Details: Product Description Set during the medieval period, Onimusha: Warlords is a survival horror game that puts you in the difficult position of having to save a kidnapped princess from the evil General Nobanaga. Enter Nobanaga's castle and use a variety of blade weapons as well as the Demon's Head, which acts as both a shield and a weapon, against his foul minions. More than just fighting, Onimusha: Warlords presents a number of puzzles that must be solved if you're to get to the princess. The game also boasts both real-time polygonal backgrounds and characters. Amazon.com PlayStation2 owners with a passion for Resident Evil's genre-launching gameplay are in luck: Capcom delivers the same world-famous gameplay style (sans zombies) in a beautiful action-adventure set in a mystical medieval Japanese kingdom. Onimusha: Warlords probably won't win any awards for groundbreaking gameplay, but the fast-paced action promises to overload the senses with more than enough stimuli to notice. The experience is set in 16th-century Japan, a fantastical era in which warlords clash for control of the country. As the samurai Samanosuke, players volunteer to rescue the kidnapped princess Yuki. No surprise that the ultimate goal (and the entire story line, for that matter) falls by the wayside as hordes of demons converge on the player hour after hour. The weapons system benefits from the flashy graphics--as players discover and add gems to a gauntlet, weapon upgrades increase firepower with increasingly dramatic effects. Graphically, the game is stunning. Carving through the levels--forests, tunnels, and the requisite dark, dank castle environment--isn't anything less than a spectacular experience, thanks much in part to the game's unusually high production values. Character models are built from up to 10,000 polygons each--high detail, even for a PS2 game. Subtle environmental effects--the wind flowing through the trees, for instance, ripples the fabric in characters' clothes--furthers the game's realism. The game's backgrounds are painstakingly detailed and nicely enhanced by dynamic lighting effects. The talent behind the aural effects is just as impressive. Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro lent his voice to the main character, and a 200-piece orchestra delivers a dramatic score. Call over any PS2 skeptics in your neighborhood, then load up Onimusha: Warlords. A few minutes with this game may turn any zombie gamer into a next-generation gaming system fan. --Eric Twelker Review Onimusha for the Sony PlayStation2 plays quite similar to its cousin, the Resident Evil series. The game uses 3D polygon for the characters and 2D pre-rendered graphics for the background. Although it would have been much better if the whole field map was generated in 3D polygon graphics like Dino Crisis or Resident Evil Code Veronica, it may be asking for too much since the game was originally developed for the original PlayStation console. Although not entirely 3D, parts of the field map are - and these are part of an interactive environment. You can slash onto a wooden shield into pieces, or cut a rope to drop lumber onto enemies. Guns are now replaced by katana as weapons, so even though it feels like playing Resident Evil, players will have to take a different approach since you will have more close-ranged combat in the game. The enemy AI was not yet complete in this version, but it was visually satisfying to see the main character hack and slash enemies, and gush of red blood splatter all over the screen. The attack differs depending on how you execute the buttons and the D-pad. For example, if you press forward while pressing the attack button, your main character will attack by stabbing forward. If pressing up and attack, the main character swings the katana from bottom to above. Pressing the attack button in succession also renders a chain combo. There is one chain combo where you slash and knock the enemy onto the ground and finishing
- 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 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.
Release Date: 07-08-2006
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