Spend Your Summer by the Oasis

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Edina of the Drauk Warriors

After an IMMENSELY stressful week, I was rewarded with the release of Ever Oasis. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks hiding among its various tribes and dungeons, but now I’m ready to come up for air and tell you about it. You play a Seedling responsible for building and maintaining a thriving oasis village while vanquishing the Chaos that threatens all desert life. The game feels a lot like Fantasy Life in terms of questing, story and battling, but with more elements of town and relationship management like Animal Crossing.

Travelers, merchants and noots will wander into your oasis each morning or you can attract them by building requested bloom booths. Your goal is to fulfill travelers’ requests so they become residents. When Seedlings become residents, they can build a bloom booth, which you’ll need to place and keep stocked with materials. Bloom booths provide you with income do you can upgrade your gear and host festivals.

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Shakuro should give himself more credit

As more residents move in, your oasis levels up and expands. Just when things are about to get tedious, you’ll unlock features allowing you to delegate certain tasks so you’re not always running between bloom booths to individually restock or traversing the desert to grind for materials.

It’s not a challenging game, but there’s an addictive draw to expanding your oasis and finding new characters out in the desert. Growing your community and unlocking new areas to explore offers a rewarding experience and the quirky dialogues make the game that much more endearing.

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Err… I think so, Reuben…

If you’re looking for a super casual, yet charming escape to hold you over between major releases, Ever Oasis delivers. I recommend picking it up as the video game equivalent of a beach read.

 

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5 Reasons I’m Excited for Final Fantasy Explorers

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Job System– So many options! Dark Knight, Beast Master, Samurai… Look at all the Mages! I’ll master them all. Which will you choose?

Multiplayer! I’ve been devoted to the 3DS since launch ( I’ve transferred my little Ambassador Certificate to every new generation of the system because sentimental nerd). The biggest issue I’ve had with the system has always been the lack of multiplayer games in the library. It’s a portable system! It was made for travel, meet ups and kicking real human ass while watching defeat darken the eyes of my opponents.

Old Friends– Costumes let me play as my angsty teen crushes, Cloud and Squall. Terra! Plus Yuna. Tifa and Aerith. No Rikku, but maybe someday? Lightning, who I’m not entirely familiar with since I got bored about an hour into FFXIII, but it’s pretty exciting to see so many of my favorite female characters in one place. Choosing a costume might be harder than sticking with a job class…

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New Summons (0r Aeons or Eidolons or Guardian Forces)- Good to see all the classics here. Then there’s Amaterasu and Dryad. The latter seems to be the Aeon version of a Marlboro, inflicting a barrage of status ailments, while the former possesses 7 floating flaming swords and reminds me of the 7 of swords which ironically represents wit and diplomacy over force.

Training monsters– You can round out your party with monsters. Has this ever happened in a Final Fantasy before? I can’t wait to see what kinds of ridiculous and incredible teams we can build!

Are you getting Final Fantasy Explorers? What are you looking forward to?

 

Games IRL

During some mindful meandering over the weekend, I stumbled upon The Evolution Store window in Soho. Two-headed taxidermied creatures, fossilized beast bits, glittering geodes and strange sea life jarred in formaldehyde pulled me away from the decadent Yuletide displays. After all, nothing screams “Christmas” to a carney more than a shop full of curiosities.

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How many can you identify?

Upon facing this wall of framed insects behind the counter I immediately felt like I was standing in the Trivoli Museum of Arts, Science and History (TMASH) marveling over my complete collection of creepy crawlies.

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