Onimusha 3: Demon Siege

Onimusha 3: Demon Siege

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    26 Feb 2004

Onimusha 3 is the third game of the Onimusha series. The story focuses on the returning hero, swordsman Hidemitsu Samanosuke Akechi, who is in his quest to defeat his nemesis, Nobunaga Oda, who wishes to conquer Japan with his army of demons known as Genma. However, Samanosuke changes places with a French officer from the future named Jacques Blanc, and both have to adapt to their new worlds to get rid of Nobunaga and the Genma. The game retains elements from previous games in the franchise including the use of multiple special weapons in order to fight enemies and absorb their energy to enhance the weaponry. This time the player primarily controls both Samanosuke and Jacques in separate scenarios. The two are able to exchange items in order to solve puzzles. The development from this game started after the release of the PlayStation 2 which allowed the team to work on a 3D engine to design 3D backgrounds. In order to appeal to the Western market, the team set this game in Paris and chose French actor Jean Reno to portray Jacques. Onimusha 3 has been generally well received by publications for video games. Most of the writer's praise focused on the improved controls and the use of a 3D engine that allowed better combat and visuals, respectively. The game also generated good sales with over 1.5 million copies sold as of May 2008.

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AGM score 83%
GameSpot 8.3
Metacritic 77
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About Onimusha 3: Demon Siege

Onimusha 3: Demon Siege is released by Capcom in 26 Feb 2004. The game is designed by Capcom. Onimusha 3: Demon Siege is a typical representative of the Adventure genre. Playing Onimusha 3: Demon Siege is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Adventure, there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay Onimusha 3: Demon Siege will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.

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Onimusha 3: Demon Siege - game review

Date: 2006-07-13 11:56:00
The review was based on the PC version.

Dusk was slowly falling outside the window. Sitting in the middle of the tatami in the dojo hall that used to practice fencing, Samanosuke Akechi saw in the distance through the wide-open door, illuminated by lanterns shifted by the weak winds of the pediment of the Shinto temple. It was there in the morning that he asked his guiding deity Okame for grace in the battle to which he must stand in the Honnoi temple. He, the Akechi of the Samanosuke family - sanctified in many battles and battles of the samurai had to face a challenge that he dared to face! Thinking about all this, Akechi picked up the katana sword lying in front of him, which was passed down from generation to generation to the hands of the firstborn sons when they reached manhood, and he put it out with a saya, a beautiful and at the same time unimaginably hard scabbard made of teak wood. The work of the immortal Taro of the Matsuchita family, the Edo armorer, shone with the artistry and beauty of almost 40 years of creation by the Master. He has never failed, Akechi thought, I will not fail either!

The message given and then additionally confirmed by Ubisoft electrified all PC players in the world. Well, the French publisher decided to release as many as three flagship products of the CAPCOM Studio, intended for consoles since forever, including the almost cult game Onimusha 3: Demon Siege . The issue of converting console games is always burdened with a high risk, that I will mention here, for example, in-game controls. What is Onumisha 3: Demon Siege ? A great game, a perfect mix of action and adventure. Undoubtedly! The atmosphere of console games, especially those created by Japanese programmers, is special. As a rule, the Japanese hero stands alone against the armies of Evil and Darkness, performing superhuman deeds. These traditions are especially visible in the movie world, for example in the remake of the famous movie The Masseur Ichi under the current title Zatoichi . In Onimushy 3: Demon Siege, the authors from the CAPCOM studio went even further in creating the story, not limiting it to Japan alone, but boldly going out into the world.

The starting point of the story is the age-old battle theme of Good and Evil. Here in 1582, that is, in times already covered by the patina of the past, in the area of one of the shogunates of feudal Japan in the Honnoi temple, a clash between Samanosuke Akechi, faithful to the ideals of the samurai caste, and Nobunaga Oda, mad and hungry for absolute power over the whole world. Seeing his defeat coming at the hands of a noble samurai, he opens a time portal through which he transports his surviving forces of Darkness to ... Paris of 2004! According to Nobunaga, this is where the final game for primacy over the world is to take place. Nothing of that! During the decisive clash, Samonosuke will be transferred to Paris today. Following the madman and his followers, our brave samurai sets off and lands in the center of the European capital, where he will be supported in this fight by a French 'flick', in the person of our cop, Jacques Blanc. From now on it gets interesting, and it will be, believe me, even better.

During the game, we control each of the main characters. Not only that, we will travel with them between worlds in different historical periods. The creators of the game have equipped our heroes with a 'second me' that will allow you to travel in space-time, and if we add the possibility of cooperation and cooperation between them, a completely new quality situation is created. Exchange of items between characters or modification of already owned items to meet current needs are just some of the possibilities. Actions performed in earlier parts of the game can be used at a later, more convenient time. The best example is the story of a tree planted by Akechi during the Shogunate times, and its use several hundred years later.

Both heroes are equipped with accessories appropriate to their cultural background and the time they come from. The samurai with skill worthy of the best blades uses all kinds of melee weapons and more, while Jacques Blanc, as a representative of the present day, has, which surprised me, mainly whips - an interesting solution for the 21st century! He uses them with the grace of a virtuoso of training wild animals. Both of them have an army of opponents against each other, making up some of the best-looking bestiaries I have seen recently! Paris is struggling to survive and 'our people' are carrying out mass extermination of all sorts of bastards in its defense. This seemingly simple plot is presented in a way that I would classify as great. The fight itself is a showcase for programmers. I guarantee - you will not be bored!

Now I will move on to the delicious, even sensational Onimusha element. Well-known and recognized actors provided the main characters with physicality - faces and voices. Let me start with the presentation of the one who lent 'himself' to Jacques Blanc, that is Jean Reno. Leon - Professional , Ronin , Guests, Guests and much, much more! Who could not know a French tough guy with a dove-hearted face, stubble on his face and a melancholy look? I leave the question unanswered. The character of Samanosuke Akechi was dressed in his body by actor Takeshi Kaneshiro, known not only in Asia. An interesting character and I suspect that, considering his achievements so far, we will meet him more than once in the world of games.

And here, unfortunately, the good news for players ends. I mentioned above about high risk of conversion and it happened! We get a game that unfortunately looks much worse on the monitors screen. In this case, it is not about the expected 'graph' at the level of the latest generation graphics cards, but about the usual decent level. Unfortunately, at the time of the intro we see the hands of Jacques - Jean Reno dressed in leather gloves. Fingers like Lego blocks, it would be better to have hockey gloves in this sequence! It would be at least a little funny!

This is not the end of questionable attractions, considering the size and specific gravity of this item. In fact, I was introduced to gallows humor by additional 'improvements' donated to us by the authors of the conversion. I haven't seen anything so sloppy in years! And at this point, if at the start of the game you do not have a joypad controller, you are already in a lost position. Trial drives already offer training. During it, the screen displays 'hints', but what of it? There are circles, triangles, L1 and L2 on the monitor, and a keyboard under the fingers. After the match! Unfortunately, taming the game is a sad necessity. The only way for players who do not suffer complications is to connect a joypad to a PC. What is this frog for players?

The gameplay itself is extremely enjoyable. I mentioned training and I highly recommend doing it. This is an opportunity to get to know the controls in detail, and after completing training missions on all available levels, we receive bonus items that will surely be useful. Onimusha 3 is a multi-level game. The fight against monsters is interrupted as needed and to cool down emotions with calmer parts of the game, where it's time to rely on the intellect. The puzzles require you to activate gray cells, and the items obtained in the caskets encountered during the game will irresistibly bring to mind other items from the rich achievements of CAPCOM studio. Do you remember healing herbs?

An interesting fact is the design of the interface resulting from the current state of the hero. During the game, in the upper left corner of the monitor screen, in addition to the lines symbolizing the health and mana of the currently 'used' hero, as we are leading two characters alternately, you will surely notice a few blended 'beads'. This is the level of souls sucked in during the fight, but it is worth remembering that the color of the soul will affect the level of significant Samanosuke parameters, i.e. health, mana or access to Onimusha Mode, a mode that allows you to use the Demon Warrior ability. This is the equivalent of a berserker from RPG games. Our man at this time will have superhuman powers and even unearthly efficiency.

The game offers several endings, I know for sure about two of them. I rate the playability of Onimusha 3 very highly, despite the obviously poorly done transfer of the game to a PC from the console. The inconveniences described by me are slightly alleviated by the quality of movies and cutscenes, as well as an extraordinary plot and MUSIC. I wrote the last word in capital letters, as its monumentality reminds me of, for example, Still Life , not to mention no less other. And at the end of the information, an important thing for players, due to the opinions that the game is very unstable and, colloquially speaking, is 'bushy'. I played an Athlon 3200+, GeForce 6800 GT, 1 GB RAM - without any problems, cuts, hangs and other crazy attractions.

Onimusha 3: Demon Siege has reached PC users. Unfortunately, in order to be in line with my conscience, I must say that this is not the pinnacle of achievement in the field of cross-platform conversion. The market titan that Ubisoft undoubtedly is, did not live up to the challenge. I sincerely hope that such a fate was not befallen Resident Evil and Devil May Cry 3 . In this case, the law of series should not be checked. The game itself is worthy of being included in the resources of any player who, using their experience, will be able to 'tame' it. After this treatment, the entertainment will be great, which I can guarantee with my gray head, and maybe Dear Players, you will find more in it than I managed? Who knows that? So I invite you to meet Samonosuke Akechi and Jacques Blanc!

Mariusz "PIRX" Janas



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