Odin Sphere

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PlayStation 2

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Parental Guidance Recommended

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

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"Square Enix does it again"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Odin Sphere is in one word “STUNNING”.

The entire game is visually amazing, with beautifully designed hand-drawn backgrounds and characters, an easy-to-use and yet oh so fun alchemy system, a unique ‘leveling up’ system that involves cooking/growing your own food, and a rich story line.

Its generally a very good uncommon little RPG, and a definite for the RPG-Fan's collection.

The one downside to this game is that the gameplay itself is quite monotonous, with little variance to the battles, or the sequence of events that take place.

Other than that its a very good buy

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"sweet game with loads of in depth story!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I found this game was overflowing with easy to follow story. the overlapping of parallels only adds to its greatness. fighting is easy to pick up and the range of characters leaves you never getting bored. as for growing sheep on trees and hatching chickens only to kill them for use as ingredients at the restaurant is perhaps the most absurdly brilliant thing ive seen this year!

"Beautiful art direction combined with solid action gameplay."
4 stars"

Odin Sphere is another JRPG with plenty of visual eye candy and an enjoyable but occasionally trying battle system.

The first thing to note before you consult other reviews on this game is that alot of them may comment on the ‘slowdown’ issue. This is not a problem with the PAL release of the game as they have vastly improved these, and you will not notice any significant slowdown unless you are chaining a character spell like the energy burst over and over.

Odin Spheres story is both depressing and engrossing, and each character has certain styles or quirks to them to make them memorable, whether it's Mercedes blushing after shes eaten, or Velvet's agility and reach with her chains and movement. Each character has a book that you will have to read in a certain order as you build each character up for the armageddon. There is alot of interconnectivity with the characters as well as multiple endings that can be explored.

The battle system itself is fluid and action packed hack and slash. People who button mash may find Odin Sphere too difficult, and there are no repercussions to turning down the difficulty whenever you wish. Good use of alchemy, the pooka shop and understanding how your character fights all contribute to enjoying the battles more.

Lastly, this game shows a promising trend of the future. The option to switch to Japanese voice actors means that the game can be played using the original voice actors while the text is still in English. While English voice acting has improved over the years, the quality (and the pay gap) between English and Japanese voice actors ensures that the multiple grunts/squeals (or squawks in the case of the English Velvet) in battle as well as the emotion you hear in cutscenes are more professional when you switch to the Japanese track. The switch can be performed between English and Japanese or vice versa at any time.

And at the current price of 29.95 its a steal!

Description

The nations of Erion had always held an uneasy peace, as the various kings and queens watched each other for any signs of weakness. When the country of Valentine is obliterated by the power of an ancient artifact, it sparks a bloody war between the fairies of Ringford and the warriors of Ragnanival. Little do they know that they are acting out an almost-forgotten prophecy: one that, if fulfilled, will lead to the destruction of the entire world. Take control of the warrior princess Gwendolyn, daughter of Odin, and follow the threads of an intricately woven story as you uncover the truth behind the prophecy - and how to bring it to an end.

Features:
  • Gorgeous hand-drawn artwork and animations!
  • Intense side-scrolling action with astonishing attacks and magic effects!
  • Fully-voiced dialogue that heightens the drama!
  • Fantastic bosses that tower over the protagonists !
  • Five playable characters in all; each one's fate is intertwined with the others'!
  • A robust cooking and alchemy system that can be used to create powerful attack and recovery items!
Release date NZ
April 4th, 2008
Publisher
UPC
5060121822610
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1554341

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