With NEW LEGENDS coming from Justin Chin, the same guy who helped developed DARK FORCES, JEDI KNIGHT, and THE CURSE OF MONKEY ISLAND, I was really expecting something from this game. The game's concepts sound cool, and it looks to be a lot like one of my favorite games, DYNASTY WARRIORS 3 for the Playstation 2. But, after playing NEW LEGENDS for a while, I can say that I'm disappointed.
NEW LEGENDS places you in the role of Sun Soo, who must defend his homeland from the invasion of Xao Gon. The game takes place in a futuristic China which has somewhat reverted to the past...they still have tanks, gun and bullets, but swords and magic are also a part of the period. Sun Soo must find a way to stop Xao Gon's invasion, or risk having his land turned to rubble.
The first thing you'll notice about NEW LEGENDS is its graphics. For this to be an Xbox game, I was really disappointed with the game engine used for this game. It very much resembles a Dreamcast game near the end of the system's life. While the levels can be huge, most of them are very blocky and bland. Most of the time, walls of castles are just one color, making it nearly impossible to see small openings or passageways within. The one good thing about the graphics is that the combat animation is done well, although the game does seem to have slow-down problems when certain moves are performed. Why is it that the Xbox cannot handle this game engine without any slow-down?
The coolest thing I've found about the combat system is the ability to use more than one weapon at once. The selection of weaponry within the game is also nice, and you can develop some cool combinations of short range weaponry and long range weaponry. But, once you get the hang of the combat system, the game loses its appeal. The main combat has to do with you swinging a weapon, and pressing block at the same time. If you can get this mastered, you'll have no problems breezing through the game. The computer AI suffers also. I haven't found any of the computer opponents within NEW LEGENDS to be that smart, and enemies seem to attack in mass numbers instead of using any type of strategy. No problem: you can outrun most of them, and you don't actually have to defeat many soldiers to complete your mission.
The camera can also be annoying at times. There are numerous times during the game where the camera becomes stuck behind a wall, a pillar, or any of the many objects that are placed throughout the levels of NEW LEGENDS. The sound isn't that good either, and the voice-acting is close to awful. The music is very repetitive, and the sound effects seem fake.
Honestly, I was expecting a lot more from NEW LEGENDS. Justin Chin and Infinite Machine should have gone back to the drawing board with this one and changed a few things during development. The story isn't a bad concept, the combat system is decent, and if the gameplay engine and graphics had been updated a bit, this could have been a good game.