Review: Omega Quintet (PlayStation 4)

I’ll start by saying this:  I wanted to like Omega Quintet.  It is certainly an interesting game, but for all the wrong reasons.  In a perfect world, all of my video games will be absolutely captivating, with stories that make you love the hero/heroine and hate the villain and battle systems so fantastic that your 80th hour is no more tedious than your 1st.  Well, I don’t want to be the one to have to break your bubble, but we don’t live in a perfect world and Omega Quintet is proof of that.  Let me go into more detail on several aspects of the game and explain myself.

Omega Quintet (PS4)

 

Omega Quintet General Information

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Available PlatformsPS4
Available FormatsDigital
Retail Disc
Platform Reviewed onPS4
GenreJRPG
DeveloperGalapagos RPG
PublisherIdea Factory International
Release DatesJP - October 2, 2014
NA - April 28, 2015
EU - May 1, 2015
RatingsESRB: Teen
PEGI: 12
USK: 16
ACB: M

***Disclosure:  This is a videogame review and while I make my best effort not to include spoilers, sometimes it happens.  Consider yourself warned.***

Parent’s Information

First, let’s talk about Omega Quintet and the young person that may be asking for this.  If you’re a parent here looking for whether or not your child should play this game, here’s the place to look.  Not taking into account the quality of the actual game, here’s what you need to know:

Here in the US, the ESRB rated this T for Teen for the following reasons:  fantasy violence, language, partial nudity, suggestive themes, and use of alcohol.  Click here for details.

In Europe, PEGI rated this as appropriate for 12 and older.  They stated the following:  It contains: Non realistic looking violence towards human characters – Sexual images and/or sexual innuendo – Mild bad language.

In Germany, USK rated this for 16 and older only.  In Australia, the ACB rated this M, which means 15 and older for Sexualised imagery.

So, would I let my child play it?  Well, he’s about to be 6…so, no.  Is this game appropriate for a 13 year old?  I think Mature would have been extreme, but I think Teen is a little light.  I actually think it falls somewhere between the ESRB ratings of Teen and Mature, but that’s just my opinion.  If William were 13, I would probably not let him play this.

A few things to note about Omega Quintet:  Japanese Idol Culture markets these young girls (not women, girls) as sex objects.  This idol culture creates over-sexualized images of teen girls (and boys).  This game is a satire about this culture.  That being the case, young girls are over-sexualized.  There are several scenes with the girls seen in their underwear.  You are actually able to up-skirt your character while walking about the world and when you do it, she plays like she’s modest and tells you to stop.  If your characters’ clothing gets damaged in battle (which happens over time anyways), it begins to fall apart eventually leaving the girls in their underwear.

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