Legendary (PS3)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Graphics: 2.50
Sound: 6.00
Gameplay: 5.00
Replays: 2.00
Gamelength: 5.00

Gamecock Media Group releases “Legendary” upon us and as hopeful as I was, I’m sorely disappointed.

When it comes to first-person shooters, there are many options. “Halo”, “Call of Duty”, “Resistance” and many others are among some of the most popular game series of this generation, but what about the underdogs? There’s a ton of good stuff out there that just doesn’t make it into the spotlight and this game seemed as though it was going to be a part of that group. I was very sorely disappointed when I actually sat down for a while and began playing the game. I wanted to like this. I truly, desperately wanted this concept to turn out to be an amazing, epic and cinematic experience. What I played, however, was a monstrosity. Pandora’s Box has been opened and this most certainly isn’t the single shard of Hope. Prepare for one of the biggest let downs of the 2008 gaming roster, “Legendary” for the PlayStation 3.

The first and most obvious disappointment is how terrible the visuals turned out. This game had potential to be one of the most stunning gaming experiences of our time, but it turned out to be something that looks like a slightly enhanced leftover from the PlayStation 2 days. This is not an overexaggeration. In the case of “Legendary”, there just aren’t many spots where the game even remotely looks like something of this generation. This is an ugly game, straight down to the smallest special effects and truthfully, it’s an unforgivable mistake in this day and age. As little as graphics matter, I expect a game for the PlayStation 3 to actually look like it was built from the ground up for the PlayStation 3.

Much like the visuals, the sound quality is atrocious. With or without a high-end sound setup, there’s not even a single ding that stands out as passable. The music is lacking, the voice acting is lacking, enemy sounds stink and to tell you the truth, you’re better off muting the game and jamming out to your own music, assuming you even play this ridiculous game.

“Legendary” has a very promising concept that could have been awesome. To sum it up, you open Pandora’s Box and because of that, it’s your job to destroy the horrors that you’ve unleashed. When you opened Pandora’s Box, you were granted the power of Hope. To put it simply, you can absorb essence and use it to do basic things, like push enemies and heal yourself. Those powers never really feel cool and definitely don’t seem to enhance the gameplay. The controls are a bit loose and while there’s a standard first-person shooter control layout in place, it just feels clunky. With these loose controls and the power of Hope on your side, the general idea is to run through the ugly and extremely linear levels in search of bad guys, which you’ll (hopefully) kill and hopefully as a result, save the world from your own mistake. Combat is extremely slow-paced and sometimes, it can take forever to kill a single enemy. At times, the game is very unforgiving and seems to work far too hard to keep you from surviving, even when you’re loaded with tons of weapons, ammo and powers. Unless the game is set to easy, it just gets out of hand. It’s definitely not impossible, even on the hardest difficulty setting, but it goes from being a potentially tolerable experience to a pile of trash moving to any setting above easy. I’m the kind of person to enjoys exploring multiple difficulty levels and I tend to finish everything on the hardest setting, but it just wasn’t fun to do so in this case. Factor in the lacking multiplayer and you have a recipe for disaster. There’s a very basic multiplayer component, but it loses it’s appeal very quickly and does nothing to save this poor game. I’m quite upset about the terrible quality of this game, but I guess it’s time to forgive and forget. Let’s hope the developers listen to our cries and make a sequel with a much, much better design. I’d love to see this concept applied properly someday.

Overall, there’s just not much else to say. “Legendary” could have been good, but it is lacking.

Pros:
-Awesome concept.

Cons:
-Very unforgiving difficulty.
-Far too linear.
-Special powers are boring and pointless.
-Weapons are never powerful enough.
-Story is very dull.
-Forgettable dialogue.
-Boring characters.
-Repetitious fights.

Bottom Line:
This is one of those games that would only be worth the money if it ever dropped in price. Even then, if this game were on sale for $5 or less, it’d still be difficult to recommend.

Overall Rating: 5.00

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