|The First Summoning|
|Developer(s)||Dark Heart Games|
|Genre(s)|| Open-World RPG|
The First Summoning is a video game developed by Dark Heart Games and published by Fantendo for the PlayStation 4. The game was first announced on the Fantendo 9th Anniversary Showcase and mainly relies on a gameplay of switching between the two main characters, Ciara and Count Botis.
The First Summoning is an open world RPG game with hack-and-slash elements. You can take control of two characters, the sorceress in training Ciara and her powerful demon in contract, Count Botis. Both have a different gameplay to them. One cannot simply switch between the two of them as they only can be primarily controlled depending on the location.
Ciara can only be controlled on the surface. She always has a party of three persons, including herself, that follow her on the battlefield. Ciara wields a grimmoire which is filled with various spells, the downside of it is that many pages out of the book have been ripped out. Throughout the story she acquires more pages for more powerful spells. When Ciara doesn't know a spell out of her head she first has to select her grimmoire on the battlefield and search for the spell, which costs a lot of time and leaves her vulnerable. However once she has learned the spell out of her head, a menu in the bottom left corner will display all the spells she knows, categorized in 'Offensive', 'Defensive' and 'Status' the last option displays 'Grimmoire'. Mastering a spell requires Ciara to use it plenty in battle or training. Ciara also has to deal with Magix. The stronger the spell is the more Magix it consumes of Ciara. She also needs to be wary of which moves Botis uses as that also may drain a lot of Magix from her. When she is very low on Magix, Botis will disappear from the battlefield as he requires too much Magix to sustain.
When going down to the Underworld, one is able to control Botis. During your time in the Underworld Botis will be travelling alone. His style, as opposed to Ciara is more hack-and-slash. His health can quickly be drained when facing stronger demons as he has no healing spells. When using too many powerful spells however may cause him to lose sanity, one has to be wary that this doesn't happen. Once it happens Botis can make unpredictable movements. Botis just attacks with his hands and can select magic spells from the box in the bottom left corner. He is able to summon the Mädchen von Holle, but once they are summoned it is best if Botis himself doesn't attack.
Both Ciara and Botis can also fly. Botis has wings which he can quickly activate to hover in the area. If the plot requires him not too there is an invisible wall in the area so Botis can't ascend too far. Ciara can transform her stick which she uses as wand into a large sized one that allows her to roam the skies. However she won't be able to perform spells during this time.
The game takes place in two main locations, the surface and the Underworld, which both are giant locations. The surface seems to be in a place where technology is behind on other places. Ciara takes residence in a hollow tree that she customized to her own imagination. Around there are multiple villages and two kingdoms. The kingdoms seem to be the borders of this medieval area as beyond that there is thick forest which leads to unknown lands. The village most important to the story is a small mountain village where Rico, Lucille and others reside.
The Underworld is the seconds location and is what one would expect of the Underworld. A dim lighted place with barren ground where no vegetation seems possible. The sky is red and there is a gloomy atmosphere. Several locations throughout the Underworld are 'The Count's Manor' which is Botis' residence. 'Dantelion's Keep' the former residence of a powerful demon Lord Dantelion and the 'Undergrowth Dome' which belongs to a powerful floral demon by the name of Queen Aconitum.
For the complete plot see: The First Summoning/Story
Ciara is a 20-year old sorceress who lives on her own along with two small demons, Cherub and Surgat. She is a sorceress still in training and has a lot to learn. One day she tries to summon another demon to join her household, thinking she was good enough to sustain three demons on the surface. However when doing so something unexpected happened, she summoned the Count of the Underworld, Lord of Venom, Botis. At his summoning he bites Ciara in his viper form, which Ciara later on uses as a permanent link to summon Botis. The demon doesn't want to form a contract with Ciara but after some bonding they decide to seal the deal. Botis promises himself to make Ciara the best sorceress to ever been in existence, so he could proudly say he was her servant.
To see all the characters go to, The First Summoning/Characters
For all the pictures in the gallery go to The First Summoning/Characters