Legion: The Legend of Excalibur

a game by Midway
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
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Legion: The Legend of Excalibur is a hack-and-slash, mission-based fighting game ala Jak and Daxter or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. In Legion, you journey through the mythological world of King Arthur. On your way, you will encounter many familiar foes and heroes, including Morgan le Fay, Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Gwenevere, and Percival.

Legion is fairly challenging until you learn the ropes. Almost all of your healing comes from the town priest, and until you locate him on each mission, you are on your own. Even after you find him, it can be tedious to walk back to town for healing when you are fighting halfway across the map. In addition, the only savepoints come between missions, so you'd better not die unless you want to replay 15 minutes worth of the level.

What's really disappointing here, though, is the lack of character movement options. You cannot jump, duck, crouch, run, or many of the other motions you would expect. It's pretty much walk, hack, walk, slash, wash, rinse, repeat as needed. Because of this, the game suffers from a sense of 'sameness' after a while, and replayability is an issue with the game's mission-based format and no multiplayer support.

Graphically, I wouldn't say that there's much to speak of, especially compared to the likes of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. The voiceovers are comical, but not in an intentional way. Unless you are a collector of all things relating to King Arthur or Camelot, you might want to steer clear of this one.

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