The kitsch video game series Oneechanbara (about a Japanese cowgirl that kills zombies) has finally made it to one of the next-gen systems! (and no the Wii does not count)
This time around our bikini-clad heroine teams up with her little sis Saki, whose default outfit is not a bikini. (is it really a bikini samurai squad if only one of ’em is wearing a bikini?)
Fortunately, that’s easily fixed thanks to the highly customizable dress-up option that allows you to change everything from their clothes to their skin tone. Unfortunately, unlocking those upgrades is a bitch. Beating the game on normal difficulty unlocks less than 1/2 the goodies. Also disappointing is that the default outfits are not available when you start customizing. Initially any customization is limited to the bare essentials – bra & panties! It’s almost as if they don’t want you to clothe these girls, which I completely understand. But why not leave the default clothes available for mixing & matching at least. Without the cowboy hat I just feel… well, naked.
But enough about the girls. I’m sure you don’t wanna hear me about go one about how these scantily dressed girls run around covered in warm sticky blood. No, you wanna know about that cool killer whale in the screencap.
His name is Olga, and he’s not just a killer whale – he’s a zombified killer whale!
The boss battle, in which Olga leaps over a wall to attack you, is an obvious lampoon of the movie Free Willy. But what makes it truly great is Olga’s special attack. Just like the aliens in the movie Alien, Olga has a second mouth, which is a another smaller killer whale. Like I said, kitsch.
I’d tell you to buy it (if for no other reason than to encourage more Japanese imports), but the truth is just one of those games people either love or hate and no review can change that (haha… too late now, you’ve already read it).
Tips & Hints:
- You need to press up on stage selection to play on easy. It’s easy to miss the small arrow that merely suggests it (d’oh!).
- Saki and especially Annna are mostly optional characters, but there are several stages that require them so use ’em or you could get stuck and have to do some monotonous leveling.
- Stage 5 where you ride a motorcycle can be E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y frustrating. Avoid hitting cops (no matter how much you may want to) it increases the amount of dogs that chase you. But once you clear the crowd, go ahead and unleash your road rage. A zigzag pattern works best to take out the remaining dogs and also helps fulfill the Hit & Run quest.