Onimusha is a pretty tough game.
For the most part you can do OK just by running around whacking demons and finding
necessary equipment, but at times Onimusha is an extremely challenging game. For starters,
most of the boss battles are extremely difficult and I found the guide to be especially
helpful in forming a strategy to smite the chief evil-doers. Health is also at a premium
in Onimusha, and youre going to need to stay on top of the green herb situation if
youre going to get the most out of the game. This strategy guide, as any strategy
guide should, delivers complete maps and items list. The room by room walkthrough is
pretty thorough as well, and its organized in an optimally time conscious order.
covering the basics, the Onimusha strategy guide also contains complete coverage of extras
such as the mini-game and alternate costumes. These extra features are unlocked much like
they are in the Resident Evil series, so a breakdown of what you have to do, when you have
to do it, and how fast you have to do it are essential in obtaining the coveted
I dont have any serious complaints about the guide, but there are a few issues
Id like to see improved. For starters, the print type is too small. Most of the all
important walkthrough text is contained in small boxes next to the room pictures. Now
maybe Im just getting old, but the type really shouldnt be so small,
especially considering much of the page is left blank anyway. A small investment in ink
can pay off big time with less eye strain and less difficulty finding where you were
reading when last you looked at the guide.
I also noticed a couple of areas that could have used more detail. The voyage into the
dark realm toward the end of the game could have offered more. The list of which demons
you fight on which level was helpful, but the corresponding list of items available on
each level is simply incorrect. This isnt much of a problem since you need to go all
the way through the dark realm anyway, but it was a little confusing. The guide also
states that once all of your orbs and weapons have been maxed out, defeating all twenty
levels of the dark realm should be "a walk in the park". Well, if by "walk
in the park" they mean running through Central Park buck naked at two a.m. with giant
crack rocks glued to your body, then maybe. The guide is obviously not responsible for
difficult areas in Onimusha, but a little more detail in the walkthrough such as how many
healing items you should take in with you, and maybe even strategies for clearing each
level of the dark realm would have been much appreciated.
Im kind of a perfectionist when it comes to these things, but ultimately these
are areas that could be improved for future products, but dont detract from the
usefulness of the guide. The bottom line is pretty simple: The Onimusha strategy guide has
what you need to smite demons in style.