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Release Date: July 21st, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

Overview -

You know, it's hard to find budget, or rather mid-tier, games in today's gaming industry. Most games tend to fall into either the big, AAA title, or the smaller indie titles, with nothing in between. It's understandable, of course: After all, game development costs keep rising, making such games harder to make a profit out of than ever before. But, that doesn't mean that mid-tier games are completely gone, as XSEED is showing us with the quirky title 'Onechanbara Z2: Chaos'.

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Release Date:
July 21st, 2015

Video Review


Honestly, 'Onechanbara Z2' isn't a particularly pretty game. The characters models are overly shiny, and their movements are too exaggerated and look off. Levels are dull looking and the attack effects, while flashy, tend to get in the way of the action, making it hard to dodge blows. Even at the best of times, 'Z2' doesn't look any better than a PlayStation 3 title, which makes it baffling why this title made the jump to the next generation.

Audio Review


The audio fares a little better than the graphics… as long as you embrace how cheesy they are. The voice acting is pretty bad, but it's also campy and fits the overall wackiness of the game well. The dual voice option is still much appreciated.

The music is pretty good, with rock tracks to accompany the zombie slaughter and with the occasional overly bubbly J-pop song to remind you what exactly you're playing. The audio really drives the point home that this is a campy, B-rate game, and owns those characteristics completely.

Final Thoughts

'Onechanbara Z2: Chaos' isn't a particularly bad game. Taking the good with the bad, it lays decidedly on average, with a bit of quirkiness that's sure to appeal to a specific type of fan. However, it's far from a shining example of the genre, and with better action games having been released for the same system for a lower price, it's difficult to recommend this title to any but diehard action game fans. There's certainly a bit to like about this title, but it's only there for those who look beyond what's skin deep.