Thursday, August 22, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 53 - Oneecanbara Z2 Chaos

Day 53 of Eric Vs. 365 features Oneechanbara Z2 Chaos. It's about busty girls in skimpy clothes killing zombies and it's shallow as all get out. Now that that's out of the way, we have a lot to say about a ton of other things surrounding the game. Continue reading for more.

For most USA players their first (if any ...) experience with Oneechanbara likely came on the Xbox 360. It was released back in a time when Microsoft was actively courting quirky Japanese games to try and have a broader appeal and capture a bigger audience. This led to games like Oneechanbara, Earth Defense Force 2017, Bullet Witch, Vampire Rain, and others coming to Xbox. Even Atlus put three (!) different obscure strategy RPGs on the ol' Xbox 360. Square Enix put Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Remnant and Star Ocean 4 exclusively on Xbox at the time as well. Things were looking up for Xbox in terms of Japanese games.

The problem was that they all freaking sucked. Yes, even as much as I personally love Star Ocean 4 I knew it obviously wasn't going to set the world on fire and EDF 2017 is a hot mess to 99% of gamers out there even if I like it. The point is that all of these Japanese games came to Xbox 360 and then sold like crap, because they were terrible, which gave the Japanese publishers and developers an easy out where they could say "We tried but no one bought them! Back to PlayStation we go!" with little resistance. 

Maybe if they would have released games people actually wanted things would have turned out differently, but here we are more than a decade later and the stigma that "Xbox fans don't like those types of games" is still lingering around like a boiled cabbage fart. It really feels like an intentional sabotage because Japanese devs didn't really want to make Xbox games in the first place.

Back to Oneechanbara, though. While playing Z2 Chaos I noticed something that blew my mind - These games are supposed to be about sexy girls killing zombies, but the character models are ugly as heck. Like, their bodies are fine, I guess, but the faces are freaking horrific looking. Most of the time I don't agree with the notion that fanservice games / anime are directed at literal 12-year olds like some loudmouth jerks on the Internet like to say, but I can't see anyone other than inexperienced moron teens and tweens getting excited about the way these characters look. 

Basically, why would you play Oneecanbara when Senran Kagura exists?