Onimusha: Warlords Remastered

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Onimusha: Warlords Remastered is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 74 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

Based on 74 critic reviews

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Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
Wait for Sale
Wait for Sale
Jan 24, 2019

Despite Onimusha: Warlords’ individual elements looking good in isolation, the game amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Its systems aren’t inherently poorly designed, but they fail because they’re given no time to develop and are rendered arbitrary because the game lasts only a few brief hours. If, however, you can brush these concerns aside, as I imagine long-term fans of the series will do, there’s certainly some nostalgic value to be had here. The world and inhabitants of Onimusha: Warlords are as charming as they were on the PS2, and those who grew up on the game will surely enjoy revisiting Inabayama Castle after so many years. The one hope to hold on to is that this sells well enough to warrant a remaster of the significantly improved (and longer) Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 15, 2019

A slightly dated reintroduction to one of Capcom's hack-and-slash greats.

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2019
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Expansive
Liked
Liked
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords must be experienced, whether you were a fan of the games’ before or have never tried them before. Especially with the portability of Switch, the game has never felt more at home. Whether this is the last we see of Onimusha from Capcom remains to be seen, but having dived back in after all these years away from feudal Japan, I realise that I’ve never wanted to revisit this franchise more.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2019

Where most publishers are trying to squeeze as much as possible out of people, juicing those nostalgia glands for every penny, here we have a sensible price point for a decent older game that’s been blown up to look passable on a modern screen.

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Scored Reviews

Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
Pardis Game
متین نصیری

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2019

Onimusha Warlords is a 18-year-old classic game which despite of being too outdated, is still enjoyable and can leave some unforgettable moments in players' memories. In other words, it still can engage gamers in its dark bloody world! In spite of the fact that Capcom didn't do much in order to modernize Onimusha Warlords, we recommend playing this game to both Onimusha fans and the newcomers.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jan 15, 2019

Whether this release is testing the water for a return to the series, or it's just a dip into the library to throw out a release in January, Onimusha is one of Capcom's finest and least appreciated. Hopefully with this new version, creaky as it can be at times, the game (and franchise) finds some new fans. It would be great to have Onimusha and Nioh competing side by side to have the premier Japanese dark fantasy crown.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords makes a welcome return and still remains one of the greatest samurai adventures of all time

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Use a Potion
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

I’ll admit that I was already a big fan of the game after spending hours with it in my younger years, but I’m glad to report that Onimusha: Warlords Remastered still holds up well today. The combat is fun and surprisingly intricate, the world itself is fascinating to explore, whilst the visuals manage to hold up well despite being originally designed for the PlayStation 2 – it certainly won’t feel like you’re playing an eighteen-year old game. It has its flaws too though and some gamers might not tolerate the fixed camera angles or the amount of backtracking featured in the game, whilst there’s no denying it has moments that it can just generally feel a little bit clunky too. The pros of the game absolutely outweigh the cons though and with the low price-point of £15.99 you’d be a fool to miss out on Onimusha: Warlords Remastered. Not only is it a great way to experience a series that needs a SERIOUS revival, but it also just so happens to offer a thoroughly enjoyable demon-filled adventure in its own right too.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

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.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Capcom could have done more with Onimusha: Warlords, but they didn't screw it up (at least on PS4) and that's all they really needed to do. Given that I still play the original from time to time, I'd say I'm more than happy with a nip and a tuck here and there. Now we just need the full trilogy.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

A great return that makes us want a new iteration on this franchise.

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Gamefa
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

I waited so many time to finally play an Onimusha game again. One of my most beloved series of all time which i have some of my best memories with, on PS2. Fortunately i must say that Capcom has done a great job on remastering quality of Onimusha Warlords and Technically, it is one the best remasters in this generation. After many years, Battle system and gameplay elements of Onimusha Warlords are still entertaining, challenging and fun. If you are looking for an amazing hack and slash in this generation, Onimusha Warlords Remastered is one of the best choices for you to play, even with some issues like camera problems. So either you play the original game or not, you must prepare yourself and Samanosuke to defeat Lord Nobunaga!

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

Back in 2001, when Onimusha Warlords first came out, it was a real step forward in the beat'em all genre. Eighteen years later, despite its laughable lenght, the joy of discovery remains the same, especially when it comes to its stunning art direction and the simpleness of its gameplay mechanics. Now, we can only hope for further adaptations of the Onimusha saga.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Revisiting Onimusha: Warlords with this remastered release should be a treat for all fans of the original, while if you've never played it before, it's also an excellent opportunity to experience a classic action title that has aged surprisingly well.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

I honestly did enjoy my time with Onimusha: Warlords, so much so that part of me wishes that I could have played through the franchise when I was younger, perhaps I may have been more tolerant for the control scheme.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

The current generation's release of the classic Onimusha: Warlords showcases how some features can truly stand the test of time.

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Windows Central
Jan 15, 2019

While the story isn't out-of-this-world and the gameplay experience has some annoying flaws, Onimusha Warlords is, at the end of the day, a great game and a true classic that deserved to be brought to Xbox One.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
PSX Brasil
Daniel dos Anjos

Top Critic

80 / 100
Jan 21, 2019

Few are the mainstream games that embrace this universe so rich and mysterious in equal proportion. It's worth giving a chance to this longing title and ensure some good hours of fun and also even train your English given the lack of translation.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

Almost two decades on, Onimusha: Warlords lives again thanks to a handful of truly impactful changes.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 15, 2019

New players will get the full, unabridged experience at a decent price, while old fans should find this treasured classic is still just as fun to dive into as they remember.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a fun remaster for those who have not experienced the franchise.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 13, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a classic of the genre, which remains relevant even after almost two decades after the original release. Sadly, Capcom didn't bother to create a remake on the same level as Resident Evil 2, but the game is still good anyway. We recommend you to play it on the Switch in a portable mode.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames
Valthiel

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

After 18 years, Onimusha: Warlods is still an awesome game to play. It isn't the best remastered ever, with just few adjustment and no real innovations.

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LevelUp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

The big questions remains: can Onimusha: Warlords appeals also to a new audience? The answer remains uncertain.

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Gamersky
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is short, and the remasted version doesn't expand any new playable content. But it does a good job in terms of improving graphics performance and control. What's more, even in 2019, the battle system is still gorgeous, and it definitely is a must-buy game for the fans.

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Daily Star
Jan 16, 2019

It's just a shame it didn't get a little more love in this remake.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Carefully balancing atmospheric exploration, strategic combat and brain-teasing puzzles, Onimusha: Warlords never feels like a chore to play. It doesn’t stretch itself too thin, and I appreciate that now more than ever.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

Those who enjoyed the original release of Onimusha: Warlords way back when will enjoy their time with this remaster. Even if you're a newcomer to the series, fans of action RPGs will appreciate its design.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2019

This is actually a decent HD remaster. For a game that I played a ton of when I was 15, it was still fun to go back to with a new set of eyes and experiences under my belt.

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Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha brings back one of the greatest PS2 adventures. Visuals (remastered in 16:9 format and 1080p resolution) and combat system are still ok, but some mechanics feel outdated. It brought back our best memories of the 2001 original PS2 game.

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Wccftech
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a game from another era and the remaster, despite its many enhancements, sadly highlights how the experience hasn't aged too well. This doesn't mean that the game isn't good, as many of its ideas, such as combat, leveling system and puzzles, only required a few small tweaks to be truly excellent. The fact that it's a game from 2001 is clear when playing the game, but Onimusha: Warlords can still provide a sweet, albeit short, experience.

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Bazimag
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

First game in the Onimusha series with the title of "Warlords" managed to become one of the best titles of PS2. A game that got a great response from gamers and was a start to favored series of Onimusha. This remastered version of this title that is released 18 years after the original and it's a blessing for the fans of this series in absence of new titles. However a question remains that we can not clearly answer: "Will the new audience and younger gamers enjoy this game as much as the old gamers who played the original?"

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Digital Chumps
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2017

The HD version of Onimusha: Warlords is reminiscent of the wave of remasters that hit the PS3/360 era, which served as a passable way to introduce players to popular games from the previous generation. Rather than taking the route of the stellar Resident Evil HD Remaster, Capcom has put out a version of Onimusha that is easily accessible to a current audience and seems to act as a way to gauge player interest for the future of the franchise.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

18 years down the line (almost to the day) and Onimusha has returned to store shelves. While its comeback could have been better refined, this is a serviceable remaster with enough bells and whistles to entice veterans and newcomers alike.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

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.

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Video Chums
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords stood out much more in 2001 with its unique gameplay and sinister setting.

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IGN Middle East
7.5 / 10.0
IGN Middle East
Yasmeen Al Shyoukh

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2019

The game does not offer additional new content as it is the same game that was released in 2001 but with improved graphics and control.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a fantastic game that will always be fondly remembered as a true classic. This remaster is, unfortunately, rather barebones and a big missed opportunity to bring back the franchise into the limelight.

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Electric Bento
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is still a fun game and its remaster is worth its low asking price, it’s just a title that has aged far worse than the likes of other Capcom games that have been remastered this generation.

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GamePro
71 / 100
71 / 100
Jan 15, 2019

Important classic from the early days of the Playstation 2, which is no longer contemporary, but has a great atmosphere.

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Saudi Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 8, 2019

Onimusha was the basis for many hack & slash games, unfortunately the first installment of the series was OK but it lacks a lot of elements that would have enriched the player’s experience. Capcom should have release the first three installments to show the greatness this series have reached with time but that unfortunately didn’t happen.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 26, 2019

Onimusha Warlord may not be the most ambitious survival horror ever made, but its action-based gameplay and combat system, while simple, are enough to capture the player's interest. Thanks to its interesting environment and puzzles, this is a game that becomes enjoyable and entertaining quickly enough, even if its length could certainly be longer.

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TrueAchievements
Jan 25, 2019

Onimusha isn’t a 2019 classic, but it has earned its place as a 2001 classic that’s still more than worth playing today if you’re in the market for good games from bygone eras.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords Remastered can feel as dated as you would expect from a PlayStation 2 era title, but Capcom has done a solid job of improving the visuals and reworking the gameplay in order to make it worth revisiting in 2019.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

For the relatively low asking price Onimusha Warlords is worth a look if you've ever been interested in the series or just want to slay demons in historical Japan. Just bewware you'll have to contend with some game design elements that belong in the early 2000s. It's not a terribly long game and you can get through it in a few hours, but it'll keep you entertained throughout.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords HD Remaster is intended for those looking for a trip down memory lane, but it won't impress others. It's an interesting historical artifact, but that's about all it has going for it. (A true remake would be delightful!) Otherwise, it's just Samurai Resident Evil, and even then, it doesn't stand out much from the crowd. The HD remaster makes it the best-looking version of the game, but it's far from a definitive version. It's a nice trip back in time for those who played the game when it was fresh, but without the shine of being "next-gen," it may not hold a lot of appeal for others.

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Oyungezer Online
7 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2019

Although it shows its age, Onimusha Warlords is a game that will satisfy the the enthusiasts of the genre.

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PC Invasion
Jan 15, 2019

While control issues still hamper Onimusha: Warlords Remastered, the game looks and runs better than ever, and the hard-hitting combat keep it fun and exciting throughout.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jan 15, 2019

A short but sweet gem of a game dusted off and polished by Capcom for a quick nostalgia trip. Visual and auditory upgrades make this the definitive version of Onimusha: Warlords, but nothing can hide the game's aging design.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

While a few major tweaks and additions bring it into the modern era, this is still very much the Onimusha: Warlords you remember from 2001. That's not a bad thing, though, because 18 years on, it's still able to muster up a thrilling campaign with all manner of horrors to slice and dice. Recommended for both newcomers and veterans alike, Onimusha: Warlords is a welcome distraction that takes us back to a simpler time. Now, let's make that reboot a reality Capcom.

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VGN
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2018

Despite the lack of new contents, Onimusha: Warlords Remastered is a good way to discover one of the best hack 'n' slash games of the PS2-era, or to live again the adventure of the demon slayer Samanosuke. The remastered improves the graphics and features both a new control scheme for the new generation and a brand new soundtrack, but it also has a few technical issues and gameplay limits that could make your experience with the game definitely frustrating.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

f you're up for a (little bit of) challenge and want to see what the fuss is all about or even want to revisit the game 18 years after you last played it, Onimusha: Warlords has a lot to offer if you can put up with its limitations.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 15, 2019

If there's one aspect Capcom has been banking on as of late, it's nostalgia.

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Bloody Disgusting
Jan 15, 2019

While it would have been nice to see Capcom tart up those three original games and present them in one package, simply wanting more of what this remaster has to offer is a good sign. Beneath a new lick of paint and some clever adjustments, Onimusha: Warlords doesn’t make for an essential action game in 2019 but it’s a great modernization all the same and hopefully we’ll see more Capcom classics undergo a similar makeover.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a somewhat rough but enjoyable adventure, making it worth revisiting

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

While the second and third games are arguably better, Onimusha: Warlords serves as a perfect introduction to one of Capcom's most underrated franchises. So many minor improvements have been made here to make the game very playable by modern standards, though the fixed camera angles will remain polarising with modern audiences. Regardless, Onimusha: Warlords is a brief yet rewarding experience that combines simple yet satisfying combat and ghoulish enemy designs to create something that's still unique.

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TrueGaming
7 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2019

This is a great chance to try out one of the best action games from PS2 era. It might not showcase current standards in visuals but the story and narrative is as good as ever.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 13, 2019

A nostalgic-fuelled, absolute blast.

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Just Push Start
3.4 / 5.0
3.4 / 5.0
Jan 18, 2019

As a whole, the remaster of Onimusha: Warlords is a mixed bag for me. The graphics still look pretty outdated and the fixed camera is a huge annoyance. That being said, it's nice to revisit old games like this because developers don't really make games like this nowadays. It's worth playing since it only costs $19.99, although some people may find the game to be short as most player will complete it in around 4 hours…

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Geek Culture
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords comes to 2019 exactly how it was in 2001, and that might not be your cup of tea.

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PC Gamer
68 / 100
68 / 100
Jan 15, 2019

A fun relic of the early PS2 days that I still like a lot, but slightly too dated for most players to enjoy.

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IGN
6.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is exactly how you remember it, and in 2019, that's not necessarily a good thing.

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Jan 15, 2019

Still thoroughly good fun, Onimusha: Warlords is nonetheless showing its age, and unfortunately doesn't really hold up in 2019. For a fan like me, revisiting Capcom's samurai survival horror is genuinely welcome, but anyone experiencing it for the first time might come away perplexed.

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Fandom
3 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

3 / 5.0
Jan 15, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords was an intriguing and successful spin-off of the Resi formula in a Japanese setting. But despite being enjoyable, this is still only a polished remaster of a nearly two decades-old game.

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DarkZero
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 25, 2019

Beyond those changes, this is still the same game as the PS2 original, and much of the gameplay still holds up, minus some cheap one-hit death puzzles that prove extra frustrating since they occur during some unskippable cutscenes. While the experimental combination of Survival Horror and Capcom-style Action proved more successful with its sequels, Onimusha: Warlords is still an entertaining prototype that is worth a revisit for fans and a first look for newcomers.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 15, 2019

A low budget but competent remaster of a game that's showing its age – and yet still makes a good argument for a future franchise revival.

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The Games Machine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords is a lazy remaster of an honourable but anachronistic video game. The new control system is a nice addition but we simply expected something more.

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Telegraph
Jan 15, 2019

At times it can feel that Capcom's samurai adventure Onimusha is one of the PS2's forgotten classics.

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NintendoWorldReport
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

With the only changes being an excellently redone soundtrack, this port is the perfect way to relive your memories of the Playstation 2 classic. However, if you've never played Onimusha, this port's only real value is as a simple way to experience a piece of history. Over the course of 18 years, other games have improved on everything that once made Onimusha great.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2019

This remaster seems only well suited for folks who've experienced the series before. It's tailor-made for folks who want to take a trip down memory lane. Even then, you'll find the same surprise I did—that Onimusha: Warlords is a game remembered as being better than it actually was.

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PlayStation Galaxy
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

While the game feels truly dated, for those of you who don’t mind playing classic PS2 games then Onimusha: Warlords is something that you might want to check out, but for those of you who’ve already played and especially beaten this game long ago then I would suggest spending your time playing games of this generation.

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DigitalCentralMedia
42%
42%
Jan 23, 2019

Onimusha: Warlords has aged poorly, and this remaster does not add anything new to the table. Not recommended

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Game Revolution
Jan 15, 2019

A remaster of this scope can’t give the game a better camera, liven up the combat, or spruce up the tacky pre-rendered backgrounds. It’s a shame too since somewhere in this game lies a decent core that could serve as a fantastic base for a more fully fledged remake willing to go beyond a simple touch-up.

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