Untold Legends 2: The Warrior's Code
Hacking and slashing it's often believed, is an archaic activity. This is not so, I say. In days of old, when it was more a mandatory endeavor with wars and whatnot, this may have been true, but today, through the modern convenience of videogames, we can take this age old hobby and update it for the modern world. Better yet, you can hack and slash your way to joy while on the go, with Untold Legends 2: The Warrior's Code on the PSP.
Untold Legends 2: The Warrior's Code is very much a traditional dungeon hack: slash, hack, pilfer, plunder, rinse, repeat, etc. etc. That said, it's a strong dungeon hack, though some of the key features it brings to the table is, for the most part, broken. There are a few special moves thrown into to the game that require quick timing on your part to execute properly, but most of them wind up being pretty useless in practice; they do help break up a bit of the inherent monotony to be found in hacking and slashing, however.
But, interestingly enough, The Warrior's Code only has issues with the new features -- most of the complications found in the first Untold Legends have been addressed. There's little to no ghosting, which was probably the game's biggest problem, and online play has been added, which is a nice upgrade from the barebones ad-hoc mode thrown in the original.
Still, all that said, Untold Legends 2: The Warrior's Code can be a very good time -- nothing mind blowing, granted, but if you enjoy games where you can zone out for long periods of time and turn on auto pilot, there's a lot to enjoy here. It's all stuff you've seen before in similar action RPGs, but it's executed fairly well on the PSP. There's a much stronger narrative in The Warrior's Code, somewhat reminiscent to what's found in the Champion of Norrath titles, and while the story is the tried and true fantasy plot every hack and slash title aspires to, it does do a world of good in making for an engrossing experience.
The visuals received an upgrade this time around, too. While the first Untold Legends may have been typical fantasy-faire and a bit plain all around, The Warrior's Code adds a lot of stylistic touches to make the game more visually interesting. It's especially evident in character and level design that now seems to be so full of color and life. The audio, too, is top notch, with especially strong voice acting and an ambient musical score.
If you've been hacking and slashing your way through similar games like Baldur's Gate and Champions of Norrath, Untold Legends 2: The Warrior's Code won't blow you away. It's still very much the same kind of game, but that doesn't mean its any worse. It's an impressive feat on the PSP, and if you've dug similar dungeon hacks, then there should be no reason why you won't enjoy this one.