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Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder

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Evoland 2 graphics style is changing as you travel through time and its gameplay evolves as you move along the storyline. It is also a real RPG at heart, with a deep scenario based on time travel: explore different eras and change the history of the world. But are you sure that the consequences will not make things worse? Full of humor and references to classic games, the aptly named Evoland 2, A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder brings a truly epic and extraordinary adventure, unlike anything you’ve ever played before!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

My Playtime: 21:12:31 (100% achievement, finished the game)
Grindy Achievement(s): No.
Optional Achievement(s): Yes (~19 achievements).
Difficult Achievement(s): No.
Intro
Evoland 2 is a game of many genres and visuals. Its core gameplay is similar to Zelda games with various visuals ranging from 2D to 3D. The game is mostly focused on time travel, with some areas offering different genres to play.
Pros:
- 3 difficulties
- A lot of collectibles to spend time with
- The use of different genre in some areas help to break the repetitiveness
Cons:
- Unable to replay some areas
- It can be hard to understand how to execute some moves in a certain genre
Specs
Intel Core i5-9300H 2.40GHz, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Should you buy this game?
Yes.
If you like the visuals and don't mind the genres that are offered in the game, buy this game.
Note that the game has the same price with Evoland Legendary Edition (my review), which wraps both Evoland (my review) and Evoland 2 in a single package. There are no graphic options and an online connection is needed to unlock all achievements in that game though.
In-Depth Review
Visuals
The game uses different visuals based on the time you are in. You'll have 16-bit sprites for the past, 32-bit sprites for the present, cute-ish 3D models for the future, and Gameboy-like sprites for a certain era. Almost all areas in the first three timelines will be recreated in a different style, albeit with minor tweaks to note on what is happening in the future. I found it to be a clever way to show the different timelines, especially for games that mostly use 2D, pixelated sprites - you'll be able to notice which timeline you are in right away.
Story
The story is unpredictable. More and more mysteries will keep on popping out one after another to keep you engaged. Some questions will also be answered by then, giving some ideas on what's happening. However, you need to piece the lore by yourself - subtle clues will be left in some places to help you construct that theory. Those who are not interested in doing it won't have to worry though since the main story can be enjoyed just fine without it, provided that you don't mind having some questions about it.
You don't need to play the first game to enjoy the story. This game starts in a different universe than the first game, with brand-new characters and story.
The Game
Gameplay
As I said before, the game consists of many genres, including but not limited to: action-adventure, turn-based RPG, turn-based strategy, bullet hell, rhythm, platformer, puzzle, stealth, beat'em up, fighting, runner, match three, and arcade. The first one will be the default with the most boss fights, with others being able to be played in certain areas. Most areas can still be explorable after you finished it, although some genres won't be replayable by then.
Unlike Evoland (my review), your character shares a single pool of HP and EXP between genres. You don't have to worry about starting from scratch in new areas because of this, although some exception still exists. Genres that are not affected by levels such as fighting and rhythm will have the same difficulty no matter how high your level is, although you can change the difficulty to compensate for it. Still, it's easy to level up and you won't even need to grind as long as you kill most enemies that are in sight and pick up their EXP drops.
You will be able to explore any area in any order that you want at some point. It can be tricky to figure out how to progress sometimes, especially since you need to do fetch quests for some people. The game doesn't track your quest list, and it can be hard to remember if you don't play the game in one go. Still, it was fun clearing these optional tasks and finding the hidden secrets.
Length and Difficulty
The in-game clock says that I finished the game at 21:12:31. Note that this is my third playthrough of this game, so my playtime might be faster since I still remembered how to get some secrets. There are a lot of secrets that you need to find to get 100%, and although it can be tricky to find them, there is an item that can help you detect these later on.
The game has 3 difficulty settings that can be changed at any time. I played in "Good Old Arcade", which I assumed to be the normal difficulty. I found the difficulty to be alright. It can be challenging in some areas, especially in the platformer sections since the enemies hit hard, but you won't have to worry about getting hit as long as you are careful. Moreover, checkpoints are abundant and you can always lower the difficulty if you have trouble with anything.
It can be hard to finish some genres due to the controls though. I had difficulties in executing some moves in the beat'em up and fighting sections at first. I ended up having to rely on one skill and spam them over and over, sometimes relying on luck so the enemy won't counter my action too much. Sadly, there is no way to skip these sections if you are having trouble with it.
Problems
The game had an FPS drop when I was playing the bullet-hell section. I also had to turn the graphics to low since the 3D effects are slowing down the game.
Conclusion
Despite playing it several times already, Evoland 2 never gets old to me. It's always interesting to learn more about the time-traveling lore, play the different genres, and travel to different timelines just to see the visuals. The visual change between different timelines really gets me, and it's easy to recognize which timeline you are in because of that. The game might have a lot of genres at its disposal, but most of them never overstay their welcome. I could recommend it to anyone who likes the visuals, especially those that like time travel stories and don't mind trying out various genres.

Review from Steam

Funny I played this right after Space Rangers... This is mostly an action-RPG (2D Zelda style). But liking this game depends a lot on your ability in many other genres, because there is a bit of almost every genre under the sun (Turn-Based Strategy, Shmup's, Side Scrollers, Fighting Game, Puzzles, a Runner section, a Collectible Card Game, Match-3... there is a short section where you play Pong!). I thought all the genres were well thought out, and they were fairly integrated with the main story.
And the story is quite good! It deals with time travel in interesting ways (though it does not spell out everything, a little piecing-together is required). Moreover, each time period you visit comes with a different graphic style, so you get from green screens a la Game Boy, up to 3D environments (well, from the 2000s, nothing too fancy).
The game is also full of references to other games and some TV series (including a famous recent one). Spotting the Easter Eggs was kind of fun!
Anyway, I enjoyed this so much I ended up 100% it. Maybe I would enjoy it more if I did not suck so much at some of the presented genres (I suck at fighting games), but I still give this...
Score: 86/100.

Review from Steam

I can tell that this game is made by the people who truly love video games. It's full of Easter eggs and details that would make any veteran gamers happy. There's a lot "games" inside the game to play with, and I enjoy them all. This game really gave me a good time.

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