From Software
Sega
Action
1
08.26.03

Otogi: Myth of Demons


Not much was known about Otogi before its release. I was a little hesitant about playing it because the title seemed a little odd and not really amusing. When I got into the game I was very much surprised. The game's graphics were beautifully rendered. To add to that, the environment was flawlessly designed, and is filled with so many destructible objects. I believe From Software and Sega did a very good job with this game. In Otogi, you play as Raikoh, a resurrected warrior brought back to life to battle evil demons of the land.

Graphics

This game was great eye candy for me. The designers did an excellent job designing everything in this game. The surrounding environment was so nicely animated and interactive, that I felt like I was running around it myself. Special effects in this game were amazingly smooth, and it shows that Sega took their time on that part. Destructible objects...what can I say? I love these things. Again, they are nicely designed, and also there wasn't too many, or too little of them. The monsters/enemies in this game were also very creative, and beautifully rendered. The bosses are big and intimidating with a lot of detail. There is, however, a downside to all this though. Although the characters are well designed and rendered, there aren't enough unique characters (enemies) in the game. I felt that it was too repetitive. It almost seemed like everything that I killed came straight back to life because of this. The camera is something that needs to be worked on in this game also. The problem with the camera is there, but it really isn't that big of a deal in such a way that it hinders the gameplay.

Sound

Otogi doesn't have much of a soundtrack for you to enjoy as you play. Instead, it uses some powerful drumbeats that will surely catch your attention; some nice violin sounds along with a number of other odd/funky instruments. There is quite a lot of voice acting in this game also. Some were nice and actually made the game enjoyable, whereas others tended to annoy me. A sample of that are some of the bosses. They will repeat the same things until your ears bleed (not necessarily that bad, but annoying). This game lacks music that gamers are accustomed to, and has annoyance here and there, but it doesn't really hurt the game at all. Otogi is all in English, but you have the option to put on the original Japanese voices. Why would anyone ever do that is beyond me, except to maybe get the feeling of the original game?

Gameplay

Otogi is played from a third person point of view. I've played a lot of games similar to this one from console to console. This game is truly unique, and the physics were truly something I enjoyed along with the solid gameplay. This is not your average hack and slash, run and chop game. Although I enjoyed a little cut & kill here and there, this game really caught my attention. Within a couple of minutes into the game, I found myself moving from side to side as I was fighting the enemy. What made the gameplay even better was how sharp the controls were. You move the main character (Raikoh) with the left thumbstick. The right thumbstick is used to adjust the camera view. Tapping the left trigger locks on the enemy. It works, but it's doesn't always lock on the enemy that you intend to at first. Another thing I liked about this game is the double-jump that Raikoh can do. Remember Strider? To perform this jump simply tap A while in mid-air. When in mid-air, Raikoh can also somewhat glide when you perform an attack (which is something that I really enjoyed). There are two basic attack buttons. Tapping B performs a quick/weak attack, and tapping Y performs a slow/strong attack. Try tapping them in different combinations, and you can produce some pretty nice combination attacks. Raikoh also has a little dash attack that can be used by tapping the right trigger. Another attack, the magic attack, is executed by tapping the X button. I've always loved magic attacks when it comes to these types of games. There are a variety of magic spells that Raikoh can use (from summon spells to lightning bolts). There are two ways of using the magic attack. If you just tap the X button, Raikoh will execute a quick, but weaker magic attack. To make the magic attack more powerful, hold down the X button and charge it up, then release it and you can destroy everything around you.

This game also utilizes something usually seen only in RPG's. As you go through the levels, you collect gold and get experience points, which like in RPG's, makes you stronger. The gold that you collect can be used to buy more powerful weapons, different magic spells, and a wide variety of other items. Like RPG's, the items do a lot of helpful things. You could use some of the items to increase your defensive power and attack power, and some to cure you from poison or burns. One other neat thing about this game is that your weapon grows weaker due to wear and tear. As a result, that makes your weapons attack weaker and less effective against the enemies. Luckily, you can actually repair your weapon when the time comes.

Replay Value

The replay factor for this game is fair for the most part. Like I said in my description of the game, and how it was nicely made, I think you will be able to enjoy it after you have played it through. As I also said before, sometimes the same enemy characters are used so often that it seems like the game is repeating itself. So, if you do intend to play this game a lot, try to leave some time in between before you start playing again. But this is a great game overall, and with over 20 levels of action, I'm sure you'll have a great time with it even after you played it through a couple of times.

Bottom Line:

When it comes down to it, Otogi is really a great game, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Sega and From Software did a fabulous job with this title. Sega took the time to work with From Software to bring one of the better games to North America. But don't take my words for it, go out and rent it! I'm sure you probably will end up going out and buying it once you played it. Enjoy!

Related Links:

Official Otogi Website
Official Sega Website

-David Tran




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