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Old 05-29-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Odin Sphere

Is anyone else playing this right now? I have played through the first 2 chapters of the first story. So far its pretty good. The combat is pretty shallow, but the music and art direction are fantastic. A lot of reviews have complained about the short battle segments, but I personally enjoy it. The item synthesis and seed mechanics are interesting so far; I just wish I had more storage.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:16 PM   #2
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early word is pretty mixed... i'd love to hear some more impressions.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:33 PM   #3
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Re: Odin Sphere

I'm almost to the end of the valkyrie book, and I must say, "Bravo!" Like legendarypegasu said, the art, music, and narrative are all about as good as I've seen. The item creation is still a bit daunting, but the game is not at all dependant on it. Also, the pacing is stellar! Combat may come in short, sometimes erratic spurts, but it never loses its direction. The one thing I will say - as an oh so minor knock to this otherwise brilliant piece of work - is that the boss battles so far have proven to be remarkably more difficult than the stages that precede them (though it's nothing a little level grind can't fix).

But yeah, the game is a blast! If you're thinking about picking it, by all means DO IT! I guarantee you won't regret it!

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PS - I typed all that one letter at a time with my wiimote... can you believe it?!
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: Odin Sphere

So far I really like the game. Odin Sphere is not perfect, but it is beautiful and a lot of fun. I would say that Odin Sphere's combat is better that most action RPGs.

I recommend buying Odin Sphere to anyone remotely interested in it.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:10 PM   #5
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Re: Odin Sphere

I've found that mastering the item creation system is a must if you want to get through the hard levels in the game. Some of the four stars can be extremely difficult. As for boss battles, I've never actually had to much of a problem since I generally have stocked up on items before the fights. Well, a good strategy doesn't hurt either.

Other than that, I'm loving this game. The art is just beautiful, the voice work is amazing, and the story is interesting. I guess you can't ask for much more than that from an action/RPG. I'd give my eye tooth for more games like this.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:23 PM   #6
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Re: Odin Sphere

I gave up on Odin Sphere last night. I enjoyed the artistic direction and the music, but the story was dull and I found the gameplay to be mindnumbing. Basically, all you do it run to a enemy, hit it three or four times, and then run away because they do ridiculous amounts of damage to you. For example, most bosses take away 1/4 - 1/3 of your enery (if not more) with one hit. With no ability to block and no real combos to speak of, I found that the boss battles just degraded in overly long fights where you hit the boss 3-4 times and then run away. The item creation did give you some options, but not nearly enough.

Anyone else just not really liking this game or is it just me? I am in a bit of a gaming "rut," I haven't really enjoyed many of the games I haved played recently.
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:43 PM   #7
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Re: Odin Sphere

I recently had a hard time mustering up the energy to finish Gwendolyn's book - mostly because the last boss was so incredibly cheap and difficult, much like most of the preceding bosses - but the other night, it finally clicked for me!

After taking a few days off, I came back and did a bit of levelling, spent some time really toying with the item creation - not just with alchemy in the field, but also with recipes in the Pooka Village cafe and kitchen - and even went so far as to seek a boss strategy from the kids at GameFAQs. By the time I was ready to go back in for the kill, I was unstoppable! I finally figured out how to play the game the way it was meant to be played, and it felt good!

SIDENOTE: I really wish you guys could have seen me wailing on that stupid boss! After having been completely annihilated so many times before, I was finally able to come back and take revenge. And how sweet it was!

Now I've started Cornelius' book, and I'm pumped about learning a new character. I've heard some horror stories about some of the enemies I'm lined up to face, but we'll see how it goes. I feel like I have a better grasp on how the game works this time around, so my hopes are quite high! I'll post again if anything changes...

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Old 06-13-2007, 02:44 PM   #8
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Re: Odin Sphere

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Anyone else just not really liking this game or is it just me? I am in a bit of a gaming "rut," I haven't really enjoyed many of the games I haved played recently.
I feel ya dude. I haven't enjoyed a recently released game since Gears of War really. All the other 360 titles I've been renting (Saint's Row, GWAR 2) haven't held my attention for more than 30 minutes.

And honestly, I'm bored of Super Paper Mario. I started getting tired of fetch quests seven years ago, and I haven't warmed up to them since. I'm not going to say the game sucks. It still has its merits, and my girlfriend loves it. I just don't have the patience for that stuff anymore.

I'm worried I might end up getting bored with Odin Sphere. I'm hoping the story and presentation will pull me through. In any case, I haven't even received it in the mail yet, and I ordered it two weeks ago. I slapped my head once I saw it for sale at the military base here. I could've gotten it earlier, and cheaper too since it would've been tax free. Argh! Amazon's been effin' up lately.

I still haven't gotten my copy of Second Sight either.
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I plan on playing the game(despite disliking RPGs in general) simply because of this post: http://game-eaters.blogspot.com/2007...stat-porn.html
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:38 AM   #10
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Re: Odin Sphere

Just got it today and tried it out on my HDTV.

It looked like jaggy ass.

I'm sorry but I must be the only person here completely turned off by the concept of playing PS2 games without progressive scan on an HDTV. When there are vertical lines going through every single millimeter of the game screen, even the clouds look like crap.

Obviously Odin Sphere is meant to be enjoyed visually as well, so I'm a bit miffed that the only way I can enjoy it in a resolution 480p and up is by getting a PS3. Apparently an update will allow the game to be played in 16:9 resolution, AND up to 1080i.

So back to my cruddy 13-inch CRT it goes.

I love the PS2, but only for its games. If Xbox or GameCube had games like Shadow of the Colossus and Ratchet and Clank on them, the PS2 can eat my balls.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:51 AM   #11
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That sucks, Gene. I've never had any problems like that with my HD set, but at the same time... I didn't really spend a lot of money on it! *grin*

Makes me kinda curious, actually. I bought a Polaroid FLM-3232, and it seems to handle standard def stuff without issue. I don't know a lot about HDTV stats and whatnot, but I wonder if there's a technical reason Gene's PS2 games look unplayably bad while mine - though admittedly not as crisp as they were on my old CRT - manage to look pretty damn good! Are my eyes just more forgiving? *shrug*

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:14 AM   #12
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Re: Odin Sphere

Playing it on my CRT now, which I don't mind I guess since it's just 2-D graphics.

Love everything about it, except the actual fighting. :P Well, item management is a must it seems. I can't just dive headfirst into a four-star battle without having to fly out and plant some freakin' fruit.

I'm a bit disappointed that my HP only goes up the more I eat. I'm not sure if I dig that system.

Anyway, back to more playing. I still like the game.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:03 PM   #13
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Re: Odin Sphere

Wow, cool story. I just finished Gwendolyn's book, and just started Cornelius'. And I heard Gwendolyn's was the worst story of the five, and Cornelius' is already shaping up to be light years better. And yet, I still like Gwen's story of paternal rejection and love.

Sure, there were some cliches, but there were also enough plot twists and character development to really support it all.

I hear the ending is the real home run. I plan to spend the rest of the day soaking in this game.

Oh, and I'm playing it on my HDTV again. I lowered the sharpness all the way down, so that way it's not so fugly. if I sit far back enough, it's passable.

And Lady Death has huge titties. wtf.
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:58 PM   #14
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I'm on Oswald's book.

I'm a little sore on the last character Mercedes, whom requires you to play combat a little differently than the other characters. I also initially didn't like her storyline as much as Cornelius', but it eventually got fleshed out in the end.

There seems to be a lot of loose strings plotwise, and I'm having a hard time seeing it come together.

I'm glad there is a movie view option to view all the cinematics in the proper chronological form. I'm looking forward to finishing the game and viewing the entire story as a flowing narrative.

In any case, I sincerely hope everything gets wrapped up rather neatly in the end. There seems to be a little too much love and attention to the overall premise and characterization for the ending to fall flat on its face, so I have high hopes.

That blog Chaos posted is pretty much right on the money in terms of aesthetics: I appreciate this game because it isn't JUST about a bunch of tweens and prosti-tots saving the world from impending doom. There's a lot of human frailty and drama that goes on here, lots of temptation, missteps and learning that makes for some pretty good storytelling. After a several-year hiatus from RPGs, it's nice to finally play one that does the storytelling right.

I'm not saying there hasn't been other RPGs. I just haven't played them, because none sounded remotely interesting.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:48 AM   #15
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Bravo to Vanillaware. Just beat the game, and the story paid off in spades. The final sequences is really what I was waiting for. Best story in a game in a long time really. Even the characters I was initially lukewarm to really hit their stride in the later areas.

Well worth the grinding and repetitive combat and levels I say, as long as you play it on Easy.
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