Pharaonic – 5 games set in ancient locations

As Pharonic is released, Amy Walker looks at interesting ancient locations in gaming...


Platform: GameBoy Advance, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Windows

Onimusha began as a very simple concept, mixing Resident Evil with samurais and ninjas; and it’s an absolutely perfect combination. Whilst the series does develop over their four entries to become more of an action series, it never stopped being enjoyable.

The series follows a number of protagonists as they fight against the forces of hell throughout the Sengoku period in Japan. Onimusha 3 mixed the formula up slightly as it split action between ancient Japan and modern day Paris (including an appearance by french actor Jean Reno as a playable character) before returning to its roots for the final game in the series.

Whilst it’s been several years since an Onimusha game, it’s still one of the highest selling and best reviewed Capcom franchise, outdoing many that are still being produced. If you can track down Onimusha it’s definitely worth the effort.

1 comment

  1. I really liked Gladius on the Xbox, but not many people seem to have played it. You had to create a faction / team of gladiators in turn-based combat. Allowed for what felt like a lot of customisation and was great fun in co-op. Had some very cool looking levels. Not sure how well it would hold up today! But at the time it was excellent.

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