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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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  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: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Jun 22, 2016
    10
    No solo es una maravilla en lo jugable, sino que su historia te atrapa y sus personajes realmente te importan. Y todo esto sujeto por elNo solo es una maravilla en lo jugable, sino que su historia te atrapa y sus personajes realmente te importan. Y todo esto sujeto por el apartado visual 2D mas impresionante que este servidor haya visto jamás. Una maravilla que dentro de 10 o 20 años seguirá igual de fresca. A falta de probar Final Fantasy XV, el mejor RPG del año. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 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 c 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. Dec 22, 2018
    9
    ** OVERALL 8.5/10 ** Gameplay 9/10 - Creativity 9/10 - Music 9/10 - Visuals 10/10 - Characters 9/10 - Plotline 9/10 - Emotional Engagement** OVERALL 8.5/10 ** Gameplay 9/10 - Creativity 9/10 - Music 9/10 - Visuals 10/10 - Characters 9/10 - Plotline 9/10 - Emotional Engagement 8/10 - Replayability 7/10 - Difficulty */10

    This game was a real joy to play. The hand-drawn characters and backgrounds (though animated with splines and modern methods) are absolutely gorgeous.

    The gameplay is smooth and fun, even if most of the special abilities aren’t all that useful, so you end up using a handful only. The music, while not the kind of thing I’d listen to outside the game (like I do with Nier: Automata), was very well done.

    The characters are interesting and well-developed, though my favorites were Mercedes (the fairy), and Velvet (the unfortunately oversexualized fire mage).

    The replayability is okay because of the structure of the game and the New Game+ mode, but the game is a bit repetitive in general, so it's probably not something you want to immediately restart upon finishing, like maybe some of the Tales or Disgaea games are.

    The difficulty is another weird one. It’s whatever you want it to be, from easy to impossible. Like Nier: Automata, however, there’s a huge jump from Normal to Hard. There’s also a Heroic mode where one hit kills you - that’s pretty insane, but if you want a challenge, go for it.

    My one complaint is that several women in the story are oversexualized. Only the playable character Velvet is, but every single female fairy or female efreet is your typical barbie doll with huge boobs popping out of their clothing.

    Overall, a highly recommended game. It’s not super long - I beat it in about 45 hours total, but with replayability involved, it’s longer. Even just at that length, it’s still worth it. If you like the 2D old-school Tales games, definitely in particular give this one a shot.
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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. Oct 2, 2016
    7
    I have played Odin Sphere around 15 hours+, only reached second character, then started feeling tried to continue. Here is my quick briefI have played Odin Sphere around 15 hours+, only reached second character, then started feeling tried to continue. Here is my quick brief honest review.

    Story - Fantastic so far, but not very unique, it is mostly about love and lore, romance stuffs. I am not a fan of love story. I personally would like it to be more harsh, more plot twisted.

    Graphic, Art Design, Eng Voice Casting - Top notched

    Gameplay - The best 2D action game I've ever played. However, it is still a 2D action game and thus it has limit. Even though, the devs tried to make a game various as much as possible such as adding new three skills to every mission and keep changing character. In the end, it is still not enough to compete with 3D action games nowadays and mostly you will use only few skills that you are familiar with anyway. This game also highly rely on leveling up your character and using items. Therefore, having good or bad skill does not matter, you will be able to beat the game anyway if you keep grinding for lv and stuffs. Evading and Blocking are not that necessary since you will want to keep attacking all the times, whatever enemies come at you, they do not matter, you need to hit first, that's all . With this reason, the game become repetitive very fast because you will always do the same thing regardless of types of enemies.

    Reused bosses and map is what mostly disappoint me. It is too cheap and devs want us to continue beating those guys for every character we play, really ?. Moreover, the scale of difficulty is also not decent. Normal difficulty is pretty easy but when I change to Hard difficulty, it is very brutal. HP pool of enemies is huge and even more absurd with hard difficulty. You have to keep spamming attack all days. NOT FUN.

    Music - Great, but very few BGMs if compared to games nowadays.. Should have more

    Length of content - Great, it might take you 40 hours+ to finish all characters.

    In sum, Odin Sphere is great port and may be great game in the past. Right now it is an old schooled story - hack slash game. What great is art design, voice casting but I could not bare the repetitive gameplay, reused bosses and childish love stories. Clearly not a game for everyone but 2D action soft gamers
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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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