With all the talk these days about game preservation (and, in many cases, the lack thereof), it’s relieving to see classics from long out of production consoles be revived — especially for consoles that are hard to emulate. The landmark Dreamcast game Shenmue was just remastered and released last week, and now Onimusha Warlords — originally released for the Playstation 2 — will be revived by Capcom in its original form.
By “original” we mean the same low-poly models of the period. The game will play the same, but it will look much cleaner, with a 1080p 16:9 presentation, dual analog stick support, an Easy Mode for today’s wimpy players, and a new soundtrack. For those who’d consider that last detail blasphemous, you can switch to the original.
Onimusha: Warlords follows the battle-filled journey of samurai Samanosuke Akechi and ninja Kaede on a quest to save Princess Yuki from a legion of mysterious demons who have invaded Inabayama Castle. As the two travel throughout the castle, they unravel a malevolent plot by those who would serve the evil lord Nobunaga Oda. Using sword-based combat, a magical Oni Gauntlet and puzzle solving, players need to call on both brawn and creativity to defeat the demonic foes.
Onimusha Warlords is coming out on everything January 15, 2019 — Playstation 4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Of those systems, however, only PS4 and XBox will get a physical version (big mistake if you ask us — Nintendo gamers are big on physical stuff, just look at the business Limited Run gets now). The best thing is the price — just $20. Cool!