[PlayStation 4 Review] Omega Strike Review

by ThaRaven403

Only a few freedom fighters are left to take on the evil Doctor Omega and his army of mutants in hopes of stopping him from conquering the world. Will you be able to triumph in this Metroidvania? Learn more about it in our Omega Strike review!

Omega Strike is an action-packed Metroidvania game with a huge, open-ended world and multiple playable characters. It takes inspiration from the metroidvanias and side-scrolling shooters of the past. Defeat deadly enemies and learn new abilities for your heroes. Explore the world, find it’s hidden treasures and upgrade your weapons in order to defeat Doctor Omega and his evil henchmen.

Doctor Omega was a military research scientist who was given the task of developing a serum to enhance the army’s soldiers, to give them superhuman abilities. The serum was administered to the army and transformed them into greatly enhanced versions of their former selves. But after a while, they transformed into mutants that served under Doctor Omega, thus bring his plan of dominating the world into fruition! Only a few are now part of a resistance team that hopes to bring him and his evil army down, and this is where you’ll pick things up with Sarge, Bear, and Dex, your three heroes for this adventure!

Omega Strike Review

These three characters have their own weapons and special abilities. Sarge, for example, has a standard rifle gun, and eventually a special ability that allows him to roll through tight spaces. Bear is the brute force of the team, being able to push huge blocks out of the way, plant bombs, and fire bouncing shots. Dex is the one with the dexterity (pun intended), as he is able to do double jumps, dashes, and is not to be messed with thanks to his shotgun.

These are the people you control, and you can swap between them at any time with the press of the Triangle button. It almost feels like in Mega Man games where you can swap to a different weapon, except it also changes the skills you have while navigating through the game. As for the game, it is a Metroidvania. There are no objective markers on the map, so you have to explore a bit to find a point of interest, but each area is just the right size for you to not get lost, and there are obviously lots of places that you’ll have to visit once you gain new abilities.

Omega Strike Review

At a certain point in the game, you’ll reach a village where you’ll be able to purchase weapon upgrades for all three characters with the money you obtain during your adventure, either from defeating enemies or from opening chests. You’ll also be able to get more health, should you be able to bring four life cubes to some type of preacher who lives in the village.

There’s a lot of variety in the creatures and mutants you will face, each with their own attack patterns (that are easy to understand), and the looks of the game is purely rooted in overclocked 16-bit. If I had to the visuals of Omega Strike to that of an established series, I think I’d compare them to those of the Metal Slug franchise, especially with the “run and gun” gameplay nature of this one.

Omega Strike Review

The maps are nicely laid out, the action is fun with lots of grounds to cover, and the difficulty is just perfect to make it a casual game if you play on normal (there’s a harder difficulty too if you want a bit more of a challenge). Although the boss fights are not that exceptional, and most of the times are very easy to figure out, there are still 12 of them, so that gives a nice variety to the game. It’s worth noting though that it’s not a lengthy game, but it should still take you around 7-8 hours to complete the story, but those hours will be filled with fun.

As for the trophies, this should be an easy Platinum to add to your collection. If you finish the game, collect every life cubes and chest, and upgrade every weapon for all three characters, then that shiny trophy will be yours. The best news is that you are not required to finish this one on hard, which was great since I figured that would be one of the Gold trophies in the game!

Omega Strike Review

Final Thoughts
In the end, developer Woblyware has created a casual and enjoyable Metroidvania game in Omega Strike. My only complaint was that it was over a bit too soon for my taste, but I guess that’s a good sign of a great game. Fans of the genre should definitely play this one, since Doctor Omega needs to be stopped and you have a right to have a lot of fun!

This Omega Strike review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Digerati.

Price: $12.99 USD

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