Onimusha 2 Review

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Gamers couldn’t get enough of demons, undead, and samurai with the Capcom hit “Onimusha” on the PlayStation 2 in 2001. Just a year later in 2002, Capcom followed it up with a sequel titled Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny for the PlayStation 2. The sequel would feature a different main character and take place ten years after the first game. Would the strange mix of ancient Japan and demons work again in this Onimusha 2 review?

Onimusha 2 Plot:

Remember our good pal Samanosuke from the first Onimusha? Well, he’s not in this game or in my Onimusha 2 review! After Samonosuke defeated the demon king Fortinbras he’s been MIA. Its been ten years since the events of Onimusha one and while Fortinbras was killed, Nobunaga the once-feared leader of a Japanese army has risen to power in the demon ranks. Nobunaga was killed in the opening video of the first game but the demons resurrected him to do their bidding. He’s taking full command of their armies and has set fire to any resistance.

Nobunaga’s army destroys Yagyu village killing everyone from the small town except Jubei Yagyu, the clan’s samurai who was not there when the army attacked. Now, Jubei is set on revenge against Nobunaga! As he looks over the wreckage of his village, he hears his name called by a mysterious voice. He runs to it discovering a wooden cabin that houses a female demon that informs Jubei that she is his real mother. She tells Jubei the only way to defeat Nobunaga is to reunite the five orbs that were created to protect the humans from demons.

During his quest for the orbs, Jubei meets four other warriors each with their own intentions. Ekei is a fat man that fights with a spear. He loves women and drinking. He wants to become a feudal lord. Magoichi is a master with guns. Keep in mind that the guns are not like they are today but are matchlocks. He plans on killing Nobunaga out of fear that his village will fall next. Kotaro is a ninja who was abandoned as a child by his mother. He wants to help Jubei defeat Nobunaga and uncover the mystery behind the fourth warrior that Jubei meets. That fourth warrior is Oyu, a cute female warrior who is set out on a mysterious quest of her own. It turns out that she is the sister of Nobunaga and wants him stopped.

Jubei collects the five orbs and uses them to defeat Nobunaga but is unable to kill him due to the lack of the Oni Gauntlet that is required to kill Nobunaga. (hint, hint, Samanosuke has it). Jubei and Oyu develop feelings for each other during the game which I thought was unnecessary. The game was tremendous already and didn’t need this love interest between two characters. In the end, Jubei is on his horse overlooking a tower that Oyu is in as she watches him from afar.

Onimusa 2 Gameplay:

I ranted how much I loved the opening video of the first Onimusha and the second one follows suit. Gosh, they sure do know how to make great videos to hype you up on the game you are about to play. This video introduces all the characters you’ll be able to interact with along with their personalities. In the video, Oyu is seen taking a shower under a waterfall. When I was in seventh grade all my buddies would gather around to watch the opening scenes of this game and we all ogled at the sideboob that is shown. When you are in seventh grade, side boob is everything. Actually, you know I still love side boob. Some things never change.

I noticed that the sound effects were more creepy during my Onimusha 2 review than the first. There’s a horror element to these games, and the atmosphere was great for Onimusha 1 and 2. The little details make a big difference like the sound of Jubei’s footsteps changing when he is on wooden floors, grass, or concrete.

At the beginning of my Onimusha 2 review, there was a city that you can explore and chat with the locals as you build up your strength and knowledge of the game. I LOVED this town, it was bustling with tons of villagers that you can talk to and hear their complaints about every day life. It felt like a real town and I pictured myself in the 1500s in Japan. There’s even a town hooker that keeps trying to seduce you! Onimusha 2 offers many more personalities than the first game. There’s humor in the game, and it’s good humor too! Characters crack jokes, find themselves in awkward positions, and show a different side to the Onimusha universe. In Onimusha 1, the game was much more serious. Onimusha 2 gets down to business but has comic relief with the side characters.

A new change in gameplay is the gift system. Jubei can find gifts and give them to his companions to make them like him better. This determines who comes to your side in battles and opens up new scenarios and side stories. I loved the gift system in my Onimusha 2 review and giving gifts always ends in a funny reaction from the recipients. The gifts range from anything from a frog, sake, globe, flower, and even mushrooms that make the user hallucinate. Each companion will act differently toward gifts, and each gift has a rating system from A to D on the reaction scale. An A reaction makes the character like you the most while a D barely moves the friendship bar. Friendship is important in opening up scenarios. I finished the game thinking I played almost every scenario with the companions but at the end, it shows your stats and I only completed 52 percent of the scenarios! Jeez!

You’ll be hacking and slashing hundreds of demons throughout your quest and Onimusha 2 expands upon the weapons and combos. You’ll learn “secret” moves for each weapon by discovering hidden books on them. The three swords from the first game return and there’s a new huge hammer to smash the heads of demons. Just like the first game, you’ll be able to power them up. Boss battles are tougher than the first game and I found myself using my magic attacks much more during my Onimusha 2 review. Most bosses have an attitude too. There’s this hideous fat demon woman who thinks she is so hot with her umbrella and high heels. I loved fighting the bosses as they almost became likable and I was sorry to see them go. An example of the humor in Onimusha 2 is during a boss fight against the expert demon swordsmen Gogandantess, he keeps bragging about himself. Jubei interrupts and just says “Can we get on with this?” as he rolls his eyes. Occasionally, there was some slowdown on the screen when there were too many enemies. I was surprised to see this on the PS2 but it only happened a few times.

The final fight against Nobunaga is what I was hoping for in the first game. He turns into a flying armored demon king as you battle each in his throne room. It was awesome but that’s just his first phase. He transforms into a giant walking machine of armor and Jubei counters by transforming with the five orbs into some supernatural Oni. The second phase of Noubunga during my Onimusha 2 review was stupid and I didn’t feel like it needed to be included. When the game concludes I was expecting a better cut scene or wrap up of the story but there was very little payoff.

I loved the first Onimusha game as a sixth-grader so when the second game came out my dad bought it for me. I remember playing it with my friends, but I never beat it. I don’t remember where I stopped playing or what got me stuck. Completing my Onimusha 2 review with a full playthrough, I believe I was probably halfway through the game. when I quit as a kid. It probably got too difficult at the time. My friends and I would always pick characters to pretend to be as we played. I had a fat friend and we always made him be Ekei as he was fat too. Kids are mean, haha!

Onimusha 2 Review Score:

The first Onimusha game was great. The second one expanded on what made the first game amazing and added some huge enhancements. If you have never played this series, you really need to.

Onimusha 2 scores a 9.6 out of 10.

What would you write in your Onimusha 2 review? Do you remember when Onimusha 2 when it first came out? What did you think of the new characters and who was your favorite? Did you like the gift system? Let me know your memories and thoughts, I’d love to read the comments!

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