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Onimusha: Warlords is an action-survival horror game for the Nintendo Switch originally developed by Capcom. The remaster was developed NeoBards Entertainment and features a newly recorded soundtrack and Japanese voicetrack.

Gameplay

The player begins the game with a standard katana sword, and can also obtain long range weapons with limited supply. However, as the player progresses, Samanosuke Akechi can gain three elemental weapons: Raizan, Enryuu, and Shippuu, each with an elemental magic attack. As enemies are defeated, they release different colored souls that are absorbed by using the demon's Oni Gauntlet on Samanosuke's wrist: red souls act as "currency" which can be used to upgrade weaponry, yellow souls recover health, while blue souls recover magic power which is used to perform each weapon's elemental abilities.

Some sections are played with Samanosuke's assistant, Kaede, who has her own array of weapons and abilities, but is unable to absorb souls.

Characters

  • Samanosuke Akechi
  • Kaede
  • Yuki
  • Yumemaru
  • Nobunaga Oda
  • Hideyoshi Toyotomi

Genma

  • Osric
  • Guildenstern
  • Marcellus
  • Stylado
  • Hecuba
  • Fortinbras

Onimusha Warlords Weapons

  • Katana
  • Raizan
  • Enryuu
  • Shippuu
  • Bishamon Sword
  • Normal Bow
  • Matchlock

Plot

Onimusha: Warlords follows the battle-filled journey of samurai Samanosuke Akechi and ninja Kaede on a quest to save Princess Yuki from a legion of mysterious demons who have invaded Inabayama Castle.

As the two travel through the castle, they unravel a malevolent plot by those who would serve the evil Nobunaga Oda; a feudal lord resurrected by the demons to fulfil their dark desires.

Historical background

Samanosuke, his name being a title at the imperial court, is Hidemitsu Akechi. He happens to be the nephew of Mitsuhide Akechi and aided his uncle in the death of Nobunaga at Honnoji Temple as depicted in Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. In real life, Samanosuke outlived his uncle and died either against a vengeful Hideyoshi's troops or by committing seppuku after murdering his family to spare them from retaliation. Historically, used to explain how he aligned himself with the Genma, Nobunaga was actually mistakenly reported to have been felled by an arrow during the Battle of Okehazama.

Reception

Onimusha: Warlords received "mixed to average" reviews from critics according to Metacritic with a current Metascore of 70/100.

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