Capcom is a game company that has been there done that and got the t-shirt for good measure. Perhaps then, it’s easy to lose sight of just how pivotal a role the developers have played in the video games industry. After all, it’s difficult to dispute that statement if you consider the titles which shine out with imperious fashion on the CV.
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Onimusha Warlords Review
The big-daddy brawler of them all Street Fighter, the cult survival-horror series Resident Evil and the daunting dinosaur adventures Dino Crisis and Monster Hunter world all belong in the Capcom trophy cabinet. And there’s more, many more, the infinite hall of fame list doesn’t stop there.
Speaking of which, welcome to the stage Onimusha Warlords. A worthy entry to the endless league of legends spawned by Capcom over the years. That said, Onimusha Warlords deserves to sit up there with the big boys. Read on to discover why.
Onimusha Warlords is an action-adventure horror game that draws on concepts inherent in the resident evil series and exceeds them in many ways — armed with a cinematic story, and dynamic hack-and-slash sword-play, it’s both addictive and entertaining in equal portions. Plus, playing as a samurai is always a sure-fire way to issue bonus points. What’s more, the Japan-inspired backdrops, although pre-rendered look beautiful and anchor the story, enveloping you right from the off.
My only gripe with it is the off-kilter lip-syncing which can ruin the illusion of realism from time to time. Other than that, the game portrays a strong story, that paces well and bridges the gap between gameplay flawlessly. It’s a fluid experience that never loosens its grip over you.
At its heart, this is a Shakespearean-like tale that displays themes of love, loss and an eternal, moral battle between good and evil. Meanwhile, a rip-roaring orchestral OST installs drama to action scenes and cements a sense of poignancy during story sections.
The plot, though clichéd it may be, involves saving a princess from a cruel and despotic ruler hellbent on spreading terror across the land. As the protagonist, your mission is to put an end to this charade and save the princess. You know, just as any Knight in shining armor would do.
Well, in theory anyway. If only things were that simple. Surely I won’t have to deal with hordes of fleshing-eating zombies, will I? Oh, C’mon!
Standing in your way are a whole gamut of grizzly ghouls most of which will scare the pants off you. From demons and phantoms to monsters and zombies. The stuff nightmares are born off. All of which have a distinct skill set and move pattern. Discerning each action is a tried-and-tested way of gaining the upper hand in battle.
That way, you can block oncoming attacks and deliver a lethal counter-strike once the enemy is off guard. Control wise, there’s not a lot to master here. Except, light and heavy attacks do dish out varying degrees of damage. That said, each attack will take longer to execute depending on the strength.
Another critical component of the game is the enemy A.I which is superb. As a result, enemies move with purpose and even block oncoming attacks. That’s especially true with larger foes and end-level fights. Equally, bosses almost always outpower you. No matter your ability, this superiority regarding strength, places added enthesis on defensive and evasive tactics. In turn, this helps to expand the combat, which ultimately makes the action all the more enjoyable.
Moreover, excellent enemy scaling allows the player to feel a sense of accomplishment. More still, it forces them to improve as the game goes on. All in all, it strikes a near-perfect balance, and the game flourishes because of it. No fluky button-bashing here.
To Conclude, Onimusha Warlords stands out from the crowd courtesy of a gripping story, pulse-racing game-play and an immersive world dripping with culture and mythos. Further still, it’s a game flooded with atmosphere and imagination at every turn.
With hindsight, the game feels like the spiritual precursor to Devil May Cry. Although the latter introduced revolving 3D scenes and ditched the pre-rendered aesthetic, thanks to advances in hardware. All in all, Onimusha Warlords is a must play for fans of hack and slash games. Capcom at their finest, bow to the master.
- Competitive AI
- Moving Orchestral soundtrack
- Smooth and polished visuals
- Cinematic story
- Poor lip-sinking
- Linear player movement