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GF Rating
7.0

1377 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Gorgeous game worth a play

posted by debussy (LEANDER, TX) Apr 8, 2008

Member since Mar 2008

11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

First of all, I have to say that this is, in my opinion, a very pretty game, with game play very much reminiscent of Guardian Heroes on the Sega Saturn (which I loved, once upon a time). The graphics engine is supposed to be reminiscent of a storybook, and pulls it off beautifully. It has simple yet deep game mechanics that make it very approachable, yet always challenging, and, ultimately, addicting. However, as with many RPGs (or games with RPG elements), leveling-up very easily becomes tiresome "busy-work", and, while the map system is novel and fun, it becomes extremely tedious in the leveling-up process. The game has a very clever character upgrade process, but it becomes overly complex for a game that, to me, feels weighted more to its Final Fight roots than its RPG roots. Ultimately, the leveling-up system wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the load times... loading each section of a map is actually pretty quick and unobtrusive during linear game play, but repeat it over and over as you try to get to the store to sell your items(because your inventory maxes out quickly) and it gets very annoying. Getting to the restaurant where you can really level up, takes even longer. All-in-all, it's a terribly fun and addictive game, but, for better or worse, it sucks up hours of time like an insane Hoover.



Pros:

- Gorgeous graphics engine

- Very fun & approachable game play

- Old-school "circular" levels are fun!

- Interesting story

- Good (and thorough) Japanese and English voice acting (you can select either)

- Interesting characters

- Well made



Cons:

- Long and/or frequent loading

- Somewhat tedious level-up system

- Controls can feel sluggish at times in brawls

- Slow-down with a lot of things happening on screen during battles (infrequent)

- Traversing between particular locales is cumbersome

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Mesmerized in under 2 minuets

posted by theozzman (CHESHIRE, CT) Dec 28, 2007

Member since Nov 2007

7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I have played well over a thousand games and beat most of them, I’m a gamer, it’s what I do, heck I design games as a hobby. You’d think I’d seen it all yet, after two minutes I was completely mesmerized, this is the best game I’ve ever played, period, there’s no room for honorable mentions. Odin Sphere blows every thing else out of the sky, water, or where ever you like it. Some one(s) poured there soul into this game. The gorgeous yet anime style graphics of Odin Sphere may give off the feeling of a kiddy game, but astonishingly it’s the polar opposite; it just may be the most finely tuned adult gamming experience of my life. By that I mean it feels like this game is the natural progressions of a life time of playing action/adventure RPGs, it’s stunningly beautiful, yet sophisticated in it’s delivery, it's fun to play, but far from easy and the writing and character design is nothing short of brilliant. Odin Sphere is nothing short of the ultimate Action RPG, if you grew up on games like Alundra, Castlevania and the Mana series, you may cry, it’s that good.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Near perfection.

posted by billsnizzl (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) Jun 21, 2008

Member since Aug 2006

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Wow. Thats all I can say. This game was perfect on almost every single facet.

Audio- Amazing musical score, fully voice acted

Graphics- Retro-ish 2-d sidescrolling, made to look like a storybook. Capable of such intense emotion that I can't even tell you. When the Halja kill people, you just cringe. Not much can make me do that.

Gameplay- Fun, light beat-em-up style mixed with a cool combination of magic and experience. Easy to learn, hard to master- the way it should be.

Difficulty- The one flaw of this game is, frankly, at some parts it is too hard. Gwendolyn's last boss fight made me wet myself. Velvet's Armageddon fight made me kill someone. Its brutal. But in the same sense, it's also very rewarding when you finish it.

Overall: PLAY THIS GAME. DO NOT MISS IT.

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