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Onechanbara Z2 Chaos

I’ve been trying to think of a clever way to start this review off without mentioning the obvious but I can’t. So let’s mention it, this game has boobs. Lots of boobs. And the game lets you know it frequently. Bikini clad Japanese women fighting zombies. This game knows what it is and plays to it a lot. It could not be geared more towards it’s target demographic. Luckily it plays just as well as it…uh…looks?

If you are familiar with the series you will know this not the first Onechanbara game to come about. Nope, it began life on the PS2 and has since had releases on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, cell phones and now the PS4. There was also a movie made based on the game series. So while you may not have heard about this game, it actually has a lineage that spans multiple consoles and mediums.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos_20150724123204The game is a sequel to a game that wasn’t released here in the U.S. so American audiences may have no clue what is going on. Thankfully the story, while hard to follow, is presented in a way that seems to make sense to the player at the time. Though ten minutes after playing it you may forget what the hell you just watched. All you need to know is there are four characters that you can select from, even during gameplay, and you are fighting evil. The four characters are made up of two sets of sisters that are from rival clans. Events transpire and suddenly they are forced to work together. Hilarity ensues and the game is on.

If you played the earlier games then you will remember that the combat was decent for the time but very slow and tankish by todays standards. That is no longer the case. The girls control very nicely and have a fairly deep combat system for what looks like just a generic, shallow game. Each girl has her own weapons and move set as well as special abilities and moves. They also each have a super move they can pull off after you fill up their ecstasy gauge. Yes, that’s what it’s called. The game knows what it is, have I mentioned that? The combat flows smoothly and feels fairly close to an early Devil May Cry game.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos_20150724122320Getting passed the premise, the girls and the lack of clothing this is a very solid hack-n-slash game. The action is fast paced and nearly limitless. You are always fighting mobs of enemies or a boss…sometimes both. Switching between the girls on the fly to mix things up is very fun and the transition is smooth. You can also just call them all in as AI partners when the going gets tough.

I’d say that picking this game up is a no-brainer as it’s a solid budget title, but at only $10 less than a full retail game some people may not agree. The game is not long at all. It’s a good five or so hours. By the time you get the hang of everything you are nearly half way done with the game. But the story, dialogue, acting and gameplay is so ridiculous that you will most likely find yourself playing through the game a second time.

If you want a fun, self aware game and don’t mind being judged by the person behind the counter at Gamestop, which absolutely happened to me, then it’s worth every penny.


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