Tiny Review: Omega Five

As of this writing, there are currently one hundred and eleven games available for the XBox’s Live Arcade service. By my reckoning, only about 3 to 5% of them are worth shelling out your hard-earned zenny. So when a game this good is released, a bit of recognition is in order. Honestly, this is one of the only Live games that I feel could stand on it’s own as a physical disc-based release. The game would be a steal at twenty bucks, but at a mere 800 MS points (~$10) you almost feel dishonest for ripping developer Natsume off.

Nope, that wasn’t a typo. Natsume, famous for farming and fishing simulators, has developed a game that reminds the player that, once upon a time, the company actually made exciting and high quality action games. Omega Five is a stunning reminder that they still got it.

The first thing you should know about the game is that it’s an old school shmup, similar in style and gameplay to Forgotten Worlds, or more appropriately, Natsume’s own S.C.A.T. for the NES. The player controls the action using the standard dual analogue control scheme popularized by Geometry Wars. While this setup has been overused by countless other Live Arcade games, Omega Five is far from being a pretender or a clone. It’s one of the most polished (not to mention graphically stunning) games available for Microsoft’s increasingly hit-and-miss-and-miss-and-miss downloading service.

Anyway, check it out. It’s awesome, and easy enough to be doable for the shmup-challenged. It also features something that should be a staple in all shmups (but sadly isn’t); the insanely overpowered sword-wielding melee character. With a small dog. On a hoverboard. I said the game was awesome, didn’t I?

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~ by Krooze L-Roy on January 16, 2008.

One Response to “Tiny Review: Omega Five”

  1. Yay new content! I love you Krooze.

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