Originally released on the PS2, Odin Sphere is a side-scrolling RPG heavily influenced by Norse mythology. Developed by Vanillaware, its stunning visuals pushed the PS2 hardware to its absolute limit. It resulted in staggering frame rates, which is no longer an issue in this HD remake for both the PS4 and the Vita!
Yes, a remake, not a remaster. Because of its hand-drawn sprite work, everything had to be re-rendered rather than upscaled, explaining its full price. The graphics weren't the only thing to be overhauled; the game includes a Refined Mode featuring new monsters and voiced cut scenes along with several changes to the gameplay. However, there is also Classic Mode for those who want to experience it as it was originally released.
Odin Sphere is framed as a series of five "books" set during a war in the great kingdom of Valentine, each starring a different PoV character with a different play style. Often, these stories would collide – the character you finished playing as a few hours ago could be the antagonist in the next!
Leifthrasir releases on the 7th, next Tuesday. Preorders at participating retailers will get an art book featuring the game's key visuals, with work by George fjucking Kamitani. In the meantime, please enjoy this 8-bit browser demake!