Welcome to our Eastshade review. Eastshade is an exploration game that swaps the might of the sword for the courage of the paintbrush as you go on a journey through the wonderful land of Eastshade.
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Eastshade Studios
- Publisher: Eastshade Studios
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: October 21st, 2019
- Price: £17.99 (U.K) $24.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 (U.K)E10+ (U.S)
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Eastshade sees you taking on the role of a traveling artist who sets off to the island of Eastshade to paint pictures, in particular, some pictures as a tribute to his late mother. This art-focused theme is where Eastshade is different from other games. Violence isn’t a thing in this game, well apart from one time where you get punched, and instead, your focus is on doing tasks for the folks of Eastshade and painting whatever takes your fancy as well as the landmarks you’re looking for in relation to your late mother.
Before you can begin painting you’ll need to learn how to make a canvas and thankfully a small child in the village of Lyndow, the first village you come across, is on hand to show you what materials you need and how to put them together.
The main purpose of this game is exploration and as such, there’s no linear path to follow. Instead, you take on the game at your own pace and complete the story and commissions as and when you see fit as you aim to take everything in and believe me you’ll find yourself easily wanting to explore the beautiful world of Eastshade which aswell as true beauties is also full of wonder and mystery.
Throughout your journey through Eastshade, you’ll meet various characters all of which have their own traits and stuff that make them unique. For example, there’s the kid who thinks he’s a bird whilst his dad is seen as a terrible father and then a sea captain of whom’s ship you were traveling on before it was sunk and washed ashore and now shes technically depressed about it. These are just a few examples but you will come across many colorful characters as you journey onward.
The main purpose of Eastshade is of course painting. Unfortunately, it’s not as hands-on as I’d have liked and the painting itself is all done by the computer with no input other than finding a thing to paint and setting up your canvas. Using the analogs to be a bit more involved with the painting side of things would have made it a lot better and more hands-on than the approach the developers instead opted for. With that said I am happy that you can at least paint whatever you want at whatever angle pleases you and aren’t forced to just paint certain pre-set scenes.
Within a few hours of playing the game, you’ll have no doubt come across the paint supply shop where you can not only buy painting supplies but also take on commissions for things customers want painting. Each commission you successfully complete and return will earn you money which can be used to buy useful things such as a coat that will allow you to stay out at night as Eastshade is known for being very cold at night.
Beauty is truly present within the world of Eastshade with the level of graphical detail being quite strong from the people to the simple blades of grass swaying in the wind. The differences between the small village of Lyndow with its small huts and the large city of Nava with its bigger buildings and market stalls are clear to see but it’s also clear to see that love has been put into both equally.
Eastshade’s biggest problem is its stability at release and it disappoints me to have to say the publishers were too quick on releasing the game despite it suffering from a bug that saw PS4 save files corrupted and I personally experienced this first hand after putting quite a few hours into the game. I was pre-warned about this and was expecting it, but if you’re a consumer who bought this game, you most likely weren’t expecting it and that’s what the problem here is. Thankfully a patch has now been released that addresses this issue, but again this is the sort of issue that should have prevented an on-time release in the first place.
In conclusion, Eastshade is a fantastic game that shows how to make a game that’s different from the usual types we see. The premise is fantastic with the right combination of painting and exploring. It’s a real shame that it was slightly ruined by its shaky and unstable start that has seen me and loads of other players experience the save corruption bug.
That concludes our Eastshade review. To purchase the game on PS4 check out the links below.