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Legacy: Dark Shadows (Windows)

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Not worth the media it's published on Jeanne (75605) 0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars
Nice try... but this could've been so much better! Christian Munive (6) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 1.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 1.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 1.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 1.7
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 1.8


The Press Says

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75
GameBoomers
I'd recommend Legacy to almost any fan of third person story-driven point-and-click adventure games with inventory puzzles. It would also be a good choice for inexperienced adventure gamers who want a game that is on the easy side. I wouldn't recommend it to those who want a challenging game with tough puzzles or those who don't like science fiction.
70
Adventure Lantern
Legacy: Dark Shadows does not quite live up to its potential and has a feeling of being unfinished or rushed. But, Legacy still has entertainment value and should not be discounted entirely. Even with the flaws, it was still fun to play. Reminded that this is Razbor Studio’s first attempt at an adventure game, one can only wish that they can go back and give the game the full attention it deserves. Or, at the very least, take what they have learned from the creation of this game and knock our socks off with the next one.
70
GameZone
There is no evolution in gameplay for the genre here and to be completely honest the graphics appear dated. The voice cast is somewhat disappointing as well. Despite all of these shortcomings I found the awkward quirkiness of Legacy somewhat engaging. Some gamers will undoubtedly disagree, but I think adventure game purists will appreciate Ren Silver’s gawky, broken English charm. When it comes to adventure the story is the thing we all look forward to. So much so that I think adventure gamers are a little more forgiving when it comes to judgment than action/shooter gamers. Legacy has a few interesting moments that will appeal to its core audience.
70
Quandary
However, despite these criticisms I had a lot of fun playing this game and it is the gameplay that is most important to me. I liked how the story is slowly uncovered as Ren's investigation proceeds rather than being propelled along by cut scenes. I liked the small details and Ren's wry comments such as when you look at a drawing of a scantily clad woman on a box on an old railway cart and Ren says, "they didn't transport women in these boxes, did they?". I liked that there were lots of things to do and it is the doing not the watching that keeps me involved in a game. On top of that I liked the gentle humour that came through despite the grim setting.
67
Just Adventure
Despite a variety of gameplay issues, this was still a game I enjoyed a lot. Gameplay is linear, but refreshing in its use of locales and inventory. It is on the easy side so there is little frustration in playing. The storyline was intriguing and drove me to play further and uncover more of the mystery. It lacks the depth of the Gabriel Knight series, but honestly, how many games come close to that level of research and game development?
66
Adventurearchiv
Legacy - Dark Shadows is a nice adventure game for in between, without big challenges. Who of you is 3rd-person-adventure fan and has already played what's out and hot, should try it as well. But you shouldn't look at this first piece of workmanship from Razbor with too big expectations from the start, it plays in another league than The Moment of Silence or Sherlock Holmes.
60
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Legacy: Dark Shadows isn't a bad game, and there definitely appeared to be a better game lurking somewhere just on the outer boundaries. A lot of the issues—older graphics engine, bad voice acting and clichéd story—are simply the trappings of a shoestring budget. While some games, like The Fifth Disciple, seem able to overcome those shortcomings and become a really entertaining game; Legacy wasn't quite able to pull that off due to its myriad technical issues.
50
Adventure Gamers
... Legacy: Dark Shadows is—a brand new, old-fashioned adventure game. We're talking good clean point & click fun. The main character carries a gun and occasionally shoots it, but Legacy is not an action/adventure hybrid. There are some mutant monsters roaming around underground, but this isn't an RPG. If you still have dreams about Daventry or you cried when Kate Walker jumped the train to Syberia, Legacy: Dark Shadows is well worth a look.
47
GamersHell.com
Legacy: Dark Shadows just isn’t fun. It tries so hard to mimic great adventure games like that of The Longest Journey but, sadly, only does so graphically which isn’t a good thing. The majority of Dark Shadows is spent going from easy to very frustrating without much in the middle, and you will find no consolation in the story or lack thereof. Of course Dark Shadows may have a deep story within, but you would never find in any of the horrible dialogue throughout the game. Other than a little charm every now and again, Legacy: Dark Shadows just doesn’t have anything to stand on, and is impossible to recommend to anyone other than the most hardcore adventure gamers looking for another title to add to their collection.
41
GameSpot
It somehow seems fitting that whenever you exit Legacy, it starts to play a cheesy little rap song and then crashes. In fact, Legacy crashes during gameplay, too, so save often. Better yet, save your money for one of the many superior adventure games released this year.
40
Worth Playing
That pretty much puts the period at the end of the review. The content isn't even worth a laugh, and the story is so full of holes (is this based on a Croatian comic or show? It seems to expect you to know the cast in advance) and clichés that it has no value unless you're a die-hard fan of Eastern European culture.
35
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Het is haast passend dat je telkens wanneer je Legacy afsluit, het game een dom klinkende rapsong speelt en dan crashed. Het game durft overigens ook tijdens het spelen crashen, dus sla regelmatig je vorderingen op. Of beter nog, sla je geld op voor een van de betere adventuregames en het is niet ver zoeken naar iets beters.
30
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
You’ll wield a few weapons in Legacy, but what you'll fight most is boredom. There is little history explained or emotion shown between the supposedly friendly main characters, and all of the voice acting is uniformly numbing with nary a trace of lip-synching. The voiceovers sound as if different cheap mics and effects were haphazardly changed during the recordings. There are many basic inventory puzzle like spraying water onto a camera to keep it from watching you, and a few simple logic puzzles like pushing barrels around, but with the low production values. they aren’t much fun. You’ll actually welcome Legacy’s intermittent desktop crashes so you can leave the game quickly—but better yet. don’t buy it at all.