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Monday, April 20, 2009
Elven Legacy Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameShark recently posted a new review of Elven Legacy, a turn-based strategy title set in a world of elves and magic. The game includes more than 100 units, five heroes, five playable factions, multiplayer combat, multiple game endings, and a game editor for players who want to create their own missions.

From the review:

When you start the campaign pay close attention to the dialogue Ė if only because itís cringe-worthy in its awfulness; the voice acting is so over the top that itĎs impossible to take seriously (maybe thatís the point?) and the overall storyline makes as much sense as Naked Lunch. You play the elves and end up fighting a lot of other races for some reason or another. Itís not all that important and in the end doesnít detract from the gameplay, but I finished the campaign and I still have no idea what it was about.

Those battles are monstrously rough, however. The AI is fairly good at exploiting weak spots and attacking weakened units which are on the verge of death but the design itself assumes you are the Elven Legacy version of Patton because it throws wave after wave of bad guys at you. Iíve been playing these types of games for well over a decade and I had to resort to playing on the Easy level, which seemed about right from a challenge perspective. Itís a brutally tough game.

The AI is tough and makes for a seriously challenging game but it would be nice if more info was presented to you while a battle is raging. There's no visual identifier as to how many points of strength a unit takes after a scrum or even if a unit dies -- you need to keep track of this yourself. Even as spells start flying around the field it's tough to figure out who is doing what and the camera tends to zip around making it even more confusing. When a high rank unit dies Iíd like to know aside from realizing, "Hey where'd my archers go?"
Virtual Programming recently announced it would be bringing the game to Mac users sometime this year. To read the review and learn more about the game click over to the links below.

GameShark: Elven Legacy Review
Elven Legacy
Virtual Programming

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