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A Retro Gamer’s 12 Days Of Christmas: The Third Day, Omikron: The Nomad Soul

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, three french hens.

Ah the french. A great people who have given us french fries, the french coffee press, and the Napoleon complex. Delectable culinary delights and phallic insecurities aside, France is also home to several magnifique game developers which includes Quantic Dream. They are best known for Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain but Omikron: The Nomad Soul stands out due to the musical contributions made by the late great David Bowie.

Released in 1999, Omikron has a mix of FPS, Fighting, and Adventure game elements. The player assumes the role of a police officer hunting down a serial killer in the dystopian metropolis of Omikron. The visuals are circa 1999 so pop up and polygons paint the scene but actually look pretty good on the doomed Dreamcast. The story is long and sometimes a bit plodding but the game is redeemed by the music of David Bowie. Several of the songs in the game are included on the album Hours. Bowie also makes an appearance as the character Boz, a mystic revolutionary who exists only in digital form. Once you find the sweet spots of the tank controls, you can then allow yourself to be immersed in the cyberpunk world scored by The Thin White Duke.


Brandon Weicks

Brandon is a writer, tech guy, game collector, and sucks at video games. He still holds hope that Sega will release a new console and believes Nintendo peaked with the Super Gameboy. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing in his ManCade, listening to funk, and going game hunting on his Bonnie.

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