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Dark Kingdom ist "mein" Spiel! Weil ich brachiale Action liebe, in die ich mich nicht einarbeiten muss. Gegenstände sammeln, Händler besuchen, Charakter trainieren - das ist alles spannend, aber lenkt mich vom Ziel ab. Und genau da will Sony Online hin: Untold Legends entfernt sich im dritten Teil von starren Knopfdruck-Kämpfen und versetzt das Rollenspiel in die hinteren Ränge.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom macht wenig verkehrt, wie seine indirekten Vorgänger der Baldurs Gate: Alliance- oder Champions of Norrath-Reihe spielt sich das Action-Rollenspiel schön flüssig und lebt von seinem unverwüstlichen Gameplay. Ohne große Einarbeitung ist man sofort mitten im Spiel drin und kann sich dem motivierenden Spielverlauf kaum entziehen. Fans derartiger Spiele machen mit Dark Kingdom daher nichts verkehrt, zumal es dank der PS3-Power der derzeit hübscheste Vertreter des Genres ist. Trotzdem hätte ich mir ein paar interessante Neuerungen gewünscht, so wird man sich in wenigen Monaten kaum noch an Dark Kingdom erinnern.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is a fun game. It is quite fun to play alone for 20 hours or online with three other friends (it’s even free, and one can use the experience earned here in the single-player game). Hacking and slashing might be mindless but it doesn’t feel too boring or old in Dark Kingdom. Still, a few problems like ho-hum effects and a bad camera keep it from being a truly great game. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is worthy of purchase for those PlayStation 3 owners looking for something to keep them busy until bigger titles come out next year, but that’s all.
It isn’t that Dark Kingdom is broken in any way, but the game lacks the sense of grandeur that can be seen in other next-generation games. As such, it isn’t the game you use to justify the purchase of a $600 purchase. Nonetheless, you’re into hack-and-slashers, chances are that you’ll enjoy the game just don’t expect anything revolutionary.
I really was expecting more from Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom when I heard it was going to be a launch title for the PS3. However now that it is here, I see this as a great stepping stone for future action RPG's, as this is a game that has a lot of great potential, but still needs some new original ideas to take it to the next level. If you like action RPG's you're going to enjoy this game. Just don't expect a completely new experience.
Another top-down action RPG, this time in the more traditional swords-and-beards vain. Choose from three character classes - mage, warrior and scout - and traverse a Tolkien-inspired land of magic and wizardry. You can customize your character with armour, weapons and upgrades, but most of the time you'll be fighting. It's just a shame the combat is so repetitive and the mission objectives so dull. There's loads of backtracking and the game gets samey quickly.
Overall, Untold Legends seems a little rushed, perhaps due to tight deadlines ensuring a launch release, who knows? There is enjoyment to be had in the Dark Kingdom, albeit a rather one dimensional offering, the challenges do gradually increase as the levels go by from far too easy at the beginning to requiring a more thoughtful approach later on. Early bosses can be defeated by simply standing right in front of them and persistently pressing of the x button. The game could have been truly stunning in terms of graphics but is let down again, enemies are often thrown half way through walls and the level of detail is not what I expected of PS3 titles.
Dark Kingdom has had an uphill battle to fight since it was first shown. People knew that this game wouldn’t really wow them visually, but it’s hard to imagine that the gameplay that we found in the Norrath series could actually become any simpler. Norrath felt like a simplified Diablo 2, but it was cool because you could still pimp out your character across the three difficulty levels. As a fan of the Norrath series, I hope SOE can salvage this mess for future releases because this simply doesn’t cut it, especially on the dawn of the next-gen console race.
Overall Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom definitely has some flaws along the way. While this might not be the epic that many gamers were hoping for, if you’re looking for a decent hack-and-slash RPG for the PlayStation 3, then you may want to check out Dark Kingdom.
Like I said it is a fun game, mindless, but fun. Don’t go into this thing expecting anything groundbreaking. The visuals are breathtaking at points and the action keeps on coming. All in all, it’s a fun game but one that we’ve all seen before. For a next generation title, I really expected more.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is probably one of those games that will appeal some players because of its content and replayability. However, if people are looking for a true next gen action RPG experience, they're not going to find it here. Plagued with current gen issues and repetitive combat, Dark Kingdom feels like it was ported over to the PS3 from a pre-existing console. While some of these issues might be changed with further downloadable content, the original game will probably only satisfy the diehard action RPGer.
Even with all the downfalls, many people will still find Dark Kingdoms enjoyable. Problems like these have existed for years in the genre, and to say that they alone will stop the game from selling would be naive. For those of us who are expecting something more for our money, especially since we have now drifted into the next generation of video games, offerings like these are becoming less and less acceptable. I hope that SOE will take these criticisms to heart, and turn the next installment in the series into a truly next generation experience, because if history has taught us anything, it’s certain there will be one.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is probably only interesting for casual gamers and fans of the genre. On PS3 there aren't that many pure slashers so this game will probably manage to create a nice fanbase. A sequel with some more guts, a deeper gameplay and better graphics might finally manage to get the series to the top as with Dark Kingdom is remains in the average bulk.
Essentially, the game grows tiresome quickly as all you are doing is hacking your way across the countryside. The occasional puzzle is thrown in here and there to mix it up a bit, but it's not enough to keep you riveted to the screen.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is far more action than RPG, and along with a ridiculously linear path and almost no variety in gameplay, even lacking a decent story and highly dumbed-down mechanics, there's not a whole lot to recommend here unless you really, really love the genre and don't mind playing something that doesn't require as much micromanagement while waiting for some legitimate entries on PS3. It can be fun in doses, and if you can tolerate the quirks multiplayer is a good time, but it's not something you'll go back to on a daily basis unless, again, you really, really dig the genre. The game fills that aforementioned gap in the launch lineup, to be sure...but even then, it's difficult to recommend a game that while quite polished, clearly isn't ready for prime time... or even late-night.
At the end of the day, Dark Kingdom is a shallow and simpleminded title that holds a faint glimmer of fun. There's nothing here that you'd want to play for more than a few minutes, but ironically enough, that qualifies Dark Kingdom as one of the more tolerable PS3 launch games.
Thus far, the Untold Legends series has been unable to ascend beyond fair-to-middling quality, and Dark Kingdom does little to break precedent. At times it's a serviceable example of what an action RPG is capable of, but it's certainly not impressive, and it makes for a poor showpiece for the new PlayStation 3 hardware.
Playing through Untold Legends on a next-gen system leads to an obvious question: where can this genre really go from here? Graphics bump aside, little has changed since we clicked the mouse one million times in Diablo. We might not be asking that question if this adventure wasn't so obviously linked to Sony's last console. Perhaps the inevitable sequel will manage to truly bring the gameplay into the future.
Bottom line: Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is essentially a PS2 game with snappier graphics. Granted, the snappy graphics are pretty boss, even in standard definition (and you'll notice a difference if you use an S-Video cable instead of the plain old composites), but that's just not enough to warrant the label next-gen -- not when you've got a machine as powerful as the PS3 flaunting its Cell processor.
It does one thing right: it has a ton of hack-and-slash action. Beyond that, it doesn't have many redeeming features. A long list of small bugs, weak role-playing elements and an atrocious camera prevent it from being a worthy purchase.
If you're looking for a hack and slash game for your shiny new PlayStation 3 then Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is one of your only options. Let's get one thing straight; it's not a terrible game. There are some high moments here and there during the campaign but unless you team up with some friends online you're going to be getting bored quickly. This title brings little to no innovation to the action RPG genre and in many ways it feels like a step back. Fans of crawling through dungeons will most likely want to give this one a rental.
Dark Kingdom is as basic an Action-RPG as you'll likely find on any generation of console hardware, as mired in tradition as any to come before it. No doubt for some people that will sound enticing, but this is a genre crying out for a dose of originality and a shove forward into a new era. Unfortunately with every subsequent release of this stature we appear to be no closer to reaching that goal, and whilst Untold Legends is by no means a bad game, it doesn't do enough right or provide a compelling enough experience to recommend as full-price purchase on a brand-new console.
Apparently, SOE simply didn't bother putting much effort into this one, thinking the constant combat (at least the action never falters) and tried-and-true character advancement system would be enough. Maybe they should've found a way to retain Snowblind Studios (Champions developer), because if they're completely in charge, we get this. Yeah, everything in place functions okay, but there's not one single aspect of the game that excels in terms of quality, and there are just too many problems that ultimately cripple the overall package. It might be worth a rent if you're a huge fan of this type of game, but you'd have to be very bored; it's just not worthy of any serious consideration.
Déception est le mot qui revient le plus quand on joue à Untold Legends : Le Royaume Des Ténèbres. Bien que proposant une aventure défoulante percluse de combats incessants, le jeu reste trop moyen dans sa progression et son gameplay pour pleinement convaincre. Un titre qu'on pourra apprécier avec un ou plusieurs amis mais qui ne restera pas dans les annales de la PS3 comme le jeu qui aura montré la voie au genre hack'n slash sur la machine de Sony.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom was clearly rushed out the door to make launch, and the result is a game that’s far less than what it should’ve been. Give these developers a couple of years and we could have something truly special on our hands, but as it stands now Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is another victim of the infamous launch day rush job.
Don't take the bait. Dark Kingdom isn't worth money, but it's not bad enough to hate on either. Just leave it be and maybe the series will return to the PSP where the simplicity can be sort of explained away by being a portable game. This isn't, and it most certainly can't.
So, if you take out storytelling and character building, then add in mediocre gameplay, what do you have? A pretty action title that stumbles far more than it struts. As a single player adventure, there are thirty levels and four difficulty levels to fight through, but it's a quest that quickly becomes more chore than fun, leaving many to abandon the game mid-save-file. The multiplayer, whether with one other person at home or three others online, is about as enjoyable as the game gets, allowing parties to fight from scratch or tackle any existing save file - a very important feature, since there is no way you can tackle this game in one sitting, even with three others. But with the superior (though not without its own problems) Marvel: Ultimate Alliancealso on the market, there isn't much reason to explore Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom for more than a rental, unless you are really bored or dislike comic books. Sadly, this is one legend that would have been better off left untold.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom could have got away with some of its shortcomings had it not been on a next-gen console that arrived over a year after its main rival. With so many more polished next-gen games on offer, this effort from Sony Online Entertainment will do little to ease the pains of a summer PS3 game drought, with even those desperate enough to buy anything recommended to at least wait for the inevitable bargain bin sale.
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is a generic dungeon crawler. Period. With a real chance to reshape the genre or at least demonstrate some of the power behind that oversized gaming grill, Sony instead put out a game that’s barely playable at best. Mind-numbing button mashing with unremarkable stages can only be used to help you forget about the six hundred dollars that you blew on a system to play a game no better than its PSP cousin.
To be fair, Dark Kingdom doesn't have any single game-destroying flaw, except perhaps for that murderous bastard camera. It's an average, if occasionally very frustrating example of a genre that's abundantly represented on other platforms. For the moment, however, it's remarkable for being unique on its home turf.
It's a game that, like other examples of the genre, is utterly simplistic, and little more than a carefully engineered route down the reward pathway of the player's brain. It's just that, unlike other examples of the genre, it's not quite as successful as navigating that pathway. It's mildly addictive in the same way that, say, downloading your emails is, or constantly hitting refresh to update a messageboard. Which is to say, it passes the time, without ever really requiring you to use your brain much. But equally, it doesn't really add much to the sum of humanity and at the end of it you may wonder why you bothered.
In the end, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom is just plain boring. The equipment you can pick up is hardly unique, you're stuck with your weapon the whole time, and even online play doesn't save this one. The graphics wind up making it look like it was a PS2 game shuffled over to the PS3 in the last six months of development (I haven't done any fact checking on this one, but I think this is actually true). And while there aren't really any other fantasy-based games to launch alongside the PS3, I recommend you just wait till one comes along that actually does what games are supposed to do: entertain you.
For those who have played the Untold Legends series on the PSP, Dark Kingdom does nothing to grow the brand. The title feels incomplete with its mix of mediocre graphics and pared down gameplay mechanics. Even die hard hack-and-slash fans will be hard pressed to find enjoyment throughout this launch title.