Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Review of Gauntlet Dark Legacy
The story unfolds in the land of the Gauntlet. There are eight magical worlds, which are ruled by a wizard called Sumner. Sumner was a good and powerful sole and took great pride in protecting his empire. The Wizard had a brother named Garm whom was a jealous fool. Garm wanted to be as powerful as Sumner and eventually betrayed him. Garm sought out to locate thirteen magical Rune Stones to enrich his own powers. Finding only twelve, Garm decided to experiment his powers without the missing 13th Rune Stone. Of course, this spelled TROUBLE! The wicked brother attempted to open the gates to the Underworld but instead opened the gates of HELL!! A very powerful Demon monster named Skorne is now on the loose and entered the portal to the land of the Eight Realms. Let the games begin…
The gamer has the option to play solo or with a couple of friends. Starting off, a character has to be chosen and then you enter the first of eight worlds. To give you a feel for the game I will discuss the first level, called the Forsaken Province. The object is to find and collect all the items you can like keys, precious stones, potions and power-ups. The Forsaken Province is like a scene from Night of the Living Dead. Its an eerie setting. There are a bunch of tombstones with Zombies crawling out of them. The Zombies are not your friends. These Zombie creatures reminded me of characters from a Scooby-Doo cartoon. There are also spikes that come out of the ground and saw blades. The majority of enemies are easy to kill and will die with one blow of the characters weapon. Here are some hints: destroy the tombstones, shoot at objects to find items, find the Wizard when confused, watch your step, watch the deadly gas, and stay away from Death, this creature will chase you around and zap the health out of you. This all sounds easy enough, but dont be surprised if you find yourself trekking thru the levels more than once looking for items you forgot to grab that are necessary to advance to the next stage.
There are eight or so Legacy Heroes to choose from like the Jester, Dwarf, Knight, and the Sorceress to name a few. Each Hero comes with unique combat moves and weapons. All characters have access to strong and quick attacks not to mention simple combo moves. Here is a neat twist; the character can gain experience by defeating enemies. The bigger, the badder the enemy, the more experience is to be gained. Just like real life, I like that. Dark Legacy also has some colorful enemies like, Grunts, Gargoyles and my personal favorite…Ankle-biters. Playing Solo can be fun at first but gets monotonous after the first couple of levels. Pulling a few friends into the mix will make things more interesting. When playing with multiple players, each gamer can choose a character of color. There is also an option to choose type of mode. Normal mode is the default and allows the gamers to play as a team without injuring each other while battling foes. There are other options enabling the gamer to stun or zap each player. I personally would not mind stunning some of my friends once in a while.
The graphics are sweet. The cinematics between levels are very movie-like and realistic. The characters are colorful and the backgrounds are detailed and imaginative. All the characters have this mystical appeal and style that fits perfectly with Dark Legacys theme. A red and green item usually signifies danger so beware. There are some extremely cool lighting effects (damn, the PS2 does some outstanding lighting) like when blowing up a red barrel, it will explode and take out any of your enemies in close proximity with a single blow.
The sound effects are also decent. The background music fits perfectly with the scenes. It has an eerie nightmarish tone. The games sound effects are also surreal. You can also hear the enemies getting closer, utilizing haunting and grunt type sounds.
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Loretta Mattie © Absolute PlayStation
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