Review: Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (PS4)

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is the latest entry in the series. Two sets of buxom vampire sisters battle through over a dozen stages of high-octane real-time swordplay.

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Pros:

  • Great graphics.
  • Amazing frame rate with not a dropped frame in sight!
  • Blood colour can be changed between red, White or black.
  • Full Platinum trophy.
  • 8.5GB download size.
  • Two free DLC costumes.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Camera options from close to far.
  • Able to invert X and Y controls.
  • Fast paced hack and slash game play.
  • Ability to call in a partner to fight by your side.
  • You can hot swap between four different characters each with unique weapons and skills.
  • DS4 touch pad button is used as a button in combat and then used for swiping in QTE.
  • DS4 speaker is used for conversations.
  • Chapters are split into a handful of levels and you get a grade for each level and a final chapter grade, Based on hits taken,damage dealt and combo count.
  • 20 missions to hack your way through.
  • Collect orbs for upgrading and buying new weapons.items and combo.
  • Wardrobe allows you to customise your character with unlocked and bought clothing.
  • Big huge boss fights that happen with other enemies around.
  • Combo counter.
  • Online leader board support for each chapter,level and difficulty.
  • Activate special moves and abilities.
  • Huge open areas to explore taking in many locations from around the world like Japan and USA.

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Cons:

  • Lot of loading screens.
  • Fighting can soon turn into just a straight up button masher.
  • No real help with QTE.
  • Tutorial is kind of brutal with a lot of information chucked at you and a partner who is constantly beating you to a pulp.
  • Boss fights feel tiresome and repetitive. If this was a shooter they would be called bullet sponges.

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So I have never really played these games before so I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean the whole scantily clad women is no biggie and besides you don’t see much when it all kicks off. I found the game to be a hard learning curving slog of a fighter. At times it felt like Devil May Cry then next it went a bit Bayonetta with its over the top moves. I did however tire of the constant arena style fighting. You would walk a few feet then get locked into an area and fight wave after wave of zombies then rinse and repeat. I can see it appealing to hack and slash fans in so many ways. For me its a game that I wouldn’t play again. Its just too much of the same over and over, Boss fights go on too long, Swapping characters is alright but I only used it to keep myself alive. Away from that I just didn’t feel it. In short this is one for hack and slash fans but for me its a no thanks.

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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