The first two games in the Onimusha series scratched all our samurai itches, pitting expert swordsman Samanosuke against hordes of undead horrors in feudal Japan. Then, without warning, Capcom used Onimusha 3 as an opportunity to merge the ancient Japanese world with that of modern-day France. Uhhhhhhhh, hi?! That’s like if Nintendo had made some Super Mario Bros. 3 levels take place in Mortal Kombat’s Netherrealm. In any case, this was the perfect excuse to include actor Jean Reno as Jacques Blanc, a secret agent who swaps timelines with Samanosuke, and who is not, in fact, bandmates with a French doppelganger of Kyle Gass.
If you’re not familiar with Jean Reno, he’s basically the Ben Kingsley of France--he’s been around for ages, and has parts in roughly one billion films. No amount of acting could prepare him for a land overrun by demons, though; luckily, he just happened upon a spiffy elemental armguard that doubles as a tricked-out whip. But no matter how cool his video game role was, there’s something inescapably weird about watching Léon the Professional cavort around ancient Japan.