Eastshade

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Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Released: August 2019. Added to this library 6 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Overview

Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as a travelling artist capturing the grand flora and fauna on canvas as you go. It’s another game that places you with purpose and responsibility in the world so that you feel part of it.

Your mission is to paint your deceased mother’s favourite sights, but it's the world and its inhabitants itself that takes centre stage. Along the way you encounter anthropomorphic animals who tell you about their lives of love, loss and toil.

Eastshade is like the Bob Ross of adventure games. Instead of combat or collection, there is painting. It's slow, easy and relaxing. There is a trail of small stories to follow. There are daily newspapers to read that flesh out the back story. It's the sort of game you play to spend time in another world.

 
This game is good if you want to harm no living thing, inhabit another world or play your first video game.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 7 for depictions of implied violence to humans. Not suitable for persons under 7 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This game contains infrequent depictions of implied violence to humans where the actual violence is not shown. The most pertinent example of this can be found if the player antagonizes an NPC causing them to punch you. When this happens the screen quickly cuts to black as a punching sound can be heard. The camera then fades back with the player in another location. A similar event can happen if the player stays outside at night without the correct equipment. If they step outside without provisions the edges of the screen will begin to frost up and the characters breath can be seen. If you don’t make it inside in time, the screen will fade to black and you will wake up in your bed unharmed.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

Accessibility

System settings: Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more.


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