Ready for a new Onimusha game?
In a recent interview with IGN, Capcom’s main Street Fighter man, Yoshinori Ono, talks a little about the Onimusha series and stated, “It feels like it’s the time to resurrect that series…” he then goes on to talk about possibly bringing a multiplayer element to the series, which actually sounds like a pretty cool idea. The Onimusha series always had more than one character involved in the story and you could usually control the other character at certain points throughout the games. It seems like a really natural fit for the series and considering the quality of the co-op experience in Resident Evil 5, I have faith it would be done right. I thought Resident Evil 5 was a fun enough romp with two players, even if the feel was more action horror than survival horror. It would be super cool to see Onimusha brought back in a similar way. I would definitely like to see the series move away from the static pre-rendered backgrounds that the series is known for and see it play out similarly to Resident Evil 4 & 5, with a more traditional 3rd person approach from behind the character.
The first Onimusha was one of my favorite games on the PS2. It was one of those rare games that just felt so balanced throughout the whole experience. The enemies were just difficult enough to challenge you without overwhelming you, the new weapons came at just the right time, the combat remained exciting throughout the whole game, and everything just felt like it worked perfectly. Onimusha 2 was a good experience, but I didn’t really get into it as much as the first. Onimusha 3 had Jean Reno and part of it took part in France, so that’s already a winning combination right there. I enjoyed the third game in the series quite a bit. Blade Warriors… we won’t talk about that one much. It was a cool idea, but it didn’t really live up to its full potential. Dawn of Dreams, on the other hand, was actually a pretty awesome addition to the series, in my book. I really liked the multiple playable characters and they actually did ditch the pre-rendered backgrounds in this installment, save for a couple of areas that limited the camera movement. There were epic boss battles and the game felt a little more lighthearted than the previous entries. I think the Dawn of Dreams was certainly as good as good as the first Onimusha and gave me hope for where the the series was headed.While Dawn of Dreams definitely showed that the series was on the right track, for the past 5 years nobody has heard anything about Onimusha and I just assumed the series was done.
I am pretty thrilled with this news and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for one of Capcom’s most entertaining franchises. I’d like to see the introduction of a brand new protagonist (or two or three) and definitely see an entire revamping of the way the game is set up. There is a lot of potential for an awesome game here, Capcom. Do the right thing!