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Gauntlet: Dark Legacy

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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GameCube
64
3.6
Game Boy Advance
34
4.0

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GameCube 9 3.6
Game Boy Advance 3 4.0
PlayStation 2 15 3.0
Xbox 5 3.3
Combined MobyScore 32 3.3


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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy will be a blast as a weekend rental with friends over, but as a solo adventure game, other more engrossing options are available.
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GameCubePeliplaneetta.net
Ei GDL:n tarjoama huvi tietenkään loputonta ole, ja jos sinusta pelissä pitää olla muutakin sisältöä kuin tuhansien ja taas tuhansien öttiäisten lahtaaminen, löytyy kaupan hyllyltä varmasti monta monipuolisempaa teosta. Siitä huolimatta Gauntlet Dark Legacy oli positiivinen yllätys. Midway on jo pitkään tarkoittanut minulle enimmäkseen harmaata tusinakamaa, ja siitä massasta GDL kyllä erottuu edukseen. Se on erittäin pelattava, yksinkertainen ja nopeasti omaksuttava peli, jossa on paljon kenttiä ja erilaista tapettavaa. Yksin sitä ei kauan jaksa vääntää, mutta kaverin tai parinkin kanssa pelaaminen on juuri sitä hysteeristä huutamista ja riehumista, josta tulee hyvälle mielelle, ja jonka pariin voi aina halutessaan palata hetkiseksi. Ja se on paljon enemmän kuin monesta pelistä voi nykyään sanoa.
84
XboxGame Chronicles
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is one of those games that you want to have on hand when friends are over. It's one of the few games that supports 4-player cooperative play and a great party game that's lots of fun. This is my third time playing this game, and the Xbox has easily been the most enjoyable of all three experiences. The power of the Xbox is fully exploited to deliver great graphics, and all those cool innovations that the GameCube version got a few months ago are included making this the ultimate Gauntlet experience.
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XboxConsoles Plus
Le jeu est une réussite graphique, et certains combats contre de sordides créatures en font un spectacle particulièrement réjouissant. Les décors parcourus apportent leur lot de surprises et de pièges. Même si on peut trouver certaines actions un peu répétitives, le côté bourrin du jeu plaira au plus grand nombre. La magie Gauntlet fonctionne toujours à quatre joueurs !
83
GameCubeConsoles Plus
Le jeu est une réussite graphique, et certains combats contre de sordides créatures en font un spectacle particulièrement réjouissant. Les décors parcourus apportent leur lot de surprises et de pièges. Même si on peut trouver certaines actions un peu répétitives, le côté bourrin du jeu plaira au plus grand nombre. La magie Gauntlet fonctionne toujours à quatre joueurs !
82
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is one of those few ports from the arcade that actually exceeds the coin-op original. The sheer fact of saving all those quarters is a big plus, but the visual splendor of this game along with its fast paced monster slashing gameplay is the core element of this game's success.
80
PlayStation 2PSM
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is just the ticket for gamers whose idea of a good time is spending the afternoon knee deep in gore, maggots and slimy demons. It may be old school, but it's still a hell of a good time. With its excellent music, creepy atmospheric graphics, and non-stop action, Gauntlet is just the ticket for gory fun.
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GameCubeUOL Jogos
Se você é do tipo de jogador retrô que não se importa com gráficos e está à procura de um bom jogo multiplayer para o GameCube, Gauntlet Legends: Dark Legacy é uma boa pedida.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Nichts Besonderes, aber trotzdem recht spaßig. Während man Gauntlet Dark Legacy -außer mit mehreren Mitstreitern- selten länger als eine Stunde am Stück spielen wird, kann man doch sicher sein, dass man es immer wieder mal hervorkramen wird, um dem letzten Endgegner wieder ein Stückchen näher zu kommen. Größte Schwachpunkte sind Grafik und Sound, die nur selten über das Prädikat „gehobener Durchschnitt“ hinaus kommen. Doch angesichts des simplen -und merkwürdigerweise- motivierenden Spielprinzips sieht man gerne über diese Durchschnittlichkeit hinweg und konzentriert sich auf das eigentliche Spiel: sammeln, suchen, kämpfen. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger.
80
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
On the bonus side, there is a bunch of hidden rooms and characters that can be found all over Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. What's really nice is that some of these little bonuses are found through original Gauntlet style mini games. It's a bonus within a bonus. And like a lot of PlayStation 2 games, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy features very quick load times.
80
GameCubeGaming Target
I greatly enjoyed the music and sound effects of Gauntlet Legends. Some of the sounds have been redone, and some have been left completely unchanged, but they all sound convincing, if not fresh, in Gauntlet Dark Legacy. The remixed tunes from returning stages sound much better thanks to the GameCube’s disc-based media. The new music is equally powerful and memorable. None of the music is actually grating, although some of it is forgettable. More often than not, you will be exploring and slaughtering to music that is at least hum-able, if not downright enjoyable. In general, the music is deep and melodic, and sounds appropriate given the locales they are meant to represent. The classic ‘Gauntlet voice’ makes a triumphant return and adds to the atmosphere in a huge and nostalgic way.
80
PlayStation 2GameZone
It's all about the multi-player action.
79
PlayStation 2Gamezilla
Although Gauntlet: Dark Legacy isn't what I'd call a truly astounding title, it is a fun party game that can be enjoyed by four people at once. There are a surprising number of additions when compared to the arcade version -- so many, in fact, I couldn’t name them all here. With graphics that update the original and show that the PS2 can run an arcade perfect translation, and that same old godlike Gauntlet voice, this title can be fun for a long time.
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PlayStation 2Gamer's Pulse
While hack ‘n’ slash isn’t for everyone, if you’ve got a yearning for some mad fights and simple puzzle solving on your PS2, Gauntlets: Dark Legacy just might be the title for you. It tends to get stale when going solo, but then again, this series was always meant to played with friends. So invite a few over, plug in the multitap, and get ready to kick some arse.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
I still prefer the unique item hunt that is Diablo, rather than grabbing temporary boosts in Gauntlet. However, gaining levels, saving up gold, and finding new artifacts aren't bad ways to keep you hooked to Dark Legacy's quest. This isn't game of the year potential, but the PS2 could use more great multiplayer games like Gauntlet Dark Legacy.
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Game Boy AdvancePGNx Media
Gauntlet Dark Legacy is based on the recently released console games. Porting a 3D console title to the GBA isn't the easiest thing to do and the development team had to overcome several things. Midway might of been better off porting the old... eh, 'classic' versions instead of the newer games. The game uses a psuedo-3D engine as the camera. Think of Spyro 2 or the Lord Of The Rings: GBA.
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GameCubeGameZone
Overall, this game could be a great purchase, or it may be a terrible purchase, depending on your taste. If you are a Gauntlet fan from the old school you will definitely feel right at home. If you like a fast paced dungeon crawler with non-stop action, endless “hit the switch to open the door” puzzles, and straight hack and slash gameplay, you will definitely have hours of fun and replay value with the multiple levels and multiple characters to level up and watch become more and more powerful with each swing of the axe or flash of a fireball. Even if you aren’t any of the above but have a group of friends who just need a co-op multiplayer action game, this one can definitely be a winner. If you like a little more structure or actual RPG element to your medieval dungeon romping, I suggest you pass this one up and leave saving the world from Skorne to some other group of armchair heroes.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Gauntlet Dark Legacy isn’t exactly showcasing the PlayStation 2’s power, so don’t expect a lot in this department, but the game itself is entertaining even without the flashy graphics. Like previous installments, you basically hack your way through levels looking for cash, items, and hidden treasures. Unfortunately, some of the levels here are from the original Gauntlet Legends, but Midway did add some new monsters and even some new items to keep it interesting. For all this game’s shortcomings I still enjoy playing it. I like leveling-up the characters, solving the level puzzles, and adventuring with friends (the game definitely benefits from having a partner). There is a lot of game here, and if you took the time to do it with every type of character, you could play this game for months. I don’t think I could play Dark Legacy through more than once, but the first time is a fun adventure.
72
XboxGameZone
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is as much a shooter game as it is a fantasy role-playing game. You can engage in hand-to-hand combat, but you can also shoot from your weapon (including axes and swords) indiscriminately from a distance. While not a drawback, it does provide more of an arcade flair to the game.
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PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Gauntlet ist weit davon entfernt, ein wirklich überzeugendes Spiel zu sein. Nur der spassige Multiplayer Mode bewahrt das Game davor, in die wirklich tiefen Wertungsregionen zu fallen. Wer oft mit Kollegen vor der Konsole sitzt, der sollte Gauntlet eventuelle eine Chance geben. Allen anderen empfehlen wir jedoch eher: Finger weg!
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Xbox4Players.de
Angesichts der äußerst schwachen Grafik und dem wenig überzeugenden Sound werden nur wenige Spieler die Geduld haben, die Vorzüge von Gauntlet Dark Legacy auszukosten. Denn gerade bei einem unkomplizierten und auf Dauer wenig abwechslungsreichen Spielprinzip wäre eine wenigstens durchschnittliche akustische und optische Untermalung Pflicht. Dabei helfen die Steuerung und der Multiplayer-Modus sogar noch, Gauntlet vor einem absoluten Absturz ins Nichts zu retten. Doch trotz allem sollte sich jeder von Midways Versuch schnell Kohle zu machen fernhalten und sich lieber dem kontroversen Hunter - The Reckoning zuwenden. Da stimmt wenigstens das technische Umfeld.
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XboxGaming Target
Overall, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, is extremely weak as an example of how a next generation title should look, but it’s interesting enough in it’s play mechanics (however basic they may be) to give gamers looking for a bit of an old school, platform experience something to dig into. Rent it first.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
If you have a group of bored, bloodthirsty friends visiting, having Dark Legacy around would definitely be an asset. You'll even get into the single-player game, for a little while--or a long while, depending on your attention span. But, ultimately, it's hard to argue that the game has any long-standing single-player value. While this isn't due to its design--there definitely is a lot there, and the manner in which it's presented to you is very functional--the game isn't exactly action-packed, making it a game that becomes tedious after only a few hours of play.
60
PlayStation 2Playmag
Jouable seul ou à plusieurs (jusqu'à 4) Gauntlet DL reste néanmoins un soft marrant mais franchement redondant. Les niveaux se suivent et se ressemblent, les ennemis s'acharnent (un peu dans le vide car pour mourir - hormis contre un boss - il faut y mettre du sien) et l'argent que vous amasserez vous servira à vous procurer les items, ceux-là même que vous trouverez gratuitement dans les niveaux.
60
PlayStation 2Super Play
Är man ensam är Gauntlet: Dark Legacy ett spel som enbart håller ett par timmar, inte för att det är lätt och kort, utan för att det är långtråkigt och repetetivt. Men är man fler, allra helst fyra, förvandlas ovan nämnda nackdelar till fördelar som får spelet att vara över åtminstone ett par spelkvällar. Tråkigare kan man ha det!
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GameCubeGamePro (US)
This is definitely one of those games that's somehow fun despite itself. Gauntlet's walk/collect treasure/shoot everything a lot gameplay is hardly revolutionary and extremely superficial. Inventory management (even though it’s been updated for the GameCube version) is a chore. And while there are lots of characters to pick from, their differences are mostly cosmetic aside from a few token RPG-like stats. The graphics are simple (greetings, giant triangle!), the sound effects seem sampled at bargain basement prices, and the game, even in single-player mode, occasionally runs decidedly unsmoothly.
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GameCubeGameSpy
It just doesn't do anything that the original didn't do better (for its time). Rent it and save some cash, because you'll wish you had if you buy it.
58
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy has more than enough items, upgradeability and weird creatures to keep your attention for more than a rental, but only if you have a few friends to play it with.
55
GameCubeNintendo Difference
En somme, Gauntlet Dark Legacy sur GameCube est très décevant. Il n’est conseillé qu’aux grands fans de la série, et même là, je ne suis pas sûr. Dommage Midway, dommage…
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Un titre décevant même si l'on est content de retrouver Gauntlet sur PS2. Dommage que ce passage à la nouvelle Sony n'ait pas occasionné un petit époussetage de ce titre mythique.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Une version qui n'apporte rien de plus que sur PS2, si ce n'est la possibilité de jouer à 4 sans l'aide d'un quelconque multitap. Le jeu est aussi répétitif que décevant, même si l'on est content de retrouver Gauntlet sur GameCube. Dommage que ce passage à la génération 128 bits n'ait pas occasionné un petit époussetage de ce titre mythique.
53
XboxGamesmania
"Hack&Slash"-Fans müssen sich noch eine Weile gedulden, bis Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance für Xbox erscheint. Da könnte der eine oder andere Spieler in der Zwischenzeit versucht sein, zu Gauntlet: Dark Legacy zu greifen. Wir würden allerdings empfehlen, dass ihr euch das Spiel erst einmal ausleiht, um so Enttäuschungen vor zu beugen. Mehr als einen Nachmittag Spaß hatten wir nämlich selbst im Mehrspieler-Modus nicht. Und somit wäre eine Videothek, die Xbox-Spiele verleiht, die ideale Anlaufstelle.
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GameCubeGameSpot
Ultimately, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is a dated game that has seen slightly better releases on other systems. While the other aspects of the game have remained relatively intact, the GameCube version's frame rate issues give the game an extremely rough appearance. The message most clearly stated by Gauntlet: Dark Legacy may be that Midway should concentrate on creating something new instead of releasing console ports of 4-year-old arcade technology.
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XboxGameSpot
Ultimately, Gauntlet Dark Legacy is a dated game that has remained unchanged in this latest release, and it should only interest those entirely new to the series. If you've never played Gauntlet Legends or Dark Legacy, then you and three friends can conceivably have fun playing this simplistic, albeit sizable, game. Although with other, more modern, attractive, and original options on the immediate horizon for the Xbox, few players can justify picking this up. The message most clearly stated by Gauntlet Dark Legacy may be that Midway should concentrate on creating something new instead of releasing console ports of 4-year-old arcade technology.
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PlayStation 2Gamekult
Ressusciter des concepts pour en faire des jeux nouveaux est un art délicat, et Midway devra revoir encore une fois sa copie pour réitérer le succès de Gauntlet. Ce Dark Legacy, tout en 3D et en effets spéciaux, apporte beaucoup d'objets, des sorts et même des personnages en plus, mais la monotonie de son gameplay associé à une grande lenteur lassera les plus fans, même en multijoueurs. Le jeu à sortir dans une soirée entre potes en attendant le début du match, en fait.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Over Online
However, the multiplayer is quintessential to the Gauntlet franchise -- I'm not sure how it could survive without it. With anemic gameplay, less than stellar visuals, something is found wanting in Dark Legacy. And in the final analysis, you can be sure the only legacy left here is a long shadow cast on the next Gauntlet title, which will have to work double time to redeem itself to fans here. If you want to cuddle up next to friends for Dark Legacy action this holiday season, seek out one of the console versions. But if you're scrooge and you like to play alone, maybe Dark Legacy on the Game Boy Advance is for you.
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GameCubeIGN
All said and done, Dark Legacy is the type of title you want to rent. If you and three of your friends are looking for something you can pass some time with, head out and rent Dark Legacy. But, unless you're looking for a totally mindless single-player experience -- and there are plenty hours of it -- keep away from purchasing this one.
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XboxIGN
In the end, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is a fun four-player romp that you'll want to experience only a bit at a time. Less demanding gamers will get a kick out of its intuitive setup, but those in the hardcore bunch will tire of its simplicity promptly.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
It's rather odd that Midway and Pocket Studios would choose to water down the concept of Gauntlet Dark Legacy into a game that's basically a modern revamp of the original Gauntlet games from the 1980s. That was a simpler time, and it just wasn't possible then to implement a lot of the gameplay features we're used to today. Still, even those old and dated games had multiplayer capability, something that is missing from this supposedly modern game. Gauntlet Dark Legacy is a fair adventure in button pressing, but that's as far as it goes.
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GameCubeGame Chronicles
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is one of those games that you want to have on hand when friends are over. It's one of the few games that supports 4-player cooperative play and a great party game that's lots of fun; however, the substandard quality of this particular version prohibits me from recommending it to anyone.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy
The Game Boy Advance is a capable system, so there's really no excuse for this clumsy translation of Gauntlet. If the amount of levels was lessened and the attention to detail was heightened, it'd be a moderately more entertaining adventure. Yet, that's hardly the case. Instead, this is a hack-and-slash fest in its most basic, embarrassing form -- and faulty, at that. In this day and age, where no gaming platform is restricted to an 8-bit palette, there's entirely no justification for an awkward free-for-all like this to have been released.
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Game Boy AdvanceIGN
If I had been in charge of the Gauntlet project, I would have canned the whole Dark Legacy port. Instead, I would have put the team to work on reproducing the 1985 original on the Game Boy Advance hardware, with emphasis on getting the engine to fit in a multi-boot file so that anyone with a GBA system could jump in and connect for four player connectivity. It could have been done, and it should have been done...and probably would have taken less time than attempting a ground-up GBA recreation of an arcade and console sequel that wasn't that great to begin with.
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Game Boy AdvanceHonestGamers
The primary appeal of the Gauntlet franchise always has been its multiplayer aspect. Going solo gets tedious, as the games are pretty simple and repetitive; but with multiple players, things change in a heartbeat. The action gets tense as everyone competes over kills, treasure and life-restoring food items. In the olden days, life meters would descend as time passed, making the competition for goods all the more crucial. Many recent Gauntlet releases, such as home versions of Dark Legacy, eliminated the "constant life draining" thing, but added special powers and bonus characters to unlock.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
I can't believe Midway published this stinker and let it put a black eye on a series, that as a whole, is usually quite good.
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Game Boy AdvanceGaming Target
The game’s greatest flaw is immediately apparent; GDL thoroughly lacks ambition. Gauntlet Dark Legacy was never exactly an ambitious title, but it was extremely fun in a classic manner. From the onset, Gauntlet Dark Legacy GBA disappoints. The graphics resemble high resolution Gameboy Color technology, the music is insipid and loops endlessly, and the gameplay crawls along at a pace that simply cannot be believed. A stage that would take you two or three minutes to sprint though had it been running at a normal pace instead takes ten or fifteen.