Review: Omen of Sorrow (PlayStation 4)

Omen of Sorrow is a classic 2D, four-button fighting game, with Unreal Engine 4-powered graphics, a cast of characters inspired by classic horror, fantasy and mythology, and a battle system designed from the ground up to leverage player skill, rather than stats or random chance, featuring deep combat mechanics that favor movement and spacing over tight execution to provide an engaging experience for pros and newcomers alike!

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 8.11GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Three modes- Battle, Practice and online.
  • Decent cutscenes.
  • 2D fighter gameplay with 3D backdrops.
  • Controls- Two presets or custom rebind.
  • Five difficulties- Very easy, Easy, Medium, Hard and very hard.
  • Gallery- View unlocked videos and artwork.
  • Online- Quickplay, Ranked, Lobby creates and lobby search.
  • Practice- Quick guide or training against an AI dummy.
  • Battle- Story mode, Local VS, Arcade and survival.
  • Story- One main story then you unlock additional two.
  • 11 characters from classic horror films like Vampires, Werewolves etc and a couple of bespoke characters, Each one plays completely different and have a unique special move once your meter fills up from taking damage.
  • Combo counter.
  • Some really good level backdrops.
  • Simple four-button control scheme allowing anyone to just jump in.

Cons:

  • Long frequent load times.
  • Storytelling in the story is just slow and pressing a button.
  • Hard game crash a few times.
  • Forgettable story.
  • Cutscenes look better than the game a lot of the time.
  • No voice work in game for storytelling.
  • Animation issues.
  • Some characters are not fun to play as.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

A fighting game that uses just four buttons is always going to be a benefit, Its less management and levels the playing field for newcomers. I liked how quickly I could pull off moves and chain combos for the game run smooth and has moments where it looks fantastic. It just falls down with slow-paced story additions and some clunky looking animations. I love the roster of characters as it is something different. Fighting fans new and old can get something out of the game, Its just a better game for local and online play than single play. In short, the story is boring and slow but the action is fast and immediate.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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