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  • Summary: Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you fromEvoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real time boss fights, all with plenty of humor and references to many classic games. Expand
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  1. Apr 4, 2019
    70
    Evoland Legendary Edition packages two great titles but I’m pretty disappointed with the performance. Even when you unlock smooth scrolling in the original, it stutters here and there and feels like it has a lot of input lag. If you have another platform to experience these games on, make sure you do. They are absolutely worth your time.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    70
    Evoland: Legendary Edition plays like a kind of a museum on JRPG, an interactive lesson on this section of the gaming world which allows players of all levels of experience to enjoy. It might not have the most fascinating plot and the execution of some mechanics could certainly be better but Evoland: Legendary Edition is certainly a game to should go into the map of RPG enthusiasts.
  3. Dec 10, 2020
    70
    The price of Evoland Legendary Edition is worth it for the first game alone, which is legendary in its own right. Mileage on the second one may vary depending on a player's tolerance for frustration if they are not so good at platformers. With over eight hours spent completing the first game and six hours attempting the second there, is a lot of fun to be had in this special edition, which is the only way to get both titles on the Nintendo Switch.
  4. 60
    Taken as a whole, Evoland: Legendary Edition should probably be viewed as just including Evoland 2, since that game is, for the most part, totally alright. I’d look at the first game as a nonessential bonus. It’s a solid gag, but that’s about it. The second game also veers into that humorous minefield, but at least it can precariously hang with decent action-RPG elements and amusing writing.
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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    8
    If they ever offer a college course on the history of video games, Evoland: Legendary Edition should be a required read (or play). It's a funIf they ever offer a college course on the history of video games, Evoland: Legendary Edition should be a required read (or play). It's a fun title that takes you back through time and provides an interactive guide through the development of gaming from then till now. While the first game in the series is a fun, albeit short experience, the real enjoyment comes with its sequel. It's just a fun (and hilarious) experience that anyone who just wants to chill will find a lot of enjoyment with. I won't spoil all the surprises and throwbacks featured in these games, but anyone who grew up playing classic games will quickly find themselves grinning from ear to ear. Expand
  2. Jan 9, 2020
    6
    Evoland 2 is a French JRPG with nice graphics, excellent music, an intensely uninteresting story about demons and time travel, and a lot ofEvoland 2 is a French JRPG with nice graphics, excellent music, an intensely uninteresting story about demons and time travel, and a lot of minigames to make it not look like a JRPG. Evoland 1 is really just a proof of concept with a flimsy story wrapped around it, so in a sense playing Evoland 1 takes some of the novelty out of Evoland 2.

    I found there to be way too much walking around talking to everyone to find the action to trigger the next bit of story, but this is a JRPG after all. I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to be doing a lot of the time to advance the story, and there's no way to replay dialogue or get a hint from your crew, so you can just end up wandering around for ages until you get frustrated and check a walkthrough.

    The minigames throughout Evoland 2 are of wildly different styles, and some of them work very well, but some of them really don't, and all of them would benefit from more on-screen prompts to let you know what is going on. There are countless bits that introduce a fun new mechanic out of nowhere, only to take it away just as you're starting to get the hang of it. The game loves to throw a new style at you and immediately test your ability to learn it with no introduction, sometimes forcing you to endure a cutscene over and over as you struggle to figure out what you are supposed to be doing.

    The majority of the minigames in Evoland 2 are only used at their specific point in the story. You can return to some side-scrolling sections, but they play exactly the same after completion - and once you restart one, you have to finish it again to get back to RPG mode. Some of the minigames feel unbalanced or even unfinished, like the Street Fighter and Double Dragon sections, which are best completed by mashing the same special attacks over and over again. I thought it was a shame that some of the better minigames (like the bullet-hell shooters and the XCOM section) weren't available as procedurally-generated games to come back to, to give Evoland 2 some replay value; it seems like a bit of a waste of all the work creating the content for each of these short sections.

    The game can be fun in certain parts, I just wish it had been at most half as long as it was, and only included the good parts. I also wish the writers had chosen a consistent tone and hadn't tried to be funny, because the dialogue is all over the place and the attempts at humour can be very jarring. Maybe it's a JRPG thing, but I found all the characters completely forgettable and annoying, and I was relieved when their interminable story was over.

    Another big mark against this game is its instability. I played this on Nintendo Switch and it crashed to the Home screen a few times due to getting confused about save files. Each time I was able to remedy it with some Google searches, but this really should not be happening on a Switch game.
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  3. Oct 7, 2019
    0
    This port has some issues. Evoland 1 is perfect and a genuinely enjoyable experience, one that I'd want anyone with even passing knowledge ofThis port has some issues. Evoland 1 is perfect and a genuinely enjoyable experience, one that I'd want anyone with even passing knowledge of modern video games and tropes to have. It's close to 4 hours in length and every minute is fantastic. Evoland 2 however, surpasses Evoland 1 in almost every way. The soundtrack is amazing, the storyline reminds me of old school SNES RPGs, and the one off segments that introduce new mechanics are all a blast to play. (My favorites were the top down shooter segment and the street fighter-esque bit.)

    However. The reason this game doesn't get a high rating from me at all, is because this game has an unskippable bug that completely prevents you from finishing the game. Towards the end of the game, there's a side scrolling segment that ends with talking to a specific purple NPC, then the 'zone' crash lands... and the game crashes. This port has been out since February 2019, and as of writing this in October 2019, it hasn't been fixed. If you want to finish this amazing game, do it on literally any other platform.
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