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Release Date: July 27th, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

Legend of Kay Anniversary

Overview -

Back in 2005, 'Legend of Kay' hit the PS2 under the auspice of an action RPG, but in reality, the game was a genre straddler in a breakthrough era.  Now, ten years later, Nordic Games is re-releasing this title as 'Legend of Kay Anniversary' for last and current-gen consoles alike, giving the past title a new chance to shine with tweaked visuals and updated character models.

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Release Date:
July 27th, 2015

Video Review


For a title that's supposedly remastered, 'Legend of Kay Anniversary' looks rather subpar. The character models certainly look better than they did in the original release, but honestly beyond that everything else looks rather generic. Additionally, when said character models are given close-ups, they looks weird and stiff, and Kay himself looks like he constantly has a chip on his shoulder, even when he's attempting not to use his overabundance of attitude and be more serious. I will admit the comic book like style used for the most important scenes look pretty neat, but they are so few and far in between that they don't salvage much.

There's even technical issues with the graphics, which whether or not they were in the original PlayStation 2 title, Nordic Games didn't think it would be worth fixing. Characters can clip through the ground slightly during cutscenes on uneven terrain, for distracting example. On one occasion, I had a log simply disappear while it was rolling towards me, resulting in Kay getting squished by an invisible object. These issues may have been in the original release, but they should have been ironed out for 'Anniversary'.

Audio Review


I understand that this was originally a PlayStation 2 title, and expecting Nordic Games to recast the voice acting would be rather ridiculous, but… I simply cannot ignore how horrible the voice acting is in 'Legend of Kay'. Kay sounds like he's a disinterested 15-year-old that's talking into a sock and the various animal "accents" are terribly exaggerated and flat-out poor sounding. This is made even worse by three more facts: One, every single character has a voice; two, there is no way to skip or even advance the text faster; and three, everyone has far too much to say and has little useful information hidden within the multiple lines of dialogue. So, instead of being able to quickly read and ignore the voice acting, players are forced to sit through every single word, and it immediately becomes a pain.

The music itself is serviceable, though nothing special. Certain sound effects tend to be a little on the loud side, but it's nothing too major or noteworthy overall.

Final Thoughts

As a reviewer, I've played my share of bad video games, but honestly, few had managed to infuriate me in the ways 'Legend of Kay Anniversary' did right from the get-go. There is so much wrong with this package, from the severely outdated gameplay to the poor "remastering" job to the grating voice acting, that I truly wonder why Nordic Games decided to even give this title the time of day in the first place.

The cold hard truth is, in these last ten years, Action RPGs and games in general have evolved and changed in a lot of ways. While 'Legend of Kay' may have been a decent game back in 2005, it has aged incredibly poorly, and even hardcore fans are unlikely to want to suffer through the combat and fight against a terrible camera. Don't bother with this title.