Excerpt: In 1997, a game that pushed the process of two-dimensional gaming was released for the Saturn. Princess Crown never left Japan, but it resonated strongly with those who played it, and the idea of steering clear of the third dimension was apparently a favorite of director George Kamitani. Ten years later the studio he headed, Vanillaware, released another game going boldly where many had gone before — but not lately.
Excerpt: Odin Sphere has garnered a lot of attention so far. Most games are announced well in advance and take time to finally reach the store shelves. Odin Sphere has done exactly the opposite, with its original announcement only a few months ago, and the difference from release in Japan to release in North America only a mere five days. All of these things don't give the fans time to cool off from their original excitement.
Excerpt: Every cover story we do for play is special. Whether it’s a sure fire blockbuster, one of our many niche covers, or just plain out of left field, every game that appears on the cover of Play does so for a specific reason. We don’t always choose the most obvious games—you already know about those. A big part of what we do is try to expand your horizons beyond the beaten path—terrain that however scenic is all too familiar and on occasion dotted with pitfalls.
Excerpt: In a period when many developers shy away from trying new things and instead hold to tried and true formulas for RPGs, games that wander off the beaten path are few and far between. Odin Sphere is one of these few. The game suffers from significant slowdown in some areas and a less than original battle system, but it also offers gorgeous graphics and a deep, memorable storyline.
Conclusion: Odin Sphere is honestly a game that must be experienced in order to truly decide whether it is a game for you. I know that in a growing market of every genre imaginable that sometimes lesser-known games fall to the sidelines and are not enjoyed until much later in their gaming life. Hence, titles like Shadow of the Colossus are lost in the mix and only a few gamers in the beginning get to appreciate the game without impending fanboys and would be supporters.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, Odin Sphere is nothing short of a great game. While it has its flaws, they are immediately made up for by the game's presentation and unique gameplay. It will draw you in with its beautiful graphics and storybook presentation, but the engrossing story, multiple main characters and beat 'em up/action-RPG hybrid gameplay will keep you around until the end.