Nippon Ichi Software is a great publisher known for publishing many great franchises and titles like Disgaea, ClaDun, and the upcoming PS3 exclusive, The Witch and the Hundred Knights. However, today we are here to talk about their new PSN title Legasista. Legasista is a wonderful dungeon crawling RPG that will have you playing and adventuring for days. The fast-paced action, in-depth character customization, and entertaining cut scenes, make this hardcore RPG a title that fans will love; albeit repetitive, it still provides a fun in-depth experience. Is Legasista a game you want on your hard drive? Read and watch our video review to find out!
Welcome to the world of Legasista; you play the game as Alto, a young boy trying to free his sister from a crystallized fate. You have traveled through many dungeons searching for an ancient item that will turn her back into her former human self. Upon your arrival to the rail-yard, you will receive breakthrough information after what appears to have been a long journey. You come upon an interesting character named Ms. Dungeon. Given her awkward, but obvious name, Ms. Dungeon is the person you must see to gain access to areas and retrieve the latest information about the area. Once you finish all the formalities of the conversation, you are told to venture into the first area named Tutorial; this area does exactly what its name says. It teaches you the basics of the game from attacking, finding weapons, leveling up, and much more. It is a great way to get accustomed to an already lengthy game and develop your dungeon adventuring skills further.
You will meet many interesting scantily clad women along the way, accompanied by the rail-yard bean sprouts. You will notice that these sprouts are helpful quirky-looking creatures that will be of great service to you in later levels of your dungeon adventures. Unlike most games where you progress and find out key facts in the story later on, Legasista cuts out the fluff and gets right to business. You come across Melize, the apparent item/research weapon you have been searching for to free your sister and it seems that she only has one goal; and that is to fulfill your wish and then kill you. However, something goes terribly wrong and she malfunctions losing all of her memory. Now you must continue exploring dungeons in order to find memory chips that will restore her memory after she consumes them.
Legasista’s gameplay is very simple and pure fun. There are a few instances where the game gets very repetitive with the adventuring aspect, as you have to go through different floors while battling different creatures. The combat allows you to change characters while on the fly, which is great for strategizing against stronger opponents. There are also different classes and jobs that you can change into, which allows you to become an even stronger character. If you are a stat-maxing fiend like me, you will be pleased to know that the highest level that you can achieve is 999. I honestly do not know why you can get that high, but it is nice that you have the option to progress that far.
Later on in the game, you will come across a character-creating system that allows you to make your own characters. This is great and provides much of your own creative juices to flow through the game.
What really entertained me about this game was the voice acting. I have played many RPG’s and watched many foreign films. The one concern that always irked me was that you had the cheesy American voiceover of the main characters. This is not the case with the Legasista. You get to hear the authentic Japanese voices, which really makes you feel as if you are playing an authentic JRPG, something that has been missing in this generation.
Legasista is a wonderful RPG that provides the time and attention to detail that hardcore RPG fans have been looking for. Its in-depth combat, massive character customization and entertaining cut scenes are great. Although this dungeon crawler gets quite repetitive after several treks in order to find new ways into alternate areas, whatever shortcomings befall this game are made up for through the depth of the gameplay. Legasista is a wonderful RPG for the hardcore, and those looking for a game to waste some time with until the fall. Have fun spending your money on this one, it is an absolute blast!
Legasista crawls to the top of our charts with a robust 8 out of 10.