Legendary (2008, Fantasy Action Shooter, 360) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew
Producer: John Garcia-Shelton
Lead Designer: Stephen J. Skelton
Lead Engineer: Ike Macoco
Writer (Story): Eric Church
Writer (Story): Stephen J. Skelton
Writer (Screenplay): Stephen J. Skelton
Writer (Screenplay): Tiffany Chu
Fay Masterson: Vivian
Enn Reitel: LeFey
Lloyd Sherr: Lexington

Legendary (2008)

Deckard, an ugly art thief, is hired to steal the contents of a box from a museum. When he attempts to open the box, it destroys the museum and New York and lets out all kinds of fantastical presumed-mythical creatures. It seems his employer left out one tiny teeny piece of ever-so-slightly critical information – the box is Pandora’s Box – and Deckard has just inadvertently unleashed the end of the world as we know it.

7/10

Every game reviewer in the world must have been on their period or something when Spark Unlimited released this but it is a spectacular shooter with terrific creature design both visually and tactically. Now it does start badly with a critical but optional prologue and an extremely ugly guy going through an extremely unpleasant cut-scene. You presume he’s a bad guy but, distressingly, he’s you. Fortunately, the game itself is much better. The fantastical creatures put up a significant challenge at all times requiring (a lot of) bullets and tactics to defeat while the human enemies provide a good change of pace. The level design is functional and urges you through the game at an entertaining pace. So why the hatefully poor reviews? Some of the elements such as shooting and jumping are a hair off just right, the artists can’t do faces, while some invisible scenery and spawning enemies provide small annoyances. At the end of the day, though, I think it was snobbishness. Legendary is a decent game with good ideas and a unique scenario but from an unfashionable developer. It never had a chance.

This game contains mild swear words and extended extreme gun and axe violence, fantasy violence, extremely gory, violent and extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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