Rated 8 out of 10 by Aloha808 Great game, but frustrating.
Ok, let me start off by saying the positive stuff about Odin sphere; 1. It looks epic, everything is awesome down to the little animations. 2. The storyline is good. Its not great, its typical I must say. Yep thats it it aint to good. I bought this game for its visuals and I was very impressed, but I was let down by the rest of the game. It is frustrating, and I mean so frustrating that you'll go through easy levels and enemies, but right when you hit the bosses, you'll get destroyed, leave the map, and spend hours leveling up your character. Secondly, the important boss fights are extremely laggy. The HUD is very complex and boring. My most viscous complaint is the story, OMFG! the story. It is so long and boring. It is mostly the same story with every character just a different view, which you'll get boring of with the second character. Their the same bosses as every character too! I can't say anymore, I am sorry, don't waste your money.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Rang Must-own for any RPG fan!
Odin Sphere isn't a very well-known game, but it should be! It's got an amazing storyline that involves 5 seperate characters whose stories are interwoven as they progress. Each of their stories offers a lot of depth and elements of doubt, despair, anger, self-growth, romance, and happiness. It's a really beautiful story, honestly, and that's what many RPG fans like. The music catchy, the graphics are stylish 2D and well-executed. Battle is extremely addictive and challenging, sometimes frustrating I admit. There is an occassional lag during certain boss fights that you just have to get used to, but that is really the only downside. There are other interesting aspects of the game such as planting seeds and cooking which are fun and beneficial. This is a must-own game for any RPG fan, and don't go thinking that it's too old and the graphics will suck. You will be pleasantly surprised by this game if you try it; it really is unforgetable.
Rated 9 out of 10 by ToastyMan A Masterpiece Plain & Simple
Odin Sphere towers over most PS2 games in sheer brilliance! It's stunning visuals, orchestral soundtrack and gripping storyline(s) make it a cinematic masterpiece that pushes the system beyond it's limits, literally.
The hack & slash gameplay can be monotonous, but avid fans of action RPGs should embrace this kind of thing. The alchemy system is engaging, combining dropped items to produce powerful new items and weapons to use. Each of the five playable characters offers a great new experience of play and their own intriguing story that intertwines with the others.
The only drawback is that the game's 2D graphical power exceeds the limits of the PS2, and as such, horrendous slowdown often occurs when too many characters or objects are present at one time. This is a game better suited for a better system, but it's existence alone is a testament to contemporary game technology with classic game play.
Rated 10 out of 10 by DawnsEternalLight Great Game
This game was amazing, it had me hooked from the first time I played it. The story is very interesting due to the fact that you play through 5 different characters story's and each one intersects with the others. At the end you unlock a final chapter and you get the true ending. It also has two different endings, one good, one bad along with a secret ending as well.
The graphics surprised me. I was intrigued by them since I'd never seen this style before but I eventually grew to really love them.
The gameplay is interesting. Because you play with 5 different characters you get 5 different weapons and a new set of moves for the weapons each time you play. Each one is unique and a little the same.
The map is a circle, the only thing I didn't initially like about this game. But as I played it I grew use to it and I actually like it. You can mix items to create new ones, and you can plant seeds to grow food (Yummy). One last thing I love about this game is that it has a scene gallery that allows you to watch cut scenes you've already seen.
Overall I absolutely loved this game and play it all the time. Its a great rpg for those willing to play it. There are some tough parts about it but as long as your prepared you can take on anything. ^.^ I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good rpg.
Rated 10 out of 10 by SPITANGEL SIMPLY GORGEOUS
George Kamitami "King of 2D" has done it again. The artwork is so divine. The gameplay, boss fights, and storyline keep me soo hooked into this game. That it was simply a must own. The localized voices are good but nothin beats the original voice cast. Not to mention the music is amazing. The characters and their personalities you just fall in love with. And the vibrant colors are very pleasing to the eye. Its a must own.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Cheery A grindfest, but a FUN grindfest
One of my biggest complaints about the JRPG genre is the fact that many refuse to innovate, period. They prefer to rely on formula, and apparently fans seem to like it. Unfortunately, I don't. How surprised I was when I found little ol' Odin Sphere which seems to spit on the other games of its genre. The game throws out traditional time-based gameplay, and relies primarily on "hack-n-slash" which by itself would be in danger of getting as dull as timebased, but breaks up the fighting to let you work in a nice system of alchemy and cooking. It's nothing amazing, but it doesn't leave you bored. Bosses are definitely the worst thing about Odin Sphere. Many of them have some annoying health regenerating and instant kill moves. They also have a pretty large health bar, so while some might not be too hard to fight, it can get annoying as each hit seems to barely chip away at their health. Let me remind you that I did a lot of grinding to level up throughout the game, so I'm not just a person who's trying to quickly get through each stage and does the bare minimum. What's worse is that there's major, MAJOR lag when there are multiple enemies on screen. This might sound like it doesn't make a difference, but trust me, it does. There were moments of sheer frustration for me thanks to it. On a separate note, the art style is in 2D and gorgeous. It's obviously one of the most memorable aspects of the game. There's little to no exploration though, so if you're the type who likes to explore large maps and towns like in FF or the "Tales of" series, you're out of luck, sorry. It's basically "dungeon" after "dungeon" with quite a bit of backtracking. Thankfully, the story is really engaging. There are 5 "books" to play through with its own separate protagonist showing their own point of view of the same story. I initially thought this would be pretty lame (the same story told differently 5 times...really?), but it actually brought a lot of insight and showed how deep the story and character interactions were. A good deal of the "twists" in the story will be things you'll see a mile away, but it's told so well you won't really care. Characters might seem to be mere archetypes, but throughout the course of the game they'll become much deeper and intricate that by the end, you'll end up genuinely liking them. The story actually sort of reminds me of (a much simplified) version of A Tale of Ice and Fire. If you're a fan of the book series, I think you might like this. Overall, if you're looking for something different get this game. If you're looking for a traditional JRPG I recommend you look elsewhere.