Genma Onimusha

Ever wonder what would it would be like if you mixed a samurai, some demons, high-resolution graphics, funny Japanese names and awesome sound dubbing and put them into one game? Well, Genma Onimusha does just that for you.


Genma Onimusha is actually the revamped version of Onimusha: Warlords for PS2. The game is pretty much a straight port graphics wise. Aside from slightly cleaner textures, the game looks the same as it did on PS2. The most impressive parts of the graphics are in the cutscenes. The CG is smooth, crisp and extremely well done.


Genma Onimusha does support Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Although, during gameplay, the game doesn't really take advantage of the surround. In fact, the only part that really utilizes the surround sound would be the cutscenes.


In Genma Onimusha, you play a masterless samurai named Samanosuke Akechi who is accompanied by his female friend Kaede (yes, hot Japanese babe with short skirt). The plot: Demons come to earth to capture Princess Yuki and Yumemaru, her little brother, for a sacrifice the demons want to perform. Your job is to fight through levels of demons and monsters to get to the end and save the princess. Easy as pie? Not really, the game takes hours to beat, but luckily you can save your game at designated save points. When you first start, you'll try to run forward and you won't go anywhere for ten minutes. Then you realize this isn't Halo, and you have to use the digital pad, not the analog stick. When you first start, the controls are a bit odd to get used to, mainly because you use pretty much every button during combat one way or another. But as the game progresses, you'll become a much better fighter. Another thing you'll notice in the game is in "third person". The camera automatically switches shots while you move, kind of like the cameras are on set mounts and can't be moved. This also takes some getting used to.

Bottom Line:

If you want a great action game, Genma Onimusha is the game to get. This game lasts much longer then the PS2 version did, but it is over pretty quick. Thus, the game will keep you on the edge of your seat and when it's over, you'll be begging for more.

-Brian Dappolone