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[Review] Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds – Nintendo Switch

Reviewed by Thomas

  • Developer: SEMISOFT
  • Publisher: Another Indie Studio
  • Release Date: 24/01/2019
  • Price: £17.99 / $19.99

Intro

Legrand Legacy is an ambitious role-playing game in a richly detailed world with numerous threats. With such lofty aspects I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in the world of Legrand and be swept away by the fantastical adventures of the Fatebound.

Fates Intertwined

Legrand Legacy starts with your typical story of an amnesiac lad concerned with little except what’s right in front of him. As protagonist Finn sets out on a small quest, he can’t fathom the journey he’s really embarked upon. Finn meets a dynamic cast of both playable and non-playable characters. After joining Eris and Aria, the party learn that they are Fatebound. Prophesied of old, they are given the task to save the world of Legrand. A vile force known as Fir Bolgs are set to invade their realm. The heroes soon learn that being a fabled Fatebound isn’t going to be easy. The world of Legrand is covered in strife with large nations warring. With conflict around every corner and skepticism about the Fatebound myth, Finn and his troop have to learn to work together and trust one another as they carry out their divine duty.

In this day and age it’s hard to find a unique end-of-the-world scenario in a role-playing game which is memorable and can still impress the player. The story of Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds is captivating and enjoyable. Instead of thrusting you into the perils of this otherworldly invader, it focuses more on the day to day struggle in a chaotic political environment. The invasion of the Fir Bolgs is an afterthought for our team as they have more pressing matters to address before they could tackle saving the world.

Aside from the main narrative, each character has their own history and agenda. These accountings are portrayed through dialogue between the protagonists. These exchanges were a bit too much at times and were drawn out. It seemed like every character had to weigh in and make their voice heard. This often repeated information instead of moving things forward.

I couldn’t help but feel deja vu as critical events were uncovered about our heroes. Not just in their conversations but also their history of betrayal and misleading their peers. The reactions they had about learning each other’s past was a recurring theme.

I found it fresh that each character and nation had a different way of speaking. This element added a sense or realism that draws you into the world of Legrand. Multiple dialects made this tour around the world more authentic. This sense of immersion was marred from time to time when characters broke their speech patterns to use idioms unique to our world.

Embrace the Flame

The gameplay in Legrand Legacy follows standard turn based battles. Enemies are visible on the map. There are no random encounters to bog you down. You can surprise an enemy to gain the advantage in the forthcoming fight. Though they didn’t reinvent the turn based wheel, they did find balance in the combat. Using the method of a timed button press keeps you engaged during the fight. When your timing is perfect, your attack results in higher damage output and increases your chance to interrupt the enemies attack. Likewise, when defending, it’s possible to negate damage altogether.

Only three of your party members fight at any given time. Legrand Legacy let’s you freely switch between active members at the start of each round in combat. Each enemy has a weakness and resistance. Using your team strategically to target those weaknesses is vital to a successful skirmish. This isn’t a game where you pick your three favorite characters and never switch out for second string. You’ll constantly interchange party members, even during casual encounters. There were a few times when my overconfidence resulted in the Game Over screen on standard foes. At the same time, I rarely had to grind to overcome a tough boss. The balance between leveling up to match your foes was well paced.

The biggest detractor for me with the gameplay was having a weight limit enforced on my party. Too many times I was in a dungeon and had to drop valuable loot so the Fatebound could move at sufficient speed to reach their next objective. I found it unnecessary and cumbersome. You do have to option to store items in towns, but at the cost for storage I decided to simply abandon items on the wayside.

A Wise Strategy

Legrand Legacy had a few surprises. Toward the middle of the game you’ll unlock large scale wars. Instead of facing your foe head to head, you’ll command an army on a tactical map. These “wars” play out like a strategy RPG. I really enjoyed the war battles as it broke up the traditional combat. Using strategic placement of troops, you have to exploit your enemies weakness while protecting your own.

You’ll also help reform a town which unlocks several mini games. One of these is the ability to take on war challenges for additional rewards. If that doesn’t suit your fancy you can test your skills with a blade and spar with others. This plays out like rock-paper-scissors. Not to mention fishing or target practice with throwing knives. My favorite mini game was going on a shopping spree with Eris, which is similar to memory style games. I also enjoyed taking on hoards of monsters in a colosseum in the vein of an action rpg. These mini games offer a variety of game play and reward you for taking on challenges while competing with other inhabitants of Legrand for top spot.

Energy in its Purest Form

The music of Legrand Legacy was gripping and enjoyable from the start. With a varied soundtrack that changed with each town and dungeon, the music added atmosphere to an already rich world.
The beautiful sounds and songs were as much a part of the storytelling as the dialogue. The art of Legrand was equally appeasing. The backgrounds were wonderfully hand drawn with immense detail and personality. The character models are rendered in 3D and brought back the feeling of nostalgia from the mid 2000’s of role-playing games. The developers clearly took their time with the art. The portraits were animated and beautiful. The attention to detail was impressive. When each character speaks you see their lips move, with the exception of Eris who communicates telepathically. I checked a few times to see if her lips would move. They did a good job staying true to her animation. Each monster and playable character has a range of motions in combat. The heroes and bosses also have cutscenes for their powerful Arcana attack which I never tired of viewing. Throughout the story are incredible 3D cutscenes presented in cinematic fashion. Some of which I didn’t want to stop watching.

A Better User Interface

When an indie team took on a game with the scope of Legrand Legacy, I expected to encounter a few bugs and technical problems. I wasn’t surprised when I ran into them. Most of which were mild and had little impact on the gameplay. There were some framerate drops and some characters didn’t fully load and were missing appendages. In one boss battle whenever Scatia would perform her Arcana move, there was a dark line going down the middle of her face. Aside from minor graphical glitches the other issues I came across were more frustrating. On rare occasions I was unable to target an enemy in battle and had to restart. The worst example of this was after a long sequence between save points. I was at the end of a difficult boss battle and could no longer target the creature. Lamentingly, I powered off my Switch to try again later. Similar to that was as instance where the game froze during an Arcana attack on one of the final bosses.

All of those minor hiccups are worth the price to have a sprawling role-playing adventure on the Nintendo Switch. Playing in handheld mode worked just as well as on the big screen. Taking your characters portable was a huge advantage and a lot of fun.

Final Wrap

There’s a lot more I could write about Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds. Suffice to say, it does an excellent job on the type of game it set out to be. With beautiful graphics and enjoyable turn based battles, I kept coming back to the world of Legrand despite having a backlog of other games. A pleasant offering of mini games and strategy role-playing battles gave a huge variety to experience in Legrand. If you’re an RPG enthusiast, you won’t want to miss out on Legrand Legacy and the homage it pays to role-playing games of yesteryear.

Pros

  • Vibrant World
  • Memorable Cast
  • Engaging Turn Based Combat

Cons

  • Long Dialogue
  • Cumbersome Weight System

Verdict
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds creates a captivating world in which every role-playing gamer should spend time.
4/5

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