Review by rapt00r
"I'm A Legend Tonight"
Have you ever wanted a portable game that will last several hours? If so, Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, an action RPG from Sony Online Entertainment, is exactly what you're looking for. If you've ever played Champions of Norrath or Champions: Return to Arms, you can expect nearly the same experience from this game. That's not bad though, since both Champions titles are great games.
Strange events are beginning to plague the town of Aven. Several citizens are missing or have fallen ill, and monstrous spiders are beginning to attack the city. A dark cloud is looming off in the distance, and Aven is in danger. Are you up to playing the role of hero?
You begin the game by choosing your character class and distributing attributes. Character types include Knight, Alchemist, Druid and Berserker. Each has their own special abilities. For example, an Alchemist would be best used for magic, whereas a Knight would be best for combat.
Throughout the game you will of course be able to upgrade your abilities, along with your weapons and armor. Once you have reached a new level, a message will appear onscreen prompting you to press the select button to level up. Here, you will be able to select new attributes for your character, and increase their already existing abilities.
Untold Legends' dungeons are randomly generated. This will of course provide a new experience each time you play the game. However, dungeons can feel as though they have no rhyme or reason because they are randomly generated.
Mutliplayer games can be played using the Wi-Fi functionality. There is an Ad Hoc mode and an Infrastructure mode. You can create a party of up to four players to play through the game. Once again, I have not been able to try playing Untold Legends in multiplayer, but I have heard good things.
The controls are very responsive are easy to use. This is the first game I've used the analog nub with, mainly because you have to. It feels great and is very easy to get accustomed to.
The graphics in the game look pretty good. Definitely not the best on the system, and not close to what you will find in Ridge Racer, but the character models and environments still look good. Everything seems to be on the small side at first, which will take some getting used to.
The sound in Untold Legends is not so great. More than likely, you will get tired of the looping synthesizer music quickly. Unfortunately there is no voice acting in the game. The story is told through scrolling text screens, and dialog boxes will appear when talking to non-playable characters. This is understandable since there is only so much room on the UMD discs.
This game is a hack and slash RPG. If you find them to be repetitive, this game is not for you. If you're looking for something new that you've never experienced before, this game is not for you. However, if you're looking for a fun game that will keep you busy with your PSP for several hours, Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade will be a great addition to your PSP collection.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/04/05
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