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Gauntlet Legends (Nintendo 64) artwork

Gauntlet Legends (Nintendo 64) review


" Gauntlet Legends is supposebly based on an arcade series, however I have never played the arcade game, but I decided to buy it anyway. You have the choice between 4 types of warriors (Archer, Wizard, Warrior, and Valkyrae) to battle your way to kill an evil demon lord. The game is entertaining, even if you do not have three friends to join in the fighting. "



Gauntlet Legends is supposebly based on an arcade series, however I have never played the arcade game, but I decided to buy it anyway. You have the choice between 4 types of warriors (Archer, Wizard, Warrior, and Valkyrae) to battle your way to kill an evil demon lord. The game is entertaining, even if you do not have three friends to join in the fighting.

STORY (5/10): You have been hired but a great wizard to defeat an evil demon god. You need to get 13 Runes to open the secret gate, and along the way you need to find pillar to open up later worlds. The story is not to strong, but it fits the game nicely.

GRAPHICS (13/20): The graphics are not at all visually stunning. However they do keep the game gloomy and give the game it's rightful atmosphere. The enemies all look pretty weak, besides the stupendous bosses who look visually stunning. However your fighter are also well detailed, along with the 5 secret fighters and the darkness of some levels is a trick of it's own, as it's supposed to be.

SOUND (7/10): Gloomy music sets the tone for a spooky all out war game. The outdoor music is more out going, while the cave music is practically silent which sets the feeling towards the darkness of the stages. The sound effects are the swiping of swords or your respective weapon. The sound is not overdone, but definitely fits it's place.

GAMEPLAY (34/45): You have a choice of four characters to begin, all with their respective skill levels. You have the pure strength warrior, the speedy archer, the balance Valkyrie and the magic oriented wizard. Of course all four of these characters have animal counterparts to be found in the game, which you can change to if you desire, and they all have a flying creature who will follow you around and assist you in battling. The major portion of this game is throwing your respective weapons at various enemies. You also are forced to search for hidden runes, and this is not an easy task as you have to hit millions of switches in hope that it will lead you in the right direction. This is one of the minor weaknesses for finding the runes will become boring, especially if you have 3 people over fighting. However the boss battles are extremely fun, and there are lots of powerups to make each person stronger. This game is fun for single player, for that is how I beat it. The control are responsive, besides there will be a little slowdown when you start shooting thousands of you weapon at once.

REPLAYABILITY (8/10): This game is fun to play through, and I have three character out of the four main types beaten through the entire game. Each character takes around 15 hours to beat the game through, maybe a little less second and third times once you know where the runes are located. Also the multiplayer is fun, although I would have liked if they threw in a battle mode amongst yourselves, to see who created the ultimate character. This is one game I will not sell, and will stay in my slowly depleting N64 collection.

DIFFICULTY (5/5): The difficulty isn't too hard if you keep leveling your character up, however you will have to search hard to find the switches that lead to the runes, and if you do not level up alot at previous levels (i.e continuous returns to the first few levels) you will get defeated alot. But if you keep your level high, and search every corner of the respective area, you should be able to beat Gauntlet without to many headaches.

OVERALL (72/100): This is consistantly good game throughout, but nothing stupendous about it. However I guarentee that this game will entertain you, and I believe it is worth a pickup for any Nintendo 64 owner. Hopefully the gamecube sequel will be just as good, but who knows? So get 3 friends over, and have some fun with Gauntlet Legends crawling through multiple dungeons. You will not regret it.

Rating: 7.2/10

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