Omensight Xbox One Review
PROTECTOR OF THE REALM:
The once prosperous Kingdom of Urralia is gone, devoured by a dark deity. Only one may restore the land back to its former glory and put an end to the constant misery the war torn inhabitants of Urralia face. That one is you. The Harbinger: a mysterious warrior only called for in times of grave circumstance. You must play as the Harbinger and use your Omensight to slay the forces of evil…
There’s a lot of backstory to Omensight and at the start I was a bit lost with it all. I didn’t have much sympathy for the story, but as I played on, I started to develop a liking to the journey I was following. You must solve the murder of the Princess Queen by travelling back in time to the day the world ended. You will encounter different characters, all unlocking snippets of information you have to piece together to find out who killed the Queen.
Omensight’s graphics bridge the keep between comic and anime, with a very unique style, suited to the story of the game. The water reflections in some of the more darker, cave areas, refracting the light are simply beautiful. The graphics aren’t as simple as you’d expect and actually have quite a lot of depth to them, with an easy to follow UI, the graphics are very good in conveying certain emotional beats you will feel on your journey.
The characters you will encounter all have different abilities. One of my favourite characters, Ludomir – who’s a drunk British bear with a hilariously fake English accent – has the ability to “Hulk Smash” a group of enemies into oblivion.
During the game, you’ll have the option to gain new skills and unlock new abilities that help you fight in combat. Your XP, gathered over time and can be given with bonuses, such as not dying, can be spent meditating at the home Tree. You can spec this XP and get a number of different moves. You can also collect “Amber” which can be used to buy upgrades for your companions, your health, sword and different spells you will use in the game.
Combat in the game is mixed. It feels very “hack and slash” which is good if you’re looking for that type of thing, but it just all happens at once and it looks like a big mess on the screen. If there are any more than 3 enemies fighting you at once, it becomes a violent version of whack a mole where they all come at you at once. You’ll often dart to one enemy to another, smacking them, jumping around and generally avoiding getting hit – which in itself is hard to do. Some enemies will plant impossible hits on you, missing on the screen, but still taking a chunk out of your health.
The combat feels a lot like the Batman Arkham games, which is either a good or a bad thing, but in my opinion is bad.
The music is also pleasantly emotional. Some of the tunes in Omensight will have you staying in certain areas, just to listen to the music playing in the background. During one of the first levels, I remember waiting around, listening to the soundtrack which a few beats of, eerily reminded me of HBO’s new show, Chernobyl.
Overall, Omensight was a mixed experience. I wasn’t hooked on the story initially, but over the course of my gameplay, I started to develop emotional ties to some of the characters and was really eager to find out how their stories play out. The combat is a bit…hit and miss, but they’re not the worst mechanics I’ve ever played with. Some enemies will plant hits on your from half the map away, and you’ll have pressed dodge and they’ve still somehow hit you. But overall, the story, the music and the graphics all make up for the combat and but would definitely recommend to younger players and those who enjoy exciting platformers.
Price – £16.74