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Lock-on helps with the masses, as does practice, but this game is definitely worth a go. I'm a veteran gamer who has beaten all the Wii "biggies" (Zelda, Metroid, Mario, Evil, etc.). I mainly 360 as my Wii gathers dust; my snobbery for excellence in design gives sub-par games little chance, so, with Onechanbara, finally the Wii has something decent for the hardcore to get off the couch for!
It's got waggle, swagger, movement, and time: mix with some funky beats, some zombie treats, and some costumed beauties bringing the heat, and you've got Bikini Slayers.
The controls are simple, intuitive, and near- 1 to 1, even without MotionPlus. Moving both the nunchuck and Wiimote, or either alone, will net you some kind of movement to bring the pain. It's much more interesting than Wii boxing, and loads more satisfying than most anything the Wii's got.
Slashing up Zombies with either of your starting characters is easy for beginners. Vets will pick up on the nuances faster &, after a short learning curve, both will soon be more precise, thereby leading to combos, thereby leading to layer upon layer, depending on your level, of attacks and animations as the ladies slice and dice their way through the horde. The more you kill, the more experience you can spend upgrading 4 stats: animations/attacks, health (vitality), attack power, attack range.
The soundtrack is super funk, much akin to SSX Tricky on Gamecube (Run-DMC); I found myself on my feet, movin' to the beat, slashin' my way with the ladies as they left a swath of destruction in their wake; but then again, I'm down with the old skool beats from the East. If you're looking for death metal or any other kind of music, this game won't satiate that thirst: you'll have to look elsewhere.
Hey Wii owners tired of Wii-Nap and Wii-Bean Counting, BUY Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers and help the ladies rid Tokyo of the scourge. Nothing says sexy more than bikini-girls covered in zombie goo. Bring it.
So I'm a bit of a perv, and I guess that's why you're contemplating a rental of what in theory could have been the best game ever made... if the title payed out. Yes, you kill zombies. Yes, you get to play characters that fit into various Japanese fetish modules, and yes that apparently doesn't make a great game. I'm just as shocked as you are. It's like someone somehow messed up a S'more. The chocolate (game play) was stale. The marshmallow (the girls) was burnt. And the graham (poor controls) was incapable of keeping the thing together. I know everyone wants there to be a quality adult themed game to hit the market, and we all wait and cross our fingers while occasionally getting stuff like the Leisure Suit Larry series or Rumble Roses... umm... I really can't think of anything else. So if you want something that's perversely erotic, you already have an internet connection, and I'm sure you'll have no problem finding it. If you want a good zombie killing game, you also have a gamefly membership and can get Overkill. If you want a good bit of juvenile sexy eye candy in a quality video game, we're all screwed until the esrb becomes as permissive about sexuality as they are about violence. What a world we live in. In San Andreas it took consensual "relations" with a girlfriend to make people freak out.