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- Product InformationThe backdrop to Omikron: The Nomad Soul starts at the beginning of time in the parallel world of Phaenon. Demons and humans fought for centuries until the humans were victorious. What helped lead the humans to victory was the sword of Bakaya'l. By placing their souls inside the sword, all of the wizards from the Ancient Times hoped to be able to create a weapon strong enough to kill Astaroth, ruler of the demons. Their souls would remain inside the sword until either Astaroth was killed or the sword was shattered. While the sword allowed Kushulainn, the leader of the human armies, to destroy hordes of demons, he battled the demon ruler Astaroth for seven days and seven nights. On the eighth morning Astaroth lay on the ground still but not dead.
On that eighth morning that marked the defeat of Astaroth, the disappearance of Kushulainn also occurred. No one knew what happened to him. As time carried on, Kushulainn's name became synonymous with myths and legends. Hundreds of years later, people started questioning the truth of the myths and became unsure if he ever really existed. However, Kushulainn did survive the battle with Astaroth as he fell into a river after the battle due to exhaustion. After awaking, Kushulainn discovered that he had not killed Astaroth. Astaroth had become a prisoner within the bowels of the earth and was now immortal because of this. Kushulainn, along with the sword of Bakaya'l, now resides alone on the timeless island of Mahahaleel while awaiting someone to request the sword with which to battle Astaroth with.
Millions of years later, the planet of Phaenon is experiencing a glacial era. Phaenon's sun has become extinct and life on the planet is impossible everywhere except in the five cities that are encased in crystal domes. One of those cities is Omikron, a city that is managed by the help of a computer known as Ix, which is located in the city's palace. When the palace was being constructed the workers inadvertently uncovered Astaroth's cage. The demons who followed their master living outside of his cage dispersed at the uncovering, capturing souls and taking on human form. After the palace was completed and the computer installed, Astaroth himself took control of the computer. While Astaroth uses the computer to construct a powerful army by stealing souls, the population of Omikron are only concerned with living a good life and ignore what is unfolding around them. Players enter the story as a character who awakens in a body they do not know and in the city of Omikron, a location they do not know. You are now to wander the city of Omikron in search of answers.
All of the action in Omikron: The Nomad Soul takes place in real-time. As the character explores the environment, people and traffic will move throughout the city. Some of the game's features include David Bowie as a character and as part of the soundtrack, 220 minutes of dialog developed in facial motion capture and what Eidos refers to as "virtual reincarnation." What virtual reincarnation means is that when your character dies your soul will take over the first character to touch your body. In effect, during the adventure you will control a variety of characters while being able to visit more than 400 sets and interact with more than 140 characters. Some of the main characters players will meet are: Boz, the character played by David Bowie and whose soul lives inside of a computer network; Kay'l, a member of Omikron's security forces; Syao, a jewel thief; Betsy, a journalist for The Omikron Guardian; Nioma'y, an actress; and Kuma'r, a narcissistic adventurer.
Throughout Omikron: The Nomad Soul players will learn new skills in order to help them shoot, fight and investigate their way through the game. These skills can also be honed through the use of training areas and from the help of skill masters. Use these skills as you search for your identity, combat evil and bring back the ancient forces of
- PublisherEidos Interactive
- GameOmikron: The Nomad Soul
- PlatformSega Dreamcast
- ESRB RatingT - Teen
- GenreAction, Adventure
- ESRB DescriptorAnimated Blood, Animated Violence, Mature Sexual Themes
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1
- Release Year2000
- Game Special Features
- Choose from among 40 powerful characters, each with their own abilities
- Action-packed adventure combines shooting, combat, and puzzle solving
- Original game soundtrack by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
- Choose from among 40 powerful characters, each with their own abilities
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- sonicryan1992Dec 01, 2016by
Ambitious for it's time, needed a sequel that ironed out the flaws
For what it's worth, David Cage made a proper video game once upon a time. The meta-narrative of Omikron is humorously pretentious that it's endearing if you have a good sense of suspension of disbelief. The graphics are...acceptable for a Dreamcast games though it almost looks like an N64 title, but that's what average games looked like from 1998-2000 (only high-end games like Sonic Adventure, Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia or Jet Set Radio looked phenomenal during those days). Sound is a bit dodgy at times when the voices suffer from feedback issues, and makes the dialogue sound more like listening to the radio on the fringe of the stations range. The adventure part of the gameplay is probably my favorite part because you have free reign to explore as you go along, and when you gain the ability to soul transfer you can determine which characters you'll want to play as when the game allows you to (don't get too attached there are a few moments where you HAVE to transfer, and after that you'll likely give up trying). Once you learn how to, swimming is kind of a fun thing to do in the game although the loading between underwater and above water might annoy some or cause anxiety attacks that the game froze. While the game does load alot of time there are three thing that this 1999 game does that Skyrim doesn't: 1) it takes 2-3 seconds tops, 2) it rarely ever crashes, 3) because of that, you don't need a loading screen at all. The other two modes can be a problem depending on how you can adjust to it. With the fighting, the gameplay is a fairly standard Virtua Fighter copycat with intuitive controls, but the AI on medium is ridiculous. Sometimes the AI is stupid enough to exploit doing certain attacks, other times they will block every attack you do for a minute or so before it switches back to dumb. What can make it worse is some fighters are relentless in trying to attack you, which is pretty realistic. But, when you're just checking out an apartment for items and a demon shows up to fight you, it puts a damper on your fun. As for shooting, the experience solely depends on two things: whether you can deal with the movement and aiming controls being on the same side of the controller, and if you are able to find the Activated Radar while exploring the Omikron stores. What helps is that the AI can be dumb enough sometimes and you can save yourself from dying constantly if you remember to keep your health up to 200 before doing these missions. The worst part of the shooting is the Demon Gandhar's boss fight, because he spams his attacks, is always lock onto you, and his hit-box is tiny. You're best luck is to strafe back and forth with the L/R triggers and hope that you kill him first. Aside from those misgivings, I personally had more fun playing it comparatively speaking that, for example, the Super Best Friends. Watching their videos on the game will highlight how LP-unfriendly this game is because it demands your attention unlike David Cage's later games. If I were to rate this game objectively, I'd say it's a 6/10 (meaning Slightly Above Average); however, my subjective score is an 8/10 (meaning Very Good) with characters like Syao 471, Boz, and The Dreamers helping it get there. Read full review
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- thedreamcastmas...Oct 30, 2013by
bad control and graphics, still worth it. great adventure in classic style
Let me be frank; you need to get past the bad controls if you're gonna play this. If you can you'll find an intriguing story and cool game world. The voice acting is good and despite the dated graphics (even by Dreamcast standards) I found myself pretty drawn into it. I'd recommend it to collectors. And yes, the immortal David bowie is in it and you can even watch a concert.
- hans1solo-usJul 12, 2012by
Strange and rare experience for the best system ever.
Somewhat of a rare game, and something completely different for most people who owned a dreamcast back in the day. THE GAME FEATURES DAVID BOWIE. Yeah. you'll walk into a bar to find full on performances by the guy. Really awesome. The city looks really cool and there's a lot to do. Trade bodies and what not. lots of fun.
- inatrance2123Apr 16, 2010by
A really good game! I remember when I was very young. Playing this game for really long hours. The part with the tournament Kicks butt!
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