, thanks to its pioneering combat system, we understand that old fans can remain hesitant.
  6. Jan 15, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jan 15, 2019
    40
    It’s odd that Capcom has done so little to the hibernating series and let this beloved game wither away under the harsh sands of time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    Of course its not a 10 game, but hell I wanted to play onimusha again so much, that I am giving it higher score than it deserves (its aboutOf course its not a 10 game, but hell I wanted to play onimusha again so much, that I am giving it higher score than it deserves (its about 6,5/10 game) because I want more from this series.
    The question I have is why Capcom decided to port only the first title instead of trilogy OR Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams? This series was getting better with each new part so either 3 or DoD would be perfect for newcomers or to scratch nostalgia itch. Well, its a bit shame because DoD looks better than this "remaster" and DoD was released in 2006...
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  2. Jan 15, 2019
    9
    It's a good game and a good portage. It's onimusha, the resident evil like, but with a katana in japan.
  3. Jan 16, 2019
    8
    The game has surely aged but it did so very gracefully. There are some things that could have been added to it to make it more enjoyable, likeThe game has surely aged but it did so very gracefully. There are some things that could have been added to it to make it more enjoyable, like skippable cutscenes or the content from Genma Onimusha but none of this distracts from the fact that this game was and is still a very enjoyable experience.
    The biggest new addition to the game are the analogue controls that can be a bit of a two edged sword, on the one hand it can make moving around and avoiding attacks from enemies much easier and faster but on the other hand the constantr camera changes can really mess with this style of controls. Overall it works fine, it just needs some getting used to.
    Graphically it still looks like a game from 2001 with upscaled resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, not much else to say here, what you see is what you get.
    One big change to the game however is the soundtrack which was completely changed from its original score, this is obviously highly subjective on whether or not you like the new soundtrack, personally I really enjpoyed the new one, it fits right in with the game and sometimes surpasses the original.
    Combat still feels great, attacks are weighty giving a really satisfying sense of impact, dodging can be a bit iffy with the new control scheme however.
    For level design, it's basically Resident Evil 1, you are in a big house and need to find your way around it to get where you need to go, so lots of backtracking is involved, however that is not a bad thing here. The game does a really good job at givng you directions and even if you get lost, going around the place improves your familiarity with it until you know the castle like the back of you hand. It gpoes a long way to make Ianabayama castle feel like a real place rather than just a series of corridors.
    So in conclusion, you can do a whole lot worse for 20$. Recommended.
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  4. 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