Excerpt: Offering up a battle system that would seem more at home in a side-scrolling brawler than an RPG and a storytelling style that allows you to play as multiple main characters, Odin Sphere offers up a very different, and flawed adventure for RPG fans.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: I think Brandon is spot-on with his assessment of Odin Sphere. This is a game that appeals to everything that hits my gaming hot-buttons. As Brandon's lead-in mentions, the game has an "intricate storyline, gorgeous old-school 2D graphics, exciting side-scrolling beat-‘em-up action.