Onigiri is an action massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by CyberStep. It is set in a fantasy land reminiscent of ancient Japan in which humans and non-humans such as Oni and other Yōkai coexist. Join a party of other players or travel with 8 NPC companions on your journey. The game was originally released in Japan on February 6, 2014 and in North America on July 1, 2014. The English console versions were released on October 2, 2015 for the Xbox One, on October 6, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and January 31, 2019 for Nintendo Switch. The game’s title means “oni cutter”, reflective of the player characters’ background as an Oni; the title can also be taken as a pun on onigiri, the Japanese rice ball. With simple controls, you can dive into the thrilling world of Onigiri. Switch between weapons to battle through the Youkai.
The game has different servers for the PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 versions but the gameplay is the same for all versions. The player character is an Oni whose peaceful life in the Western island of Onigashima is disturbed by the revival of the Kamikui. Unlike most other MMORPGs, which have different races or classes, in Onigiri, players can only play as Oni and choosing a class simply requires the player to pick a favored weapon to specialize in. On the other hand, many players have criticized the game for its monotony after reaching a certain level. Recently, the English PC server has raised the player level cap to level 135. No players have reached the new cap yet (as of January 2018).
The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient Japan that is filled with creatures of myth. Ages ago, the terrible Kamikui made a trail of death and destruction across the land before being stopped by the goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu Oomikami. The goddess placed three great Seals that forced Kamikui to retreat. Now, one of the Seals has shattered. When creating a character, players choose one of five traits that will determine which weapons they can use. The traits are Power (Axe, Oodachi, Spear, or Sword), Defensive (Spear or Staff), Kind (Staff or Wand), Daring (Axe, Oodachi, Dual Swords, Bow, or Sword), and Cautious (Dual Swords, Bow, or Wand). Characters level up five basic stats: Power, Vitality, Wisdom, Mind, and Dexterity.
Onigiri has garnered a number of favorable reviews. Bradly Storm of Hardcore Gamer felt that it was “a fairly competent and enjoyable hack-and-slash experience” even though the launch suffered from server-side latency issues. Reviewer Angelique Stokes praised the game’s combat and wrote that the game was “bursting with personality.” Sheattack’s Charnelle Schindel found the plot “lackluster” but overall she felt Onigiri was generally “great fun to play.” Crunchyroll called it “a very solid title.” The game creators have tried to address it by adding more high level content, event exclusive items, as well as collaboration events with other Intellectual Properties.