Battling the Undead in Style with Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos
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PC
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Intermediate
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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos  is a hack and slash game with zombies.  The game features all female protagonists.

Game menu featuring all four protaganists from Onechanbara Z2; Chaos.
Game menu featuring all four protagonists from Onechanbara Z2; Chaos. Kagura, Saaya, Saki, and Aya.

It is is also the latest installment in the  Onechanbara series and available for PC as well as consoles.  Originally made for consoles the PC version has a console like feel allowing for solid play and combo attacks.    Using a combination of attacks in confined arenas players fight zombies, mud men, giant beastly moles, and other undead monsters.  Every epic battle the girls must fight  culminates to the larger boss battles.  These monstrous creatures are tough to kill as they can regenerate health.  Following the game cues and timing the X + Y move correctly allows the player to finish the battles.  These are some really cool bosses for any game. One example is the  giant scorpion genie creature in Dubai.

Kagura slashing her way through the undead.
Kagura slashing her way through the undead.

The story of the game follows two groups of sisters.  Vampric sisters Saaya and Kagura and Saki and Aya.  Saki and Aya  both are cursed with baneful blood that causes them to go into a berserk state.  The opening scene takes place with a battle between the sisters.  All four come together when a strange zombie girl shows up to wreak havoc.  The zombie girl breaks open the floor and the sisters plummet downward to different locations.  Separated they must find a way to reunite while battling hordes of undead and nightmarish creatures.  Kagura and Aya end up in underground tunnels and Saaya and Saki end up in an old Romanian town and a bizarre blood filled nightmare. Once the team is regrouped they must defeat the female zombie from before. Following this crazy incident Ana sends them around the world to defeat the undead taking over civilization.

Saki prepares to battle a boss.
Saki prepares to battle a boss.

Overall Onechanbara Z2 Chaos is a fun game with interesting characters and good dialogue. The banter and conversations between characters portrays them as both sisters and rivals and crucial to the story development. Throughout the game there are little added bonuses that make the game more enjoyable.

Character dialogue takes place during missions, as animations, and comic like cut-scenes. A Cut-scene with all four characters and Ana.
Character dialogue takes place during missions, as animations, and comic like cut-scenes. A Cut-scene with all four characters and Ana.

For instance,  the two vampric sisters get an awesome transformation into furry humanoid beasts after drinking the blood from the baneful blood sisters. This transformation sends Saaya and Kagura into the same berserk state as those cursed with baneful blood.  As vampires they are transformed unlike  Aya and Saki .  All four in berserk state kill every undead creatures around them .  Berserk state depletes health so players need to look for statues around the map to release the energy.

The blood bane sisters Aya and Saki can reach a berserk state. Aya in her berserk state ready to attack a zombie.
The blood bane sisters Aya and Saki can reach a berserk state. Aya in her berserk state ready to attack a zombie.

Game-play for Onechanbara is good on the PC if you use a controller. For this game I tried both the traditional keyboard and an Xbox one controller. I got to the main boss without difficulty using a keyboard Defeating the first boss requires cutting off his arms using the X + Y move instructed by the game.  These are some serious fights and require timing and positioning right to do. Only the Xbox one controller can handle the boss fights but it is also easier to complete combos and finishing moves with a controller.   Another great aspect of the game is the ability to switch characters during combat and a new character can even finish a combo move.

During fights with the undead and other beasts weapons get coated in blood.  This leads to the character slowing down during the fight. Refreshing the weapons remove the blood and resume normal fight sequences. Players can switch between weapons and non weapon martial arts. This game has some pretty sweet weapons including samurai swords and chainsaws.  Better to slash up the undead quickly and adds to the fight sequences.

Players can switch between characters that use different weapons and combo moves. Saaya and Saki battling monsters.
Players can switch between characters that use different weapons and combo moves. Saaya and Saki battling monsters.

As for the progress of the game, once the first introductory sequences finish a player can choose which destination on the world map to complete.  This is a good idea and gives the player control of how they want the story to progress.  No matter which destination is chosen the outcome is the same, defeat the undead plaguing the Earth. After each battle is complete players get scores and trophies.  Bronze to platinum trophies are available.  One bonus feature of the game is the ability change outfits and customize the characters. A new downloadable content is available for Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.   This includes a variety of new outfits and accessories that can be applied to each of the four characters.

The game gives players the ability to change outfits and customize characters. Kagura getting a wardrobe change.
The game gives players the ability to change outfits and customize characters. Kagura getting a wardrobe change.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos for PC is a must play game for those who love hack and slash and a fan of the undead.  There is quite a bit of gore, awesome weapons, and combo moves in this game.  A game with a very interesting all female cast of characters who happen to be either cursed of vampires.  There is also a great soundtrack and between chapters and missions the story plays out as a comic.  You will not be bored playing Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.

After the introductory stages of the game players get to choose their destinations and missions. World map showing available missions.
After the introductory stages of the game players get to choose their destinations and missions. World map showing available missions.
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