When my musical instructor suggested that my classmates and I practice our Solfège for the sake of keeping our singing voices continuously tempered and prepared, I never thought that my soothing, celestial-kisses-to-the-ear baritone could be used to save the world from evil because, well, reality kind of sucks sometimes. But in the universe of Idea Factory’s Omega Quintet, singing is the only phenomenon capable of producing hope in a world on the edge of destruction.
Since the world is enveloped in a mysterious, presumably tone-deaf darkness, humanity’s only hope is the “Verse Maidens,” a group of singing idols who, with the help of their manager, Takt (whom you play as), blows evil away with life-defining musical performances. Since the game is a hybrid JRPG/ idol simulation, music plays a vital role in the battle system, allowing you to boost stats and flaunt the girls’ mastery of rhythm in front of the darkness’s beat-deaf face, more or less.
In addition to being Idea Factory’s first title on the PS4, Omega Quintet will also be the first title to utilise the Move controller for special idol performances.
Here are the game’s key features, courtesy of Idea Factory:
Power of music!
Harness the power of song to defeat evil! Every fight is a performance, and you’ve gotta give the audience what they want! By entering “Concert Mode” you’ll get boosts from your music, as well as be able to fill up your Voltage Gauge faster to perform special skills.
It may be the end of the world, but you’ve also got idols on your hand and they must always be ready to perform! You’ll be able to customize their outfits, accessories, hair, and more! Be careful, though, because sustaining hits from the enemies can cause a “Costume Break”, which will compromise their outfits and leave them vulnerable to more damage!
An idol group combines their talents to create beautiful harmonies, and with the “Harmonics” system, you can sing your enemies right into their graves! Create deadly super chains of attacks, utilizing each idol’s skill in the right order to keep the pain coming – it’ll be music to your ears!
Dance or die!
Create performances for your idols and share them with the PlayStation®4 Share function! You can build each routine, move by move, and even use the PlayStation®4 Camera to project yourself into the performance, as well as the Move controller to add special effects! The better your shows, the more moves you’ll be able to pass onto your idols!
This intriguing hybrid will be available in North America and Europe in Spring 2015, via retail and digital download. If you’re eager to drop evil into a penitent pose with the power of your idols’ valiant vocals, be sure that they warm up their voices prior to combat. Just a little pro tip from a man who once took pride in vocal harmonisation.
I sometimes sing as I tweet on Twitter
I let my sword do the singing on Twitch