Summary: I hate stomping on games that go
out on a limb. I especially hate stomping on games that I really wanted
to like. Oni, however, is just too much of a bad thing. All the good intentions
in the world don’t make up for a game that just has almost no redeemable
qualities. Makes me wonder if anyone at Rockstar or Bungie actually played
it before they bothered to shovel it into stores.
Pros: Big levels, pretty flashes, and a story that is interesting if a bore to
Cons: Game play, graphics, level design, system draw, and just about anything else that should make a game playable.
Excerpt: Chi does a good job of covering most of the game's flaws, but I disagree about the curse of being a game critic. To me, the worst part of being a critic is actually having to play games like Oni. Nothing puts fear into my heart like the thought of being stuck playing bad games like this for hours at a time. I didn't have any prejudice when I started it, but I sure as hell did when I was finished with it. My verdict: Chi was definitely WAY too kind to this game.
Excerpt: Oni is a single-player third-person action game from Bungie Software, which is best known for its Myth real-time strategy series, as well as its old Marathon first-person shooters. Oni is certainly a departure for the popular developer, which was recently acquired by Microsoft. Though die-hard fans might catch a rare reference to Bungie's other games in Oni, the game has nothing in common with any of its predecessors.
Excerpt: Producer: Rockstar Developer: Bungie ESRB: Teen Players: 1 Memory Card: 128 KB Analog Control Digital Control Vibration Function Da Introduction: Oni. A word that has filled us with wonder ever since this game was announced some time ago. Well, the long wait is over and it has finally arrived. Few games have had this much hype surrounding them, but sadly this can be a mixed blessing.
Excerpt: I don't know why so many people shudder at the mere mention of this game. This is a solid action game that no one should miss out on, or at least try. The controls are what most people who've played this game complain about. It really is not that difficult if you sit down and take the time to get used to it. Albeit the game isn't perfect, but altogether it is a good game.
Pros: Cheap price, Good if you're in a "beat 'em up" mood
Cons: Music is uninspired and forgettable, Levels are bland, Collision detection is off at times
Excerpt: Oni is guilty of looking good but offering nothing to look at. The first feeling is one of excitement when you watch Konoko, the heroine, show off her tough moves. The other shoe drops somewhere into the second or third level, when you realize that you're basically exploring constant empty space with crates inside. Nobody could complain about the character models. Konoko looks good, and both she and her enemies demonstrate some really cool action animations.
Excerpt: The curse of being a game critic is that you have to play all games with as little prejudice as possible. As you can probably imagine, reviewing games you like is easy, but even covering games you despise isn't as hard as you might think. At least you know where you stand with the title and there's a sense of satisfaction you get from warning the public and extracting you're revenge for time wasted with a scathing review.
Excerpt: Though Oni was released late by Bungie Software, it has many features to brag about. It contains revolutionary new ideas for 3rd person gaming. The game takes place in the fictitious world where you are an agent of the TCTF, which is the police body of a World Government. You are known as Konoko. Not much is given about who you are in the beginning of the game. As the game progresses, you find out many clues about where you came from.
Excerpt: For a game that was originally planned two years ago, Bungie's Oni was praised as the most anticipated game at trade show after show. That praise has continued through 2000 (including a feature at E3), and was also planned to be a launch title for the PlayStation 2. However, that never happened. In fact, it was not released until February 2001, and after playing it on my PlayStation2, I wonder why it got so much praise. To me, it's just average.