Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
Review by SideswipeZulu
"Hack 'n Slash Adventuring at its Purest . . ."
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade Game Review
Legends marks the first, and thus far only, RPG for the PSP. While some of its mechanics and repetitive nature may turn off some gamers, others will find enjoyable hack n slash action to come back to time and again.
GAMEPLAY - 8/10
As I sit here writing this review, I am playing through Legends in its mystical world of Aven. Legends has a story . . . sort of. It's nothing too special, and you could care less for some of the people you will encounter, but it mostly serves to direct you to where you need to go next.
You can choose from among four classes and customize your character within that class to a degree. When you finally get into the game you will control your character with the Analog Nub Sony provided with the PSP.
Using the Nub is really great in Legends. You can have him walk, for whatever reason you'd want his to, or run at any angle you could want. The motions of your character are fluid, as are the motions of the numerous enemies you will encounter.
Legends is hack n slash action at its purest. Get your guy facing in the right direction and hammer X until whatever it was that attacked you is dead. Using the D-Pad, you can assign special actions to either Circle or Triangle to unleash in battle.
As you level up you will be able to move along a limited skill tree. Once you reach the level required by certain skills you can add points to them when you level up. Of your four character attributes you can add three points amongst them when you level up. While this adds some customization to the game, you'll most likely be using those three points on only two or three categories anyway.
Each and every area in Legends is randomly generated. This includes all the rooms, pits, trees, rocks, and enemies you come across. While some balk at it, I enjoy it. You can be running around for three minutes encountering only one or two bad guys, but then get assaulted by six of them and have to use all your skill in order to just survive the encounter.
Loading times really kill the experience in Legends. You will end up staring at this artwork screen, and the artwork screens in the game aren't all that pretty, for about a minute or so before getting back to the action. While this is pretty jarring, you are at least compensated with huge areas to explore and spend a good ten to twenty minutes in before moving on to the next area.
In addition to the plain single player, you can hook up with three other friends and adventure through the realm of Aven together. Nothing about the actual game changes other than more enemies and you have allies to assist you. It may not seem all that important, but taking on the evils of the world with your best friend at your side still is something to smile about.
REPLAYABILITY - 8/10
With four character classes to try out in the single player mode, and the ability to hook up with three friends, Legends is a game you can keep coming back to for some time, but you will eventually run out of things to do and move on to other games.
GRAPHICS - 9/10
Here's a real treat in Legends. The game is gorgeous. The town buildings, trees of the forest, and even the character models are all eye candy. Even with all this detail the frame rate never really drops. In the outdoor environments you will encounter weather conditions such as rain or snow that will add to the visual experience.
SOUND - 7/10
Sound and music within Legends is a mixed bag. The music is nothing too great. In fact, you might be tempted to turn down the volume for some of the tracks you'll be subjected to. On the other hand, the sound effects are all top notch. Though they may be limited in variety that isn't something you'll pay attention to when romping around and slaying vile creatures of the night. It all fits to what the game is, and that is more than enough.
OVERALL - 8/10
It had some big shoes to fill being the only RPG available on the PSP, but Legends will fit the bill just fine. If you want more traditional style RPGs of the Final Fantasy nature, then you will have to wait around. Until then, Legends will take up a good chunk of your time as you sit in a corner somewhere roaming the vast world of Aven.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/28/05
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