18 years after its debut on Playstation 2, Onimusha: Warlords is back on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC and we're not quite sure it will appeal to today's players. Here is what we think of the Xbox One port. Obviously, the article is accompanied by a few videos recorded on Xbox One X.
Onimusha: Warlords and its 2 sequels are without a doubt part of the best PS2 games, but it's hard to be excited by this port on current gen hardware. The paint job is minimum and the graphics clearly show their age, so do the fixed camera angles, which are even more annoying than in the past because that is just not how people like to play games now. The 16:9 aspect ratio is also a bit of a letdown as the camera basically zooms in and cuts off the top and bottom portions of the screen. Maybe it would have been more interesting to release a collection including the 3 games, even more so as the first game offers a very short experience (5 hours tops). When you consider that a true remake of another Capcom classic is on its way, why would you choose Onimusha over RE2? The silver lining is that it will give more people a chance to discover the series today, and maybe allow them to realize that a new episode would make perfect sense in a world where Nioh and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are kings.
On the plus side
+ The "return" of an iconic series
+ Japanese voices are available
+ The hope of a new episode
+ Probably more exciting on Switch
On the downside
- Quite a lazy port
- Graphically dated
- English voice acting sounds so tacky
- Just as short as before