PSP, ReviewsJoel Szerlip

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade

PSP, ReviewsJoel Szerlip

Overview

With the launch of the PSP, we have seen an extremely diverse selection launch titles then I think I have ever seen. This launch demonstrates a great deal of what the PSP is capable of, ranging from sports, racing, action, puzzles, and all the way to RPG’s. So today we get to see the launch title from Sony Online Entertainment that takes a crack at making a great action RPG for the PSP named Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade. Does this game give gamers another reason to purchase a PSP? Read our full review to find out!

Gameplay

Over the past few years SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) has released two action RPG titles that to be honest were good. They took a lot of inspiration from the very popular Baldur’s Gate series, which had you going through several dungeons taking down hordes of enemies and opening magical treasure chests. Well now we get our first dungeon crawler on the PSP, but can it capture any sort of spark?

So what exactly is Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade all about? Well for those of you who played SOE’s Champions series, you will find the storyline and the Gameplay to be quite familiar. Without giving the story away, Untold Legends is a game that takes a very similar tactic and gives you a little taste of its own uniqueness as well. The overall storyline of Untold Legends is pretty typical for the genre but it does do enough to keep you interested throughout.

Now as we move onto the gameplay I find myself searching for things to talk about with Untold Legends. The honest reason for this is because there really isn’t anything all that new or different about Untold Legends compared to any other dungeon crawler. You will find yourself doing the same sort of things we have been doing for years now, and to be honest there really isn’t anything all that exciting to be found in Untold Legends.

So with that being said, a whole, the game still plays rather well. The game handles everything quite well, but to be honest your jut going to get this sort of average dungeon crawling game that we have played before. Another downside to the game is that there are only four playable character classes, which really lose the need to replay the game. To sum it all up this is a game that doesn’t do much wrong but at the same token doesn’t do anything overly right either.

Graphics

When I said the gameplay was average that was one thing but the visuals of Untold Legends just seem below that. The reason for this is because the whole look of the game seems to be just really uninspired. The dungeons in the game are the biggest culprits, as you seem to start seeing the same things over and over again. This doesn’t stop here either, because even the animation in the game seems pretty weak.

When I look at the visuals of Untold Legends I see a ton of room for improvement. The game just didn’t seem to want to go for much in the visual department and therefore it came out to be a less then average-looking launch title.

Fun Factor

Like I mentioned earlier Untold Legends is not a bad playing game, it is just a game that doesn’t do anything new or exciting, and this really translates into a rather lackluster performance. The game’s miniscule selection of playable character classes leaves much to be desired, as it seriously hampers any replay value that it might have. I personally really enjoy these sorts of games but to be honest this one just didn’t have enough meat on the bones to have the ability to really sink your teeth in and go at it. Instead we are left with a title that just leaves us with a lot of "could have been better".

Overall

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is a game that I think should only be purchased if you desperately need an action RPG for your PSP. Otherwise there are a lot of much higher quality games out there that can fit your need until more RPG’s make their way onto the platform.

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