Onee Chanbara Origin Review (Steam)

Onee Chanbara Origin Review (Steam)

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the sword fighting action game series Onee Chanbara, the events of THE Onee Chanbara and THE Onee Chanbara 2 have been completely remade in full HD. The evolution of this high-speed action game cannot be missed!


  • Anime graphics.
  • 22442mb Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Tutorial screens pop up as you play.
  • Hack and slash gameplay.
  • Combo counter.
  • Beserk mode-you get covered by the blood of your enemy and once you are totally covered you go into Berserk mode which increases attack and speed attributes for a short time.
  • Level up-earn exp then choose to enhance your stats-ho/attack and defense.
  • End of level breakdown and rank.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Charge up special moves.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Blood crystals-in game currency.
  • Very satisfying button-mashing combat.
  • Can skip all cutscenes.
  • Mobile phone–acts as a menu.
  • Photo mode.
  • Music-can buy/unlock new music for field/boss/battles.
  • Quests-own in-game achievements in a way with rewards.
  • Tutorials archive.
  • Ship to spend cash on abilities and items.
  • Combo commands library.
  • Player stats and place to equip rings which give game-changing abilities.
  • You get a noise to help with blocking and parrying.
  • Impressive body dismemberment and blood dispersal.
  • Upbeat Catchy soundtrack.
  • Controls are quite simple to learn.
  • Has a Devil May Cry feel to it all.
  • On-screen icons for missions.
  • Cool finish-press X and A on a stunned enemy to get bonus blood crystals.
  • Practice mode-set player hp, slain gauge, Xtasy gauge, enemy type, enemy number, enemy strength, enemy behavior, and enemy invincibility.
  • Can do all the items and shopping from the main menu.
  • Many enemy types.

Onee Chanbara Origin Review (Steam)


  • The mouse cursor not only stays on the screen when using a controller but it is a spinning loading circle icon.
  • Slowdown and screen tearing happens a lot.
  • Graphics have a smudgy out of focus sheen to it all.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • The camera acts erratically making it hard to see opponents.
  • Very button mashy.
  • Full of boobs.
  • Cheesy dialogue in places.
  • Very small out of focus text.
  • Game over brings up a quit option with yes highlighted so it’s very easy to get kicked back to the menu.
  • Basic camera mode.
  • Combat waves can outstay its welcome.
  • When quitting the game it will boot up a Windows interface option that needs a mouse to clear.

Onee Chanbara Origin Review (Steam)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Did you ever play Devil May Cry and think that it needs more boobs and lewd clothing? Enter Onee Chanbara Origin! If you have ever heard of the series before you know the score here, a lot of boobs and blood with a loose story and massive boss fights. Little has changed and this is a remaster of one of the earlier games so the lewdness hasn’t quite hit the R rating line just yet but it’s going to make a good run at it. I say Devil May Cry in the opening line as that perfectly and accurately describes how the game plays, it’s a fast-paced combat-heavy slasher game set in a 3D world. You can get temporarily stronger by covering yourself in the blood of your enemies, rack up massive combos, and do spectacular kills! It’s all very over the top and satisfying to watch but the game does have many performance issues such as the graphics look smudgy or out of focus, constant frame drops, and screen tearing really hamper your experience. I managed to negate most of these thanks to the awesome community banding together and offering fixes but not everyone will know to look. The game does a lot of weird choices like who puts a quit to the menu button as the default button when you die? Surely it should be a continue no? Combat is crazy and impressive with the player count on screen but this has a negative impact as the fighting outstay is welcome and when you mix in enemies that require a parry or block timing the whole experience gets very annoying. Overall I found the game had glimpses of being good but also glimpses of playing as an old game with a lot of performance issues. I walked away neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, it’s just an alright game that can delight and infuriate in equal measure.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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