Review – Legasista

NIS America has unleashed its PS3 exclusive Legasista onto the PSN. Should you start crawling through the dungeons, or is this one best left in shackles?

Read on to find out.

In a world where science has become a thing of the past, people have come to fear this ancient form of knowledge as magic spells and curses. Now a young man named Alto sets off for the mysterious Ivy Tower, which houses ancient relics of the lost art of science. His sister lies trapped inside a crystal and the tower is his only hope to rescue her.

Legasista is a dungeon crawler-style survival action RPG. Extra dungeons that give you better loot are randomly generated and players are able to fully customize their characters, including job classes and equipment. They can also alter their appearance by importing images from their PlayStation 3 data storage. The game will automatically convert the images into playable characters.

The art styles for Legasista are separated into two areas. The story is told through anime crafted static images while gameplay is old school dungeon crawling. Be prepared to read quite a bit as the audio is only in Japanese, but the text for the scenes are all translated into English. The story is entertaining and worth following along. As with most anime games, you can expect to see the occasional scantily clad and busty female.

Gameplay is split into two main areas. There is a central location called the “Railyard” that is the main hub for the game. From there you can change your equipment, as well as change your team mates and what their rolls are, as well as their equipment. You can enter a dungeon with up to three members in your group. Other items like the Monster Encyclopedia and the ability to change jobs will become available eventually as you play through the tutorials and dungeons.

Dungeon Crawling

The dungeons are traversed through a two dimensional screen that gives the game an old school feel. The ten tutorial levels are a great way to learn your way around the dungeons and how to fight off the bad guys. You’ll have to play through all ten in order to move on, but how much time you spend there is up to you. This is a game that allows you to rush through pretty quick and easy, but is more fun if you rise up to all of the challenges placed before you.

You’ll be picking up items along your journey, and these items either add to the story, or add to your arsenal. You can only look at the value of the items in the Railyard, as they are broken and in need of repair when you find them. All items are instantly repaired upon your return, so that’s a good thing. Once back at the yard, you can then look and see if what you found is better than what you already had, and swap out accordingly. You can have up to three weapons in your arsenal, but only the active weapon can be used once you enter a dungeon. No swapping out until your return.

The difficulty of the levels range from simplistic, to down right sadistic. Most depend on how much you want to do. If you are just bull rushing through, there’s not too much of a challenge, with a few exceptions. If you are really wanting to play the game, get ready to be tested. You can only use one character at a time, but being able to switch between characters in your group is the key to survival. Some of the bad guys are pretty tough and they rank up almost equally to you.

In some dungeons you’ll come across Bronze doors. Hidden behind these doors are more challenging enemies, as well as great rewards. Bronze keys aren’t always lying around and you’ll probably have to take out a pretty tough bad guy to get the key. Some levels have more than one Bronze door, but gaining only a single key means you’ll have to make a choice, and revisit the level to access the other door. These doors are completely optional, but well worth the time to go after them.

NIS America has a long history of great anime style games, with great dungeon crawlers as well. For fans of this genre, Legasista is a welcome addition to the NISA family.

Slow and steady wins the race, and slow and steady is the better pace for Legasista.