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Spheres and Missiles

Though it's not been all I've been playing lately, Odin Sphere continues to impress with genuine craftsmanship. This is evident not only in the art but also in the painstaking execution of the plot.

At about the 9 hours of play, I completed the boss battle that brought the Valkyrie to the end of her story. At that point it switches to a whole new character, level 1 and dirt poor, who has new combat moves and his own story to tell. I expected it to be cheap reuse of the same old content, such as I've seen in other games where you unlock new characters to play, but there's actually a fair amount of exclusive content created specifically for this character's story. Given this trend, I'm in for a total of five unique stories, each with a good deal of unique content included, and possibly five "end-game" stories that lead to some kind of conclusion.

More Odin Sphere gameplay, courtesy of GTtv and stolen posted by some helpful YouTuber.

My only gripe about the game remains that there's a bit of lag (especially against a certain spidery boss) and that the material juggling between battles can be a bit excessive. However, I'm not sure if my constant inventory fussing is really a fault of the game or the way I play it.

So, from what I've seen from Vanilla Ware so far, they're pretty good at making games. They've also released a well-reviewed game called GrimGrimoire that may be worth a purchase. However, it's best to finish what's already on my plate first, in order to properly savor the taste of the meal and avoid indigestion.

Not that I've just been sticking to one game. For example, I completed the UEF campaign in Supreme Commander. What can I say? That, too, is a good game. Real Time Strategy sucks a lot of time, but I have to admit, I enjoy it.

Is it worth being subscribed to a MMORPG right now? Now I've accomplished my goal in City of Heroes, I'm thinking of resubscribing to Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which is one of the few other mildly original MMORPGs in existence. First, however, I've decided to wait until the server merge completes without the servers imploding from the pressure. I might just pick up the all station pass, since that would allow me to play both that and EverQuest 2, an unfortunately named game because it is even less an EverQuest clone than Lord of the Rings Online is.


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