Onechanbara Z2: Chaos takes place on Earth, which has been invaded with undead spirits. The only salvation rests in four katana wielding babes: Aya, Kagura, Saaya, and Saki. Like the Senran Kagura series the story is inconsequential to the action and off the wall humor. It has its moments aside from the T&A, but make no mistake, it’s a game full of fan service. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t go as far as it teases and feels rushed.
Gameplay can also be likened to the Senran Kagura, or Dynasty Warrior series’. Players can take all four girls along, equip them with various weapons, items, skills, and even costume changes. The goal of each level is to kill everything on screen with as much ferocity as possible. It’s a standard brawler with a few cool powers throw in, but the repetition weighs heavy on this one. Like the premise the action doesn’t get as crazy as one would hope. Co-op could have saved this game along with some additional padding. There’s just not a lot there.
The visuals don’t do Onechanbara any favors either. At best it looks like a PS3 game. AT BEST. The environments lack detail, but the girls and monsters have certain flair to them. Aside from the game’s main campaign there is a challenge like mode, Missions, that award players with costume pieces. There’s also in game achievements, or Quests, that unlock extra content like pictures in the art gallery. It’s not exactly brimming with content and what’s there is rather mediocre.
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is playing to a certain crowd. It’s like a B movie sent straight to Blu-Ray. It lacks polish, but it does provide a quick whacky action adventure fans of the Senran Kagura and Dynasty Warriors series’ may appreciate. It’s skimpy, but it’s not sexy.
Score: 2/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review copy. This article was originally published on July 23, 2015 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.