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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos PS4 Review – A So-So Zombie Slayer

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The zombies are once again threatening to destroy the world and the two pairs of sisters from the ancient Vampiric and Baneful clans have to team up in order to stop them. That’s the basic premise for Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, the latest title in the long-running hack-and-slash series. Originally released in Japan late last year, Z2 has now made its way to the West thanks to publisher XSEED. But did they do us a favor, or should they have not even bothered? Maybe.

For the first time ever in the series, players are able to command 4 characters, each with their own unique weapons and abilities. Combat is simple enough, hit the square button for light attacks, triangle for heavy and circle to use your sub weapon in order to take the fight to the zombie horde.

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 Slice n Dice!

Action in Z2 is a fast paced visual treat, as you slice your way through hordes of zombies, pulling off aerial and ground attacks while racking up your combo count. Each lady has their own unique combos, and being able to switch between them on the fly adds much needed variety to your attacks, while allowing you to extend your combos even further. The real highlight of the game’s combat though, is when you’re in control of all four women at once. Everything on screen is pure chaos (No pun intended), as you unleash multiple combos alongside some annoyingly catchy electronica music. Thankfully the frame-rate manages to stay consistent even during the game’s more chaotic moments.

Swords and chainsaws aren’t the only way to handle the opposition. The bikini wearing samurais also utilize Ecstasy Combinations (I’m serious), special attacks that can be performed — once the gauge is filled, to clear out multiple enemies at once. They aren’t that cool or exciting to look at but are required when fighting certain enemies who are otherwise invulnerable to normal attacks and are good for defeating large groups faster. Completely filling up the Dare/Xtasy Drive with the blood of the undead, will allow the protagonists to take on demonic forms. They attack faster, deal more damage and sport outfits that don’t leave much to the imagination.

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Interesting attire you got there ladies.

Killing enemies earns yellow orbs, which can be used to upgrade weapons, purchase new combos etc. Sadly it seems like a rather unnecessary feature, since one can go through most of the game executing the same default combo attacks to emerge victorious. It doesn’t help when the entire game isn’t very challenging. Mowing down countless enemies is fun but getting your ass handed to you can be as well. Finding yourself on the verge of defeat, only to pull off an amazing comeback is one of the best feelings there is when playing an action game. Onechanbara doesn’t feature moments like that, at least not on the medium difficulty (The Harder modes are locked), which is why I went through most of the game without upgrading anything. I only started using it later on for review purposes.

Graphically the game is a mixed bag. It is obvious more detail went into the main characters and their assets and attire than the game’s environments. Each locale looks like something straight out of an old PS3 game, with their boring textures and mediocre designs.

It doesn’t take long before the game becomes a tedious affair. A majority of the missions ultimately play out the same way; advance forward and fight, move forward again, fight some more, occasionally watch a quick cutscene, then rinse and repeat until you’ve come face to face with the stage’s final Boss.

Speaking of Boss battles, they don’t add much excitement to the experience. The often larger than life enemies absorb and deal more damage than their smaller counterparts but aren’t very challenging in the end. These fights boil down to hacking away at the Boss’ health until it is time to trigger a QTK (Quick Time Kill), which is basically this game’s version of a quick time event. Instead of hitting the face buttons, QTKs are performed by swiping along the dualshock 4’s touchpad but is neither fun to watch or partake in. Normally Boss battles help enhance the combat experience in action games, Z2’s only serve to hamper it.

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 Don’t be fooled by his menacing size, dude’s a cakewalk!

Story mode isn’t a lengthy one despite featuring 16 levels to play through. It took me a little over three hours to finish it, with many its levels only lasting several minutes. Once you’ve beaten it, you can take a crack at the game again on higher difficulty levels, though there isn’t enough incentive to do so. The plot is rather boring and not worth keeping track of, especially when the protagonists spend most of the time cursing at one another and spewing out poorly written dialogue.

Mission mode gives players specific goals to complete, as they fight countless enemies on the same levels from the game’s story mode. Completing them require more than just cutting your way through the zombies they way you did in story mode. Each mission will feature a certain requirement players will have to meet in order for the kills to matter, for example only kills from ecstasy combos will register towards your kill count. This results in encounters feeling somewhat different than in story mode but it isn’t enough to keep the action from quickly becoming repetitive.

Final Verdict: Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is a so-so action title, thanks to its stylish, combat. Unfortunately the lack of a real challenge, repetitive mission design, and uninteresting story keep it from being great. There are much better action games on the market. This one is a rental at best but if you skip it altogether, it isn’t a major loss.

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Overall Score: 6.5/10

Developer: Marvelous

Publisher: XSEED Games

Played on: Sony PlayStation 4

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos’ Banana Split Edition Detailed

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XSEED Games has revealed what will be included in the Banana Split Edition for the upcoming zombie killing hack-n-slash title, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.

For $49.99 players will get a copy of the game, the “Behind the Bikini” art book, music collection CD and racy strawberries and banana DLC costumes.

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Official Game Details:

  • Zombie-Slaying Action has Never Looked So Good – The bikini samurai squad of Onechanbara return armed with a plethora of new moves and new Dare Drive or Xtasy demonic transformations for short bursts of intense power
  • Four Lovely Ladies, Four Unique Playing Styles – Each of the playable ladies has her own unique weapons and abilities, and players may tag-team among them on the fly or even perform team combos
  • Tons of Customization and Replay Options – Mission Mode provides specific challenges to complete, while skilled gameplay will unlock Yellow Orbs which can be exchanged for new gear and outfits to help earn a top spot in the online leaderboards
  • Dual-Language Voice-Acting Soundtrack – Players may choose whether to enjoy the gameplay experience with original Japanese voices or – for the first time in series history – a full English dub

 

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos will launch on July 21, 2015 for PlayStation 4. The digital version will cost $39.99.

Source: XSEED Games

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Valhalla Knights Free on PSP / Vita (Possibly Due To A Glitch)

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If you’re away from your PlayStation Network devices right now, CLICK HERE to reach the Sony Entertainment Network and put Valhalla Knights into your download list for free. This game was released back in 2007 and has a sequel available as well. The third installment in the franchise is set to hit soon, so if this isn’t a glitch it’s probably a promotional campaign by the North American publisher XSEED who may be attempting to ramp up interest before VH3 drops for PlayStation Vita. In any event, you should act quickly if you’re even remotely interested – as this may not last very long.

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XSEED Games Announces Limited Edition of Ys: Memories of Celceta

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Today XSEED game announced that they will be releasing a limited edition of their action RPG title, Ys: Memories of Celceta for the PlayStation Vita this holiday season along with the standard title as well.

Ys: Memories of Celceta Silver Anniversary Edition includes the following:

  • A 3-CD collection of original and Arranged Music spanning the history of the games. 
  • A Cloth Map detailing the lands of Celceta
  • A logo-emblazoned compass
  • Adols Travel Journal

Excerpt from the press release: 

“Ys: Memories of Celceta is an extensive reimagining of Ys IV, one of the few titles in the acclaimed series never to have made its way to the West. For Ys: Memories of Celceta, famed Ys series creators Nihon Falcom have re-worked the game from the ground up, changing the framing of the story itself to create a more intriguing tale filled with mystery and distrust. Soon after red-haired series hero Adol Christin awakens on the outskirts of the Great Forest of Celceta with no memory of how he got there, he finds himself beginning a new journey with an unknown companion as they delve into the forest on a quest to explore its vast expanses, searching for clues to Adol’s identity along the way.”

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Rune Factory 4 ‘How-to’ Videos Released by XSEED

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XSEED will be in charge of bringing Neverland Co’s Rune Factory 4 stateside and in the following video they released today you’ll catch an in-depth look at the game which will be available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS some time in Late 2013. This game is a  mix of farming simulation and role playing battle and as you can see below both have been detailed with gameplay videos from XSEED for the American market who may not be aware of the game yet. If you’re in Japan you can pick up a copy right now on Nintendo 3DS eShop. Expect more news as the release of this title approaches right here on RealGamerNewz in our growing Nintendo 3DS section.

 

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Senran Kagura Burst Hits Nintendo 3DS in North America this Fall Thanks to XSEED

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Side Scrolling gamers rejoice as XSEED has looked out for your best interests by making sure that Senran Kagura Burst will arrive this Fall 2013 on the Nintendo 3DS dedicated handheld gaming device. In a world where chicks can give you a Ninjutsu fight for your life, players will play two separate points of view giving the experience two inter-tangled plot-lines to round out the entire view of what’s going on in Hanzō Academy and their rival Hebijo Academy. When good and evil meets Shinobi Transformations as well as other unique moves in full auto-stereoscopic 3D, only XSEED could bring out a game of this magnitude to the United States (originally developed by Tamsoft and MarvelousAQL Inc. of Japan). Check out the screenshots below:

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