Got my game fast and not a single scratch on the disk! Thanks Goodwill!
7 March 2013
Summary: Excellent game. RPG side scrolling action. This is one of JRPG's classic clowning achievements folks. Its not just run in and hack and slash, you gotta plan your energy, back off against tougher foes, read attack patterns, etc. And then there's the art - OH THE ART! Its lush and gorgeous filling the entire frame with gorgeousness. Its an amazing 10/10.
Summary: I purchases this game on the PS3 online store based on excellent reviews here and elsewhere. I was very surprised to discover that the game was basically a mediocre side-scrolling brawler with a couple weird elements tacked on (planting, alchemy). The art is very good, but the plot is really a train-wreck that is only entertaining in an MST3K sort of way. Inventory management deserves a special mention for being very cumbersome and taking up an inordinate amount of time.
Summary: The graphics in this game are a tad unusual but very beautiful. Its like an cartoon style, 2D side scroller but with a massive face lift. The gameplay is fun with some very interesting RPG elements. Potion making and plant growing mechanics help take the game away from the tedium of battle.
Summary: This game is a side scroller, with beautiful anime graphics, and excellent voice acting. It's set during a war, in which many sad things take place. Although there is a heavy level of sadness to this game, all-in-all it can have a happy ending if you play it right. One of my favorite things, is how classic fairy-tales are incorporated into this game. Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Blue Bird of Happiness, and much more.
Summary: Vanillaware does some of the most lavish 2D artwork out there on consoles today. Odin Sphere is a prime example of such. Love or hate the anime stylings as you may, it's hard to deny the detail and care that went into the characters, backgrounds, and even items in this title. Odin Sphere is also generally a fun game. Even the basic enemies take some skill to tackle, and the different playable characters each require unique strategies.
Summary: Five characters take part in an interwoven tale, often one character will briefly appear as an opponent for a different one. Each role seems at least reasonably compelling, as far as the story itself, although why some of the background actions (like the opening war) are not always clearly or believably explained. Story 6.8/10 Odin Sphere has been widely praised for its "beautiful 2D graphics".
Summary: When I first played the game I thought I had wasted my money. Graphics are in 2D and it is a circular almost old school gameplay system. But I stuck with it, and was amazed!! The characters, designs, colouring and art of the game is second to none! People talk about the amazing new FFXIII HD graphics, but this shows a precedent to make non HD art inspiring.
Summary: This is a perfect linear game that has a very unique gameplay style. Atlus always is innovative with their games and odin sphere allows you to use up to five different characters separately. Playing each adventure is a pleasure in its own as you watch them struggle internally and fight demons and fight for love.