Omega Quintet Review

He was wrong, of course. The likes of Persona, Final Fantasy, Demons and Dark Souls, and the pinnacle, Bloodborne, all prove him wrong.  But he wasn’t completely wrong.  When Fish made that remark, he was likely talking about games just like Omega Quintet.

Imagine a world where evil monsters, called Blare, have ravaged most of the land, with only pockets of society left.  The only thing that can fight off the Blare is song.  Yep, singing. Enter the Verse Maidens, talented songstresses on standby to combat the Blare at a moment’s notice.  But wait! There’s only one Verse Maiden left, let’s call her Madonna, and she is getting old, struggling to keep fighting the good fight.

Ah, but Madonna’s agent has been busy recruiting young ladies to succeed Madonna. Enter Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna.  Madonna is none-too-pleased, and beats these new recruits whenever they annoy her.  However, the young ladies pull through, and are ready to make their debut as the world’s new Verse Maidens.  Just as they’re about to combat the Blare for their debut however, in comes Cher, Madonna’s old teacher, with her very own Verse Maiden trained in secret: Katy Perry! Katy steals the show.

If you’re still reading this, you’d be forgiven for thinking, “what the fuck did I just read?” Well, spare a thought for me, having to actually play this game and wonder, just what the fuck have I been playing?  This game is an embarrassment; but the sad thing is, the embarrassment is not down to its combat system, which is actually pretty decent, if a bit  run-of-the-mill in terms of JRPGs. No, the embarrassment is due to the game’s outrageous sexualisation of its heroines, the teenage girls who take centre stage. Yep, we’ve got cut-scenes involving wet t-shirts with heaving bosoms, and crotch shots of teenage girls, one of which is presumably no more than 14 years old.  It’s disgusting. This is everything that’s wrong with Japanese game development.

What’s worse, this game has a PEGI rating of 12.  So let’s hypothetically put this game in the hands of a 12 year old girl.  During the game, said young girl will see characters being told that once they hit the age of 30, they’re past it, useless, and have to be replaced with younger women. And don’t even think of not looking anything short of beautiful, else no-one will want to look at you. What kind of messages are these for young children just hitting puberty?

I’m willing to bet that question is probably not what was going through the developer’s minds when they were drawing these cut-scenes.  They had other things on their minds, probably with a year’s supply of kleenex to hand. But let’s not dwell on that, shall we?  What about the actual game?  Well, as I said, the combat system is actually decent, and the game does a good enough job of gradually introducing you to its many systems.  But it does get tiresome after a while; I was very thankful for the fast-forward feature to skip the more lengthy attack animations.

Visually it’s a very mixed bag.  The artwork in the cut scenes is done well, even if it has all the taste of a Newcastle United fan in a cheap Soho strip club, but the environments are dire.  We’re talking PS2 quality design with a HD lick of paint. Truly woeful. The actual storytelling and dialogue don’t fare any better either, and the game is not good at all at giving the player some direction. Often I was left wondering, “where do I go now?”

On the other hand, aurally the game is very good.  The music is probably the best thing about the game, with catchy tunes and soothing violin passages. Additionally, the voice acting from the lead actors is decent, granting the game’s heroines some genuine personality, even to the point of making them somewhat endearing. Of course, that just makes such overt sexualisation of these characters all the more shameful.

Everything else is dire. Omega Quintet is a perfect example of what is wrong with Japanese game development.  There’s a decent combat system hidden beneath a pointless story that only serves as masturbation material for its target audience. It’s utterly shameful, and is to be avoided.

 

12 Replies to “Omega Quintet Review”

  1. These kinds of reviews crying about being offended by Japanese games are always good for a laugh.

  2. Nothing like some good ol’ moral soapboxing masquerading as a review. I guess I was a fool to expect more from this place.

  3. So the game works and is actually decent with no bugs whatsoever yet it gets a 3!!! Good job Mr. Reviewer (slow clap)!!!

  4. Saying something is tasteless and lazy isn’t the same as crying and moral soapboxing. Nowhere is the reviewer saying you CAN’T play this game or enjoy it. I am enjoying this game’s battle system but find myself fast fowarding a good number of the cut scenes. Not only are they over sexualized to the point of feeling queasy, they are mostly pointless and boring too. Just wish I could take this concept and the battle system and wrap it up in an actual good game.

  5. Insulting the developers, insulting the fans, insulting a country and its culture that he doesn’t understand because it’s different (one could say, cultures are pretty diverse) and not like his obviously superior high horse culture, and won’t even bother to remember the names of the main characters himself, Otoha, Nene, Kanadeko, Kyouka and Aria. And the 30+ lady (more like 38+) is Momoka.

    “Often I was left wondering, “where do I go now?””
    Seriously? The world map shows you the objective you have to complete to advance the story, and every area has its own map that shows you where you can go, and story checkpoints are even marked. But doesn’t surprises me that much really as you seem to not really focusing on the actual game but on non issues that have nothing to do with the gameplay. I would suggest to stay away from RPGs, they are not your genre if you get stuck so easily.
    I give this review a 1, absolute SJW garbage.

    1. This insight helped me get a game I would have missed were I the type of person to only read review and not comments. Thanks a lot for the corrections on this article.

  6. This guy is so blatantly clueless of the fact that this game is a satire, just as Compile Heart’s Hyperdimension neptunia series. But whereas HN is a satire of console wars, Omega Quintet is a satire of Japanese Idol culture and how it is blatantly marketed to otakus (lonely fandom geeks.) The “sexualization” of the characters is there because that’s how actual japanese idol bands/groups are marketed. Forcing girls out at a certain age is in there because that’s how these corporate funded idol bands keep themselves relevant and their sales high. The game puts it all out there as a way of saying “isn’t this idol thing all a bit much?” But since the reviewer didn’t bother to do any research before diving in, he has no frame of reference for the content and focuses on being morally offended.

    It’s like someone who’s never seen an American slasher movie giving Cabin In The Woods a low score because two of the characters decide to stop what they’re doing and have sex in the middle of a spooky forest.

  7. Always nice to see someone completely missing the point and breaking their neck when falling from their soap box. You know, when the phrase “What about the actual game?” is in the last third of the article, your *review* has a problem and I’m not just talking about the blatant insults towards the developer. Someone is certainly masturbating here, and it’s you, Mark, over your own righteous indignation and imagined social relevancy. Thanks for another remarkable piece of game journalism even Polygon would be ashamed of.

  8. This review was made by an SJW with no actual knowledge about these types of games. First let me tell you, the age of consent in Japan is 13 and in most of Europe its 14. Then you broke 2 of the only three rules for a game reviewer.

    1. Never scale reviews with each other.

    2. Sexualization of in-game character’s, weather they be male of female should NOT count towards the review score.

    3. All ways try to review a game from the perspective of the target audience.

    You broke 2 and 3. I never thought that I would find a review worse then the one on GamingTrends about Hyperdimension Rebirth 3, but this one is just fucking terrible.

  9. Considered downloading this in a sale, as the trailer makes it look like a fun, cheery turn-based rpg. Was worried it might be more creepy than fun, and having read this review, that seems to be the case. I don’t think I’ll bother. Ta!

    i see some comments saying it’s satire, but if it’s just repeating the stuff it is meant to be commenting on, what is the point? “Oh the sexualised youngsters in wet t-shirts and suggestive poses is SATIRICAL!!!” they say, despite it providing the exact same wankfodder of that which they are parodying.

    Anyway, yeah, cheers for saving me £15.

  10. Whatever else one might say, that Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Cher, Katy Perry metaphor is hilarious XD

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