By William Haderlie / February 24th, 2016
New screenshots and an epic new trailer were released today by Atlus for their upcoming remake Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The beautiful artwork was astounding on the original, but with the new hardware the painterly look is truly given a chance to shine. And an, already large, game is made even more massive. This is one of my most highly anticipated releases of this year, and I am certainly not alone at Operation Rainfall.
How could Vanillaware improve on the combat of the original Odin Sphere? Step 1: take all the lessons they learned from Dragon’s Crown and apply them to this game. Step 2: Diversify the way each character can be played by including a ridiculously deep system of skill trees unique to each of the game’s five main characters. Seriously, Vanillaware added almost 200 skills and abilities in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir! You’ll have the freedom to unlock powerful active skills, passive skills, and abilities to unleash the true potential of the main characters. The leveling system also has been streamlined so characters and Psyphers now level together. But of course, nothing is free in Erion: defeating enemies and exploring different areas is the only way to obtain Phozons and Phozon Prisms that are spent on unlocking/upgrading skills. That’s right – the source of your power only comes from the death of enemies. You would do well to remember that.
Besides the addition of the skill trees, Vanillaware also tweaked many different gameplay elements in order to give Odin Sphere Leifthrasir a modern touch. Improvements include the ability to assign skills to button commands, full 1080p/60 fps support (say goodbye to frame rate drops!), a more fluid combo system, and more. Basically, gameplay is now smoother than the Rabbit Cafe’s Yogurt Cheesecake!
Of course, for the purists out there, the included Classic Mode features the original Odin Sphere’s systems (but keeps the upgraded HD graphics/performance improvements).
Without further ado, check out the new screenshots and video below!
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is the all-encompassing HD remake of the original PlayStation 2 ‘Greatest Hits’ title, Odin Sphere. Developed by the legendary Vanillaware and published by ATLUS, the game is steeped in Norse mythology with intricate plots that wouldn’t be out of place in a Wagner opera. Five character plots intertwine as the world of Erion hurtles towards the end of days as warring kingdoms clash for control.
Check out the full website at atlus.com/odinsphere.
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