Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – first impression


Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is an action RPG made by the same developer of Dragon’s Crown, which is Vanillaware. It feels quite similar to Dragon’s Crown, but not as exaggerated in human figure representations. In other words, you don’t see the shaking huge breasts barely covered by clothes which makes you ashamed of playing it in front of others. ‘Tis is a welcome change.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir tells five books of stories which are intervened. With the fancy drawings and decent voice acting, it feels like a Disney movie, pure and loving, which I quite enjoy. Although I can somehow guess the outcome, I still paid full attention to the story and wanted to see what’s going on next. Part of it is due to the lack of ability to skip scenes or conversations, but I have to agree that the story is still better than many other RPGs. It is simple, but with positive attitude which distinguish itself from many current generation games with violent background.

Gameplay-wise, it uses the same mechanism as in Dragon’s Crown. The visual and sound effect is satisfactory and you can control what skills you use and master, which is an element required by RPGs. You can collect recipes and earn more EXP from the food you cultivated by eating them cooked as opposed to raw. But I feel the skill level is more important than character level. It’s important to focus on only a few skills so that you can use the most powerful ones in battle. I chose those use POW as it recovers faster than PP, which is consumed┬áby magical spells.

In the game, you sometimes need to find hidden items to learn all skills. The good thing is you can go to any of the acts freely, so there is nothing missable. I’m still on the path to platinum it but so far it feels a very pleasant experience.

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