Legends: The Warrior's Code is more Gauntlet than
Dungeons and Dragons. There is more focus on online
co-op multi-player and less randomly-generated dungeons
- but is it for you? by
7, 2006 - The
Warrior's Code assumes that you like hacking, slashing
and button mashing. You had better, because there
is a lot of it. Fortunately there is a tighter storyline
to accompany the action, which gives you some motivation
and deepens the overall experience. There are still
plenty of dungeons to crawl through, treasures to
discover, experience points to gain and skills to
level-up, but compared to the last Untold Legends
game, Brotherhood of the Blade, these elements are
balanced to seem more natural.
kingdom of another fantasy realm is under attack.
In this story an evil entity has assumed the throne
of the kingdom with the aid of his legion of demons.
While terror is the order of the day, the evil emperor
needs to recruit as many powerful subjects as possible.
For this he turns to the race of shape-shifters. Those
that do not pledge their allegiance to the emperor
are summarily executed. But there are those that will
use their powers to fight for what is right. You assume
the role of one of these mighty shape-shifting warriors
as you prepare to take on the hordes of murderous
monsters and restore peace in the kingdom.
you begin your adventure you must create your character.
There are several different classes to choose from
in addition to different cosmetic choices such as
hairstyle, hair color, skin tone, wardrobe and accessories.
The five different classes include guardian, mercenary,
disciple, scout and prowler. For those that may be
unaware of the various classes all of these are warriors,
but they differ in their strengths and weaknesses.
You have to be careful to pick the right class depending
on your experience with such games. The guardian is
big and cumbersome but is great at melee combat and
can withstand a lot of attacks. The disciple is a
mage that is best at casting spells. The scout is
fast and uses speed to her advantage. She is considered
an archer and is great with ranged weapons though
she cannot take much damage.
the X button is the key to successful combat. The
developers have added a couple of features designed
to take the monotony out of the continual button mashing.
A meter-charged attack can be implemented by holding
down the X button, instead of mashing it, and filling
up an attack meter. When you release the meter, the
stored up energy will unleash a more concentrated,
devastating attack in one swoop. Another attack variation
is the Attack of Opportunity which can be used when
a more powerful enemy attempts to strike and misses
the mark. You have a very short window in which to
press the square button to charge the attack and then
strike the vulnerable area that the enemy has left
open for you. This is a particularly powerful move
and is typically the deciding factor in a battle.
a new engine, the graphics are superior to Brotherhood
of the Blade. Gone are the blurs and ghost traces
left by quick-moving characters. While the backgrounds
are crisp, the character models still lack detail
which is disappointing when it comes to combat since
they don't display much reaction when taking a hit.
When intertwined in battle they can be difficult to
interface is streamlined and easy to use. Your inventory
of weapons and items are neatly stacked in rows that
are very user-friendly to access. You don't have to
scroll endlessly to find something that you want.
Traveling is also more convenient. With the aid of
the handy map you can teleport to any location instantly.
options are many and varied. You can play a two-player
co-op game using the Ad Hock Wireless system or you
can set up a local area LAN system in which four players
can take part in a series of multi-player games such
as Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Last Man Standing
along with some team variations. If that's not enough
you can also play these modes online. At the time
of this review I only found one other person to play
with online but hopefully that will change as this
game really gives you bang for your buck.
like the balance of elements in this game. It may
be a little top heavy on the hack-and-slash but that's
fine with me. There is plenty of redundancy with similar
looking environments, endless combat and the continual
smashing of crates but the game has a comforting,
mindlessness to it that makes time fly.
Playable Characters: Four shape-changing player
character types featuring enhanced customization
and a wider variety of enhanced animations.
3D Game Engine: Featuring enhanced graphics, special
effects and lighting with MP3 music support.
Online Multiplayer Mode: Featuring story-driven
2 player co-op play seamlessly integrated with the
single player game and new combat-focused player
vs. player battles for up to four players.
Strategic Combat Engine: Experience action-RPG combat
through an upgraded engine featuring a wider variety
of moves and special abilities, dynamic attacks
and all the intensity of fast hack-n-slash action.
Storyline: Play through five exciting chapters with
dramatic in-game cinematics, voiceovers and movie
Quest System: Challenge yourself with a wider variety
of quest types and better Quest Journal.
More than 45 areas featuring interactive objects,
devious traps, destructible walls and ambient creatures.
Monsters: Experience 12 massive boss battles and
more than 40 unique monsters with improved AI.
Animated User Interface: A completely new UI includes
multiple control schemes, enhanced mini-map and
world map with fog of war and streamlined inventory,
skill trees and quick menu options.
Integrated Mini-Games: Play through six all-new
mini games including in-game gambling and multiplayer
Item System: Collect and utilize a wider variety
of items and enhancements, and store in an all new
Content: Unlock alternate appearances for all four
changeling forms, the making-of Untold Legends II
video, single level walkthrough with developer commentary,
concept art gallery and stand-alone mini-games.