Just started this one myself. I had played and enjoyed the first Onimusha back in the PS2 days. Then, when I lived in Japan, I found 2, 3, and Dawn of Dreams for 100 yen each (!!). So I'm finally getting into the rest of the series. All I knew going in was that 2 was the most hated of the series, and I have to agree with you that it plays well and looks outstanding. That gift giving mechanic, on the other hand, is outrageously over complicated. Luckily (or not?) my trusty Japanese PS2 got me through that hole into the demon world, where the game gets immediately MUCH more difficult. Anyway, thanks for the write-up. Glad someone is still talking about these old games. Cheers.