Onimusha: Warlords Review

Onimusha: Warlords is the remaster of the 2001 game of the same name which brings it to all the 8th generation consoles and PC. So, does a game from 2001 still hold up or is it best left in the past? Let’s find out.

Onimusha: Warlords, when it originally released was well received. It was originally going to be a spin-off of Resident Evil set during the Feudal Japan period but eventually became its own title after taking a lot of influence from the Resident Evil series with the survival and puzzle aspect of the game. The game is more action-packed though and features a variety of weapons. While this was an extremely fun game back in 2001, the current day situation might be a little different.

You play as Samanosuke Akechi, a samurai who goes on a quest to find a Princess who has been taken by demons. The gameplay is pretty reminiscent of the old-school Resident Evil games with the fixed camera and tank controls but instead of guns, you use swords and shurikens to fight off demons and monsters from Japanese myths and folklore.

The Onimusha: Warlords Remaster which is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC is not really a remaster as much as it is a decent port. Not much is changed in terms of visuals as only a few textures have received the high-res treatment while most of the static background environmental images are still low res which really pops out against the newer textures.

The consoles run the game at 1080p while the PC can go up to 1440p and all the versions of the game run at a locked 60fps. The aspect ratio of the game is 4:3 and if you choose to use 16:9, it just zooms in and crops part of the image which is just a lazy way of supporting 16:9.

Unlike the old version which only allowed movements using the D-Pad, you can now use either the D-Pad or the joystick to move around when playing on a controller. There’s also a neat quality of life change as you can now quick-switch weapons in the middle of gameplay instead of going into the main menu.

The music has also been re-recorded and the game also features the Japanese dub which has also been re-recorded with a lot of the same actors. The original PAL release of the game didn’t feature the Japanese dub so having this option in this remaster is good.

Now whether or not this game is for you is honestly a matter of personal preference and also depends on when you started gaming and what type of games you were into.  If you started playing games after 2005 and never played any RE game, chances are that you won’t enjoy this game simply because of its somewhat dated gameplay and visuals. However, if you did play older games and are familiar with them, this game might be worth trying out.

It has a decent story, gameplay that is fun but dated and it isn’t too long to play through. If you played the original game and enjoyed it and want to replay it, this is probably the best way to do so. However, there is one small caveat that stops me from recommending this game, especially for Indian Steam users and that is its price.

The game costs Rs 1,500 in India which for a game that is 18 years old and is not even a remaster but an alright port, it makes no sense. It goes for $20 on the US Steam store and probably other marketplaces but for India, it’s a tad bit too much and if it were cheaper, I would absolutely recommend this game to folks. It’s good to see these games making their way to the PC because this way they won’t be lost to time or depend on emulation.

The game itself is fun albeit dated and it was a blast to play it again. It made me feel nostalgiac and while sure it isn’t great in terms of controls and animations, it was a lot of fun to play but I’d only recommend this title if you can get it for cheap on a sale because at its current full price of Rs 1,500 it is not worth it.

Because of the lack of any good changes and the high price, if I were to rate this title, I would give it a 6.5/10.

 

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