Omikron: The Nomad Soul is Now Free in Remembrance of David Bowie


David Bowie, the objectively greatest musician of all time, passed away just this weekend at age 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer. While his music has undoubtedly pleased every single person on Earth and indeed, in space, the amount of games he’s been in can be counted on one hand. There were some Labyrinth tie-in games, but the only game that really made full use of the star was 1999’s Omikron: The Nomad Soul. It’s a strange little game, made by Quantic Dream when they were (I feel) at their most ambitious, and as a result, it’s likely aged pretty poorly. Regardless, in honor of Bowie, the game has temporarily been made free on Square Enix’s online store. You can grab it here if you’re in the US, or here if you’re in Europe and therefore closer to Ziggy on a spiritual level. You also get a much nicer looking storefront. To grab the game for free, use the code “omikron” at checkout.

It’s been years since I played this, but I remember really loving the atmosphere of it all. Admittedly, I’m a little scared to go back and try it again lest I end up disliking it, but Bowie put in a really great performance here (though, to be fair, he’s incapable of doing anything badly) and contributed some original music to the game. I have no real fondness for the game’s director, famed emotions man David Cage, but he’ll always at least get this little bit of kudos for bringing the world a really neat Bowie character.

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