Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - PS3 - Preview
E3 2006 Hands On Preview
There are some elements reminiscent of other hack ‘n slash role-playing games. Take a dash of Untold Legends on the PSP, toss in a cupful of Champions of Norrath, and add a pinch of God of War and you have an inkling of the game style of Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, a game tapped as a launch title for the PlayStation 3 console system.
In Dark Kingdom, players take on the role of a character loyal to the king, though the latter is coming under the influence of dark forces. Sent away to quell an uprising, when your hero returns, he (or she) finds the world changed, the kingdom under an oppressive and malevolent cloud in which civilians are tortured and killed. Ok, that means you have to fight through dark minions, evil monsters and generally other bad things to find out what happened and put an end to it.
There are three classes of players to choose from – warrior, mage and scout. Each can equip a variety of weapons and skill up wading through the monsters. Several RPG conventions are in full force here, and player’s will learn new moves as their characters level.
A section of a level was playable, and it seemed right from the start that there will be an order to the battle as to which mobs you take down. There was a summoner that was calling up more melee mobs, so right off the bat the warrior hammered his way through and took out the summoner. Using dodges, it was easy to avoid taking too much damage and the controls were easy to become accustomed to using. There was a nice responsiveness to the game as well, though – at this stage of the development – the ‘six degrees of freedom’ elements of the PS3 controller were not being utilized.
The game uses the Havoc physics engine for solid animations, and the game is, graphically, a wonderful treat. There are minor puzzles (gate is locked, boulder on a hill – smack the boulder, send it down and into the gates, and it is not locked any more), and a nice array of mobs to fight, including bosses that will require figuring out how to attack and when.
The game will feature two player co-op and head-to-head player-versus-player combat elements as well. There are 18 levels and approximately 15-20 hours of gameplay.
Dark Kingdom does not appear to be treading any new ground in terms of gameplay, but the title will give the PS3 an influx of RPG gaming right out of the gate.