‘Fallen Legion+’ Review
Fallen Legion+ is a mixture of two titles that released in the Summer of 2017, Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion. Steam users were treated to the release of Fallen Legion+, which combines both of the games into one title, with some new features. Considering that this is developers YummyYummyTummy and Mintsphere’s first time developing for Steam, I think that they did a pretty good job.
Now, because this is two games mixed into one, there are two campaigns that you can play through. During Sins of an Empire, you will fight as Cecille, who is fighting to preserve her father’s legacy whereas in Flames of Rebellion, you play as Legatus Laendur who seeks secession from the Empire. Depending on which side you pick, you will see either side of a bloody Civil War in the Empire. You don’t have to worry about losing data if you want to try the other campaign, which is nice. Each scene in between battles is actually nicely voice acted for an Indie game. Each character had their own distinctive voice, giving this title a little more life over it’s brothers in this genre. To me, the story didn’t really deliver as much as I wanted it to, but this is something I could overlook given the rest of the quality of the game.
What I love about Indie games is that they don’t need to focus on cinematic quality graphics to make a quality game. Fallen Legion+ uses 2D graphics and smart use of visual effects to capture the player’s attention. If I remember correctly, this title was made using the Unity engine. The animations are smooth and flow nicely both in and out of combat. I never really noticed any graphical errors whilst playing this game. If you like the Japanese Anime style of graphics, then this one is for you. It plays perfectly to that sort of classic Japanese RPG style of visuals.
The combat is where Fallen Legion+ really shines through as a standout title. Don’t think of this game as a turn based RPG because that isn’t what it is. Fallen Legion+ is the closest thing to a Valkyrie Profile successor we have had in a long time. During combat you control your main character and other units called Exemplars. You command these units to attack by no more than a simple button press. There is a combo meter at the bottom of the screen and will be lit up in a certain area, depending on the Exemplars you have with you. Timing is key when it comes to sending your units out to attack. Whichever character ends up in that lit up area of the combo meter, will unleash a special attack. The special attack changes depending on the Exemplar using it. There were times when I found that the response timer for my inputs was a little behind, making me drop combos due to being hit.
As you connect with attacks, your magic bar fills up, allowing you to cast different spells that can truly turn the tide of battle. Whether it is raining destruction down on your enemies, healing your units or even resurrecting dead ones. Without proper knowledge of the combat system, you will not prosper in Fallen Legion+. Along with utilizing the combo system, you will have to block incoming attacks and timing is key. Hitting a perfect block gives you the chance to fire back at your enemies, whether it is with your units or with your spells. In between battles, you will get to make choices that directly affect the outcome of the game. These are in the form of three different cards what will also offer you bonuses in battle. The Red cards represent the Prime legion (raw power), Blue cards are for the Council of Princes (diplomacy and negotiation) and Green cards represent the March Congress (underhanded practices). I definitely recommend this title to anyone that is a fan of Indie titles and Japanese RPG’s, especially Valkyrie Profile. There is also a really brutal New Game+ mode in this version which I highly suggest for anyone looking for a challenge.
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Review statement: The copy of this game was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review.