David Bowie, singer, songwriter, actor and more recently passed away on 10 January 2016, and even if I was never a big fan of his music or the movies he acted in, Square Enix’s giveaway Omikron: The Nomad Soul is certainly exciting enough to write about.
If you expect the same emotional response and insightful writing of The Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett Legacy, then you might be disappointed. Of course it’s always a sad thing to see someone pass away, no matter if popular or non-popular. But I always found David Bowie’s music too weird for me, and his performance in Labyrinth still haunts me to this day, and not in a good way, as I really disliked the musical stunts.
But this isn’t about his life’s work or the reactions of fans, fellow musicians/actors or the media. It’s about a game for which Bowie wrote the music and even appeared as a character. Omikron: The Nomad Soul was an ambitious project for Quantic Dream, the studio that would later find fame (and controversy) in Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in the US) and Heavy Rain. I haven’t played it yet, but it seems to be an intriguing mix of various genres, like RPG, adventure, beat-’em-up and FPS games.
Storytelling-wise it’s all a bit convoluted with serial killings and body switching which is also part of the gameplay, i.e. being reincarnated into another character after dying. So it should fit nicely with Bowie’s weird lyrics, videos and movie appearances. Knowing David Cage who wrote the script with ideas from Bowie, one can say that this was a double David collaboration whose outcome might not have been a critical success or a game for everyone, but certainly a memorable one.
Omikron: The Nomad Soul is available for PC on Steam and thanks to Square Enix, one can get a free code when getting on the Square Enix store. The offer expires on January 22, 2016 while supplies last (meaning if they’re out on codes, they’re out). Another option is of course to buy the game DRM-free on GOG.
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