Onimusha is a action-adventure game created by Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, and released for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. The play style is in the same vein as the older Resident Evil games. It was intended for the PlayStation but brought over to PlayStation 2, then later on for the Xbox under the title Genma Onimusha. It was also the first PlayStation 2 game to sell over a million copies.
The story begins with a powerful warlord of Saruga, Yoshimoto Imagawa, has intentions to unify Japan; just so he can become the sole king of the country. Yoshimoto then leads an army to take over the capitals of Japan. On a march in Owari, the entire army halt and decide to rest in for the night. While resting, an army of 2,000 Soldiers that's being lead by the warlord of Owari, Nobunaga Oda, ambushes Yoshimoto and his army. While the invasion was going on, a man far up on a hill, Samaosuke Akechi, watches on. One of Nobunaga Soliders runs up to Nobunaga and gives him the news that Yoshimoto was slayed and his army was defeated. Nobunaga stands up and starts laughing manically about the victory over Yoshimoto; then arrow from one of Yoshimoto's men pierces Nobunaga's throat. He falls to the ground with blood pouring out rapidly out of his throat, his life slowly begins to fade.
One year after the events of Nobunaga's death, strange occurrences began happening at the Inabayama Castle; disappearances of soldiers and workers without a trace. Cause of the unusual events, the princess of the castle, Princess Yuki, sent a SOS to her cousin, Samanosuke. But Samanosuke was too late, Yuki was kidnapped.
Right after that, an attack was being made on the castle. By a army of inhumane creators, demons, that was led by the Nobunaga Oda (Whom was presumed dead). Samanosuke and a female ninja named Kaede decide to go and rescue Princess Yuki and defeat Nobunaga and his army of demon warriors.
Onimusha's gameplay is pretty much a cross between Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. The action is on par with Devil May Cry, while the progression, camera preservative, and controls was on the vein of the earlier Resident Evil games. The game also has several puzzle solving sequences.
The game also has a leveling up system, the way it works, is Samanosuke uses a gauntlet to collect red "souls" from defeated enemies. The souls are use for enhances weapons, magic, and healing items. There are also other versions of the souls that is use for other purpose.
- Red Souls: Use for enhancing weapons and items.
- Blue Souls: Use for restoring magic that is lost.
- Yellow Souls: Use for recovering health.
Just a plain old samurai sword that is use for the beginning of the game.
A more powerful version of the Normal Sword and its style of fighting is in the same way.
A broad sword that's a bit slow, but can perform powerful strikes.
A weapon with blades on both ends. It's also extremely fast.
The most powerful in the game. This sword has no magic mainly due to its tremendous power.
A lightning fast combo attack with the final blow being a vertical strike of lightning from above.
A vertical strike with the blade bursting into a vicious flame.
A vortex that can take down any enemies that's near it.
"A master swordsman who travels across Japan seeking his rival. Often perceived as a passionless soldier, because of his quiet ways, Samanosuke is actually a hot-blooded warrior with a noble sense of justice."
"An expert kunoichi (female ninja), Kaede was originally send by the Iga ninjas to assassinate Samanosuke. Instead, she develops absolute trust in him and joins him as his confidant."
"Yuki is the sister of Yoshitatsu, the master of Inabayama Castle and Samanosuke's cousin. She becomes aware of strange events in the castle and sends an SOS to Samanosuke. But before he arrives, she is mysteriously kidnapped."
"An enigmatic orphan discovered by Samanosuke while looking for Yuki in the castle."
"One of Nobunaga's high-ranking generals, Kinoshita has the warlord's complete trust. Though he has sworn absolute loyalty to Nobunaga, the only thing Kinoshita truly cares about is his own advancement in the ranks of power."
"An exceptional warlord who aspires to unify Japan. With the victory against Imagawa in Okehazama, he rides a tidal wave of success. Though he was once thought dead, Nobunaga's acts have now become extremely heartless and cruel."
A slow-moving skeleton that uses a sword or a bow.
An agile blue-suited ninja with three glowing green eyes. The can leap from a distance.
An enhanced version of the Three-Eyes. They can perform illusions of them self and throw projectiles.
A tall samurai that can grab Samanosuke from a distances.
A enhance version of the Long Arm, and also holds a shield.
Boar-like demons that carry machetes, and have a rolling attack.
These bull-like demons have giant axe. They're very powerful, but slow.
Ant-like demons that uses their legs as a weapon.
A blue skull demon that floats around sucking up demon souls.
For main article see Genma Onimusha
Onimusha was later ported to the Xbox as "Genma Onimusha" and featured:
- Enhanced graphics
- More areas to explore
- Additional cut scenes
- New enemy types and rearranged enemy placement
- An additional energy orb color
- Improved combat
- Increased difficulty