Excerpt: Since Resident Evil 4 reinvented Capcom’s seminal horror series, reinvention has since then became almost like a fashion with developers, with Splinter Cell and to a lesser degree, Tomb Raider both jumping on the bandwagon. This process can be quite a risky business, with a possibility that long-time fans are going to be alienated by the radical departure.
Excerpt: It was only 18 months ago that Onimusha 3 was supposed to mark the final vanquishing of the Genma demons by the Onimusha samurai clan (and Jean Reno, naturally), but like a demon warrior, a good franchise doesn't tend to stay dead for long. Dawn of Dreams, however, is far from a rehash, boasting a new story and characters, as well as some refreshing changes to the gameplay that should appeal to fans and attract new ones.
Summary: Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is a very welcome off-shoot of the series that keeps the best of what made Onimusha so popular but adds new features, characters and a new storyline to make it feel like a completely new game. While there are references to the previous games within the story anyone not familiar with the series will have no problems starting off with Dawn of Dreams due to the new cast and story and both fans and newcomers will enjoy what there is to offer, lots of...
Excerpt: Cor, blimey. For a country so relatively small, Japan does suffer from a rather unpleasing knack for being engulfed in hoards of demons. Luckily though, there are always one or two heroes milling about (you’d think with all the devilry, they’d find somewhere else to live) with the oomph to put up a fight. And there’s a whole lot of violence to be had and evil blood to be spilling.
Excerpt: While many would be quick to call Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Onimusha 4 , it is anything but. The game ditches the “ Resident Evil with a sword” premise of the first three games for more of an action game approach. Dawn of Dreams is all about eye candy. The trademark opening cinematic is here and joined by well-choreographed in-game movies.
Excerpt: When I first bought my PS2 (this was the large PS2 and not the tiny one I have today) one of the first games that I played on it was Onimusha. For a console title at the time, it was perfect. There was plenty of combat, a good amount of puzzle solving, an interesting plot and colorful graphics. I think I played it all night long. Of course other people felt the same way and the game was a huge hit, with its Japanese-style fighting and characters.
Excerpt: Enter Soki, aka Yuki Hideyasu, Aoki, Blue, the Blue Oni, the Oni of the Ash, etc. The hero of this story goes by many names (whether that's a translation issue or what, I don't know), but he's also quite handy with a broadsword. He's joined by one of the last remaining members of the Yagyu clan, Akane (who has inherited the title of "Jubei" from her grandfather, the protagonist of Onimusha 2), Ohatsu, Soki's love interest who wields a combat rifle, Tenkai, a monk from...