|Submitted by Mike Montgomery |
(Feb 01, 2005)
An Onimusha Tactics game! Whoever thought of it has my eternal gratitude. Unfortunately I've lost my copy, so may be a bit sketchy on certain details.
I started playing this when it was released after stumbling upon it in a shop. As you know, I love tactic games as well as the Onimusha series and therefore I bought it without thinking twice. I hadn't heard anything about it, and am under the impression that this is one of those games that went by unnoticed for whatever reason, whether it be bad release date or otherwise. It deserves more attention than it received.
You start of with a character called Onimaru, who is one of the few living relatives to the Oni tribe (if I remember right). After a demon attack on his village, him and a group of warriors set out to defeat the Demon King - Lord Nobunaga. As you progress through the game, your group increases until finally you have around 30 warriors ranging form Spearmen, to Axemen, to Ninjas, to Spellcasters, to swordsmen. There are historical figures from the Sengoku Jidai Era such as Magoichi and Ekei who fight alongside you in your quest to destory Nobunaga (who was a real Japanese ruler).
Customization is a fun part of the game, and items as well as weapons can be created, upgraded and edited. Once you progress far enough, the Phantom Realm becomes accessible via the world map, and is basically a 16 floor cave used to train your characters. If you do manage to finish all floors you receive a secret character called Okuni who is very useful, and not to mention powerful.
If I remember correctly there are over 60 battles, all tied in with the story. This game is a must-buy for any RPG or Tactic fans. If you liked Final Fantasy Tactics, chances are you'll like this.
Gameplay - 10
Story - 7
Graphics - 9
Music - 9
Replay - 10
Overall - 10