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Onimusha: Warlords HD |OT| Who Put Samurai in this Resident Evil?

Oct 28, 2017
5,943
#1
Release info: January 15, 2019
System info: Xbox / PS4 / Switch / PC
Pricing info: $19.99

What is Onimusha?



Onimusha is...

-A game set in feudal Japan.
-A game that features tank controls and fixed camera angles made by Capcom.
-A game that features multiple elemental weapons that you can wield.
-A game sort of rooted in history, but only loosely. You'll see historical figures like Oda Nobunaga, but also monsters and elemental swords and portals to other realms.



It's about the perfect compromise between the slow, atmospheric classic Resident Evil games and the more action-based Devil May Cry games.

Characters and Plot

You play as Samonosuke Akechi, a samurai wielding the power of the Oni Gauntlet.



wiki said:
During the Battle of Okehazama, Samanosuke of the Akechi clan watches but is attacked by Imagawa Yoshimoto's men. Though Nobunaga Oda was victorious against Yoshimoto, he is fatally wounded and assumed dead. A year later, Samanosuke receives a letter from his cousin Princess Yuki of the Saitō clan for his assistance as she fears monsters are behind the disappearances of her servants. Joined by Kaede, Samanosuke arrives too late to Inabayama Castle as Yuki is abducted as he and Kaede split up to cover ground. After being defeated by a monster while trying to rescue Yuki, Samanosuke is visited by the twelve oni who give Samanosuke the power to vanquish the monsters that abducted Yuki, the Genma, and seal their souls in a mystical gauntlet.
In addition to playing as Samonosuke, you also play as his ninja partner, Kaede, at fixed points in the game. She has her own arsenal and moveset, completely different and separate from Samonosuke.



The two of them work together to take down Oda Nobunaga and his army of demons. I'm not sure what Japan's fascination is with putting Nobunaga, a real historical figure, in fantastically historical settings, but here he is. We Americans don't put George Washington in our games... but I digress.





Gameplay

As mentioned before, the game plays with tank controls and fixed camera angles, much like several of Capcom's other series.

You will take Samonosuke through several different areas throughout the course of the game. The structure is very similar to Resident Evil. You start at a castle and make your way to other areas, and frequently backtrack upon acquiring a method of unlocking doors that you couldn't enter before.

The Oni Gauntlet allows Samanosuke to absorb the souls of demons that he defeats, which he can use to upgrade his armor and weapons. Speaking of weapons, Samonosuke will gain access to three different elemental swords over the course of the game, each of which can be upgraded into three different levels.

Raizan



The Raizan (雷斬刀, lit. Thunder Slash Blade) is the lightning-elemental katana that is coupled with the Thunder Orb: Shiden. The first weapon Samanosuke receives, Raizan's magic enables it to unleash close range bursts of lightning energy on a single opponent with each strike.
Enryuu



The Enryuu (炎龍剣, lit. Flame Dragon Sword) is a fire-themed western broadsword that is coupled with the Kōen Orb of fire. The Enryuu is slower than the Raizen but makes up for it with greater attack power. Its magic attacks allows Samanosuke to project a forward blast of fire that strikes all opponents in front of him.
Shippu



The Shippuu (疾風丸, lit. Gale Blade) is a wind-themed double naginata that is coupled with the Wind Orb, Arashi. Its magic attack enables Samanosuke to generate a whirlwind around himself by spinning it over his head, enabling him to strike multiple enemies in a full 360 degree range.
The swords are all really cool and one of my personal favorite things about the game. There might also be another, even cooler sword somewhere...

Updated Features for PS4

Fans of the original game will appreciate the updated features in the PS4 version. Characters, environments, and cinematics have been given a high-definition upgrade, and both the original game’s display and more modern widescreen display are supported. Changing between the two display modes can be done at any time in-game, but certain menus are fixed. A screen scroll feature has been added for widescreen display that allows players to see more of the fixed screens than ever before as the camera now scrolls up and down based on your movement.

This release of Onimusha: Warlords also allows players to move using the analog stick, which should improve movement accuracy and accessibility, especially in a game that is centered around combat. This was the same treatment that Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0 had for their release on PS4. For those who still prefer using the directional inputs like in the original game, that option is also open!

In the original game, Easy Mode was unlocked only after failing a specific battle a set amount of times. In this version, Easy Mode is unlocked from the start of the game for players who may find the adventure too difficult or want to enjoy the story. In Easy Mode, enemies are easier to kill and appear less often. However, you cannot change difficulty once you begin, so select wisely!

We’re excited to bring Onimusha: Warlords to PS4 after the series’ popularity on PS2, so sharpen those swords and be prepared to set foot in a land of samurai and demons. There’s also a new soundtrack inspired by feudal Japan that enhances the immersion even further.
Welcome back to fantasy feudal Japan.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
8,170
#5
This is a series I've always been interested in but never got a chance to try. I'm really looking forward to the remaster.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,723
#6
I finished 3 and 4 but never really got around to playing 1 and 2 (just saw my brother playing them a little here and there).

Looking forward to it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,805
#7
Big Resident Evil fan here but never crossed over into Onimusha for whatever reason. I'll happily be correcting that with this remaster.
 
Oct 27, 2017
91
#8
Does anyone know if the japanese physical release has got english subs?

Edit: A search on google gave a yes, but the sources seem obscure.
 
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Oct 28, 2017
91
#9
Does anyone know if there are any major graphical differences between the PS4 and Switch versions? Or anything other than trophies that might make the PS4 version better? I was leaning towards the Switch version for potential portability if I ever want to play that way and because I have some Nintendo credit to use. But I don't want to be missing out on some better experience elsewhere.
 
Oct 28, 2017
348
Ireland
#16
Oh cool I didn't know they added analogue controls. That's almost cheating in REmake, although the difficulty in Onimusha is all in solving the damn puzzle chests
 
Oct 27, 2017
458
#20
has it been announced if there are any main differences between the Switch and PS4(Pro) versions? Anything with frame rate, resolution etc?
 
Nov 8, 2017
3,563
Ohio
#21
Needs:
Release info
System info
Pricing info

Other than that, nice OT. I can't wait to play. Checked PSN and it looks like it doesn't come out until the 15th so I'll wrap up Red Dead before jumping in.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,616
#25
Played and beaten all 4 Oni's and like all of them in different ways (2 and 4 are my fav). Got this one preordered and ready to go
 
Oct 27, 2017
775
#27
Received my copy just after Christmas and have been HAMMERING it. I absolutely love it still, but it's also reminded me of how much Onimusha 2 and 3 improved the combat and the general mechanics going forward. I hope they somehow work out a way to bring those games to modern platforms too.

Even including the enhancements added to the Genma version would've remedied this, but alas, I guess Capcom didn't have the code available or something.

Does anyone know how the licensing works with these games? I always assumed because of the use of real world actors that it'd always be hell to get a re-release to happen. Just wondering how likely it is for the second and third games to get remastered too.

I also forgot how short it was.
 
#30
I heard on the easy allies frametrap that one of the guys went on the Japanese store to buy this game and it had the option to play in English....how does one do that? I forgot what platform he mentioned though
 
Oct 29, 2017
2,614
#31
I heard on the easy allies frametrap that one of the guys went on the Japanese store to buy this game and it had the option to play in English....how does one do that? I forgot what platform he mentioned though
Assume the Switch and PS4 versions have English, not sure though on PS4. For switch just log into/make and log into a Japanese region account and buy the game. Whatever language your console is set to, it should default to it if its available in the games date. In this case English. PS4 does the same with applicable titles.
 
Nov 3, 2017
8,112
#34
Americans really should try to make a game about George Washington coming back from the dead and bringing with him an army of demons from Hell.
 

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Sep 3, 2018
597
#38
This game was a true event when it was released. I remember looking at pictures in gamepro with friends in class and getting hype over the Resident Evil meets Feudal Japan concept and quality of the graphics.

To put it in perspective for those not familiar with this series, imagine getting a PS2, the long-awaited console to the beloved playstation with it's massive library of classics and for an entire year your best options of stuff to play for the most part are titles like SSX, Madden, Midnight Run, Fantavision, Summoner,The Bouncer (actually somewhat underrated, but definitely not one of Squaresoft's classics) and ports of games you've already played, etc. And then you start this game up and see that spectacular opening scene with samurai charging in a rainstorm and that striking actor from that Wong Kar Wai film front and center as a badass fighting them while a majestic orchestrated soundtrack (one of the very early examples of it in video games) elevates it to true cinematic bliss. It was one of the first moments of "this really feels like a leap forward from the PS1 days" back then.
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,487
#39
Oct 25, 2017
5,160
Québec City
#41
I imported the Switch physical Japanese release, so I got the game cleared two weeks ago.

I enjoyed it, it was my first Onimusha run, but I am aware of Genma and even played it back then on Xbox. My memories about it are pretty foggy though so I didn't notice the lack of content too much, same thing applies for the OST, I thought the new one was pretty good though!

'Modern' controls are making this game really easy though, I'll do a second run without using them at all I think, I ended up relying on those too much.
 
Jan 10, 2018
373
#42
How about a REMAKE? like re2. I want a remake
I'd love it but I don't see Capcom doing that for this series. Off the top of my head, I don't remember it doing RE numbers. I'd imagine they would make a new title rather than remake any of the originals.
 
Oct 25, 2017
21,159
Providence / Boston
#45
Hard pass for me without Genma updates and botched OST
It isn't "botched," it's just different. And holding that against the game is incredibly unfair given the legal mess behind the original score.

No Gemna updates is disappointing, of course. But it's minor in the grand scheme of replaying a fantastic game in HD and helping to support the franchise continuing.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,879
#46
It isn't "botched," it's just different. And holding that against the game is incredibly unfair given the legal mess behind the original score.

No Gemna updates is disappointing, of course. But it's minor in the grand scheme of replaying a fantastic game in HD and helping to support the franchise continuing.
There's no legal mess. It wasn't stolen, it was just ghostwritten.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,909
#47
Whilst on the topic of Onimusha, did anyone here ever play Onimusha Tactics (Final Fantasy Tactics edition of Onimusha released on GBA) or Onimusha Blade Warriors (half side scroller brawler, half fighting game)? Never did play those.
 
Oct 27, 2017
775
#48
Whilst on the topic of Onimusha, did anyone here ever play Onimusha Tactics (Final Fantasy Tactics edition of Onimusha released on GBA) or Onimusha Blade Warriors (half side scroller brawler, half fighting game)? Never did play those.
I revisited Blade Warriors last week with some friends and..... it was not as good as I remember it. I also didn't have my memory card so it was annoying that I didn't have all the characters unlocked.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,804
#50
I liked it back in the day, but in this day and age I really don't think I could play a game with tank controls and fixed camera angles where the enemies are off screen half of the time. I guess it does have that old school charm, but I'd get past it in a few minutes and it would quickly annoy me.
 
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