Omikron: The Nomad Soul
|a game by||Quantic Dream SA|
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There's an awful lot of nippleage in Omikron. Sitting through the several hundred screenshots supplied by Eidos, the oppressively 'adult' nature of the game is actually quite surprising. That's 'adult' in the sense of'mature', you understand, not 'adult' in the sense of lots of gratuitous swearing and bloodletting. There are sexual themes though.
Despite the high nipple count, the female characters are actually fairly realistically proportioned; there are no Lara Croft rivals here. Instead the women have the sort of figures you've come to expect from European porn - waifs, barely legal teens, not a silicone implant in sight.
Being French, you'd probably be expecting Omikron to contain some rather creative ideas about gameplay - and you'd be right. Apart from taking place in a series of huge, fully explorable game worlds that are constantly alive and moving, Omikron's real hook is that the NPCs all have independent lives and can be interacted with even after death. For in the world of Omikron it seems you cannot die. Or rather your spirit can't die. If your body snuffs it you simply have to wait until someone touches your corpse to transfer your soul into theirs. Consequently the game doesn't stop until you reach the very end. Visually it's reminiscent of the film version of The Fifth Element - lots of flying cars, nightmarish future scenarios, and that distinctly un-American feel. The gameplay appears to combine elements from console beat 'em ups, Half-Life-style first-person shooters, Tomb Raider-style exploration games, and the storytelling style of Japanese RPGs. How this will work from a control perspective is anyone's guess, but we expect a lot of keys to be involved.
Movement has all been motion-captured, right down to facial expressions. Some of the shots we saw tended to look a little blocky and pixelated, at least at lower resolutions, but the game is being developed concurrently with the PlayStation version, so you have to allow some leeway here and there.
The other hook that Eidos are relying on is the arrival of legendary pop albino David Bowie who, naturally enough, provides the music. Which is either a good or bad thing depending on whether your musical tastes died in the mid-eighties. If that wasn't enough, Bowie's wife, Iman, has also threatened to put in an appearance. Run, run while you can.
Omikron isn't going to be an easy game to quantify when it's released this winter. Combining gaming styles is a risk and the adult nature of the storyline will no doubt raise a few eyebrows. But we're looking forward to it, if only because it at least sounds as though the developers are trying something different, and that's always to be applauded in this day and age. Even if they are French.