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King’s Bounty: The Legend
29 June 2012
Excerpt: King’s Bounty was lang geleden (in 1990) een soort van voorganger van Heroes of Might & Magic. Anno 2008 komt deze sequel uit, die zich op zijn beurt heeft laten inspireren door de Heroes of Might & Magic reeks. Die wederzijdse invloed is duidelijk te merken. Dat wil niet zeggen dat het kopieën zijn van elkaar, wel dat wie graag games als Heroes of Might & Magic speelt, ook deze game best zal kunnen smaken.
Excerpt: When one thinks of Russian made games, images of cheap poorly translated and supported products come to mind. If you were to place bets on what the outcome would be of a small Russian developer making its first game, only those betting on game of the year contender and instant classic would be right. Today we review King's Bounty: The Legend made by newcomer Katauri Interactive.
Excerpt: Even though King’s Bounty: The Legend is an oldie … for the price, it’s definitely a goodie and best of all, it can be played on a variety ye oldie PC configurations with a minimum 2.7Ghnz Pentium IV or faster. What I’m trying to say is that the King’s Bounty: The Legend can be played on older computers with relatively no issues but it’s always good to check the system requirements before purchasing the game. Interestingly enough for a game over two years old...
Excerpt: Whoever first said "less is more" clearly did not play King's Bounty: The Legend – nevermind that whoever said that is probably dead and gone. Might and Magic fans, and, more pertinently, ye olde King's Bounty fans should rejoice if they have not picked up this gem. While the game didn't catch too many people's eyes when it snuck its way onto store shelves, those who haven't been stricken with ADHD due to today's fast-paced, active gameplay trends should give it a double...
Conclusion: Weak writing, the retro look and other flaws of King's Bounty shouldn't stop you from trying the game out. There's a beautifully presented fantasy world just waiting to be discovered, along with a long single-player game crammed with enough content to guarantee a lot of hours of good clean fun. We certainly haven't missed out on such an experience and neither should you.
Pros: A well-polished and addictive strategy game, effectively utilizes traditional turn-based gameplay mechanics, lengthy single-player campaign, huge world map, beautiful artwork, great soundtrack;
Cons: Retro visuals, story lacks depth, weak characterization, world map needs some additional work, absence multiplayer.
Conclusion: With satisfying gameplay KB:TL more than makes up for its dated graphics and uninspired storyline. The combat, especially, is highly enjoyable and it is very easy to find yourself loosing hours to this title. Be sure to take advantage of writing your own notes on the maps and carefully selecting which opponents to engage and this game world will be your oyster.
Summary: One thing you can say for King's Bounty: The Legend is that it fares a lot better than most resurrections of old games. While these digitalized archaeological digs generally reveal that you wouldn't want to go home again even if you could (Defender of the Crown, anyone?), the revival of New World Computing's fondly remembered role-playing/strategy hybrid is a vast improvement upon its 1990 predecessor.
Pros: Solid gameplay based on a traditional tactical RPG formula, Good turn-based tactical depth, Strong RPG flavor and storyline, Colorful graphics evocative of old-time role-playing
Cons: Not much in the way of innovation, No multiplayer