Review: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita).

If you’ve ever wondered what could result from a mix of Norse mythology, a fairy-tale world of fairies and elves with a bit of palace intrigue and unexpected twists, then I finally have a remarkable answer for you. It is nothing but the beautiful Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita).

After I sat down to play this game, I am ashamed to admit that I have not moved the original version released on PlayStation 2 for nearly 10 years. However, no one is perfect, and the backlog is worth catching up – the more it is a classic adapted to today’s standards. Such omission of a brilliant title also has its advantages – everything is new, fascinating and delightful to me.

Review: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita)

The creators have made available five playable characters: the brave princess-valkyrie Gwendolyn, trying to regain the human form of Prince Cornelius, the leader of the fairies Mercedes, the black knight Oswald and Velvet – the last representative of the fallen kingdom. Each of the heroes carries a powerful weapon, thanks to which he gains spectacular combat skills, and there are a lot of these.

As I mentioned earlier, the action is set in a fairy-tale world based on Norse mythology. However, we will not meet here only dwarves, elves and similar representatives of local beliefs. There are also animals resembling humans, strong beasts such as armored horses walking on two legs, griffins or even ghosts, and, as befits any fantasy world, the undead. Of course, some are enemies, others are allies, and their relations with heroes change very dynamically.

Review: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita)

We get to know the plot from the perspective of a girl reading the stories about each of the characters in turn. At first, they seem to be separate stories, but as time goes on, the books all overlap to create a story interspersed with amazing twists, intrigues, and surprising discoveries. There are not too many areas in the game, but when we go to the same land with a different character, we visit slightly different, but the same places, and the intentions of each hero are quite different. Either way, each chapter ends with a fight with a powerful boss.

The combat system is very similar to the one that connoisseurs of the side-scroll RPG genre associate with titles such as Muramasa Rebirth (PS Vita), Dragon’s Crown (PS Vita) or Dust: An Elysian Tail (PS4). This means that the creators gave each character basic attacks with the possibility of combining them in strong combinations depending on the direction of the blow. In addition, all the protagonists have magic related to the elements, thanks to which even the smallest duel becomes more spectacular. Thanks to the flawlessly smooth gameplay, the fight is very effective, and a possible failure is only the result of a wrong tactic.

Review: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita)

Just like in the original (available as an additional game mode in the refreshed version), the graphics in Leifthrasir are a hand-drawn masterpiece. As befits games originating in Japan, all the women of the fair sex have good breasts, and the men are either effeminate boys or overgrown myomas. It may be disturbing for some people, not for others. In this particular story, however, such a procedure is a plus, because, as it happens in fairy tales, princes are beautiful and young, and kings are powerful and wear beards. Writing about the artistic layer, I cannot fail to mention the brilliant soundtrack, which from the very first start of the game introduces a mystical atmosphere thanks to the delicate sounds of elven music.

Regardless of whether you played the original or, like me, you have never had a chance before, it is necessary to get to know this work bordering on perfection. It’s nice that the game is available on three Sony platforms and you can’t escape this brilliant title. You just have to play.

Review: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS Vita)