Kromaia Omega - PlayStation 4 Review
• Platform: PS4, PC
• Players – 1-2 (Local Co-op)
• Achievements – Yes, trophies/achievements
• Retail Price - $29.99
High Level Premise – Fight countless enemies and Giant bosses deep into space
Graphics/Style – 3 Dimensional shoot’em up among a polygonal world
Music/Soundtrack – Minimal background music throughout the game that barely makes a presence
Story – Minimal story, you are on a spiritual trip making your way through four different areas of space, finding collectibles along the way
Replay-ability – Moderately Low, the achievement system requires a second play through on “Pure Mode”
Time Commitment – 5-8 hours for campaign completion
Value – Moderate – There isn’t much to do after completing the game, although at the time of this review, very few have been able to achieve the platinum trophy.
Favorite Element – The boss fights are a blast to master!
Sean says: Kromaia is a 360 degree 3-dimensional shoot’em up in open space. While it sounds simple enough, the game has a surprisingly steep learning curve that is bound to turn some away from the start. While investing a few hours into Kromaia, the player will eventually figure out what it is they have to do, and with even further practice, they will potentially become good at playing it.
The controls take a while to get used to, leading to several occasions where the controller must be held in an awkward position in order to fulfill the button combination necessary. Fast paced 360 degree flight can be challenging to master on a console, and just overall seems like a better fit for VR. The amount of action going on adds to the confusion, making it difficult to understand what is going on at times.
Not all is hard and confusing though, as Kromaia has some of the most engrossing boss battles among its genre. Fighting the giant bosses requires a bit of trial and error, making it rewarding when the player finally discovers how to defeat them.
Kromaia isn’t a game for everybody. If you enjoy 3-dimentional shoot’em ups, or just simply enjoy shooting things, there is a lot to love here. The game even contains a local co-op mode which allows one player to pilot your ship, while the other tends to the combat. However, the price of admission is steep for a short campaign that only has a moderate amount of content to offer.
Gareth says: From the start screen, I was already a bit turned off. It took a second for me to realize that yes, there actually was English on there. The cryptic menu seemed unnecessary.
The first level went by quick, however I had no idea what I was doing, what the purpose of the game was, and just lost in general. The start of the second stage left me even more confused as to what I was supposed to be doing.
I tried twice with this game, and I simply could not get into it. The controls left me feeling like I was watching my wife try to play the game. The cryptic messages which I understand to be part of what makes it interesting, left me frustrated as I bounced off walls trying to steer my ship to find some object, only to find out it means nothing and does not help me to progress.
While others have had great praise for Kromaia, I find myself on the other side of the fence with this one.