Omensight by Spearhead Games is this years holiday underdog. A game that absorbs you with solid controls will soon astound you with an engaging narrative and even deeper gameplay. The landscapes are cinematic, large and colorful. The heroes have personalities to match the colors of the world. A brilliant traditional high fantasy aesthetic permeates the world. There isn’t one thing Omensight does right, it is a vision of many cohesive ideas realized.
One of the two cornerstones of Omensight is gameplay. At its heart, but not its core, it is a hack and slash action game. Akin to the very first entry of the Devil May Cry series, the game employs fixed camera angles during fast and furious combat. The action flows more like the God of War of yesteryear, where your furious acts are more the result of clever planning and understanding of combat mechanics. The core of the game is the mastery of the expanded move list you gain from the RPG-style level up system. You gain experience at the end of each level for various goals you earned at the end of each day, which vary from Bayonetta-style “Style” points to storyline clues. When it comes together it resembles a game like Anarchy Reigns, a 3D space freeform fighting game due to the deep and extended combos you can discover.
The story is the next cornerstone of Omensight. Written by Chris Avellone of Fallout: New Vegas fame, it is a dynamically unfolding narrative happening within a single day. An element of Groundhog Day blends with a fiery old-school Empirial high fantasy feeling. You are the Harbinger, awakened only to stop the End Times. It is the last day of the world and using the ancient powers of the World Tree, you must conquer time and space to defeat Voden. You do this by connecting with heroes you find defeated during the day, beginning anew with your presence known to them. Not only do these heroes give you aid in combat, which becomes more difficult with each passing day, but they also provide clues the mysterious end of the world. Even with the same hero, the day may not end the same way and new information may be discovered if different routes are found. The narrative blends seamlessly with a sense of exploration and progression that is rewarded in spades with everything from experience to new moves.
The Good: Excellent story, tight controls and a deep combat system. Narrative elements combined with exploration makes progression feel genuine. Traditional action/platformer elements appeal to gamers new and old alike.
The Bad: Many re-used assets and character models. Certain abilities trivialize gameplay tasks.
Final Thoughts Omensight proves a vision can create a game that is cohesive in all of its working elements. Everything in Omensight was so lovingly crafted that this game puts certain triple-A releases to shame. From the engaging narrative to the tight and rewarding gameplay, Omensight delivers on all fronts and fires on all cylinders. If you’re not getting lost in one of the facets of the game, you’re getting lost in another. You owe it to yourself, no matter what your flavor, to give Omensight a shot.