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Release Date: October 13th, 2015 Movie Release Year: 2015

The Legend of Legacy

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It's been a while since the West has seen a localized SaGa title. The series never really had a solid following outside of Japan, and there are a number of reasons as to why that's the case. For one, the first set of games released under the name 'Final Fantasy Legend', making it hard to recognize the actual SaGa brand (though probably raising sales a bit by using the popular franchise name). On top of that, SaGa games are known for incredibly odd and usually obtuse gameplay mechanics, making them relatively difficult for new players to get into. For these and other reasons, the SaGa series has seen spotty localization efforts at best, leaving fans yearning for more.

Thankfully for those fans, they'll soon have another SaGa game to play on their hands. Created by mostly the same team that made the first SaGa titles, with the same unusual gameplay mechanics and a tough difficulty curve, 'The Legend of Legacy' is a new SaGa game in all but name.

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October 13th, 2015

Video Review

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The graphical quality of 'The Legend of Legacy' is a, for the most part, good. The game uses a touch of pop-up book style for the background and dungeons while exploring, looking neat while making up for the 3DS's low processing power. Character models look good, and are relatively detailed for the chibi like style.

Where 'The Legend of Legacy' trips up, though, is during the battles. For starters, most enemies are a bit bland and boring to look at—which is a problem, considering since other than the bosses, players will be seeing them often. Additionally, the game suffers some bad slowdown against larger enemy mobs, which is simply a shame. There is also evidence of slowdown while using skills if there are enough enemies around.

Audio Review

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If there is one thing that is absolutely standout about 'The Legend of Legacy', it is the soundtrack. Every track is simply wonderful, and if there's any reason to give the game a try, this is it. The battle themes, the dungeon tracks, and even the town themes are all wonderful. You'd be doing yourself a disservice playing 'The Legend of Legacy' without headphones on.

Final Thoughts

A game like 'The Legend of Legacy' is, in the end, quite difficult to review. This sort of gameplay is only going to appeal to a specific type of gamer, a special subset of JRPG fans. Those unfamiliar with the series may become frustrated by the random nature of learning skills and tough difficulty, finding little reward in their efforts. Even SaGa fans may come away disappointed, as the lack of any real narrative and world-building that the SaGa games are typically known for is unfortunately missing, as well.

Perhaps it's best to describe it as the poor man's SaGa—the base of what makes the SaGa games what they are is there, but some important bits are missing to make 'The Legend of Legacy' truly great. My best advice is that, if you're interested, give the demo a download and play it to completion; it gives a wonderful overview of what this game is all about, and from there you can make a decision as to whether or not 'The Legend of Legacy' is for you.