Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

  • Beautiful characters and environments
  • Fun, deep, customizable fighting
  • Unlockable two-player co-op is a blast
  • Allies are a pain in the ass
  • Camera is uncooperative
  • Awkward dialogue and voice acting

Japan just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to demons. Dawn of Dreams takes place fifteen years after the original Onimusha trilogy, but the action-packed essence remains fully intact. Emperor Hideyoshi is up to something unspeakable with the nation's cherry trees, and plans to turn every last citizen into a mindless drone under his command.

Your only recourse is to stop this evil with lots and lots of bloodshed. You start out controlling only Soki - a blond samurai ogre with two giant broadswords - but before too many hours have passed, you've got a full stable of five fighters to choose from, each sporting a set of unlockable signature attacks and combos.

Killing monsters and absorbing their souls will slowly power up your avatars from well-dressed gimps to minor deities, and as your basic hack-and-slash attacks are upgraded, new and more advanced forms become available. These can be leveled up as well, and range from Soki's brutal "head splitter" to gun-toting Ohatsu's explosive "fireworks." Each ally also hides a secret form that's set loose with an "Oni Awakening," giving you a frightening new visage, limited invincibility and other secrets to discover. Their weapons - which include swords, staffs and guns - can also be upgraded. And if both your onscreen characters are wielding sufficiently advanced hardware, you can unleash devastating combined attacks that unleash destructive energy everywhere.

More Info

Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Language, Violence

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