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In Onee Chanbara Origin Lei Gameplay Video, Zombie Hordes Fall to Survival Knife

Onee Chanbara Origin Lei

Onee Chanbara Origin will release outside of Japan in the very near future, and a new video makes it easy for players to familiarize themselves with the remake’s new character, Lei, ahead of time.

The Onee Chanbara Origin Lei video opens with some very heavy metal music and some footage of Lei, whose gameplay should be brand-new for people who haven’t played the Japanese version of these remade PS2 titles.  About a minute into the video, an actor introduces herself as Lei and says “I am an Undead Hunter as well as an informant. I keep in touch with Aya vie her phone, but I’m somewhat of a mysterious figure throughout the game. Now, let’s get started, shall we?”

At this point, the video begins to layout what we can all expect when it comes to using Lei in the game. She uses a survival knife which allows for quick and wide attacks. If Lei lands successive attacks with precise timing, she’ll glow blue to indicate the presence of a “Cool Combination.” Lei’s sub attack is mapped to the triangle button and is a high kick that is, according to the video, meant to pair well with regular attacks.

After the video covers the sub attack, a prompt to reload by pressing L1 appears on the screen. The actor explains, “Just tap the L1 button. Look! Lei has put the blood Crystal’s energy into her weapon box. And now the box is glowing red. This is called Bloody Mode.”  She then calls attention to a red gauge on the bottom left corner of the screen before excitedly unleashing a special knife technique.

Lei can also use energy from the weapon box to fire a shotgun. Blood Crystal energy, which is used to power the weapons, can be an important resource.

The video also details some finishing moves, special wide-range attacks that are ideal for clearing out multiple zombies, and dodges.

The PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game will be available in North America and Europe on October 14, 2020 for $59.99/€49.99. If you’re curious, a trailer comparing the new game to the original’s was made available ahead of the game’s launch in Japan back in 2019.

Benjamin Maltbie
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