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OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Onechanbara Bikini Samurai Squad.jpg
North America Game Cover
Developer(s) Tamsoft
Publisher(s) D3
Designer(s) Shunsuke Tezuka
Series OneeChanbara
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • JP December 14, 2006
  • NA February 10, 2009[1]
  • EU February 27, 2009
Genre(s) Hack and slash, Action
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (お姉チャンバラvorteX ~忌血を継ぐ者たち~ Oneechanbara VorteX ~The Descendants of The Cursed Blood~?) is a hack and slash action horror video game released on December 14, 2006 in Japan, February 10, 2009 in North America[2] and February 27 in Europe, by Tamsoft and D3 Publisher as part of D3's Simple series. Styled after the exploitation films of the 1970s, the game features a campy story, over-the-top violence and gore and attractive female characters in skimpy outfits. It is the third main installment in the OneeChanbara video game series and the first title to be released in North America.

Gameplay[edit]

Aya in dress-up mode, during which players can change the outfits the girls wear during the game.

Players control Aya, Saki and Annna as they cut and shoot through waves of undead enemies, in either single-player or cooperative multi-player mode. In single-player mode the characters can be switched during play.[3] The game features alternative modes of play; free play, quest and survival, as well as a dress-up option which allows players to alter the player characters' clothes.[4] As the player defeats enemies two on-screen meters begin to fill. The first indicates the current character's splatter gauge, which increases as the character is covered in blood. Once filled, the character automatically goes into rampage mode, dealing more damage but also taking more damage from enemies while gradually and constantly losing health. The second indicates how much gore is on her weapon, uncleaned swords become dulled, and if the meter is filled the character's weapon will begin to lodge in enemies, forcing the player to manually remove it in order to continue fighting.[5]

Plot[edit]

After the defeat of Reiko, Saki regains control of herself, and the two sisters return to a somewhat more normal life. However, this newfound peace isn't set to last, as once again Tokyo is infested with zombies, and the cursed bloodline of the two sisters is set to clash once again with their own fates.

Characters[edit]

  • Aya: Raised by her now-deceased father and trained by the sword, Aya lives a somewhat more normal life with her sister Saki before being thrust back into the zombie-infested battlefield. Her family bloodline is cursed and has a tendency of sending her into berserk frenzies. Her skills revolve around edged weapons, from swords to throwing knives, and certain attacks can damage or kill multiple enemies at close range.
  • Saki: Saki is Aya's younger sister and shares her cursed bloodline. In addition to the sword that she carries, she has agility and martial art skills at her disposal, outmaneuvering foes and delivering precise attacks.
  • Anna (misspelled as Annna in non-Japanese dubs[6]): A special force soldier who meets and allies with the two sisters early in the game. Her military background gives her access to firearms, explosives, and some (although not quite as sophisticated as Saki's) mêlée combat techniques. Later in the game it is revealed that her brother David has been kidnapped and brainwashed by the game's antagonist Himiko.
  • DLC- Himiko,Misary,Reiko.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 44.19%[7]
Metacritic 39/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B[9]
Destructoid 4.5/10[10]
Eurogamer 3/10[11]
Game Informer 6/10[12]
GamePro 1/5 stars[13]
GameSpot 2.5/10[14]
GameZone 4/10[15]
IGN 3/10[16]
OXM 4.5/10[17]
TeamXbox 2.7/10[18]

The game was met with negative reception upon release; it currently has a score of 44% and 39 out of 100 according to GameRankings and Metacritic.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for Xbox 360". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ Fahey, Mike (August 4, 2008). "Onechanbara Bikini Samurai Squad to USA". Kotaku. Retrieved August 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Preview: Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". GamesMaster (207): 39. January 2009. 
  4. ^ Faylor, Chris (August 4, 2008). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Coming to US, Bringing Scantily Clad Zombie Slaying to Xbox 360". Shacknews. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Brudvig, Erik (December 11, 2006). "Onechanbara Vortex Hands-On". IGN. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Anna's Small Room". 
  7. ^ a b "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sharkey, Scott (February 20, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". 1UP.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Sterling, Jim; Zimmerman, Conrad (February 16, 2009). "Destructoid review: Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". Destructoid. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Gibson, Ellie (March 5, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". Game Informer (192): 81. April 2009. 
  13. ^ Barton, Heather (February 10, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (February 13, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ Valentino, Nick (March 4, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ Brudvig, Erik (February 17, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Review". IGN. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad". Official Xbox Magazine: 79. April 2009. 
  18. ^ Eddy, Andy (February 14, 2009). "Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Review (Xbox 360)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 

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