Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pre-order GET spotlight – Amazon prime 20% off!

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir has just been released in Japan, which got me thinking of the US release, which is currently scheduled for June. It just so happens that Amazon is running a promotion where all pre-orders for games are 20% off for Amazon Prime members. Ah, but which version to get?

The PS4 will be the only way to get the Storybook version which includes a collector’s metal slipcase, art print, potion recipe t-shirt, premium outer box, and a hardcover version of the 64 page art book. That’s a $20 premium over the standard game-only release you’ll pay to get these goodies. The standard PS4, PS3 and Vita versions can get a softcover artbook at select retailers.

Odin Sphere on the PS2 was “almost” a classic. The main things that held it back for me was the clunky menus, slow loading, overly long food crafting sequences, and the frame rate slowdown when a ton of characters (particularly large bosses) were on the screen. This upgrade addresses many of those issues although I’m curious to see if any menu or food crafting tweaks will be implemented.

The game was gorgeous, as are most Vanillaware games, and the character designs are second only to Dragon’s Crown. To have this game remastered for HD is going to be a huge treat. Honestly, I’d love to see a PS4 remaster series (upgraded gameplay and visuals) for all Vanillaware games. GrimGrimoire, Princess Crown, Muramasa, and even Dragon’s Crown.

For a big Odin Sphere fan as myself, a purchase is a no brainer. It’s tempting to go for the Storybook edition with Amazon discount, but I need to cut back on fancy editions.

Vanillaware recommendations
For those new to Vanillaware, I would say Muramasa is the most accessible and straightforward of the recent catalog. Dragon’s Crown is an homage to the old school Capcom Dungeons and Dragons game (which was basically Final Fight with light RPG elements and branching paths) so it’s more for a very specific hardcore audience.

Out of the three, Odin Sphere is the most epic. A large cast of characters to either play as or interact with, a long and interesting story, and a lot of strategic depth (crafting, growing food, leveling up, etc).

I was a bit surprised to see that it was priced like a totally new game, but honestly, this is one of those games that will be worth it. 

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