Quick Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
The world’s leaders are at war for a chance at the throne to rule the world. Five complete strangers must unite to save their world from tyranny. The story is as cookie-cutter as it gets and sadly is one of the weak points of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (how does one even say this?!). The story plays out in cutscenes and through scrolls collected throughout the entirety of the game. Even though the game is beautifully hand-drawn, these cutscenes become cumbersome. Too many cut scenes back to back begin to show how terribly voice acted the game is and how uninteresting the story is too. However, being a rehaul of the PlayStaion 2 classic makes it easier to ignore, especially when it doesn’t break the gameplay itself.
Vanillaware has made a name for themselves as an outstanding side-scrolling-action-RPG developer with the original Odin Sphere, Muramasa the Demon Blade, and Dragon’s Crown. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir not only saw an uplift in graphics, the gameplay was rehauled completely as well. All the original mechanics that brought down the original game have been fixed or removed. Using phozons (a type of exp.) to wither seeds is no longer a drag that can only be done during battle, which alone makes the game a much better experience as fruits play a major role in leveling up.
The combat is just as over the top as before. Hitting combos of hundreds have never felt this satisfying due to no lag over all the chaos on screen at all times. Out of the 30 hours to platinum I only noticed slow down once and it was during the final boss for a mere two or three seconds at most. All five protagonists that you play as feel completely different. Even though their differences, I couldn’t help but feel the game was by far too redundant making me take breaks days at a time to get away from the constant button mashing. Even though the repetitiveness does occur, the game always seemed to pull me back in due to it being fun regardless of the mindless mashing.
Oding Sphere is one of the most beautiful looking games out there. The way every attack’s animation flows into each other shows the high detail in Vanillaware’s work and corresponds accordingly with the music that was masterfully conducted for this game.
Oding Sphere Leifthrasir was our introduction to Vanillaware’s genius a decade ago. Since then, they have progressed in making better games with each new game they develop and makes me eager to see what they have in store for us next.