Evoland Legendary Edition – XBOX One Review
Evoland: Legendary Edition contains Evoland 1 and 2 which I had previously had no exposure to, off into uncharted territory I trotted starting with Evoland 1.
The first game in the series shocked me when I first fired it up and saw the equivalent of Gameboy black and white graphics on my screen, the novelty of the game is that as you work through the adventure opening chests it adds development and features to the game.
These take the form of improving the graphics, the sound and adding gameplay improvements so gradually you work your way up to a 3D style adventure with HD graphics.
This is novel to begin with which is obviously what the developers were aiming for but it rapidly becomes tiresome, furthermore the story is almost a parody of the various different adventures we have had with the likes of Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.
If you run with the default names for the characters you can end up with ‘Clink’ and ‘Kaeris’ very early on with obvious nods to the aforementioned games.
The parody element to the storyline also grows thin very quickly and that’s where the issues start to arise for me, the story basically gets you walking back and too across the same screens with quite a bland story and then throws random turn based fights into the mix when you are travelling across the main map.
The big issue with the fights is that they are also not done very well either and feeling very basic in comparison to the fights in Final Fantasy that they are paying homage to (or parodying).
Evoland 2 gives us more of the same but you can tell they have tried to counteract any bad feedback on the first game by shifting in a slightly different direction, there is a lot more story and content in the second game with there being an increase from 3-5 hours for the first game up to around 20 hours for the second.
The same evolutionary concept is in play with the shift through from 8bit graphics and sound up to more a more modern presentation of the game in various different areas as you explore, the storyline is definitely stronger but for me the same flaws are still in play.
By trying to be novel and include elements of all of the major games over the years the series becomes a bit of a random mish mash of so many parts of various games that Evoland loses its own identity.
Overall I would take the second game on face value as there is some enjoyment to be had there and the story is far better than the original, if you look at it that the first game is just a bit of a bonus then its not as bad, the best part of Evoland 2 is the top down adventuring sections, the biggest let down is when it keeps switching to the other game types such as turn based random battles.
Some of the tongue in cheek videogame gags are fun and brighten the darker parts of the game, there is fun to be had here but there are just much better options out there to spend your time on.
Many thanks to Shiro Games for the review code.