Omensight (PC) Review

By Ofisil 16.06.2018

Review for Omensight on PC

Those who had experienced Stories: The Path of Destinies probably remember a goodlooking hack 'n' slasher with lots of story in it; a hack 'n' slasher that was fine and all, but which also got repetitive pretty soon, with its story element sort of just being... there. Its only unique thing was the Majora's Mask-like time-loop concept behind it, which had the furry protagonist constantly going back in time to try different paths... adding to the repetitiveness in the process. Set in the same world, Omensight is definitely an improvement, but, unfortunately, it repeats the mistakes of the past. After a more positive look on the PS4, Cubed3 takes another look it, this time for the PC platform.

This follows a stoic, demigod-like, silent protagonist known as the Harbinger, who will have to avert the upcoming end of the world by revisiting the final day again, and again, trying to learn what led to that very end, and how it will be possible to change things. This, of course, means that Omensight has to deal with the "curse" of those videogames that deal with endlessly repeating time-loops, which is how most players will soon end up feeling that they are going in circles. Sure, some, like the legendary Chrono Trigger, have pulled that off gracefully but, sadly, the same can't be said about this.

Screenshot for Omensight on PC

On the one hand, the concept here is quite intriguing. The Harbinger is playing the role of a detective who, in order to stop the end of this Disney-like, animal-inhabited fantasy land, has to gather clues by going back to the past, and then use these clues to follow the next crumb along the trail. The problems with the execution of this, otherwise, fine idea? First of all, choice is an illusion, as, in essence, the only freedom you have is whether to follow path 'One' before 'Two.'

The main reason, however, is the fact that this scenario pretty much requires replaying the same bunch of levels, and since this is not an open-ended RPG where the entertainment stems from exploration, but an extremely linear hack 'n' slasher, the levels themselves aren't that interesting to begin with. Even worse, the vast majority of time, replaying a stage means that the enemies that one will have to confront will be the same.

Screenshot for Omensight on PC

Oh, sure, some minor changes will ensue. The next time the Harbinger pays a visit to a level, she will probably have a nice little key to open that annoying door that previously she could not, and something slightly more powerful will make an appearance, amongst all the cannon fodder - but it doesn't really matter because the Harbinger eats enemies for breakfast. Long story short: she is way too powerful, to the point that those experienced with this kind of action will feel as if they have enabled the autopilot cheat, or whatever. What's even sadder is that the battle mechanics are awesome, but just won't get a chance to shine due to the mind-numbingly low difficulty.

Screenshot for Omensight on PC

This sword-wielding heroine is basically Bayonetta… minus the 'killer bod,' of course. She can hack, she can slash, and she has magic abilities that range from slowing down time, to grabbing enemies like a magnet, and throwing them like a catapult. Most of all, however, she can dodge, and while this isn't an issue per se, the game is too generous when it comes to evasions, to the point that it makes the enemies nothing more than beginner-friendly speed bumps.

Sadly, Omensight repeats the mistakes of its predecessor - action that's great, but repetitive and not really that challenging, and a decent story, that just doesn't really know how to feel compelling. Is it bad? No, but it's more like a jack of several trades, yet master of none, with the only thing that really stands out being the amazing, low-poly/textureless art style… with even that losing its spark after repeating the same level for the umpteenth time.

Screenshot for Omensight on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Omensight looks and feels good… but that soon gives way to repetition, as well as the realisation that nothing in this animal kingdom has what it takes to stand in the way of the main heroine. As for the story, and whole murder mystery aspect, well, it they are not that impressive, in all honesty…

Developer

Spearhead Games

Publisher

Spearhead Games

Genre

Action Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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