Developers: Bungie (PC) / Rockstar Toronto (PS2)
Publishers: Gathering (PC) / Rockstar Games (PS2)
Released in 2001, Oni was the first and last game of Bungie West. At this point in time, Oni is that title you either remember, forgot, or maybe never heard of. At the time of development, Oni picked up speed, and got some nice hype around it. Bungie has promised many aspects that looked very promising for fans who had an interest in action games.
Upon release Oni wasn’t all it seemed to be, which was disappointing. First and foremost, Oni seems like a rushed title, even with it having a nice lengthy development cycle. The graphics are dated, even when it first came out. Certain things promised to fans had been cut. Awkward gameplay when it comes to using guns, checkpoints are terrible, and its a fairly short game.
So your probably wondering why Oni could make it on this list, with all these shortcomings? Well… Oni is simply a fantastic game to play, that gives you the player an insane amount of fun, and has extremely high re-playability.
Bungie tried to pull off a Anime looking action game, and for the most part done it. Oni stands out as being different, in which I see it mainly as a beat em up, while throwing in a third person shooter as well. Surprisingly going through shooting then too fighting is done well, without much trouble.
The plot puts you in a futuristic world that is basically a dystopia. In which you will fight to try and save the world. You already know the basic outline for this, as we’ve seen it in every game lol. Along the way, you will find out some stuff about your past. The surprising thing here, is the game sets itself up to seem like a sequel will be made, but we’ve never seen it, and probably never will. With this, I think 2K has the rights, but I’m not sure. I think its safe to say Oni is done for.
Oni in itself wasn’t the best game, and not the best to put here. It is worth the mention, and still a good play for anyone looking for a older game.