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    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

    Game » consists of 3 releases. Released Mar 08, 2006

    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams slashes its way back onto the PlayStation 2, in this 2 disc epic adventure.

    Short summary describing this game.

    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams last edited by AlexB4tman on 12/14/21 01:55PM View full history

    Overview

    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is the 4th main installment to the Onimusha series. However the main character this time around will be " Sōki" based on real life person Yūki Hideyasu who was Tokugawa Ieyasu's second son. 

    One of the main changes from its predecessor was the full use of the camera, however in a few areas the camera is locked. Again just like in Onimusha 3: Demon Seige the game uses full 3D rendered backgrounds as apposed to pre-rendered backgrounds used in the first two games.

    The game includes Japanese voice overs if the player wishes to change that, this feature was only included in the original Onimusha before the release of Dawn of Dreams. Even in the Japanese Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams the option for both text and voice in English are available.
    You are also able to change things from Subtitles to having green blood.


    Take control of multiple Characters
    Take control of multiple Characters










    Gameplay


    A big change to the series is that another character can be controlled during gameplay, you can easily switch between which character you want to control. The AI will control the other character and does a fairly decent job but they can also follow certain commands which can be issued through the D-pad.

    A shop system is also available where players can buy new weapons as well as upgrade them, you can buy accessories which gives the player certain advantages depending on what they use and they can also purchase other items like medicine. You can even gain new skills and improve them throughout the game.

    The game has quite a lot of RPG elements in it you will be able to increase, your characters level, HP, MP, OP to improve your character.
    When you kill an enemy you can absorb their soul you can later use these souls to upgrade your weapons.




    Story



    Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams takes place about fifteen years after the defeat of Nobunaga Oda from the end of Onimusha 3: Demon Seige
    Hideyoshi Toyotomi who is Nobunaga's vassal takes over the country,  unifying it under one banner and basically ending the wars that had torn the land apart under his former lord's banner.

    But this piece doesn't last very long when natural disasters keep occurring acting as an omen of things to come which includes an "Omen Star" appearing in the sky.
    A lot of rumors started spreading across the country that the Genma are going to return and that Hideyoshi has something to do with it.

     

    Characters


    Sōki - Hideyasu Yuki

    A powerful samurai who has the power of the Dark Oni.


    Standard Sōki
    Standard Sōki
    Through the game he is called many different things from Sōki, Hideyasu Yuki, Blue Demon, God of Darkness and the Oni of the Ash.

    Once he learns what Hideyoshi is doing he sets off on a journey to burn the Genma trees and kill the Genma that are running wild across the country.


    While on his travels a creature by the name of Minokichi helps Sōki on his quest.
    He gives Sōki information on different creatures
    Sōki with Street Fighter
    Sōki with Street Fighter "Ryu" costume
    and places they traverse and talk about your allies who you will eventually meet, he is also able to use instant teleport travel.


    Sōki's voice was done by David Berón for the English version and Toshiyuki Kusuda for the Japanese version of the game.







    Jubei - Akane Yagyu

    A young woman who carries on the name of the famous Yagyu clan.

    Standard Jubei
    Standard Jubei
    Jubei has amazing skills and she even has the Eye of the Oni.

    Jubei or also known as Akane is assigned to kill former clan member and relative Munenori Yagyu as he has betrayed and killed members of the Yagyu clan.

    She is known for using a  shikomizue. A weapon famously used by the fictional swordmaster Zatoichi.

    Jubei with Street Fighter
    Jubei with Street Fighter "Cammy White" costume
    Jubei's voice was done by  B.J. Ward for the English version and Yukana Nogami for the Japanese version of the game.











    Ohatsu

    Younger sister to Lady Yodo who is the royal concubine to Hideyoshi Toyotomi.


    Standard Ohatsu
    Standard Ohatsu
    Ohatsu is a fantastic marksman, she can use techniques similar to those of her mentors, Magoichi Saika who is in Onimusha 2.

    She is the daugter of Oyu who is also from Onimusha 2.

    Ohatsu can use different kind of firearms, explosives and even a grapple hook.

    Ohatsu's voice was done by  Nika Futterman for the English version and Sanae Kobayashi for the
    Ohatsu with Street Fighter
    Ohatsu with Street Fighter "Chun-Li" costume
     Japanese version of the game.













    Roberto Frois

    His mother is Japanese his father is Spanish, he is a Christian missionary.

    Standard Roberto
    Standard Roberto
    He was betrayed by his adopted and demonically possessed father, Luís Fróis.


    Roberto is a magnificent fighter he uses his enchanced arms and fists and is able to do various boxing style techniques.

    His theme tune also contains a small guitar sample from the first mission of Devil May Cry 3 and in missions 13-15. Roberto's gaunlets are based on the Christian archangel's, Raphael, Uriel and Michael.
    Roberto with Street Fighter
    Roberto with Street Fighter "Guile" costume
    Although he appears to have a tough exterior, deep inside he's a romantic as you will discover the book he was reading was "Romeo and Juliet". Roberto and Ohatsu have their moments in the game.

    Roberto's voice was done by Juan Monsalvez for the English version and Wataru Hatano for the Japanese version of the game.






    Tenkai Nankobo

    A mysterious monk who makes his home high upon Mt. Hiei.

    Original Tenkai
    Original Tenkai
    He has sensed the stirrings of evil and has started on a quest. Eventually he discovers Hideyoshi's intentions.

    During the games end credits it is revealed that Tenkai is actually  Samanosuke Akechi.

    Tenkai's voice was done by  Josh Keaton for the English version and Hideo Ishikawa for the Japanese version of the game.



    Tenkai with Street Fighter
    Tenkai with Street Fighter "Ken" costume














    Enemies



    Neo Fortinbras

    Hideyoshi Toyotomi

    Hideyoshi Toyotomi
    Hideyoshi Toyotomi
    Hideyoshi's voice was done by Tôru Ôkawa for the Japanese version of the game.










    Claudius - Mitsunari Ishida

    Mitsunari Ishida
    Mitsunari Ishida
    Mitsurari's voice was done by  Alastair Duncan for the English version and  Norio Wakamoto for the Japanese version of the game.










    Ophelia - Lady Yodo

    Yodo's voice was done by Mari Yokô for the Japanese version of the game.


    Rosencrantz - Luis Frois

    Luis' voice was done by  Masaharu Satō for the Japanese version of the game.


    Munenori Yagyu

    Munenori Yagyu
    Munenori Yagyu
    Munenori's voice was done by  Josh Keaton for the English version and Keiji Fujiwara for the Japanese version of the game.









    Sakon Shima

    Sakon's voice was done by Kenta Miyake for the Japanese version of the game.


    Ban Danemon

    Ban's voice was done by Shōzō Iizuka for the Japanese version of the game.


    Armored Soldier
    Armored Soldier
    Armored Soldier













    Genma Warrior
    Genma Warrior
    Genma Warrior














    Controls


    Click Image to view Controls
    Click Image to view Controls
    Triangle - Oni Magic
    Circle - Examine
    X - Absorb Souls
    Square - Attack

    Start - Pause / Sub Screen
    Select - Map
    D-Pad - Issue Command
    R3 - Click to Reset Camera
    L1 - Guard
    L2 - Character Change
    R1 - Ready / Focus on Enemy
    R2 - Secret Technique


    R1 Circle : Kick
    L3 R3 : Oni Awakening
    Hold Triangle to charge to Level 3 followed by L2 for a co-op attack

    Partner Commands
    D-Pad Up - All out Attack
    D-Pad Down - Wait and Recover
    D-Pad Right - Follow and Attack
    D-Pad Left - Special Order (Different for each character)

    Skills



    Soki's Skills
    Standard
    Hold R1 while performing each skill

    Whirlwind - Back, Forward Square
    Sōki will step forward with a spinning horizontal attack that will lead into an 
    overhead strike.


    Thrust - Forward Square
    Sōki will stab in front of him.


    Blade Jab - Forward Square during "Thrust"
    Sōki moves closer to the enemy and pulls off a multiple hitting stab.


    Lift - Back Square
    Sōki uppercuts the enemy.


    Slam - Forward Square during "Lift"
    Sōki will do a shoulder slam, you can do this up to 3 times for each lift.


    Finisher - Square near a downed enemy
    Sōki stabs the enemy with his sword while they are laid out, press Square to push the sword deeper into the enemy.

    H.Splitter - Square X
    Sōki will put his sword in the air and attack with a overhead strike.


    Kick - Circle
    Sōki will kick the enemy it can also knock them to the ground.


    Phoenix - Forward, Back Square
    Sōki will jump and attack horitontally to the ground.


    Secret Technique - Sword of Purification 
    Coil - R2
    Sōki's purifying sword will spin around him and hit any nearby enemies.


    Stab - Forward R2
    Sōki will throw the purifying sword infront of him.

    Flight - Back R2
    Sōki will slightly throw the sword forward before thrusting it into the ground.

    Oni Awakening - Onimusha Transformation
    When Sōki is in Oni form every attack that he does will draw out their souls and automatically absorb them.

    Oni Cutter - Triangle
    Sōki attacking with one of his many moves
    Sōki attacking with one of his many moves

    This move will take the place of the usual Oni Magic while Soki is 
    transformed.  This uppercut attack will hit multiple times.

    Special Order
    Absorb Souls - D-Pad Left while controlling another character
    Sōki will stand still and absorb all the souls within distance



    Jubei's Skills
    Standard
    Hold R1 while performing each skill

    Flurry - Square X


    Thrust - Forward Square

    Chaser - Forward Square during "Thrust"

    Lift - Back Square

    Rising Dragon - Back, Forward Square

    Finisher - Square near a downed enemy, press Square again to push the sword deeper into the enemy.

    Moon Blade - Back, Forward Square

    Kick - Circle
    Their size and shape don't matter because none shall stand in your way
    Their size and shape don't matter because none shall stand in your way

    Cresent - Square as kick hits

    Special Attack - Quick Draw
    Beacon - R2

    Skim - Forward R2

    Pinwheel - Back R2

    Oni Awakening - Demon Eye
    Everyone except for Jubei will move really slowly once transformed.

    Shadow Cast - Triangle

    Special Order
    Distract Enemy - D-Pad Left while controlling another character


    Ohatsu's Skills
    Standard
    Hold R1 while performing each skill


    Charge up - Hold Square

    Thrust - Forward Square

    R.Kick - Forward, Back Square


    Lift - Back Square

    Meteor Drop - Square X

    Finisher - Square near a downed enemy

    Fireworks - Back, Forward Square

    Kick - Circle

    Stinger - Forward Square during "Kick"

    Special Attack - Explosives

    Gunpowder - R2

    Bomb Toss - Forward R2

    Time Bomb - Back R2

    Oni Awakening - Demon Blood

    Demon Shots - Triangle

    Special Order
    Cover Fire - D-Pad Left while controlling another character


    Roberto's Skills

    Standard
    Hold R1 while performing each skill


    Hook Storm - Square while swaying left to right in a guard position, keep tapping Square to keep punching and press X to dash.

    Body Blow - Forward Square

    Top Spin - Forward Square during "Body Blow" or Back, Forward Square

    Uppercut - Back Square

    Flare-up - Back Square during "Uppercut" or Forward, Back Square

    Finisher - Square near a downed enemy

    Nova - Hold Square

    Kick - Circle

    Strikedown - Square X

    Special Attack - Death Grip

    Throw - R2

    Yank - Forward R2, Square

    Overflow - Back R2, Square repeatedly

    Oni Awakening - Exorcising Fist

    Every attack Roberto does using Square he will make into a high hit combo

    High Rush - Triangle

    Special Order
    Berserk - D-Pad Left while controlling another character

    Tenkai's Skills
    Standard
    Hold R1 while performing each skill

    F. Drill - Back, Forward Square

    Thrust - Square

    Hell Jab - Forward Square during "Thrust" tab Square to keep stabbing

    Lift - Square

    Nirvana - Forward Square during "Lift" keep tapping to keep stabbing or you can tap slowly to end the combo with a powerful attack

    Finisher - Square near a downed enemy

    Thunderclap - Square X

    Kick - Circle 

    Enlightenment - Forward, Back Square, tap Square to keep spinning his Spear

    Special Attack - Art of Purification
    Charm - R2

    Enchanted Dagger - Forward, R2

    Space Warp - Back, R2

    Oni Awakening - Oni Gauntlet
    Light Arrows - Triangle

    Special Order
    Pray - D-Pad Left while controlling another character



    Soundtrack



    The games music is composed by Hideyuki Fukasawa and Jamie Christopherson.

    Hideyuki Fukasawa did most of the in-game music and soundtracks. He also worked on the music of  Chaos Legion and it shows as there are quite a few similarities.  
    You will see a lot of great CGI clips
    You will see a lot of great CGI clips

    Jamie Christopherson on the other hand worked on the CG cut scenes and FMV's Hollywood-style orchestral scores. 

    The type of music in this game is quite different to any other in the series as more electronic tones are used.

    Ayumi Hamasaki the famous Japanese pop singer has two of her songs in the game "Startin'" and "Rainy Day" for the opening and ending themes for the game. However if played on the normal English setting this will not be heard, but the player can select the Japanese language from the options menu and it will play identically to the Japanese version of the game.



    Manga

    There are 2 manga's based around Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, Onimusha: Night Of Genesis which has 2 volumes and Onimusha: Twilight Of Desire. Both of which are published by Udon Entertainment.

    Onimusha: Night Of Genesis Volume 1
    Onimusha: Night Of Genesis Volume 1
    Onimusha: Night of Genesis by Mitsuru Ohsaki
    Volume 1 was released in Japan on 12-22-2005
    Volume 2 was released in Japan on 06-28-2006









    Onimusha: Twilight of Desire
    Onimusha: Twilight of Desire


    Onimusha: Twilight Of Desire by Takashi Yaguchi

    Released in Japan on 01-23-2006
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