Gameplay 8.3
Graphics 8.9
Sound 7.5
Value 8.7
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
October 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.6


Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade

Journey to a world beyond the realms of imagination and engage in battles to save Aven, a timeless city of safe haven and the last remaining stronghold of Good in a world of Evil. As a dark threat looms and a gathering of unknown forces grows stronger, heroes have been called and the Brotherhood of the Blade has been formed. It is up to you and your chosen brothers to unravel the mysteries of this looming peril. Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade offers on-the-go action-RPG combat, intense multiplayer battles and a completely original adventure for you to uncover.

Untold Legends begins like all good clichéd RPG titles where the player must select their character and also assign attribute points to abilities such as strength, intelligence and dexterity that are all integral to the gaming world. You have four possible character classes to choose from and each influences the gameplay slightly so you can be guaranteed to play the title at least two times.

The Knight is your traditional fighter class with a library of special moves and combos plus the ability to dual-wield weapons. The Alchemist uses magic that borders on science while the Druid conjures up a more naturalistic magic including the ability to summon monsters to join the fight. The final class is the Berserker, which is a barbarian class that uses psychosis to battle his enemies.

As you explore the magical outdoor environments and threatening sub terrain dungeons, you will inevitably encounter hordes of nasty creatures but be warned, if you run into battles gun-ho than you will surely be coming home in a casket. Analysing the enemy, picking your weapon, melee or range, or perhaps using magic or special items is all a part of the varied and intricately detailed gameplay that Untold Legends offers.

Graphically, Untold Legends features a Level design that is simple yet elegant and everything is built from standard square building blocks so on the surface everything might be blocky in construction but the textures and detailing are intricate enough that it gives the illusion of something more complex. The outdoor levels are a bit more freeform in their design.

The soundtrack of the title is unfortunately a little muted and really does nothing to inspire the adventure of this genre. Interestingly enough for an RPG, the game has no audio as the player is subjective to screens of text when something significant happens in the title. Fortunately the title features all the screams, roars and grunts of both players and enemies.

In conclusion, Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is lightweight RPG title for the PSP that feature some addictive multiplayer action and about 20 hours of solo adventuring. Although not the best RPG game on the market, it is certainly the best for the PSP at the moment and I'm sure this will inspire a plethora of similar games. With a clichéd storyline, a fairly sturdy gaming engine and friendly gameplay, Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is a definite for RPG fans.






 
 



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