Friday, September 16, 2016

You might need those

I entertained taking a break from Odin Sphere to play Jotun, a game that I preordered and desperately do not want to forget, but I could not force myself to share time out to a second game, especially when just about every time I turn on my PS4 I have people bugging me to play KoF with them.

Because I am wholesale free at that game and will probably remain so.

So I moved directly to Oswald's story. He is a tortured soul full of angst and ennui, but he is also a milquetoast coward. He can do nothing without someone ordering him around. First it was his adoptive father, the same guy who sold his soul to the queen of the underworld. His father confesses on his deathbed that Oswald meant nothing and Oswald dies of depression.

Or the queen's demonic thugs drag him to hell without dying, whichever explanation you prefer. While in hell he fights his way to the queen herself and, when he finds that his uber weapon does not work on her, does what she tells him to do: fight Odin. Oswald defeats Odin, handily, but instead of killing him he does what Odin tells him to do, and continues to do so once they are out of the underworld.

Odin tells him to kill a dragon and promises his daughter as a reward. Oswald is just looking for someone else to take charge of his life. Maybe order him to sweep the floor and take out the garbage instead of slay demons, but the effect is the same.

I don't like him. He's not heroic. He's barely tragic. He is spineless and immensely powerful, two things that don't often go together. In keeping with the theme of started by the previous character it is clear that Oswald long ago lost

his balls.

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