Onigiri Video Review

This is our Onigiri review, a free anime action MMORPG with an anime Japan aesthetic and some exciting action combat and some very interesting characters.

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Onigiri is a free to play action MMORPG heavily influenced by eastern mythology and anime culture. The story goes that long ago, God devouring monsters ravaged the lands now seemingly have made a resurgence and it is up to the player character and a colorful cast to save the day!

If you are an anime fan, maybe you should give this game a shot. Expect cutscenes with voice acting and well drawn stylized characters. This is a big plus because Onigiri, much like Dragon Nest, has a focus towards role-playing and NPC interactions such as being able to give gifts to NPCs to further relationships.

Also similarly to Dragon Nest, it is an action-based dungeon crawler with varying levels of difficulty to the dungeons. While the combat might look similar, the overall feeling is much different with Dragon Nest being an overall more complex and fluid game with far more class ability combinations. However, this game does have a level of simplicity that younger players might find attractive. Still, expect a level of grind as is common in eastern MMOs and MMO games in general.

Combat is pretty standard; left click for main attacks and combos, right for chosen ability after you selected it. You can dodge in this game and block too, but it is much more sticky and awkward compared to other games with dodging and blocking in it. Onigiri has the basics required for an action MMO but I don’t think it surpasses any expectations. It also lacks PvP which is very much a negative in this case, especially since competing action MMO titles offer it.

Customization in the character creator is pretty interesting with its presets. Very anime inspired, it is also very cartoon in respect to proportions and age limitations. Nothing special here other than the styling which is the main standout point for the game in its entirety. Customization throughout the game isn’t unusual but at the start you are able to wield a multitude of different weapons which is nice.

I suggest this game for younger players and hardcore otaku.

If you are looking for an anime action MMO, try out Onigiri and if you are fine with chibi anime style, try out Dragon Nest, or if you are brave and want a more mature art style, then try Vindictus.

Overall, Onigiri doesn’t exceed in game design but it does have its interesting stylistic choices which might pull in players, especially those in favor of eastern art and mythology.


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  • http://anime-vostfr.com omiso

    i want to ask , Onigiri is open world pvp ? or like dragon nest arena pvp ….

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    • freemmostation

      It’s not open world, it’s dungeon based.

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  • Vince

    Pretty great review, nice & succinct, and covered mostly everything I wanted to know. Two things I wanted to know though, if you don’t mind freemmostation and/or anyone else who played it.

    One, what was up with the visual settings? Because the shadows for particle FX (@1:16, it’s especially noticeable) would simplify to huge, ugly, black boxes on the ground and…. man. That’s gross. Does the game not have better visual settings than that?

    Secondly, the sort of simple nature of it. Do you think that has anything to do with it being on consoles? I mean, the game was a PS4 launch title in Japan, while it’ll also launch on the XBone whenever that gets out to eastern territories. If I’m not mistaken, it’s also confirmed for release in the West, joining f2p stuff on Sony’s console like Planetside 2, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and more (hard to remember specifics since they totally glossed over these games during their e3 presentation in favor of nonsense like their one TV show no one cares about).

    Does the game work really well with a controller right now, beyond combat? Because Vindictus (and Dragon Nest even) work fine in-combat, but the menus and stuff get unwieldly quickly. It would be nice to play an MMO with a controller that, say, doesn’t try to emulate a mouse cursor and instead just lets you select individual cells on an item menu, like most normal single-player rpgs do with controllers plugged in. The UI in this looks a LOT cleaner than most action-MMO’s already, at least in the video, so I’m hopeful.

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    • freemmostation

      Thank you! I’ll give you my opinion, although I can’t be sure since I wasn’t the one playing it.

      So, the shadows are probably an optimization problem, likely related to specific graphics cards. It shouldn’t happen since the game is already officially released, but that’s what I think it is.

      I think the game looks simple because that’s just how many F2P MMOs go. Graphics aren’t given much attention and while Onigiri doesn’t look awful, it’s average at best.

      As for the controller option, I can’t help on that, sorry :(

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      • Vince

        Thanks for the reply! (^_^)

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  • http://googlechrome darx fox

    there a server in ph…????

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