reviews\ Oct 20, 2002 at 8:00 pm

Legaia 2: Duel Saga - PS2 - Review

The Aqualith floats gently in the air above the lake, beaming down a gentle array of lights into the waters. The town of Nohl is dependant upon the lake, and the Aqualith, a powerful yet mysterious stone, insures that the lake is kept pure to feed the needs of the townsfolk.

That was until the mysterious stranger came into town and took the stone. Those who tried to stop him were cast aside as though rag dolls. He bore the tattoo markings of a mystic, and his magic made him unstoppable. Galvan, leader of the Vigilence Corps went after him, but even his mighty sword was no match for the man named Gold Eyes (or Avalon).

A young man named Lang, found by the lake 10 years before by Galvan and a new member of the Vigilance Corps, confronts Gold Eyes. Igohl, an ethereal demon watching over his master, strikes down the young man, but then tells Gold Eyes to kill him then, for the young man holds the power of Galea. Gold Eyes shrugs off the notion that anyone can stand in his way as he pursues the three mystical stones which will unleash great power and help him rid the world of humans. He has a warped notion about creating his own utopia.

But letting Lang live may well be his undoing. You see, Lang also bears a tattooed mark on him, running across the left side of his chest. Could he be a mystic as well?

Legaia 2: Duel Blades, a PlayStation2 release from Fresh Games and Eidos, is a fantasy game that is quite linear in nature with turn-based combat. Players don’t actually get the opportunity to fight in the game, but can program Lang and other members of his party to perform certain moves during combat. The moves are known as Arts.

The game can be repetitive, especially when it comes to the limited dialogue, and the script goes over the top *sigh* with *cough* silly notations scattered throughout the typed text. Sometimes the text space is taken up with little more than punctuation that really doesn’t advance anything.


The graphical quality of the game can also be a little clunky. The characters move rather stiffly in general gameplay though the anime-style characters do look very good, and some of the action scenes are very well rendered.

This is a game that will most certainly appeal to fans of the old-style of RPGs. Of course, like a lot of the older games in the genre, combat pops up at the most inopportune moments. You simply walk along the path and trigger the attack. While the attacks do much to level up your character, after a while it does detract from the game itself.

The sound of the game can get annoying; the music is quite repetitive and can get on the nerves after a while.

The game interface is simple to navigate through, and this control elements are easy to learn and control is easily-managed.

The environments are well designed, but this is an extremely linear game. The path is set and you can’t stray off it, with most of the environments are built on the maze format. Go left, or go right, but stick to one direction and sooner or later you will work your way through.

Legaia 2: Duel Saga is an enjoyable game, there is little doubt about that. It may be a look backwards in terms of where the genre has been (as opposed to where it is going), but that actually works well on the PlayStation2 console system. With its arcade-style power-ups, turned-based combat system and group combat management, this is a game that presents challenge and adventure.

Legaia 2: Duel Saga is rated Teen for mild violence.


Gameplay: 7
The game draws a linear path and propels gameplayers down right regardless of what direction they really want to go. Early in the game, when Galvan is going after Gold Eyes, Lang is told to stay in the village, but he doesn’t ­ regardless of what you want to do. The game does have its share of cutscenes, and load times to further interrupt play.

Graphics: 7.2
The environments are lush and colorful. Animations are a little stiff when under player control and some of the cutscenes. The combat animation is well done.

Sound: 6.5
You can adjust the music down, which is a very good thing. The vocal characterizations are few and far between, but over the top ­ much like the script.

Difficulty: Medium
The earlier levels are simple and the monsters encountered get progressively tougher. The player interface is rather easy to get accustomed to.

Concept: 7
This is a game that retreats into the early days of the RPG genre, but does so with surprising success. While not entirely innovated or new, it does a nice job of paying tribute to that time while providing challenge.

Overall: 7.6
This is an enjoyable game that is combat laden with nice looking graphics and evolving storyline. Legaia 2: Duel Saga is a nice match for the PS2, and fans of RPGs, especially the older style of games, will enjoy this outing in the Legaia universe.


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