Review by Kururu
"Awesome, yet bit repetitive."
Odin Sphere is a game developed by Vanilla Ware, and published and localized by Atlus. It is a 2D side-scrolling game, with a unique twist on story telling.
2D has never looked so good.
That's right, Odin Sphere is got to be one of the best looking 2D game that I have EVER seen. From the background to the character, to the enemy, the 2D sprites looks amazing. The first thing you'll notice is the lack of "jaggy" that many 2D games have at high resolution. When you take a closer look, you'll find out that the characters themselves are collages of sprites. And because of the individual pieced sprites, the movement can look so fluid and without the jaggy. There really isn't really you can complain about the graphic in this game albeit the fact that the graphic are sometimes too much to handle by the PS2. When in a huge boss fight, the slow-down can be annoying and sometimes even game crippling. However, the slow-down are rare and usually only occurs in final boss fights.
The sound isn't anything superb but it fits the fantasy of Odin Sphere perfectly. As you might of expected from Atlus, the original Japanese Sound track is included, and the battle voices are also changed with the sound track unlike Disgaea and other NIS games.
The story of Odin Sphere follow the tales of five (main) individuals. The story is told through Alice's point of view and not the character you fight as. As you find out later, each character's tales are intertwined. At first, you can only read Gwendolyn's story, and after you beat hers, you'll have another character and so on. You may abandon your reading at any time, and you can save at any time. However, to get back to the attic where you choose your book, I don't know of any other way except to reset your PS2... There isn't a soft-reset either, and I think that could of been helpful.
I can not stress enough about the repetitiveness of the game. Each character will go through the same location, with same enemy almost every time, except some minor differences that contribute to the story of each character. I can not blame the story write as the game is setup that way because each character's tales are intertwined. Another repetitiveness (good or bad is up to you) is that each tales is almost always a romantic tale of love, at least the first three characters were all in some way a romantic tale of love.
The game-play is rather simplistic. Square for attack, and hold it down can perform various action depending on character. X is to jump, and so on. From the beginning, you might of think that its just another beat-um-up, but as you progress the difficulty increases where your usual beat-um-up strategies will not work. There is also a simple yet quite fun alchemy system in the game. Alchemy will be necessary as you progress through the game, so if you don't like those kind of thing I suggest you should reconsider.
The game is quite a visual feast to the eye, and the action gets quite addictive albeit repetitive. If you like anime style game this game is defintely for you. However, if you are just a avid RPG gamer, you should reconsider your purchase. Perhaps renting it would be a better option, but the game is quite long to "beat." As each character on normal difficulty averages 8-10 hours. Last note, it could get quite discouraging that the repetitiveness nature of this game starts to show itself after two characters.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/29/07
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