Bikini samurai epic Onechanbara Z2: Chaos arrives stateside on PS4 this month

oneechanbara chaos launch july onechanbara header
Tamsoft’s gory hack-and-slash action game Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is due for a retail and digital release on the PlayStation 4 in North America later this month, publisher Xseed announced.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos stars a “Zombie Punitive Force” out to rid the world of an undead infestation. Gameplay largely revolves around carving bloody swaths through thousands of zombies using samurai swords and other bladed weaponry.

Originally a series of budget-priced action games for the PlayStation 2, the Onechanbara franchise grew past its humble origins in Japan with a large selection of multi-platform releases over the last decade. The series premiered stateside in 2009 with the dual launch of Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for the Xbox 360 and Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers for the Nintendo Wii.

The Onechanbara games are short on plot, instead focusing on blood-soaked encounters with screens full of enemy zombies. The surrounding premise is steeped in grindhouse and exploitation film culture, featuring a cast of heroines who charge into battle wearing bikinis, schoolgirl outfits, and other unconventional attire.

Despite its low-budget origins, Onechanbara spawned a number of sequels and a feature film in Japan. An English-language version of Onechanbara: The Movie premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival in 2008, and later saw a domestic release on DVD.

Xseed’s localized version of Onechanbara Z2: Chaos will premiere stateside digitally via the PlayStation Network for $40. A “Banana Split Limited Edition” that includes a physical copy of the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD, and a download code for an in-game costume will hit retail at $50. All versions of the game offer the option of presenting dialog in its original Japanese or as an English-language dub.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos will launch in North America on July 21. A European release from publisher NIS will premiere in August.

Gaming

‘Kingdom Hearts III’ out in the wild, director asks for support to stop spoilers

Kingdom Hearts III has been leaked, with several copies of the game out in the wild. The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, responded to the situation, calling for help from gamers to stop spoilers from spreading online.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Killing Eve'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Gaming

The 25 best SNES games

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games, including A Link to the Past and Chrono Trigger.
Gaming

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.
Gaming

The DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers ever, and you can use it with a PC

Sony's new DualShock 4 controller has become a fan favorite, and some people want to use it with a PC. Here's how to connect your DualShock 4 and start using it, either with an official adapter, or unofficial software.
Gaming

The history of Battle Royale: From mod to worldwide phenomenon

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in streaming and eSports in a way that might hint at the future of the industry.
Gaming

Project Stream testers get to keep a free copy of ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Those who participated in Google's technical test of Project Stream won't be able to access the service to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey after January 15, but they'll get to keep the game on PC anyway.
Gaming

Newest ‘Destiny 2’ raid already completed by two-person team

The latest raid in Destiny 2: Forsaken is Scourge of the Past, and a two-person team has already managed to complete it. The task took 15 hours of trial-and-error effort before the duo managed to take down the final boss.
Deals

Need a discounted Xbox bundle by Christmas? Walmart has you covered

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, but you can still save some cash on a new Xbox One bundle at Walmart. Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X are on sale now.
Gaming

With our Steam guide, you can give the gift of gaming this holiday season

The holidays may have passed, but it's always a good time to give the gift of gaming (especially when there's a Steam sale)! Here's our quick guide on how to give a Steam game as a gift.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ update 7.10 brings a rotating selection of modes big and small

The latest update for Fortnite introduces 14 Days of Fortnite, an event that brings back large and small battle royale modes as well as brand new ones to enjoy during the holiday season.
Gaming

New Xbox consoles are reportedly code-named ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Lockhart’

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox plans reportedly consist of two separate consoles. One, called "Lockhart," is a more affordable machine, while "Anaconda" is designed with more horsepower.
Gaming

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.