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Omikron: The Nomad Soul (Windows)

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Description

The futuristic city of Omikron on the planet Phaenon is sprawling beneath a huge crystal dome. It was erected to protect the city against the ice age which descended upon the planet after its sun ceased to exist. In the beginning of the game the player is contacted by an Omikronian police officer named Kay'l 669, who begs him to leave his dimension, possess Kay'l's body, and enter Omikron to investigate a series of strange murders. The player then takes the role of Kay'l, but his investigation is foiled by a sinister force that the police is unable - and perhaps unwilling - to stop. As the plot unfolds, the player realizes that in order to solve the mystery his soul must establish contact with many inhabitants of Omikron, and ultimately save it from extinction.

Omikron: The Nomad Soul is primarily a free-roaming third-person 3D adventure game. Much of the player's activity in the game consists of exploring the large city, which is separated into five districts. The player is generally free to roam the city regardless of the plot development. Certain buildings can be entered and explored. Automatic taxi-like vehicles called "sliders" can be hailed to shorten walking distances and deliver the protagonist straight to the goal. In order to advance the story, information must be gathered by communicating with characters and solving puzzles of various kinds, inventory- as well as logic-based. The emphasis of the gameplay, however, is on exploration and interaction rather than on puzzle-solving.

Throughout the course of the game the player may take on the role of up to 41 different characters through the use of the soul transfer ability. In many situations a soul transfer is required to solve a puzzle and advance the plot, e.g. accessing a restricted area with a specific character who is able to enter it without arousing suspicion.

Beside the adventure mode, the game also contains first-person shooter and fighting gameplay. These two modes are restricted to specific areas, and are for the most part triggered by plot advancement. Once a FPS sequence has been initiated, the player must complete it in order to be able to return to the main adventure mode. Weapons and items for this mode can be found throughout the stages themselves, as well as bought in shops during exploration.

The fighting sequences are also usually dictated by the plot. They take place on side-scrolling screens and consist of traditional exchanges of punches and kicks, with the goal of depleting the opponent's health bar. Each character has different initial fighting statistics. These can be increased by taking the characters to a training facility and practicing to increase his parameters and subsequent combat performance.

Screenshots

Omikron: The Nomad Soul Windows Nothing spells "adventure" like weird ancient rooms and a dead body behind me!..
Omikron: The Nomad Soul Windows This district has a quieter, slightly Middle Eastern feel. Traffic is still busy, though, as you can see. Commercials abound
Omikron: The Nomad Soul Windows Main menu
Omikron: The Nomad Soul Windows Captured this new colorful controlled character as she turns around in a strange tribal-looking shop... which is actually in the middle of the city!

Alternate Titles

  • "The Nomad Soul" -- European title

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User Reviews

Better git it in yo' soul! אולג 小奥 (171813) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
A highly involved and mysterious story with engaging gameplay and surreal world keeps the player on the edge of his seat. DS___ (8) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Best game I've ever played Kurt Murphy (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A new world to explore! hydra9 (3841) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Great story supported by fantastic music. Baxter (38) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Biggest disappointment in my gamer's life MichaelPalin (1195) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Nov 01, 1999 A 100
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 26, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Just Adventure 2000 A- 91
Spel för Alla Jan, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania 1999 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 08, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Game Captain Nov 19, 1999 76 out of 100 76
HonestGamers Dec 30, 2011 7 out of 10 70
UHS (Universal Hint System) Aug 01, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gaming Age Sep 05, 2004 C+ 58

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Trivia

Barcode

The German cover of the game (both for the Windows and Dreamcast editions) shows a wide-open eye with a barcode over iris and pupil. That EAN 9780140072389 actually refers to the Spanish language edition of a crime/espionage story named LaBrava.

Cancelled PlayStation version

Omikron: The Nomad Soul was originally supposed to get a PlayStation release. However, Eidos didn't believe that the PlayStation version would even sell and they urged Quantic Dream to move it to the Dreamcast as Eidos thought the Dreamcast would be a worthy successor to the current generation console then. However, things didn't go the way as Eidos expected as the Dreamcast wasn't a hit. David Cage, the writer and director for Omikron, claimed that the biggest regret was to not release it on the PlayStation.

David Bowie

The game features David Bowie as Boz, the Virtual Being. For the role of Boz, David Bowie contributed his voice and allowed a graphic fantasy rendition to be made of himself for the role. In addition, his wife, supermodel Iman Abdulmajid, acts as the model for one of the characters (Iman 631) in the game that players can take control of as part of the "virtual reincarnation" process.

Font

The game makes extensive use of a special typography. The font can be downloaded for free from the developers at http://www.quanticdream.com/download/Omikron.ttf

Soundtrack

David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels wrote the entire soundtrack exclusively for the game, consisting of eight songs; "Thursday's Child", "Something in the Air", "Survive", "Seven", "We All Go Through", The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell", "Omikron (New Angels of Promise)" and "The Dreamers"... seven of which appeared later on David Bowie's album, hours

Title

Omikron is one of the letters of the Greek alphabet, corresponding to the Latin O.

Awards

Information also contributed by Isdaron, Karthik KANE, partykiller, Unicorn Lynx and WildKard

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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2146) added Omikron: The Nomad Soul (Windows) on May 11, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Adam Baratz (1350)