Overall - 70%
It's hard for me to agree on the $50 price point for what's in the box. It is good mindless fun or a challenge depending on how you want to play. If you like these types of games you shouldn't hesitate to try it out!
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos bring a pair of bikini zombie slayers and their sisters to the PlayStation 4. Should you take up the zombie killing challenge or should it be skipped over? Check out this Onechanbara Z2: Chaos Honest game review and make your choice!
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos Honest Game Review
You play as Aya and Saki, two vampire sisters and Kugura and Saaya, two human sisters. The pairs of sisters are typically trashing each other but fight well together.
The games story starts with the brief tutorial with the sisters fighting each other. Things quickly escalate and the new enemy that appears begins wreaking havoc all over the world with zombie and monsters. You will visit Japan, China, Dubai, Peru and Los Angeles during the story. Most levels are pretty similar, where you fight zombies and then kill a boss. The story is actually pretty short averaging about 5-6 hours. The story isn’t the strongest point in the game but it gets the job done.
Where the game really shines is the combat. It employs a easy to learn, difficult to master combat style style. At first you will try to master attacks with one character, and later on you will want to do it with all four. On the easier difficulties you can get away with just spamming square with one character. If you really want to get a good combo going you need to switch characters mid combo and keep it going, with four characters this can get hectic very fast. Get a reasonably sized combo isn’t to hard but going for 1000+ is pretty difficult. The higher the combo, the more yellow orbs you will get.
The yellow orbs are the currency in the game. They can be used for weapons, rings and for new moves or to upgrade old ones. In order to get the best combos you will need to upgrade all of your characters abilities. Most of the moves start off pretty cheap so upgrading this early is advised. Still you need to balance between the three if you want to beat the harder challenges and bosses. I normally upgraded my primary weapon and then got some moves or a new ring. You can also buy healing items and things like that, not using items gets you more Orbs at the end of the level though.
All of the characters can transform. The vampires can transform pretty early and the humans can transform kind of late into the story. When you transform you become stronger and faster but lose HP over time. Transforming is normally best against the end level bosses or a ton of enemies at once. Each character has a special attack they can use when they fill up the special gauge up. These can be used to clear out a bunch of enemies or to extend a combo.
There is also a pretty deep customization system for the characters as well. There are new outfits and hair styles for each of the girls but it doesn’t stop there. You can also get things like glasses, cowboy hats, ribbons, shin guards, gloves and tons of other things for your characters if you want. None of this changes any of your stats but it does let you change how the girls look. You unlock more customization parts by completely various quests during the game. There is a slight problem with the quests, in that you can’t see how much you need to complete one or how close you are. There is a bar that fills up but no numbers to let you know how close you actually are.
The game doesn’t break any barriers as far as graphics are concerned but it plays well. There will be dozens of enemies on screen at once and it won’t stutter or stall. This is a good thing because it could really mess up your combo. The game is in English, you can put it in Japanese if you want. The dub is pretty cheesy but it is nice to have the option nonetheless.
Outside of the story there are some missions you can do for extra orbs and upgrades. You might actually want to start with this to gain extra gear before the story. These vary from level to level and some are extremely challenging. This will give you a few more hours of game time, if you choose to do them.
It’s hard for me to agree on the $50 price point for what’s in the box. It is good mindless fun or a challenge depending on how you want to play. If you like these types of games you shouldn’t hesitate to try it out!