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In a recent issue of Gameinformer there was an article that featured the 'video games as art' debate. One of the games that was left off of the list was the overlooked Lost Odyssey.Beyond the art direction behind the game, there is some very solid turn-based RPG gameplay. However, there is more to the game than good visuals and traditional game play.
Lost Odyssey's story features a man by the name of Kaim who has been made practically immortal. He can't die, and has wandered the earth for centuries. With such a large backlog of experience comes a large number of memories and stories. However, Kaim has his memories wiped by an unknown enemy and forgets most of his past. Throughout the game, he encounters various persons, objects, or scenarios that trigger his brain into remembering some story from his past. These stories are told in short stories written by award winning novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu. These are truly heartfelt and beautiful stories and one of the areas that makes Lost Odyssey a fantastical experience. Some are lighthearted while others are dark.
For an example of Kiyoshi Shigematsu's writing head over here.
If these stories aren't worthy of being called 'art', I don't know what is.
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