Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
|a game by||Black Isle Studios|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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In the 12th Century, the Third Crusade was at its apex in the Holy Land. However, a fateful event led to the Disjunction, causing magic and demonic creatures to spill over into out world. It took the combined might of former foes Richard the Lionheart and Saladin to cast the creatures back into the breach, but the damage had already been done; magic was now free on the Earth. Now, 400 years later, mankind is still trying to come to grips with its new heritage. The Inquisition is in its height of power in Barcelona, while England embraces and works with magic at the highest levels. So come join 16th century Europe, but perhaps not as you know it. Find your place in the world of Lionheart!
Black Isle Studios shows why the Baldur's Gate franchise is so popular with this new title. Play one of four distinct races in a fully realized world, with exceptional graphics, excellent audio effects, and an intuitive, simplified user interface. Gamers will also be pleased at the open-ended character development possible in the game, which allows you to go in whatever direction you wish. Whether it be as a purebred human joining the Inquisition, a Feralkin trying to dominate his or her bestial nature by committing to the Knights Templar, or a Demokin mage intent on becoming one of the secretive Wielders, Lionheart has a rich and varied storyline. Also, a lot of historical aspect is used as well, as you'll find yourself rubbing shoulders with Shakespeare, DaVinci, Cervantes, Machiavelli, and others of the genre. Multiplay also looks to be pretty good, though weighted by the unwieldy GameSpy Arcade and currently lacking the populace of more broadly circulated titles.
However, extremely serious bugs keep Lionheart out of this year's top tier games. Often inexplicably, the game will crash back to the desktop, whether it be in the middle of a quest, loading between levels, or otherwise. Even multiple saves will not protect you from this problem. Though Black Isle and designer Reflexive look to be aware of this and a patch for this is in beta testing, this issue is enough to keep many players away.