With all the noise that’s being made by blockbuster games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Devil May Cry 4 it’s easy to forget that there are some other interesting games that will be available for your gaming pleasure.
Enter Koei’s Opoona, an Action RPG exclusive to the Nintendo Wii, that features you as the title character who becomes stranded and separated from your family on the Planet Landroll. While trying to find your family you’ll have to defend yourself from enemies called Dark Rogues, get a job (as in work for real), and seek out your siblings.
All this is made to be a bit easier because you’re Opoona, a descendant of a long line of warriors known as Cosmo Guards. Opoona’s movements and powers will be mapped solely to the Nunchuk allowing for a complete “single-hand” control scheme. With this set up you’ll be able to manifest your powers in “Energy Bonbons” as well as control the trajectory of the projectiles in many different ways.
But Opoona isn’t just your everyday RPG revolving around side missions, fetch quests, and fighting countless enemies to level up. No sir! Koei is dubbing this as a “Lifestyle RPG”, meaning you will have to adapt your character to new enviornments, meet new people, and actually contribute to society through working. Couple this with the fact that you’ll have to pay attention to your actions and involvement in the world around you. And the game sounds like it could shape up to have a fair amount of depth to it.
Now take all that in and then top it off with the fact that Opoona is being developed by ArtePiazza, the same team behind four installments of the Dragon Quest series, with music composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto of Final Fantasy XII fame, and you have a game that could be filled with huge amounts of win.
Opoona is scheduled for a March 25th release in the US. Here’s hoping that amidst the tidal wave that is Super Smash Bros. Brawl it appears as more than a dust mite on gamers radar. And be sure to stop by the Opoona gallery to check out the new screenshots that were released today.
[See also: Opoona gallery]