Please allow me to express my sincere opinion that Odin Sphere is pretty freaking wonderful. I tried to express as much in my 1UP preview, although in somewhat less effusive terms because, you know, restraint and all that. I think what makes me happiest is that this is one of those rare occasions when a mind-blowingly beautiful visual style isn’t simply masking a game bereft of actual substance but is in fact a delicious layer of goodness atop an absolutely playable (and strikingly creative) bit of creative genius.
Come to think of it, this month pretty much belongs to Atlus. Between Odin Sphere and Etrian Odyssey, they’re effectively winning the day for intricately hardcore role-playing games with decadently beautiful graphics. Single-handedly! I, for one, am not complaining.
Also, new Retronauts podcast for the week. I’m finding that these tend to come out much better when I play the role of host and keep my mouth shut throughout the duration of the show, since it’s easier for me to direct conversation that way and prevent too much of the dreaded “everyone talking at once” syndrome. This is slightly galling since the point of me volunteering to produce this stupid podcast in the first place was so that I could talk about old games. Hrmph.