Omensight

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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World-ending murder mystery gets clever time-travel twist.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Suggests that there are balances in the world that must be kept in place for the sake of stability. While saving the world involves killing a lot of enemies, the overall theme is one of salvation for the various tribes that dot the landscape. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Harbinger is a powerful warrior fighting to uncover clues. By using certain skills, the Harbinger can reveal what they learn to other characters to change their course, putting them on a path that doesn't lead to destruction. Players determine if the Harbinger is a force for good or evil.

Ease of Play

Five difficulty levels, with the easiest mode focusing on the story and less on combat. Some game sections require players to keep their own notes for their investigation. Combat provides a significant challenge, even on easier levels.

Violence

Players cut through enemies with swords, leaving red smears that look like blood. Some combatants fade away, but characters that are important to the mystery will leave their body behind when defeated.

Sex
Language

In a bar scene, a character refers to other characters as having their heads "up their arse." "Ass," "bastard" also used in context of creating a character's personality. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes takes place in a bar where characters are drinking an undisclosed beverage. One character is asked to pay off his tab before a key mission. The Harbinger frequently steps up to the bar where a drink awaits. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Omensight is a downloadable adventure mystery game for the PS4 and Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a magical character who's tasked with solving the murder of a goddess. There are five levels of difficulty, so players can decide if they want an easier journey or a significant challenge. At higher difficulty levels, players have to keep their own notes to solve the mystery, and will need skills to survive combat. Battles involve slashing through various enemies with a sword, which leaves blood on the screen. Most enemies will fade away, unless they have a role or part in the story; the bodies of these characters will remain on-screen. "Ass" and "bastard" are used in dialogue, and some scenes take place in a bar where characters frequently drink unknown substances and discuss settling bar tabs.

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What's it about?

In OMENSIGHT, the Godless-Priestess of Urralia has been murdered and her soul has been hidden, allowing the serpent, Voden, to return and destroy the world. As the Harbinger, the player tries to uncover the murderer and save the land in the last few hours before the apocalypse. By following and interacting with several characters through their final moments, you'll uncover clues that'll help you stop the murder, identify the killer, and prevent the serpent from being unleashed. To do this, you'll manipulate time and follow other characters in your investigation. But paths can diverge and the choices you make can have an effect on later sections of the story. Additionally, as the Harbinger uncovers clues, these details can be shared with other characters to possibly prevent them from accelerating the end of the world with their actions.

Is it any good?

Take a unique artistic look, throw in an imaginative murder mystery, and you've got the essence of this clever adventure. Omensight takes place in a visually delightful fantasy world where the native tribes are sentient animals. The story is rich and compelling, the voice acting is dynamic, and the twists are intriguing. Cleverly, the idea of death is embraced in this game; characters die, but bonds can be created with their souls to venture back in time and perhaps change the outcome for the individual characters as you go about saving the world. As you work through the story and uncover clues, you can use the elements you've discovered to alter what characters do later, which can also change actions and consequences. 

There are a few minor issues with the gameplay that pop up. Software glitches would sometimes make the controller stop working after loading the game. Similarly, combat quickly became repetitive, and while players can take different courses of action, no course can be repeated in a sandbox or rogue-like style -- thus limiting replayability. These problems aside, Omensight is a surprisingly enjoyable and addictive adventure that sparkles with each character, and it weaves a trail through a wonderful and colorful landscape. The mystery's also filled with some nice little twists. Just when you think it may be the most obvious suspect, a clue unveiled by exploring the environments a little deeper may cast doubt as to who the perpetrator actually may be. This is further expanded by difficulty levels that can make tracking the clues of the mystery harder or easier, which adds to the entertainment value, especially when you can repeat the day to gain insights into the actions or motives of non-playable but prominent characters. Omensight has a few stumbles, but the mystery and time-travel mechanics make it an adventure that's well worth your attention.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Would you be interested in a stealth option in Omensight that let you gather clues without having to kill hordes of enemies? How do you feel about cutting down every creature in your path to succeed in your goal?

  • What's the easiest way to set screen limits on your gameplay? How do you strike a balance between playing games for hours and taking breaks away from screens? 

  • Does the use of profanity in Omensight seem excessive or appropriate for the story? Could the game have been the same or better without these words and phrases?

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