Thursday, April 23, 2009

Odium (Statergy / 1999)

A unique game that is captivating.

Graphics - 7
Sound - 8
Gameplay - 8
Difficulty - 8
Overall - 9

Although Odium is classified as RPG game its combat method is based purely on turn based statergy. You might even say that the combat in Odium is somewhat similar to the combat of Fallout 2. One of the key aspects in Odium's game play is resource management. You will often have to face situations in which you must decide which weapon or ammunition to use in order to kill the enemy cause if you get it wrong it may be the last choice you make in the game.

The graphics are not bad for a game developed in 1999

The game takes place in the near future in Russia in city near a military compound. Certain mysterious events prompt the UN to send a elite task force to investigate it. You take the role of this team.

The Graphics are not so great but its the combination of game play, sound track and story line that earns this game 9/10 from me. You will find no shortage of enemies in the game, each of which will have its own unique strengths and weaknesses. You also have the option of improving the fighting skills of your own characters making them better at range attacks, small arms or even hand to hand combat. The choice is yours.

Battles take place in a Battle area. Until you win the battle you cannot leave this area.

There are however some bad points to the game. Combat can often be difficult and you require a lot of micromanagement to keep your self on top. This can be a significant problem since the game ends even if once team member is dead, a problem that is elevated since you cant save the game during battles. The Role playing element is also not too evident instead the game focuses more on its combat system to attract players.

The Bottom line
All in all you should really give this game a try. Especially if you enjoy RPG and turn base statergy games.

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