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E3 2015: Onechanbara Z2: Chaos Hands-On

by: Matt -
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It's been a while since an Onechanbara game has graced the US shores. I'm kind of glad to see XSeed is willing to take the risk with Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, the first entry of the series to be released on the PS4. Set to be released this summer, there's a lot to get caught up with since it's been a while since we've seen Aya and her 'chanbara' style swordplay.

A few early levels were unlocked during the demo and it gave me a chance to play as all four characters. There's the series regular Aya, and her sister Saki, who make up the best warriors of the Baneful Blood, and their rivals, Kagura and Saaya, members of the Vampiric Clan. These four may be blood enemies, but something has united them for a common cause, the story didn't really get too deep in the short demo, and considering what this game is known for, I don't expect it to be anything revolutionary, but still a good silly romp.

Being a hack-and-slash title, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is all about mowing down loads of zombies, demons, and other foes who would stand in your way, and you're going to be doing it in the most stylish way possible. Granted this isn't as tight an experience as something like Devil May Cry, but it still requires a good amount of finesse and skill in order to take down some of the boss enemies. You'll constantly be switching between each of the party members, using them to create ridiculously long chains of combos that can be finished in spectacular fashion for big damage.

This game is also big on its female protagonists and as a result they look totally awesome, but the world they inhabit felt a little boring and empty. You'll be busy hacking away at so many enemies though you might not have time to stop and check things out. This time around the game will also feature an English dub, but for series purists, you can still use the Japanese dialog.

Pegged with a Summer 2015 release date for the PS4, Sony games are in luck, considering the last time around this game was released for the Xbox 360. If mowing down hordes of the undead as the 'Bikini Zombie Squad' is your jam, then XSeed has got you covered!