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  • Summary: The tale of Armageddon is about to be told... In the world of Erion, the magical kingdom of Valentine held an enormous power. The "Cauldron" -- the source of this great power-- Maintained the kingdom's prosperity. However, Valentine suffered a sudden, mysterious downfall. And soThe tale of Armageddon is about to be told... In the world of Erion, the magical kingdom of Valentine held an enormous power. The "Cauldron" -- the source of this great power-- Maintained the kingdom's prosperity. However, Valentine suffered a sudden, mysterious downfall. And so the neighboring kingdoms clashed over the now-masterless Cauldron. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Jun 1, 2016
    97
    Like all of Vanillaware’s titles, Odin Sphere oozes with quality and polish, and because of this HD re-release, this one’s had extra polish time.
  2. Jun 1, 2016
    95
    Odin Sphere Leifthrasir raises the bar for all remakes with its inclusion of an enhanced version of the original game, and also because of its refined mode, which offers sublime gameplay and some of the best looking visuals on PlayStation.
  3. Jun 3, 2016
    90
    Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a masterpiece of game design, and one of the forgotten gems of the PS2 era. I can’t recommend it enough, and it stands head and shoulders above other remakes on how to get the job done. For those that never experienced the original it is a must buy, but even for those with fond memories of the glorious Vanillaware classic, this package is more than worth a second dip.
  4. Jun 29, 2016
    90
    Vanillaware signs a great remaster, with a superb work both in the artistic and sound fields. Many gameplay hours and enjoyable fights hide several minor issues and make Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir a game you should pay attention to, whether or not you're a fan of the studio.
  5. Jun 30, 2016
    85
    We wish we could see more remasters made with the same respect and love for the original material as this Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, which is faster, prettier and flashier than it's ever been. Every change made has been for the better, and, apart from the repetitive nature of the gameplay, there's no reason not to buy this one if you own a Sony system.
  6. Jul 5, 2016
    80
    Not only does this game bring the gameplay mechanics to the same high level as the slick visuals everybody knows it from, there are also a lot of small improvements that make this game heavenly to play.
  7. Jul 4, 2016
    68
    If you’ve played any side-scrolling games, chances are you’ve incidentally played this one. Odin Sphere is undoubtedly fun, but its 40-hour quest etches too long to repel the armies of repetition. It’s charm and aesthetic character are the real arrows for its quiver - the crux to get your attention and to keep it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jun 23, 2016
    10
    It's a beautiful game with fun gameplay and a compelling story. Vanillaware did an incredible job making this game I loved every second ofIt's a beautiful game with fun gameplay and a compelling story. Vanillaware did an incredible job making this game I loved every second of gameplay that it provided. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2016
    10
    Got this game, the Storybook Edition. Fantastic art style, 60 FPS, 1080p, top notch animation. Even if it's a remake it's my first play withGot this game, the Storybook Edition. Fantastic art style, 60 FPS, 1080p, top notch animation. Even if it's a remake it's my first play with Odin Sphere. It's amazingly complex and intuitive at the same time. The story is great. I wasn't able to put it down for the entire night. I wasn't sure I would like it. The best comparison I can give is this: it's a bit like a cross between a Tales of game, old gen brawler and Child of Light. The combat are fast and dynamic, with heavy emphasis on crafting. This is a gem. Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2016
    10
    It's a remastering of a damn fine game that has been upgraded to near perfect! Odin Sphere on the PS2 was an under-appreciated gem that wasIt's a remastering of a damn fine game that has been upgraded to near perfect! Odin Sphere on the PS2 was an under-appreciated gem that was swimming in charm, beauty and solid game play but, it wasn't without it's faults. The faults in question were never game breaking or frustrating but rather just tiny little nitpicks here and there that just stopped it from being a near perfect masterpiece. This remastering, however, has fixed any issue the original had and turns Odin Sphere into a game that can sit along side the greatest games ever made.
    The combat is as fluid and solid as action based combat can get with minor improvements taking cues from Vanillaware's later title 'Muramasa: The Demon Blade' and the more recent Indie game 'Guacamelee' from Drinkbox Studio. The crafting and upgrading systems have been tweaked to be more modern and coherent. The ground breaking graphics and animation have had a crisp make-over and the stunning music and well acted voice work has been cleaned up.
    This is exactly what a remaster should be; take a classic game and modernize it and make it more accessible without compromising it's original integrity.
    What else can I say? If you liked the original; this is a better version (and for purists, there is 'classic mode' where the original game play is in tact). For fans of more recent Vanillaware titles like Muramasa: Rebirth and Dragon's Crown; Odin Sphere, in my opinion, is the definitive Vanillaware title. Hell, anyone into action JRPG's in general will find plenty to love in this game.
    It was an absolutely wonderful experience on the PS2 and it's just gotten better. 10/10
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  4. Mar 22, 2018
    9
    I am totally agree with Vanillabear, please find his review below.

    Pros: + Good Graphic Design + Epic Story + 60fps + Gameplay Cons:
    I am totally agree with Vanillabear, please find his review below.

    Pros:
    + Good Graphic Design
    + Epic Story
    + 60fps
    + Gameplay

    Cons:
    - Repetitive bosses
    ( some are acceptable like the dragons and the repetitive fight sound reasonable in the story)
    - Inventory seems not the best way to manage items in PS4 but better in PSV
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  5. Feb 5, 2018
    8
    Let's just start by saying that the art design is beautiful and the gameplay very fluid.
    The game is like a mix of Child of Light and Street
    Let's just start by saying that the art design is beautiful and the gameplay very fluid.
    The game is like a mix of Child of Light and Street Fighter.
    I don't like these 2 games very much but the result is quite interesting.
    The story, the gameplay and the length are much better than Child of Light
    Officially it's a mix of 2 styles : side-scrolling beat-em up and RPG.

    At the beginning, I played it on hard and I found it to be relatively easy, except a few bosses.
    After a few hours, I ended up switching to easy/normal because on hard, some bosses became just way too long.
    I think the game would be even better if the difficulty was a little improved.
    Harder normal areas and shorter boss battles.

    Many mentioned the repetitive aspect of the game. Personally, I played the first 2 books so far and yes it's a little repetitive but it's really not that bad since the story is quite different and there are new areas in each story. What I find a little repetitive is the gameplay itself. I think they should have made it a little slower paced and more strategic, at least in some areas. Maybe just bosses. Indeed, at some point, there are so many fights and since I'm trying to achieve the best score that I end up using the same overpowered strategies/skills/potions that the fights became just a huge mess of me spamming enemies without letting them any time for attacking.

    I think it would probably deserve a 9 if it was not for the few issues described above.
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  6. Jul 5, 2016
    7
    Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a beautiful game when it comes to the art design, Music and Story though is does have some flaws that we shouldn'tOdin Sphere Leifthrasir is a beautiful game when it comes to the art design, Music and Story though is does have some flaws that we shouldn't let rose tinted glasses makes us ignore.

    Art Design/Performance - It is a beautiful game and is stunning to look at, It naturally runs smooth as butter and is basically just a treat for your eyes.

    Story/Music - The story of each character is very heart-felt, from a Valkyrie fighting for her fathers love to a Fairy struggling to honor her mother, Odin sphere did well in making you care for each story.

    The music is beautiful and you could just sit there and listen to it all day, no issues there.

    Gameplay - The gameplay is the main draw of course and it is great fun hacking and slashing your way to victory and building up your 200 hit combos, You have a surprising amount of special attacks to pick from in your skill tree and are bound to find something that works for you on each character.

    Negatives - The biggest negative to this game is it becomes HIGHLY repetitive with only a handful of maps and using the same bosses over and over, Do you fight legendary warrior? or legendary dragon? if they were so legendary they wouldn't get beat down so many times!

    All in all it's a decent game, very repetitive after awhile and this is used to extend the time of your playthrough quite alot, My playthrough took roughly 22 hours and i don't regret it, so if you're into action rpgs then give it a go!

    Due to the repetitiveness i can't in good faith give it an 8 or over, I'm just being honest with myself, Maybe you will feel differently.
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  7. Jul 10, 2016
    3
    I'm really surprised that more hasn't been made about just how repetitive this game is. Great graphics can only take a game so far. YouI'm really surprised that more hasn't been made about just how repetitive this game is. Great graphics can only take a game so far. You essentially have to complete the same game five times. About 15 hours in I hit the wall and it was drop to easiest difficulty and skip all story scenes.

    Playing on higher difficulty levels just means enemies take more hits to kill and the story is childish boring and derivative.

    Excellent artwork with superb presentation and voice acting but who cares when the gameplay makes you not want to play anymore.
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