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Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade - PSP

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Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade

Rated: Teen

The Bottom Line

It's no secret that I loved Champions of Norrath. So I was giddy with anticipation when I heard of Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade. I wondered then what I still wonder now... why isn't this an Everquest game? Same engine, same gameplay, same art style, but a totally different, and moderately dull, story. Untold Legends looks and plays fabulous, but the Legend itself isn't all that interesting.
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Pros

  • Untold Legends looks and plays like Champions of Norrath
  • Lots of combat, weapons, and monsters
  • Deep character and equipment customization
  • Sharp graphics, looks almost as good as the PS2 Champions games
  • Quests can be completed in non-linear order

Cons

  • Untold Legends looks and plays like Champions of Norrath, but it's not
  • Untold Legends has an utterly forgettable storyline

Description

  • Graphics: 4.5 Untold Legends is a pretty game, and is fully 3D, so zoom and pan away
  • Sound: 3.5 The music and sound effects are great, but why is everyone mute? Voice actors please!
  • Concept: 2 A knock-off of a great game you own the license to? I really don't get it
  • Control: 3.5 Great, other than the fact that I only have two buttons to cast my six spells
  • Difficulty: 4 It starts off easy enough, but expect to die frequently in later levels
  • Replay: 2 I think once you beat it, you'll be ready to move on, but the multiplayer helps
  • Portability: 4 This is a great road game, it's easy to kill a few baddies, then come back later
  • Online: 4 - four can play Untold Legends together via local wireless connection
  • All scores are out of 5. The overall rating is not an average of the above scores
  • Rated: Teen - The game revolves primarily around killing, so the rating seems appropriate

Guide Review - Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade - PSP

Untold Legends is a very likable action role-playing game. Oddly enough, it is made by the same company that produces one of the best action RPG series on the market, Champions of Norrath. Sony Online made Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade look, sound, and play exactly like Champions of Norrath. So one is left to wonder, why isn't this the PSP's Everquest?

Untold Legends is a huge game. It features over 40 quests that take place over 100 levels. There are gobs of monsters, treasures and items. The quests can be taken out of sequence, thus giving the game a non-linear feel. Throw in customizable items, a deep skill / spell tree and you've got a whole lot of fantasy content on one little UMD.

The game, however, ceases to be compelling once you grow tired of upgrading your character. More than likely it's because the game follows a very simple formula. Talk to someone, get a mission, go into the dungeon, kill, kill, kill, return for a reward, repeat. There's not much in the way of puzzles, exploration, or story. It's a real shame too, as the gameplay and production values are top notch. It's amazingly fun, until you realize that there's nothing new happening, just harder monsters and bigger swords.

If you need a hack and slash, Diablo-esque dungeon crawl, then Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is for you. But if you want more story to go with your gameplay, try Champions Return to Arms... which leads me to wonder again, why did Sony make a knockoff of their own game?

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