||I'm not the kind of guy to buy into the hype wagon belonging to a videogame that doesn't belong to a series that has proven to me its merits...So when I caught wind of Atlus' Odin Sphere - the spiritual successor to a Japan only Saturn title known as Princess Crown - I was intrigued but not sold...So I kept the game on my radar, waiting for when the reviews would begin to trickle in, to see if my holdout was justified or not. Chock full of praise and starry-eyed adoration, these reviews had me dropping my guard in a hurry and off to track down a copy for myself. What I found was a game that even the most detailed review couldn't build up enough, as all expectations were swiftly excelled by the sheer genius that is Odin Sphere. For a game of this inexplicable quality to see a release at the end of the PlayStation 2's lifespan is mind blowing, as without hesitation, this game trumps not only 95% of everything released on that system, but nearly everything released for the PlayStation 3 as well...What sets Odin Sphere apart from the crowd is hard to pin down to just one aspect, as it exceeds in just about every category you can think of. But if I had to pick just one, I would say graphics...The detail in each object and character through the entire game is astounding, utilizing a deep color palette and natural shadows to create something unlike anything else on the system...If there is one phrase that can cover just about everything Odin Sphere is about, it would be this: Odin Sphere has 2D sensibilities. If you remove the technological aspect of the game - not that you'd want to - you have a game that could just as easily been released on the Super Nintendo and ruled the hearts and dreams of fan boys and girls around the world. But it is that technological aspect that pushes the game beyond the realm of above average to sheer greatness. Do not miss this one of a kind experience that, much like a Red Bull, will revitalize your mind, body and soul.