Cousin It Sep 26, 2013 @ 7:37pm
A Piece of History
I remember this game from when it first came out. Truth be told, it wasn't really that good of a game. But it was also groundbreaking in a lot of ways.

The reason this game failed to make any buzz was because it tried to do too much, and ended up not doing any of it very well. The FPS sequences are ridiculously clunky, and finding your way around takes way longer than it should. You spend way too much time just wandering around trying to figure out where to go next. The graphics were barely passable by 1999 standards, so by today's standards they're sort of hilarious.

BUT!! In it's defense, it did have a few really cool things going for it. Number one is David Bowie. Several of his songs are included as the soundtrack to some really cool cutscenes. In fact, the songs are all from his CD "Hours." This game led me to that CD, and I still have a few songs from that album in regular rotation on my iPod, so the music in this game is special to me. You just can never go wrong with David Bowie. Like, ever.

The game was also a rather early attempt at an "open-world" game. Think GTA, or Assassin's Creed. Almost every other game ever made that featured an open-world style managed to do it better than Omikron, but it was actually one of the earliest 3D games of that type.

The game is also noteworthy for being the first release from French developer Quantic Dream, the company that would later go on to create "Heavy Rain," and the upcoming "Beyond: Two Souls." when they weren't busy releasing "Indigo Prophecy." QD has a lot of 'artistic cred' because they have a real penchant for emphasizing emotional story-telling in gaming, and because they refused to cash in on a possible "Heavy Rain 2" for fear of milking the franchise.

Like I said, Omikron really isn't a great game. REALLY. Don't waste your money. Just go to YouTube and watch the Bowie videos from the game. But if you REALLY like those other games I mentioned, you might be interested in picking this up just to see where those other games came from. QD keeps threatening to make an "Omikron 2" but that's probably years away still, if it ever happens.
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Euphoric Sep 26, 2013 @ 9:18pm 
You pretty much sum it up. This is one of those games where you just feel so nostalgic and think how amazing it was playing it as kid. Then you go and play and it's so outdated, lackluster gameplay etc. You start seeing holes that you didn't see as a kid and realize while gaming has gotten worse in many aspects, complexity of games has increased also.

So I am yet to buy this and probably won't just so I can continue cherishing the memories I have of it. It tried to do too many revoluntionary things and failed at most like you said the fps shooting I remember being awful and just wanting to get back to third person kung fu fighting.
I think what made it great was the open world feeling at time when everything was on straight linear rails and the changing hosts was a great concept.

I think it is definately a piece of history even though it had so many things lacking in it.
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Rush Hour Rambo Sep 26, 2013 @ 9:39pm 
It was definitely an extremely ambitious game. For the record, I really enjoyed the 1on1 fighting sequences, but then, I played the game with a gamepad. Really fun just exploring and experiencing the world.

Anyone else struggle with the final boss? I did beat him, but I still remember getting mercilessly whipped several times before finally getting my act together.
Cousin It Sep 27, 2013 @ 7:23pm 
Originally posted by Euphoric:
You pretty much sum it up. This is one of those games where you just feel so nostalgic and think how amazing it was playing it as kid.

As a kid? S**t, I was 25 when this game came out.
OMGSPY! Sep 28, 2013 @ 1:41am 
I loved this game when it came out. I had to buy it direct from the publisher after playing the demo. By today's standards isn't worth a re-release though. I know that sounds harsh but it is like the film 'Metropolis'. It was mind blowing by 1929's standards but it doesn't have enough of a cult following to sustain a full blown relaunch.
sgreco1970 Sep 28, 2013 @ 11:03am 
I thought this game was excellent back in the day. Very novel ideas and a lot of fun. Im not sure how well it would play today, especially on a modern system, though.
wallhugger \_/7 Sep 28, 2013 @ 12:48pm 
Originally posted by Cousin It:
Originally posted by Euphoric:
You pretty much sum it up. This is one of those games where you just feel so nostalgic and think how amazing it was playing it as kid.

As a kid? S**t, I was 25 when this game came out.

I was 15 when the game came out :p. I remember getting my ♥♥♥♥ kicked so much in the first 20 minutes that I simply gave up. I really loved the music though and it has this nostalgic thing going on. Now that I'm older I'd like to buy it again one of these days to properly play it!
Cousin It Sep 28, 2013 @ 3:57pm 
But I do like the trend of Steam offering classic games. Some others I'd like to see on here include Arcanum, the Dungeon Keeper franchise, and the Black & White franchise. It's a good trend.
LuciusSuperbus Sep 29, 2013 @ 1:10am 
Originally posted by Cousin It:
But I do like the trend of Steam offering classic games. Some others I'd like to see on here include Arcanum, the Dungeon Keeper franchise, and the Black & White franchise. It's a good trend.

+1
LuciusSuperbus Sep 29, 2013 @ 1:12am 
Also Omikron is BA
Lordie Sep 29, 2013 @ 6:14pm 
Originally posted by OMGSPY!:
I loved this game when it came out. I had to buy it direct from the publisher after playing the demo. By today's standards isn't worth a re-release though. I know that sounds harsh but it is like the film 'Metropolis'. It was mind blowing by 1929's standards but it doesn't have enough of a cult following to sustain a full blown relaunch.
god i seen metropolish in 2012 and i couldnt help but fall asleep half the time.
Wolfe Sep 29, 2013 @ 7:09pm 
I agree with most of your sentiments on this game TC, there were a lot of clunky moments but the devil is in the detail with this game, and it had an amazing atmosphere with genuine depth. Like Shenmue, it was one of the first games for me that had a captivating enough environment that simply chilling out walking through the streets could really inspire the imagination.

The Bowie connection was both awesome and humorous for me, as as much as I admire Bowie, his pomposity and melodramatic nature always crack me up, likely due to Stella Street as much as anything, but I'm not denying he's a legend and a musical genius.

I remember a particular Bowie related highlight in the game: POSSIBLE SPOILER BELOW:










When you find Iman's apartment (Bowie's RL wife) and in one of her wardrobes she has the complete set of all Bowie's songs in the game that you could play and listen to yourself - a great moment.

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shtkck Feb 21 @ 10:39am 
This game has an incredible story though, which is what the developer is known for. Sure, it feels dated- but that's because it is dated.
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