Oninaki [JPN] [XCI]
The JRPG genre is one that’s gone through immeasurable change in the few decades that it’s been around, but there’s something about the ‘old school’ style of 90’s turn-based RPGs that still holds a lot of sway with modern fans. To cater to this demographic, Square Enix formed Tokyo RPG Factory in 2015 to produce a new Chrono Trigger-like release called “Project Setsuna” which was then released the following year under the nameI Am Setsuna. Two years later, Tokyo RPG Factory followed this up with a spiritual successor called Lost Sphear, which continued the concept of Setsuna while fixing many of the issues that fans and critics found with it. Now, Tokyo RPG Factory has produced Oninaki, which notably breaks away from studio tradition by scrapping the turn-based battles in favor of a faster paced, action-focused battle system. Though the overarching premise of Oninaki is an interesting one, the characters themselves unfortunately fall short and the narrative suffers as a result.
There’s a clear maturation in the work of Tokyo RPG Factory from game to game, as it sticks closely to its traditional ideals while slowly widening the scope of its ambitions. Bearing this in mind, Oninaki is certainly the biggest and most innovative release from the studio yet, but we wouldn’t exactly call it the best. Though the premise is certainly interesting, we felt let down by the story in this one, and the combat is less generally enjoyable than the turn-based affairs that came before. That being said, we also loved the depth offered by the Daemon system, both in terms of what it offers in character progression and combat variety, and the art style of the dark world is truly something to behold. We’d give Oninaki a recommendation to anybody who loves RPGs; although it isn’t the best, this is another solid showing from Tokyo RPG Factory.
No. of Players : 1 player
Languages : Multi
Tittle ID : 01001AF00CE54000
File Size : 3.72 GB
File Type : XCI
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