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PostSubject: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Wed 15 Jun 2016 - 19:08



From the guy behind Moogle designs (that's all I got while I was trying to think of puns for the title), a game in which you cultivate (they love that word) your desert town, with shops, treehouses, and penguin-things; then go forth to smash s**t up and look adorable while doing it.

It looks N64 as all heck (maybe early GC), but it's a cute-looking JRPG with shades of Fantasy Life, Animal Crossing, and maybe even Monster Hunter.  I'll probably be getting it, because it's a JRPG and I love that stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Wed 15 Jun 2016 - 19:19

Certainly looks cute and interesting, but not sending me into a supernova.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Wed 15 Jun 2016 - 19:20

It's a good reward for Grezzo, who've done lots of sterling work on Zelda to be able to strike out on their own (as it were). I look forward to seeing how it progresses.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Wed 15 Jun 2016 - 19:28

"Winner of the One Billionth JRPG on 3DS Award".

Initial impressions:

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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Thu 16 Jun 2016 - 8:09

Now I've had a proper look at the gameplay trailer - hereabouts - I'm much more up for it than before. It looks like Crystal Chronicles had a baby with Zelda, which means it's a massively exciting thing if you're me. Roll on 2017! Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Thu 16 Jun 2016 - 22:29

This was a pleasant surprise! There was a lot more Zeldaesque puzzling than I expected when I first read about this. One to watch, I feel.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Thu 16 Jun 2016 - 22:54

I'm quite curious myself. Mind you, I've also seen (and assumed) some comparisons with Fantasy Life. I hope not, as, although that was clearly an ace game, I found myself wandering around doing who-knows-what-and-for-what-reason. But this looks like there's a bit more thought in individual pieces. Quietly optimistic. Except the quiet part.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 8:03

A demo version of this dropped onto the eShop yesterday and I'm fresh from beating it. My early Crystal Chronicles/Zelda impressions now have to have Monster Hunter, Lost Vikings and Sim City added to them: you head out to scavenge with a small party whose differing skills combine to help you progress in dungeons so you can bring back loot to keep your residents happy. The only sour-ish note I found was that the overworld seemed a bit empty (it is a desert, mind). In short, enthusiasm undimmed. Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 11:22

If this had released a coupleof years ago I'd have been all over it. As is, I don't want to tie myself to playing a big ol' RPG on my 3DS just now.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 11:32

Drunkalilly wrote:
If this had released a coupleof years ago I'd have been all over it. As is, I don't want to tie myself to playing a big ol' RPG on my 3DS just now.

Agree with Drunka and if I'm not buying Echoes on 3DS certainly not buying this
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 12:15

Looks like I'll be lonely in the desert... Aww!
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 23:05

I'll check out the demo - I had a good ol' time with Echoes and I wouldn't mind something new to play on 3DS.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 8:49

I'm not only up for this, I'm more up for it than I am ARMS. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Tue 20 Jun 2017 - 2:03

I'm getting this for sure. I had decided that about 3 minutes into the demo that it's a keeper (so much so I'll probably download it)
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Wed 21 Jun 2017 - 22:40

Pleased to see I won't be lonely in the oasis ever. Cool I sort of pre-ordered it yesterday - the fellow at GAME said it was a bit too close to release to truly guarantee getting the game. If it doesn't arrive, there'll at least be more time to pile through DQVII.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 23 Jun 2017 - 22:01

Got it (last copy in the local GAME), tried it, played the tutorial, switched it off soon after getting blasted out of dodge.  It looks cute enough but already feels clunky.  We shall see.

(ARMS, incidentally, was Ł50, and I wasn't going to buy a game I felt so apprehensive about for that price.)
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 23 Jun 2017 - 22:34

Got the one and only copy at my local GAME, but am determined to beat DQVII first. Its time is next. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Sat 24 Jun 2017 - 15:58

This has me properly intrigued after reading that its combat was almost MonHanesque. Colour me interested!
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Tue 27 Jun 2017 - 19:21

It's really colourful, is my first impression. Also: adorable. Apart from the lack of any text sound effect at all, which is kind of creepy. But mostly adorable. Look at that water spirit! And that fat bird thing! They're all so happy!
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Tue 27 Jun 2017 - 21:32

Have you switched your 3DS on?! Shocked / Tingle
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Tue 27 Jun 2017 - 21:37

I even brought it to where I live in the week while leaving the Switch behind! Afraid

Did a dungeon. It's still cute and fun, although I can already see some potential annoyances. But on we go!
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 30 Jun 2017 - 20:39

DoPo: I'm into this.  I see this as being the next game I enthuse about while everybody else looks on in bewilderment, joining Bravely Second and Meteos.  High praise.  It's just so sweet, so colourful.  

It's the antithesis of BBoP gaming, where the stereotype (rightly or wrongly) is sweaty white men with guns.  Your hero is a kid who can be male or female and any colour you choose, and is by default brown, which makes sense because they (a) live in the desert and and (b) are a seed.  They have a sword.  They don't sweat.  They sort of level up, but that's by-the-by.  More important is levelling up the oasis, and charging across the desert.  

It's easy.  And I can see parts of the basic gameplay loop potentially getting dull.  But I'm growing armour out of a tree, so who cares?

Oh, and the night-time music in the oasis is one of the loveliest things ever.  It's really deserty, but at the same time beautiful.  A microcosm of the game, then.
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 30 Jun 2017 - 23:32

I will join you in the desert as soon as I wallop DQVII. Given that my exam marking has just landed, this may take some time. Aww!
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Thu 6 Jul 2017 - 21:07

Well I've taken down the first boss! It was the one shown in Treehouse a year ago, and it wasn't terribly hard, but I enjoyed myself. Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Ever Oasis (Don't Look Back In Sand-Ger)   Fri 21 Jul 2017 - 7:30

I've taken my first tentative steps in the game and I have two thoughts so far.

1) The game is so pleased when you achieve something! Dance I haven't been praised this much for a very long time.

2) Perhaps linked to the above, everything is so charming. The last game that was this charming from the off was Little King's Story; hopefully EO won't be as tough. Wink
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