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Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (PS2)
- Fantasy-based RPG
- Play as one of 8 characters
- New characters include a sorceress, knight, dwarf, and jester
- 4 new realms
- Single and multi-player options
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
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A 3-D version of the time-honoured Gauntlet video game franchise, Gauntlet Dark Legacy has been redefined for next-generation consoles, introducing a variety of fascinating characters, masterfully crafted worlds and next-generation features, and including a game design that allows four-player cooperative gameplay. Players battle through dangerous realms using exotic magical powers and weapons to vanquish hideous creatures, search for treasure, evade traps and embark on legendary quests.
While it's hard to see why some four-player games are worth the trouble, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy will have gamers begging for their multi-tap and three extra Dual Shock controllers. It's a port of the coin-op of the same name that hit arcades in spring 2000. Much of the setting, action, and controls have survived the translation; the difference here is that there's just more of a good thing. You play as one of eight characters--four from Gauntlet Legends, plus a sorceress, knight, dwarf, and jester. Dark Legacy also features a larger selection of threads for each fighter. Once your character is suitably attired, the game becomes a stab-and-jab fest. Gauntlet: Dark Legacy features the four realms from Gauntlet Legends, plus four new ones and a fantastic new battlefield section. As in Gauntlet Legends, the single player game is good, but it's the multiplayer mayhem that attracts people to the Gauntlet games. --Todd MowattSee all Product description
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Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, produces much the same feeling in me. The gameplay remains essentially unchanged from the old Gauntlet. The mazes are prettier, and of course, rendered in full 3D, but the aim is still just to battle your way to the exit and into the next maze. Things are complicated by the need to find certain items in each level to unlock later stages, and by the inclusion of an RPG style experience system so you can customise your character and make them stronger. Complications don't necessarily make a better game however. The addition of a predictably hackneyed plot doesn't help things either. It strikes me that the developers couldn't really decide whether they wanted a faithful but prettier rendition of the old Gauntlet, or an entirely new action-RPG game that simply made use of the Gauntlet good name to shift units. Either option would have been better than this, which feels both needlessly complicated and overly simplistic at the same time.
To be honest the game didn't really need updating, but if it had to be done then it could have done much better than this. There seems to be a strange fear amongst video game developers today that, because consoles have become so much more powerful, games must always be more complicated. They fail to notice some of the most enjoyable games are also the most simplistic, the Worms series for example, or the Dance Mat craze. Deep and complicated games with intricate plots can be great but so can really simple games that don't require you to think at all. Gauntlet was always one of those games. At heart it was a social experience, and it's this that the developers of Dark Legacy have failed to pick up on, thinking instead that tacking on some half-hearted RPG elements would make the game an interesting single-player jaunt. They've missed the really fun multiplayer elements of the Gauntlet series out entirely, like the 'IT' monster that causes all the other monsters to be magnetically drawn to you when it touches you until you can tag one of your erstwhile comrades and pass the troublesome curse on to him. The comedy booming voice that announced such things is also absent. Announcements that "RED WARRIOR IS IT!" or "BLUE WIZARD IS ABOUT TO DIE!" (followed by suitably tense music reminiscent of a crucial Countdown conundrum) are sadly never heard.
Dark Legacy tries to make Gauntlet grow up for the next-gen consoles, but in doing so it loses all sense of fun, and thus all of the appeal of the original
having seeing this now released on the ps2, it was a must have game, and i have to say i wasn't disappointed. the levels are a little easier than i remember, but it really is good fun.
as i progressed through the levels, i started to remember the little things about the game that i loved on the atari. they still have the transportation pads that i had forgotten about too..
all in all, a cracking game that i loved and still do
a must have game for the gauntlet enthusiast
Choose one of several powerful warriors and fight you way through magical realms to find the Runestones.
I used to love the old 'Gauntlet IV' game. I was therefore delighted when I began playing this game, so perfectly retro as to include the same voice saying 'Welcome, Red Dwarf!'. The varied realms you fight through draw on all the kinds of fantasy worlds you can think of and the bosses are cool too. Longevity is achieved by having secret characters (like the Minotaur and Hawkwoman) for you to discover.
Unfortunately, retro wears off. Very soon you'll realise that despite the varied realms, the monsters are the same basic one-hit or two-hit enemies that you've fought, just with a different look. As for the secret characters, it soon becomes apparent that they too are merely repackaged versions of the original characters.
Play it with your mates, but don't expect to play it alone for long.
Definately an "everyone comes round, drinks beer, reads Lovecraft and plays THIS" game. Pure magic.
Overall, this should please people who are looking for something to replace Diablo on their Playstations
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