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Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom review

Repetitive gameplay plagues new slasher

This might be somewhat forgivable (if only slightly) if the game had some sort of story to tell, but it doesn't. Well, to be fair, it has a story - the clichéd story of trying to overthrow a king corrupted by evil - but it's not presented particularly well. Animatic-style storytelling doesn't exactly inspire awe, and it doesn't help that the voice acting lacks conviction.

At least the game looks good - not "impressive," exactly, but definitely nice and hi-res. You can tell this series has come a long, long way from its PSP roots. It's just too bad that there's so much repetition, not only in the environments and textures, but also with the overall look of the game, the bad guys you fight and innocent civilians you rescue. In fact, there are pretty much only two civilian character models - one male and one female - that are just cut and pasted throughout the game.

This artistic low-bar compounds the repetitive nature of the gameplay - seriously, note to everyone: the whole, "enter the room and an energy shield comes up and keeps you there until you kill X number of enemies, then it the shield goes away... until the next area" thing? So over. Another, more annoying problem is that the camera, while moveable, can get hung up on the environment at times.

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GenreRole Playing
DescriptionIt's clear that fans of the action-RPG subgenre have a lot to look forward to in this next-gen title.
Franchise nameUntold Legends
UK franchise nameUntold Legends
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Release date17 November 2006 (US), (UK)