Friday, July 7, 2017

Diving Into the Ever Oasis Demo for Nintendo 3DS & The Flash Season 4 Begins Filming

The Nintendo 3DS seems to be gaining more awesome titles to it’s already powerhouse library of games this Christmas Holiday season and Nintendo can’t stress enough how the 3DS will be continuing into the near future. With that said one of the awesome games that just released is a game by the name of Ever Oasis, developed by Grezzo who you probably recognize as the team responsible for recreating The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask for the 3DS as well as a few other Zelda games. What you probably are not aware of is the man behind Grezzo has a history in some of the greatest games to ever exist, greatest RPGs anyway. Grezzo is actually a development studio formed by Koichi Ishii (Sometimes credited as Kouichi Ishii.), recognize him?

Ishii is responsible for bringing to life the wonderful Mana RPG series starting with the 1993 release of Secret of Mana for the SNES and every Mana game that followed up until the 2007 Heroes of Mana. Actually technically the first in the Mana series was Seiken Densetsu for the Gameboy but as that was brought over here and is more well known as Final Fantasy Adventure I’m not exactly sure if that counts as part of the Mana series or not. Koichi Ishii even had roles as early the original Final Fantasy in 1987 where he was a planning director and was responsible for the battle graphics. Koichi also created the ever adorable Chocobo and Moogle characters we all love so much. Yeah this man has been around for a while but sadly he’s not had any big projects in quite a few years with his Grezzo development team limited to just remakes.

That all changed with the development of Ever Oasis where Koichi returns as director after all these years. I actually wish I hyped this game up sooner but I wasn’t all too aware of it until I got to play the demo released for it. Ever Oasis released June 23rd last month (I’m late again, huh?) and today I’m doing something new on the blog, I’m going to be playing through a demo of Ever Oasis and discussing said demo. (As I don’t own the game yet so I can only review the demo.)  This would probably be a better idea for a video but as I’m still trying to figure out how to record games properly with a camera I think it’ll work just as good as a written blog.

Jumping into the demo we get to see an introduction to the storyline featured throughout Ever Oasis. The world Ever Oasis is set in is known as Vistrahda and it’s been ravaged by the entity known as Chaos. (Not the same Chaos as Final Fantasy.) Gentle creatures that roamed the earth turned twisted and evil with all greenery vanishing. A certain special Seedling (The inhabitants of this planet other then the creatures) with the power to restore life teams up with the water spirit Esna. Together these two create a safe haven for other Seedlings and Creatures of good, the Oasis. Small at first the special seedling, which is who we play as (In the final game you can customize your Player character to be female or male as well as some other customizable options.), must embark on quests to bring in new residents and increase the power of the Oasis, bringing order back to chaos.

Ever Oasis is an action-adventure RPG, it’s not turn based like I first imagined it’s actually similar to Phantasy Star Universe/Online which immediately got me interested. This game also incorporates town building elements similar to Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, allowing you to build and customize your Oasis as you do more quests to help out fellow Seedlings.

The first Seedling introduced in this demo is known as Evia, after traveling the dangerous deserts she requests that you, the player, bring her 5 cactus pulps in order to make drinks to cure her thirst. Joining you on this quest is a creature named Miura, a Drauk with her spear. You actually get to have three party members total including yourself when taking on these quests. This is where we get to the whole this game being similar to Phantasy Star Universe/Monster Hunter part. Ever Oasis incorporates a hack-and-slash like combat but with added RPG elements such as switching weapons out and two to three different attacks per character coupled with the ability to lock on enemies makes the gameplay really enjoyable and just as good as it’s Action-RPG brethren. I found the controls themselves to be very smooth, responsive and a blast to use with the New Nintendo 3DS adding much appreciated camera controls. When out on quests you don’t have to control just your main character using the D-Pad you can switch to other members in your party to switch up your combat. Each character has their own unique stats, weapons and abilities such as Miura who uses a spear and can excavate certain spots to dig for treasure. Oh yes another element in this game is that fact certain enemies are weak to some weapons while being strong against other weapons so switching between party members when on your quests is a must in certain situations.

After completing the first quest and returning to the Oasis all the exp you gathered on your trip will be added to your party members and level them up. Upon returning in this demo Evia soon realized she forgot the cloths for squeezing out cactus pulp so my growing party was out questing once again, this time joined by Roto who uses throwing Bolas as weapons. Oh yeah aside from combat mechanics I also mentioned that Miura can excavate parts to dig for treasure but it seems every character has their own ability to be used outside of combat for unlocking new parts In caves and solving puzzles. The main character has a wind gust ability allowing for dirt spots to be blown to uncover things and Roto who joins you can get into tight spaces and even turn into a round ball to go through the round tunnels present in places like the Pottery Cave.

I’ve talked about gameplay mechanics but the town building aspect has a lot to it as well, you’re able to build new stores, upgrade them and as you complete more quests you will earn more residents to take up stores. Completing quests also increases the level of the Oasis, allowing for more space. Ever Oasis has a lot to it and I highly recommend you check out the demo as well as the full version if you love it! The demo and full game are up for download on the Nintendo eShop so be sure to go check it out. Ever Oasis looks to be an awesome town building, action-rpg journey and is definitely on my list of must get games in the future.

I’ve also been trying out some other demos too such as Kirby: Planet Robobot which I know came out last year but I never got to check it out much until recently. It’s a really awesome game that takes classic Kirby gameplay, powerups and adds these mechsuit mechanics which add a nice change to the traditional Kirby gameplay while not taking away from said classic gameplay. They seem to have balanced the two mechanics out nicely and I absolutely love how the mech suit can absorb abilities like normal Kirby can. The demo has two levels, one a traditional Kirby level and one including the Robot mechanics and you can download that on the eShop as well.

Other then that I’ve not been playing Video Games a whole lot recently I’ve been busy and terrible at organizing time but I’ve been finding time to sink myself back into some gameplay and as I mentioned Wednesday I’ve actually started playing Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64 again recently on my Wii U. I’ve never gotten far on this game I usually end up giving up for some reason but I’m persisting this time around. Paper Mario is a great game and I don’t know why I’ve never completed it. (Okay I’ve not owned it that long the Wii U virtual console was my first time actually owning the game.)

I always find time for Pokemon however and I’ve been itching to playthrough some of the older games again. I’ve decided to replay Pokemon Sapphire, as all my old Pokemon from my original playthrough were transferred a few years ago anyway, so why not? I’ve only gotten to Petalburg Forest for now but I can’t stress enough how much I love Pokemon Sapphire and Generation 3 as a whole. I know I’ve neglected to keep my Life as a Pokemon Trainer series going here on the blog but don’t worry, they’re still coming. I’ve decided to spread things out so the final blog in the series releases on Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’s release day… This means you’re getting Generation 2 and 3 this month because I didn’t write Gen 2’s blog last month like I was supposed to but hey life and other blogs got in the way, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Leaving the Video Game topic for now I’ve got a few bits of TV show related news to let you all know. A few days ago The Flash as well as the other Arrowverse shows have returned to production for their new seasons. This is super exciting news especially when the first episode’s title has been revealed. “The Flash Reborn” will be the name of the first episode of Season 4, which is interesting to say the least.


As you know, if you watched The Flash Season 3 and didn’t bypass my spoiler warning without actually watching the season that Barry sacrificed himself to the Speedforce in order to fix his mistakes by making Flashpoint at the end of Season 2. This is similar to a certain Crisis on Infinity Earths storyline (Which I’m actually reading right now! So stay tuned for a big juicy blog on that.) where Barry sacrificed himself in order to save the world from the Anti-Monitor.  The title of the first episode of season 4 is similar to a certain Geoff Jones Flash story run named “The Flash: Rebirth” where Barry Allen returns to the world after years of being trapped in the speedforce. Of course this may just be a coincidence and could just be Wally West being reborn as the new Flash with Barry still trapped in the speedforce but the official synopsis for this season tells a different story.

“Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.”

So it sounds like Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen will be returning at some point but it may take Team Flash an entire season to do so. Let’s also not forget the supposed main villain of next season, Cifford DeVoe aka The Thinker who was a villain of Jay Garrick dating back to 1943. The Thinker has a “Thinking Cap” which increases his Psionic Abilities but knowing The Flash writer’s they’ll probably add some more cool abilities to that list. Does this mean we’ll be seeing more of John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick in Season 4? After last season I really hope so, John makes a pretty awesome Jay Garrick Flash. Anyway of DeVoe is the main villain this means it’ll be the first season without a speedster of the main villain, though this doesn’t rule out a speedster villain for season 5, possible build up or even the return of Eobard Thawne. (Trust me Eobard tends to find his way back to reality one way or another.)

The Flash Season 4 is supposed to be airing Tuesday October 10th at 8 PM Eastern but I’ll be bringing more updates on the show as they’re released.

Also Spider-Man Homecoming releases in theaters today! Get ready for some web-slinging action this time where it belongs, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Iron Man playing a role in the movie as well as Michael Keaton playing The Vulture I’m really excited to swing into this movie.

That’s a wrap for today everyone! Hope you enjoy your weekend, whether you’re going to see Spider-Man or not.

This was ZAK Entertainment, see you next Monday!

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