It’s like classic Resident Evil, the samurai version. In my experience few titles have lived up to the awesome nostalgic feel and excellent gameplay design, level design, as well as atmosphere of the original Onimusha: Warlords released for Sony PlayStation 2 in the first month of 2001. It was a magical time. A powerful console none of us knew would take the world by storm in such a way to end up leading the industry as the highest selling games console to this very day. Onimsha was an enchanting title encompassing a perfect mix of action, role playing level ups, balanced equipment, strange and unique enemies, and a solid story to drive it all.
As of 2017 the franchise has sold over 8 million units and with Capcom returning to form in the excellent production of Mega Man 11, Resident Evil VII, and upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake, Onimusha being remade without major gameplay changes is the icing on the cake. Capcom devs have stated that a Mega Man X9 title could be developed if Mega Man 11 performs well. Sales estimates have not been released at this time, but the game is being praised by nearly all who have played it, including Capcom’s licensed hip hop / video games musician Mega Ran who reviewed the Mega Man 11 upon release and is best known for touring the world performing Mega Man inspired songs.
In the latest gameplay trailer released by Capcom today we are able to see boss fights, special moves, combat systems, and the intriguing soul collection still intact from the original title. Graphics look smooth, colors are more vivid, but the PlayStation 2 we all know and love has stood the test of time and therefore has been allowed to return with few changes to the gameplay itself. I, for one, am very thankful for that.
Onimusha: Warlords will release on January 15, 2019 (just 10 days before the game’s 18 year anniversary). The game will be available on Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. Resident Evil 2 Remake on the other hand is a complete re-envisioning of the original and will see release on January 25, 2019 for PS4, Xbox, and PC via Steam with support for up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.