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.