Onimusha: Warlords Remastered
Top Critic Average
Onimusha: Warlords makes a welcome return and still remains one of the greatest samurai adventures of all time
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.
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.
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.
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.
Onimusha: Warlords has aged poorly, and this remaster does not add anything new to the table. Not recommended
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?"
Review in Persian | Read full review
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.
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.
It's just a shame it didn't get a little more love in this remake.