Monday, May 17, 2010

Video game number one hundred and twenty six: Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad

Video game review number one hundred and twenty six in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is"Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad".

Onechanbara is a game that sounded much better than it actually turned out to be. The descriptions I've heard all led me to believe that this was a Dynasty Warriors clone, except the heroes are all girls in skimpy outfits and the villains are all zombies. Sounds acceptable right?

The game begins with a very promising cut scene featuring a girl in a shower getting disturbed by her younger sister, who helps her get dressed so they can fight some zombies together. Again...sounds acceptable, at least in theory.

The combat is ok, I suppose. It's extremely repetitive, but that's not to say it's not "fun". You slash through dozens upon dozens of zombies, on your way to bosses who are only a little bit harder to kill than the henchmen you fought along the way. There are dungeons you must fight your way out of, and you get a cheesy little top down map (think Legend of Zelda on the NES), so you know where you are. Even with the map, I found myself getting lost in some of the levels....and retracing my steps a lot.

You have special moves and combos, but I don't think I earned many of them yet. You have to level up your character before you get the best powers. You start the game out to zero, and I think you are eventually shooting for level 100. There are 20 stages in the game, and I've played through the first four. So character is only a level 12. If I wanted to be awesome in this game, I'd have a long way to go.

If there weren't (literally) a dozen other games I'd rather play right eleven additional games I NEED to play to catch myself up for my 365 game I've got no time for game like this. I knew all I needed to know to write a review in the first 25 minutes or so, but then I had to play it for HOURS just to get one stupid achievement. The achievement I got was for using my special move a total of 60 times (each time you use takes a bar of your health away, so you can only do it so many times per level). Almost all of the achievements are grindy like this. The only normal ones are for beating all 20 stages of the game.

Overall? 6/10. I like it slightly better than an average game, simply because it's fun to hack and slash. I can see myself playing this one again someday, WAY down the road...but today is not that day. I'm not deleting my save file though, because I want to keep the option to play this one again open.

Achievements? They are incredibly grindy and really suck. I have to admit that if the achievements were easier, I might have actually played this longer and given it a higher rating as a result. As it stands, I can't imagine ever getting 1000 points in this game, it would take WEEKS of dedication to this one game. I think if I tried really hard, I'd get five or six hundred at best. Here's the one I have right now.

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