Legend of Oasis
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Legend of Oasis is the follow-up to Beyond Oasis (released on the Genesis), and fans of the original won't be disappointed. Everything that made the first game so memorable has here been improved, like the cartoony graphics, the large interactive objects (chairs, barrels, and so on), and all the special attacks.
The story remains a bit sparse during play, but hopefully there will be more drama or plot added to the mix.The puzzles are a blend of pulling switches and triggering buttons to open new areas, receive items, or activate other switches.This may sound rudimentary, but it's far from simple. Not only have the puzzles gotten harder, but so has the rest of the game! Enemies are tougher, with some actual intelligence, and the environment around our hero has become especially menacing.
All kinds of new attacks have been added, as well as new characters that you use to summon magic. Legend of Oasis is looking like a major contender; look out for it in August.
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I'm sure many fans of the original Beyond Oasis have been keeping track of this update and have wondered if it's as good as the first one.The only complaint I had about Beyond Oasis was its length--about 10 or 15 hours. Let me tell you right off the bat that Legend of Oasis is much, much longer and is at times more frustrating than the first.This, of course, is a good thing.
The story revolves around Leon (who looks just like the hero from the original, but isn't), who lives in Aquaria, a small village in Oasis. Oasis is enjoying a time of peace, but that won't last for long. Ordan, who is Leon's father, has discovered the Golden Armlet, which is only one of two mystical pieces.The matching piece is the Silver Armlet, and together they represent knowledge and will. The armlets were originally worn by Reharl (gold) and Agito (silver), who for many years fought an epic battle for control over Aquarius. Reharl eventually won and now, after all this time, the Gold Armlet has been rediscovered.This means that the Silver Armlet is also in someone's possession, and you can bet that the new owner is some creepy, evil guy.
Gathering elementals was a part of the original, and returns in Legend. There are now six elementals, plus two newcomers join-ing the action. In addition to Dytto (water), Efreet (fire), Bawu (earth) and Shade (darkness), there are Brass (sound) and Airl (air), all ready to serve the Spirit King.
The coolest thing about Legend of Oasis is that it's exactly like Beyond Oasis-- except better.The control is tight, the graphics look spruced,the sound's clearer, and the adventure's longer. There are more special attacks, weapons, and items. It would have been nice to have even more weapons and items, but everything you get serves a purpose, and besides, it might get kind of hectic managing everything and trying a bunch of new items on things.
If you're new to the land of Oasis, you'll find yourself in the middle of a meaty game of action and adventure. Like Zelda, this game can appeal to many different players and should reap big sales, thus perhaps prompting a bigger RPG push from Sega. Prepare yourself for the Legend of Oasis.