Amaterasu Blog

10Jul/117

Omega no Shikai Review

One of the most unforgettable mind screws I've ever read.

The writing in Omega is absolutely ridiculous. Tons of cryptic language, abstract ramblings, maybe a hundred arc words (whose meanings you have to figure out), kanji and non-kanji puns, furigana abuse, stuff that looks like gibberish but isn't, random assortments of the above, and on occasion it seems to be outright mocking your ignorance. Between this, the good soundtrack, the unique and memorable art style, and the actual plot connecting all that nonsense together, the game is thoroughly immersive and addicting. Anyone who likes mind screws will have a very strong desire to unravel the mysteries, no matter how long it takes or hard it is to do so. And it is very possible to work out a lot of it by paying sufficiently close attention (and taking a few notes).

The flip side of this is that there is an insanely large amount of this cryptic text. So much so that it ends up being a bit of a chore to read through all of it. Though it is a satisfying chore, answers and plot developments really should have come at a slightly faster pace, and by the end there are simply too many questions left hanging. The ending itself was also a slight disappointment in some ways.

The strange thing is, in retrospect, it's hard to care very much about those faults. Puzzling out what I could was just so satisfying (in that trying harder really did consistently result in more understanding) that I still love the game even though I'm probably never going to get complete closure on it.

There's not much to say about characters since they, their actions and their motivations are all so thoroughly integrated into the mysteries (whether you know it or not). But I liked a lot of them and there are no clear faults to pick with any of them.

Score: 8.5/10

Polarization: (-4/+1)

For many this will be an unrewarding, convoluted, slow-moving, pretentious mess and nothing more than that. For a few, this could be weeks or months of happily piecing together obscure plot points. Hopefully you'll be somewhere in the middle like me.

Routes/Endings Played: Mostly linear, both endings

Warning: When you save your game in Omega, you're making a save at the start of the chapter, not at the exact line you're currently on. I don't know why either, but that's how it works. Fortunately there are a hundred or so chapters.