Konoko is the main character who's life revolves around the Technology Crimes Task Force (TCTF). She is an undercover agent trained to kill and has the ability to do it with or without weapons. Orphaned at the age of 3 and brought up by a bunch of government scientists, Konoko must work out whom to trust, cope with a dark past and figure out her true identity. 'Oni' is a Japanese word, which means "ghosts or demons" and her life is full of them.
Shinatama is a simulated life-like doll, she can communicate with you at all times, providing a vital link back to HQ. Commander Griffin is the "Big Cheese" for TCTF. Although like a father to Konoko, he will stop at nothing to maintain order and control. The other main character in the game is Muro. This evil man is the master-mind behind a crime ring known as the Syndicate.
Years of combat training have equipped your character with deadly hand-to-hand fighting skills and highly effective weapons knowledge. Moves like the triple kick, spinning side-kick, and backbreaker are performed with ease, allowing oncoming, side and rear attacks to be defended almost simultaneously. Additional moves like the dodge, slide, and roll are also available.
The weapons are plentiful, but with only one able to be carried at a time, a degree of strategy is called for. Some are deadly at close range, where others fire rapidly.
As you progress through the levels, enemies begin to work together… attacking from all directions. It's at this point that the game really starts to get interesting, as it becomes far more than just frantic button-pressing. Konoko conducts many types of missions against the Syndicate, from recon to confiscation, from pursuit to assault; sometimes alone, sometimes with backup.
At the beginning of gameplay, there is the option to complete a training session that will teach you all of the basic moves. I highly recommend taking the time for this, as it will allow you to fully enjoy the main game without the control system getting in the way.
Graphically, Oni could use some work. The characters have decent animation but the backgrounds and other objects are very basic and rather lifeless. There is not much detail, and they are bland in appearance. At certain angles, the walls become transparent and this can become frustrating at times. On the flip side, there are some cool effects like ricocheting bullets, bullet holes left in walls, laser beams, and blood particles.
The sound effects are very realistic. Konoko can sneak up quietly behind her enemies or run (which is much louder), and the effect varies depending on the ground surface. Conversely, the enemy can be heard sneaking up on you too. The background noises and effects of punching, kicking, and blasting guns are right on.
· Blends hand-to-hand and weapons combat.
· Easy to learn hand-to-hand fighting system with cool, life-like and realistic moves
· Real-world level design
· Each Character possesses interpolated animations for fluid movements and responsive control.
· Hundreds of unique opponents each with multiple costume and equipment variations.
· Fourteen indoor/outdoor 3D cityscapes, levels and environments
· Each major character has their own special fighting moves and combos.
· Players are confronted with tactical challenges that they must figure out.
Number of Disks: 1
Type of Disk: CD
KBytes required on Memory card per save (min): 128
Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 1
Multi-tap2 compatible (max players): No
Link-cable compatible (max players): No
Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
Other compatible accessories: None
Dual Shock2 Pad Analog Buttons compatible: Yes
Dual Shock2 Pad Analog Sticks compatible: Yes
Dual Shock2 Pad Vibration compatible: Yes
We promise that we have fully played 'Oni' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PS2 power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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