Replay – Omikron: The Nomad Soul
Update: Today we remember musician David Bowie, who passed away today after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie's influence has been felt in games, with his music appearing in Elite Beat Agents and, more recently, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
He also touched the gaming world with Quantic Dream's first game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul. Bowie participated in the development and starred in it, creating a unique experience that laid the groundwork for David Cage's later games, including Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.
If you're interested in checking this out for yourself, it's available for $9.99 on Steam and GoG.
Originally published October 13, 2013
Long before he cast Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls and created the Origami Killer in Heavy Rain, David Cage worked with famed musician David Bowie in Omikron: The Nomad Soul. While we never played as Ziggy Stardust as we moved from body to body, you can follow the misadventures of myself, Dan, Jeff Cork, and Reiner in David Cage's first game at Quantic Dream.
We ended up in the Dreamcast version of Omikron, which features better fighting segments, but worse FPS-style combat than its PC counterpart. Omikron hasn't aged particularly well, and it's obvious Cage has grown as a game designer, but that doesn't take anything away from the unique concepts presented here.
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