Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom review

Repetitive gameplay plagues new slasher

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    The graphics are nice and hi-res

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    It's easy to pick up and play

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    Three different characters


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    Hacking and slashing gets old fast

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    Story presentation isn't all that

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    The platforming is more annoying than fun

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If you're one of those people who just looks at the score, you'll notice that Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom didn't score all that favorably. But there's a reason for that, and it's not because Dark Kingdom is a "bad" game. In fact, the gameplay is done pretty competently - at a very basic level, it's a next-gen Gauntlet, filled with hacking and slashing, complemented by some slashing and hacking, and then topped off with even more hacking and even more slashing.

And, you know, that's fun for a while - it's that quick-paced, pick-up-and-play action that appeals to a variety of gamers (not just action RPG fans) because all it requires is that you simply mash some buttons and point yourself in the general direction of the things you want to kill. But it's short-lived entertainment because it just gets so repetitive. Yes, there's a bit of variety (three different characters, as well as some basic platforming, statue-moving, and switch-throwing, among other things) but the game ultimately boils down to hacking and slashing, using mostly two buttons, for hours on end.

More info

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 rating"Teen"
UK censor rating"Rating Pending"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)