Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

By: Null of Undefined
Dec 28th 2019
Tags: pc ps4 gore bmup zombies action

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Synopsis

Blood and Bikinis

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (spelled as OneeChanbara in Japan) is a zombie killing beat em up game released in 2014 in Japan, and later localized for North America and Europe in August 2015. It was developed by Tamsoft and published by Marvelous USA in the US. It's a direct sequel to OneeChanbara Z ~ Kagura ~ With NoNoNo!, which as of yet has not been released outside of Japan. In fact, while there are ~7 games in the series, only three have made it across the Pacific. The first was "OneChanbara: Bikini Samura Squad" for Xbox 360. It's known as "OneeChanbara VorteX ~ Imichi o tsugu mono tachi ~" in Japan. The second is "OneChanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers" for the Wii, known in Japan as " OneeChanbara Revolution". A new game called "Onechanbara Origins" came out in Japan this year for the PS4, but I'm not holding my breath for a localization.

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The player takes control of four women, two in bikinis and two in schoolgirl uniforms. Though they're from two rival families, they team up to save the world from the undead. Did I mention that one of the pairs of sisters are vampires? The goal is to save the world, while chaining together huge combos.

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The sole gameplay revolves around Devil May Cry style linear maps with plenty of undead to kill. Getting huge combos is a lot of fun but visually it's kind of difficult to keep track of. There's so much going on and all the enemies are so busy that it sometimes feels like you're watching a light show. While that's often the standard of this genre, playing this game made me wish I was playing Bayonetta. The gameplay is similar but Bayonetta has a layer of polish that Onechanbara lacks.

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For the first part of the game you fly around the world to five locations around the world to defeat the undead. All of the characters think it's an obvious attempt to distract them, but they go along with it anyway. There's no variation in the gameplay. You move to a new location, you get locked in until all the monsters are dead, and then you move to the next area. At the end of each level is a boss. It's a bog standard beat-em-up (bmup) format.

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While I love bmups, this one falls victim to damage sponge enemies. I take issues with games that use this tactic because it's not challenging, it's time consuming. One should never be confused for the other. Many of the areas end up having enemies stuck on some scenery somewhere. You can't advance until you find and kill them, which again isn't a huge deal, but it adds up.

You can get through the story on normal mode in about 4 hours. Each time you beat it on one difficulty, you unlock the next harder difficulty. Beating different difficulties will give you different outfits to unlock.

I just pointed out a lot of negatives, but I want to emphasize the that combat itself is fun. I especially liked playing as Saaya, who uses a chainsaw. Her combat feels very good and it's easy to rack up huge combos since most of her attacks hit multiple times.


Horny Parts

The following is a list of Horny components in this game, in order from least horny to most horny

  • Outfits

    The default bikini costumes are great but even just beating the game on medium gives you a slingshot bikini. Canonically the sexiest form of bikini.

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  • Gallery

    As you clear quests (basically achievements) you will unlock gallery images. You can't look at them until you clear the game. There's a lot of concept art so you can get a good look at some of the characters, since the in-game engine is kind of muddy.

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  • Nude Mod

    Nude mods by their nature are often the sexiest part of games, but the texture resolution in this game is kind of a disaster, so the nude mod looks very PS2 era.

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  • Banana Split Costume

    This costume comes with the special edition of the game, or bought as DLC for $1.99 Your character is naked except for some thigh highs, and some conveniently placed fruit. I put this as hornier than the nude mod because the implication of nipples is somehow better than what the nude mod delivers. (No hate to the mod developer, you didn't have much to work with and I thank you for your service. I place the blame solely on the engine.)

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Horniest Part

  • Xtacy/Devil Drive Mode

    When you advance through the game you unlock these transformations for the characters. They get naked and super powerful. Kagura has Big Felicia Energy in this form. It's MAD horny.

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Rating

Neutral

This game has a lot of negative points, but the combat itself is fun enough to keep me entertained throughout. I likely won't be playing this game again on harder difficulties, but I don't regret the time I put into it. I wish the graphics weren't so muddy and I wish there was more variation in the enemies. There are also severe audio issues while the game is performing disc i/o. I thought it was just my setup but some googling has found that other people have the same issue. If it weren't for my love for bmups and bikinis, I might have rated this game as Negative. I hope this isn't the last Onechanbara game we get in the west, because I really feel like if given another layer of polish, it could make for a great game.

Additional Things of Note

This song that comes on every once in a while fucking slaps