Onimusha Blade Warriors

a game by Capcom
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
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Onimusha Blade Warriors is a brief and very enjoyable interlude between the second and third installments in a three part franchise that looks to get better each time around. It manages to mix the best elements of action and fighting games and come up with a whole new style of play that is as fun as it is inventive.

This 3D side view action/fighter game is a multiplayer mass melee game that focuses on the fighting elements of the Onimusha world. You can play the game in story mode, versus or custom versus. The game also offers up a tutorial to help teach players the intricate and sometimes confusing style of play unique to this game.

In story mode you fight your way through a relatively straight forward plot, taking on demons from the mundane to the extravagantly mighty. Each chapter battle has different goals for you to accomplish, from taking out everything that pops up to collecting a set number of souls or kills in a time limit. The plot is a little spare, but it still offers up enough variety and interesting characters to keep things spicy. In addition, the versus mode of the game is relatively straight forward but does allow up to four players to battle on the screen at the same time.

What really makes this game such a blast to play is its completely different and very complex fight system. In Onimusha Blade Warriors you have to worry about moving right to left, hopping up and down between different strata of the screen, blocking, absorbing booster souls, using unique items and keeping a hold of your sword. The controls can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it doesn't take too long to master them. What will take awhile is perfecting the timing to be able to perform counter-strikes, and critical dodges, both two moves that can win a match.

The game's graphics are very impressive, pushing the PS2 to its limits without causing any slow down. The sound too, does a good job of adding to the overall experience of the game.

Onimusha Blade Warriors is definitely worth a purchase whether you are a fan of action or fighting games. The multi-tiered levels and layered fighting system helps create a game that, while harder to master, is certainly more rewarding to play.

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