Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Many Stories
Odin Sphere is a 2007 RPG for the Playstation 2. Released by Atlus, the game was developed by Vanillaware, company that was best known in 2013 with the launch of the beautiful Dragon’s Crown. He won a remake this year, and we spent more than 40 hours playing to bring a full analysis of the game for you. Now, nine years and two generations later, Atlus and Vanillaware join forces again to present Odin Sphere to a new generation of players or for old players who haven’t experienced the game on the PS2. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a remake of the match, fancy and brings a lot of good news.
A game, several stories: in a time where we get a lot of games without campaign, Odin Sphere delivers Leifthrasir and give us no less than 5 different drives in books: we have 5 books, one for each of the main characters: Gwendolyn, Cornelius, Mercedes, Oswald and Velvet all connected somehow to the Royal families of the major kingdoms of the world of Erion. Alice is the girl that “reads” the campaigns of all the characters. All carry guns Psyphers calls, but the similarities don’t stop there: the characters and narrative kind face occasionally, and you will find some while playing with others, and vice versa, even if the stories don’t necessarily occur in parallel. This creates an interesting narrative cohesion.
In practice, it ‘s hard to make a synopsis of a game with so many stories, as each character has their motives and dilemmas: Gwendolyn wants to be admired by his father, Cornelius seeks cure for a curse that turned him into a weird little creature, Mercedes is forced to assume the throne that was prematurely from his mother, and so on. The stories are quite dense, with some twists and several interesting side characters. Oh, and the plot itself doesn’t end in the fifth book: when you finish the 5 campaigns, you gain access to a sixth book, and if you do the right things in it, ensures access to the seventh (and final book), which grants you the right to see the “end” of the game. Phew, it’s quite a lot, and do all this will certainly give you more than 40 hours of gameplay!
Frantic battles: the gameplay of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir mixture with the real-time exploration well frenzied, which refer to games like Dust: An Elysian Tail, Guardian Heroes or Princess Crown, if you are “old school.” We have basically an attack (which results in different scams to be used together with the d-pad), but are unlocked several types of special techniques and spells as the game progresses (you can create shortcuts to the ones you use most), and can also use various options for burn, poison, freeze, blind enemies. Although mechanically the game is essentially the same for all five characters, each has their modus operandi, with large differences of agility and strength. Some can fly, others don’t, and each character’s main weapon spear, sword, crossbow, dagger and “whip” respectively changes enough the way they behave in battle. Dashes, glides, parries, elusive and other details add good layers of complexity to the combat.
The tree of characters ‘ skills is quite large: gun and independent nature, every battle is a frenzied dance of scams, elusive and spells, and the hits counter runs madly and passes easily from the hundreds of scams. The coolest thing is that the map of the game makes it clear what are the combat areas in each scenario and what the level of enemies you will find there, what can prevent unpleasant surprises. And when you need to upload your character, run a restaurant, because in this game we have: First-class cuisine: when not if other’s throats with enemies, you will be exploring beautiful surroundings in search of different items, keys to open certain doors and even recipes (?!). Yes, the food has a critical role in this game: everything you eat gives you a specific amount of XP, so that if food is the best way to upload your characters.
The Pooka Village has two excellent restaurants for you to upload your characters. You are all the time collecting seeds, which can be planted to give edible fruit (there’s even a type of tree from which are born goats), and as revenue collection (and the ingredients to prepare them), Maury’s Touring Restaurant (which is one of the new features of the game, and can be accessed from any area of rest) increases its menu, and everything you eat helps raise the level of their characters. The creation of potions also has a whole Alchemy involved, and the type of medicine (and the power of its effect) varies according to the ingredients you put in the mix. Don’t skimp on time to eat. Buy ingredients, plant seeds, make regular visits to the restaurants of Pooka Village, eat as much as you can, as well as retrieve (and increase) their life bar, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir cuisine directly linked to the development of his characters.
A beautiful game (and news): I think it goes without saying that if you checked the above images and videos, but it never hurts to remind: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a beautiful game, and each frame an artwork. The Vanillaware brought back “a watercolor” style of Dragon’s Crown and hit the nail on the head. The character design is also fantastic, each character exudes charisma, and all the details seem to make with love and whimsy. The original game was beautiful in 2007, but now everything is even better, because (on the PS4, where played) the game runs beautifully in 1080 p and 60 frames per second, which offers a much more fluid and responsive experience.
The soundtrack keeps the same quality, showing inspired themes, orchestrations and choral first to give Tom a real epic fantasy RPG quest. In voiceovers, you can choose from Japanese or English, and both are excellent. Unfortunately, however, no place in our language: menus and subtitles only in English. The menus are much more organized and intuitive: for being a remake, the Vanillaware took to improve some aspects of the game, making it more organized and intuitive menus and even expanding maps and adding secret areas and sub-bosses. And you can still face a New Game +, or even enjoy the Odin Sphere original 2007, which comes “for free.” This is not a remake, “done on her thighs just to make money: is a remake made with care and attention to every detail.