Legasista is a survival action-RPG from the makers of ClaDun X2. And if you’re familiar with that name then you already know what’s in store — a retro tinged dungeon crawler that will fill you with nostalgia, while making you slash your way through random locales.
The Story– A boy named Alto is on a mission to save his younger sister. She was cursed and turned into crystal. Alto comes to The Railyard because it’s rumored to contain an ancient relic that can cure his sister’s curse.
[toggle_box title=”Toggle Game Details” width=”Width of toggle box”] Title: Legasista Genre: RPG Developer: System Prisma Platform: PS3 (PSN) Price: $29.99 ESRB: Teen Release Date: 8/21/12[/toggle_box]
Dungeon Crawling Bliss – You start in a hub world known as “The Railyard” and from there you talk to various characters and visit dungeons. It’s pretty standard stuff. Once you’re inside a dungeon your goal is simple – make it out alive. You have to attack enemies, dash, jump, avoid traps, use items, tend to your weapons, keep an eye on your stats, etc.
Dungeon Crawling Bliss II – I don’t have to tell you this, but here goes. Running around dark caves while slaying baddies and taking everything you can get your greasy little hands on is addictive.The combat is fast and responsive, brutal at times, but never unfair. In a nutshell – it’s perfect.
Going the Distance – Like most games published by NIS America Legasista is deeper than it originally appears. Just when you’re sure you’ve figured everything out there’s something new to learn. This is a good and bad thing (more on that later).
Softening The Blow – If you die in a dungeon (and trust me – you will) you lose all the items you’ve collected in the dungeon and half of the EXP you just gained. I like this because even when you’re getting your ass handed to you, you’re getting stronger.
Characters – The characters are quirky and memorable. Alto is a solid protagonist, but the supporting cast steals the spotlight. I couldn’t get enough of Melize, Leina, Ms. Dungeon, and the talking bean sprouts.
Colorful Graphics – when the characters are talking to each other they’re illustrated on the screen like in the Disgaea games. Their artwork is sharp and colorful and dripping with personality. Meanwhile when you’re running around the Railyard and dungeons your character looks like Rayman (they’re limbless). I like the cuteness of it all because it gives the game a distinct look.
Custom Characters – You can create your own character and assign them abilities. The character editor is crazy deep. You can import your own images and export your finished character so you can show your creation to the world.
Random Dungeons – There are random dungeons to explore. Just dig up a few holes in the Railyard. There are four types of random dungeons, Baby-geon (easy), Ran-geon (normal), Hard-geon (hard), and Demon-geon (hardcore).
No English Dub – Hopefully you like Japanese because you won’t find an English audio track in Legasista. This doesn’t really bother me (I prefer the Japanese voices), but it’s worth pointing out since some gamers will find this annoying. This was probably done for budget reasons; this is a PSN game after all.
Now Loading – The first loading screen is long, it’s weird. The other ones are quick, but you can make a sandwich when you first boot up the game.
Occasionally Overwhelming – There’s a lot to learn here and at times all the options and game mechanics can be overwhelming. This comes with the niche, but sometimes you just want to play and not worry about learning something new.
Legasista may seem expensive for a PSN game at $29.99, but trust me when I say this – it’s one of the deepest games I’ve played this year (this review barely scratches the surface). If you’re a fan of Japanese dungeon crawlers this is a must buy.
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