Friday, July 24, 2009

Games Played 07/03/2009

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - PlayStation 3
Castle of Shikigami III - Wii
Demigod - PC
Shikigami no Shiro II - Dreamcast
SingStar - PlayStation 3


Onimusha: Warlords (2001)
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 03/06/2001

As old-fashioned as this game was, I wished Resident Evil 5 was made this way.

The one thing that I remember the most about this purchase is that the game was released on the DVD format. If I recall correctly, there were not many DVD-based games on the PlayStation 2 back then. Even though I know better than to think so these days, the idea that a larger media format was used for the game seemed to promise a grandeur gaming experience. Unfortunately, what you get here is a short Resident Evil clone. The game is not scary in any sense of the word but the dread factor is there and it does have a lot of cheap jump scare moments that are undoubtedly helped by the moody 2D backdrops and their cinematic angles. You play as Samanosuke, a lone swordsman who is trying to save a princess from the grasp of a demon horde. She is being held inside a large castle and just like RE, you explore different parts of the "large mansion" by solving puzzles while surviving relentless attacks from the demons. The game is action heavy thankfully and you never feel outnumbered or insufficient when battling the enemies. You can enhance your weapons by spending red souls collected from fallen enemies and you will gain access to more powerful moves as the game progresses. To my surprise, the graphics still look gorgeous with detailed, colorful backgrounds and impressive high-resolution CG full motion videos. Not the best in the series because it was unwilling to stray far from a formula that was starting to grow a bit stale back then.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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