27th March '16 - Onechanbara Z2 Chaos.

I purchased Onechanbara Z2 Chaos for the PS4 today and have quite a mixed opinion about it so thought it'll be a good idea to write my first impressions down. This isn't a fully detailed review because I haven't finished the game yet, but I've been playing for about an hour or so.

First of all I'd like to say I'm a big fan of the Onechanbara series and have played and completed Onechanbara Bikini Vampire Squad on the XBox 360 and also have the Japanese movie Chanbara Beauty on DVD which is based upon the games.

When I started the game I noticed most of the main menu was faded out, leaving only the Story Mode and Options available. I played the game and after just a few minutes in it stopped and a message told me it was still downloading. Basically there's an 8-gig patch that it downloads in the background. Needless to say I was annoyed.

There are other annoyances too.

While this game is clearly Japanese, in style and it's opening cutscene, the voices have been dubbed into English. I know this doesn't seem particularly annoying but other games in the series are not done this way. The characters keep talking to one another too interrupting the gameplay. I'm trying to kill wave after wave of zombies while the characters are engaged in conversation. The character named Annna has been renamed to Anna, yet she is clearly the same character from the previous games. Maybe they were worried people would think the extra n was a typo.

The opening of the game displays screen after screen of game company logos which can only be skipped, one at a time, by pressing the Options button repeatedly. The loading times are abysmal too constantly interrupting the action.

Now here are some good features.

While there are four playable characters you get to play as two at a time, switching between them like a tag-team. This is similar to how Onechanbara Bikini Vampire Squad played so it's very familiar. It's a real button basher with the occasional special move and blood-rage type power boost. This too is the way the previous games worked so I'm pleased about that.

The game contains DLC allowing the purchase of extra outfits and items. This can be a mixed blessing but to be honest this game was only 11.99 to begin with so a few more for costumes is no real biggie for me. If it have been a 50+ game on the other hand I would feel differently. Sometimes DLC can be a good thing. It is a sexy game with some over the top outrageous outfits but it doesn't pretend to be otherwise. It can see seen as a sexual game in its own right or a satire spoof upon the portrayal of sexualised characters, but it doesn't matter at the end of the day, it's just a fun game.

No doubt I will play it through to the end, likely getting finger ache in the process, then playing it again. The bad features are very annoying but I'm willing to overlook them for the pleasure of playing the good features of the game.

It's time to kick zombie ass!!!

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