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Gauntlet Dark Legacy

Overall: It's exactly what I expected - plus quite a bit more... The game is fluid, enjoyable for 4 players simultaneously, and has enough going on that one really doesn't get bored anytime soon. My favorite aspect of the game thus far is the inclusion of unlockable character classes throughout the game. While in the end they are all but the same as their parent classes, they bring a sort of uniqueness and prestige the character leveling.

The addition of scrolls throughout the game gives intuitive clues that keeps one from ever feeling they may have missed something. The movement of legendary items throughout the realm makes one think about the order in which they progress through the realms and which 'boss' enemies they attack and when. It's no longer just a straight line of pregression as Gauntlet : Legends was.

I may be in a minority on this, but I greatly enjoyed the inclusion of familiar realms that have been redone for the new game. It lends a sense of familiarity to the user the first time they sit down and run the game. The new levels adds some 'Oohs' and 'Aahs' as you travel through new realms - my favorite being the trippy Dream World.

One of the greatest aspects of this game is the ability to return to it time and again and find full enjoyment in doing so... This is a game that will keep me entertained for much time to come...

Gameplay: Fluid even with all 4 players and everyone triggering off massive attacks. Movement is much easier in two player mode than it is in single player mode as there are new visual angles to become accustomed to in the single-player version. Running down to progress often leads one into blind traps and ambushes, and while that may have been the intention - at times it does become annoying. Playing with two players a few paces apart removes this for the most part.

Graphics: The graphics are very well done and are unquestionably an upgrade from the previous installment of Gauntlet : Legends. The backgrounds have real life in this, as opposed to the still and lifeless landscapes present in the previous versions. On occasion there is so much going on you find yourself losing focus on the battles in front of you. Now don't get me wrong - this game is no Halo when it comes to crispness and detail - but Gauntlet was never meant to be... For what the game intends to be, the graphics are ideal.

Audio: The sound effects have become even better. Redundancy of character voice through the upgrade classes is the only thing that keeps this category from being perfect in my opinion. The background music is somewhat repetitive, but if one is playing an agressive game - you rarely hear it anyway.

Suggestions: Set real maximums on character's abilties or find a way to differ them. In the end it seems every character is the exact same thing as they all have 999 Abilities and 9999 Health. Right now the only real differentiation of the classes are the Turbo attacks and rate of fire once you've reached their potential.

Overall Score: 9.0 / 10

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