Yayınlanma: 27 Mayıs
*This review is solely on the single player campaign. I have not and do not plan on trying out the multiplayer component.*
Legendary, an epic tale of opening Pandora's Box, and all the events that transpire. Beasts of mythological origin are unleashed upon the world when, you, a professional thief by the name of Deckard, open the box. You find yourself now scarred with an insignia of unusual power, and your employer, LeFey, the leader of a private organization, suddenly turns on you and leaves you to the wolves (quite literally) as he nabs Pandora's Box to take over all the mythic beasts. Thus, you are forced to having to work with The Council - a government agency bent on stopping LeFey and his Black Order organization at all costs, with an even greater idea brought to you at the end of the game. It's a very interesting concept, with great aims and claims.
Unfortunately, the title falls short in almost all its aspects.
This game is incredibly linear - the only time you get a secondary path is to a collectible, and even that is pretty apparent.
The graphics, even for its time, are nothing amazing; graphics nuts will be sorely disappointed by this game, even though the color palette and overrall appearance for everything is diverse for most of the game.
Gunplay and many of the mechanics often feel lackluster; it can be felt that they were trying to go for something that felt solid and worked well, but they just don't mesh. Feeling frustrated because something you did didn't have the satisfactory result you keep expecting is a fairly common theme here. And despite you having supernatural powers, they're (well, rather, it) is pretty meh. Even the weakest enemies can feel more like a chore to fight, rather than a thrilling engagement.
And this game is FAR from bug-free; I've run into several places where I've had to restart from a checkpoint because I either got stuck or broke the game in a way I wasn't expecting, and pretty much everyone who has played this game through can tell you about the elevator of death near the end of the game, and how it falls hard from there.
And don't get me started on the story and the characters. There are more plotholes than plot points... and as far as the characters are concerned? The voice acting is flat and boring; expressions are next to nonexistent; character development is next to nothing - these characters have no life, nothing to empathize with. Plus, this game is short. The 5.5 hours I have at the time of writing this review? I beat the game in that time span. (Of course, some might view this as a plus, considering that it doesn't wear out its likely already unwelcome presence.)
There's plenty more that I can go on about, but there are other reviews. Point is, I can imagine a lot of people who bought this game full price were sorely disappointed at this very unfinished project they received. And by the way - remember that fabulous idea I told you about that shows up at the end of the game? It's a layout for the sequel to this game. Which of course will never be realized after the terrible reception this game got.
So why the hell am I recommending this game?
Despite all the bugs, all the mediocrity that this game has, there's just something about it - a certain charm, like the buggy mess that the original release of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines had. Many were turned away by the shoddy result, but there were those who stuck with it, and it just clicked somehow.
Because, despite everything there is to dislike about this game, there are things to like that just push it all aside.
The characters have no souls; they're boring, uninteresting. But the beasts? The sprites, werewolves, griffins, and the gigantic creatures that can utterly destroy you and leave you stamping on your mouse and keyboard in fury? They feel very much alive. You know they've been stowed away for millenia, and they're hungry for blood, yours included. And they are merciless.
Whoever did the soundtrack knew what to put in a shooter like this one. It's not going to make the top ten gaming soundtracks of all time, but it's more than sufficient to keep your head bopping while you're trying to kill a squad of Black Order members while trying to keep tentacles snaking out of the murky water from grabbing you. (No, this isn't hentai.) The same thing applies to many of the sound effects - despite the oomph not being present in the delivery of a weapon, there's still some partial satisfaction when you hear that shotgun blast, and feel it when a minotaur roars right before slamming you into the wall.
The destruction. You know that you are no longer in a world ruled by man; the creatures from ancient folktales have taken over, and most of humanity is left either dead or hopeless, waiting for their time to come. Major landmarks are destroyed in front of your eyes - and while these spectacles aren't necessarily awe-inspiring to see, they still tug at you a little bit when you realize what just happened. The landscapes, as linear as they often are, can still leave you pausing for a moment to take in the devastation of what once was a busy city.
The gameplay is mediocre, the ending is terrible (no, seriously, I almost feel like they put the elevator bug in intentionally so you wouldn't see what they threw together and then realize that they had an even greater concept steaming, except that it wasn't in this game), and the game's tutorial opening sequence is a serious drag... but come on, you just gotta see some of the stuff here in action. As much as I dislike many of the mechanics and the physics in this game (yes, that's a frustration too), I will be going through it again at some point in the future for the experience.
In summation, this game is a brilliant concept that was poorly orchestrated. But the idea, no matter how terrible the presentation, still shines through. I highly recommend you try it yourself to understand what I mean, so you can feel the charm yourself.
Of course, if it was still going even at half of the full price, I wouldn't be recommending it. But since it's five bucks, and it often goes on sale for less than one - why not give it a try, and see the potential that this had?