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Onimusha Tactics (GBA)

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      23.05.2009 01:45
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      "Onimusha Tactics" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Capcom. It is based on the "Onimusha" series of video games. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its suggestive themes.

      As per the story of the video game series, Nobunaga has once again risen from the dead and is enraged with the Japanese people. He brings forth an army of "genma", or demons, from the other side with him and together they dismantle Japan. Onimaru learns of this event and must recruit fellow townspeople to stop the deadly uprising. The gameplay of this title reflects a standard roleplaying release. Onimaru travels across the in-game world and does battle with a host of enemies. Unlike other games, however, once he has defeated an enemy its soul will be absorbed into his possession and can be freely used like a sort of raw ingredient for enhancements and upgrades. There are no in-game shops and the player must acquire recipes to make use of the souls; certain types of soul combinations can be crafted into weapons and potions for the player's use. There is some difficulty in this title by the way of the constant requirement of battles. With little time to explore and heal, the game can become tedious and repetitive due to the frequent selecting of attacks and enemies to target.

      The graphics are presented from an isometric perspective which focuses on the player's characters. Each of the characters in Onimaru's party features their own character sprite complete with distinctive attire and facial features. They are smaller in design and resemble somewhat of a more modern "Pokemon" like character. The enemies are similarly designed and make use of a wide variety of sprites. The level detailing is also good albeit somewhat basic. The game's outdoor environments leave a lot to be desired as the main features are dirt and grass which are no more than simple shading efforts to distinguish between the browns and greens. The soundtrack is also good with upbeat and lively compositions following the player throughout.

      Overall, Onimusha Tactics is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. I found the game to be more like work as opposed to play but also found myself enjoying it in infrequent bursts.

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