I know why you’re here. You’re here because you saw the title of this piece and are in the same exact boat as I am. Well, if you’re here, then you’ve most likely finished the game or are far enough to where minor spoilers won’t send you into a rage-induced social media rant. When Omori released last September I started a hyperfixation. This was based on nothing more than my inner childhood yearning for the nostalgia of Earthbound without downloading an emulator to my computer.
I didn’t learn about Omori until the late stages of it’s almost decade-long development. In fact, when I did learn about Omori’s existence, the game was only months away from release and had a release date. Fortunately, I didn’t have to contain my hype very long. I understand there were those who waited since the inception of the Kickstarter. Others completely repressed its existence as they felt it was a dead project.
While my emotional investment before Omori was released didn’t have enough time to simmer, I immediately fell in love with the game. I understood going into Omori that it wasn’t going to be a colorfully quirky adventure filled with equally colorful characters in a world devoid of conflict. I knew the themes of Omori would trigger my anxiety at some point. Thankfully, the developers of the game were very open about the game’s darker themes.
I knew going into Omori that there would be death, haunting images, and even suicide. It’s like touching a hot stove knowing you’re going to get burned. I knew exactly what I was going into. I thought the cutesy images of Omori and friends walking around princess castles and exploring space moons would balance everything out but Omori does a good job of keeping that tension stretched to its absolute max.
But there’s something about wanting to remain in a constant source of tension that makes it much better than the after effects of when the tension snaps. Yes, I’m alluding to the fact that I haven’t finished Omori. I know I’m close to the end. I know another 30 minutes of gameplay will finish the current ending I’m working towards, but I don’t want to finish it. I know I’m not alone in this. It might not be Omori per se, but I know of other gamers who don’t want to finish a playthrough only because they don’t want to finish the game. Even if I know what’s going to happen on my current route (curse Wikias) I still know I’m not ready to say I’ve finished Omori.
However, I know I will need to do so eventually. Still, from what I’ve experienced so far with Omori, I still haven’t recovered emotionally from it. And I know, once I actually finish Omori, that I will struggle to recover from it even more. Maybe I just don’t want it to end. I’ve waited so long for a game like this. I know others exist, but this is the first one that’s really captivated me. I know I can finish this playthrough and go down a completely different route that changes the endings of the game significantly, but all of this hinges on me taking the step to finish the last half hour of the game.
Omori is a game that I will remember forever. A game that elicits this much emotional response is a great one in my book.