Omega Quintet - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

01 May 2015

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
7.1

Summary:

Omega Quintet mixes elements of traditional RPGs with pop-idol simulations as gamers control Verse Maidens who use music and dancing to fight evil. The world has been overrun by a malevolent phenomenon known as Blare, which has slowly eaten away the minds of most of humanity and left only a few thousand people alive in a lone city. The Maidens are the only beings capable of combating the Blare, using songs and dances to defeat monsters in turn-based battles. Gamers take on the role of Takt, who serves as a bodyguard and manager and can head into battle with five Maidens at his side.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Compile Heart
  • Publisher(s):
    • Idea Factory
  • Release Date(s):
    • 01 May, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 12+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 12.6GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 60 Hours
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
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Posted:
2015-05-18

Den_Merry

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PS4

6.9

Omega Quintet is a Japanese RPG developed by the people over at Compile Heart and later published by Idea Factory. Mixing up the classic RPG elements with the look and feel of your favorite fantasy anime, Omega Quintet made its way over to the PS4. The game feels like a garbled love letter to fans of a genre that has been losing steam stateside for the past couple of years. Always in the mood for that hidden JRPG gem we eagerly threw the game into our PS4 to see how it stacked up to competing RPG titles. While we weren't completely blown away, what we found out was interesting. Keep reading to see if you're adding this import to your gaming library any time soon.

Omega Quintet on the PlayStation 4 starts out with a premise that is truly ridiculous before committing to the acting fully and completely with both the writing and the animation. In the world that Quintet is based in, things are rapidly going sideways. The world is on the brink of being destroyed by a great evil and that evils lone weakness appears to be the singing of powerful idols. Idols in Japan are just entertainment figures who sing. These idols must use the magic found in their singing voices in order to save the world. Their weapons of sound can be used to destroy evil and it is up to you to guide them through what is to come. Music plays a central part of the battle system in the game as well as flavoring all of the events outside of it.

Compile Heart is a hugely popular developer thanks to their work on JRPGs for the PlayStation 3. Even though the PS4 is pushing two plus years of life it has yet to really rake in a title the likes of which Compile Heart is so known for. Though the genres that they are known for are relatively niche, there is still a big enough fanbase that will make it worth it. So Omega Quintet is our first real taste of the Japanese moe inspired game. Let's look at the game itself while ignoring the insane premise for a little bit.

So if you have seen any titles put out by Compile Heart than you should be relatively aware of their gimmick. Emulating the popular anime art styles of today, their games are brightly colored and almost in-distinctive from one another. This isn't to say that the titles aren't all original, you can just read their slug lines to find out how different they are, but the commonalities allow a thread to be woven to keep them in a sort of group together. The moe art style relies on huge colors and an over abundance of 'cute' things. We can look at the five girls that you play as to embody what to expect. Ornate and flowery dresses, bright pink colors, flowers themselves everywhere and rosy red cheeks. It isn't exactly a manly look, but this isn't a game that takes aim at any particular genre. This is a title for people who appreciate the zany. The Hot Top kids, if you will.

So this game features a Pop Idol group that essentially operates as super heroes. We know you will buy the title simply for the premise, but what does the game actually do while you are playing it? Is there anything here completely unique, or at least above average? Well, for a game that you would assume relied on cutesy sequences, the battle system is delightfully deep and wonderfully textured. You will end up going through tutorial after tutorial in order to lock in how to effectively fight in Omega Quintet but it is definitely worth it. Let's look at the battle system a little closer.

So fighting in Omega Quintet involves a turn based system. You work as the Verse Maidens and your squad is relatively small to begin with. As you play the game you will unlock more and more women to throw into your line up. Each character has a list of special attacks as well as their own basic fighting skills. These moves can range anywhere from ranged damage based all the way to cleric duties, like healing. Throughout your journeys in dungeons you will build up a meter that eventually unlocks a new special skill.

Laboring on the concept of music, you will soon find yourself at a menu that mentions Harmonics. Harmonics allow you to sync the attacks of different characters in a Voltron style way. Stacking their attacks unlocks another special skill that can do some real damage. In order to maximize your damage you need to pay special attention to the range that your enemies lie in. The closer they are to you the better your attacks will do for you. When your opponents are out of range of your weapons you will need to adjust. On the ground of the fighting screen you can look at the range meter to see which attacks will reach your opponent.

Dungeons play a huge role in Omega Quintet and you had better enjoy them as they make up a surprisingly massive amount of the gameplay. Dungeon stages are huge and you will have to push through them, leveling up and collecting loot as you go. While we hate calling certain games 'grinders', this is definitely the case here. Omega Quintet insists that you put in the joystick work in order to reap the benefits later on in the game. Anyway, as you explore dungeons and level up you will be able to open up branching paths in other sections of the level. The stronger you are the farther you can go. You use abilities to open up segments of maps as well, though sometimes you adventure all the way to these blocks without the abilities unlocked. It can be frustrating.

Ultimately Omega Quintet on the PlayStation 4 exists in a niche market that already has its customers. If you are a fan of the art style or the culture surrounding these games then you will enjoy Omega Quintet.

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