The year is 2032 and as Konoko, an elite agent of the Tech Crimes Task Force, your mission it is to infiltrate a ruthless and powerful crime syndicate and end its threat once and for all. But as the mission progresses and good and evil become blurred, a dark disturbing past begins to slowly surface from deep within Konoko, exploding with frightening power! Thus begins Oni, a third-person 3D action/adventure that blends hand-to-hand combat and gunplay into a single futuristic experience. Developed by the famous team at Bungie Software, Oni boasts a sophisticated AI system and huge array of full-contact moves and firearm skills.
Although it's somewhat rough around the edges, Oni is an innovative third-person action-adventure title that won't disappoint hard-core gamers. Set in the cyberpunk future of 2032, the Japanese anime-influenced Oni casts players as Konoko, a spunky government agent on a mission to bust up a criminal organization known as the Syndicate.
While the game's free-roaming 3-D environments may not be much to look at--they're understated to the point of seeming bland or unfinished--Oni's real beauty is in its mix of hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat. The game's characters have their own distinct fighting moves and can disarm their opponents, making the arsenal of available weapons fair game. Admittedly, the controls (which utilize everything but the L3 button) are quite a handful and take a lot of getting used to, but the payoff is quite a kick.
Those who are easily frustrated should be warned that the action in Oni is fast and furious, and it's easy to get killed again and again at times--with each death followed by an annoyingly slow reload time. This is especially true when fighting multiple opponents who have the advantage of not being distracted by disorienting camera angles. --Joe Hon
- Fast-and-furious mix of hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat
- Silky smooth character animations; stylized, effective onscreen displays
- New special moves are "learned" as the game progresses
- Japanese anime-influenced cyberpunk story line
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- Understated 3-D environments
- Not for those easily frustrated by complex controls