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[Nintendo Switch] The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered Review

[Nintendo Switch] The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered Review
EdEN
  • On March 22, 2024

The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered from NIS America and FURYU Corporation brings us a revamped take on this RPG adventure. Check our The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered review!

 

The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered from NIS America and FURYU Corporation brings us a revamped take on this RPG adventure. The Legend of Legacy was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2015 in Japan by FURYU Corporation, in North America by Atlus, and then in Europe in 2016 by NIS America. The game takes place on the Island of Avalon, where a group of adventurers go out on a quest to uncover the secrets of the previously hidden location. The Island of Avalon appeared on the Northern Sea over 10 years ago, and while many have tried to locate its riches and unlock its secrets, no one has managed to make it.

Since this one was originally a Nintendo 3DS game, the locations and character models created for it sometimes show their age… if you’re someone who is not used to Chibified character designs. The game has a bit of a pop-up book feel to it since elements on the edge of the screen will, well, pop-up into place as you run through each area. This is something that might feel odd at first, but you’ll quickly get the hang of things as you play more and more. It’s not a short adventure since you’ll easily spend 40+ hours playing before you can roll credits. And if you want to 100% the game, you can certainly add an extra 12-15 hours or so on top of that. Mind you, this will greatly depend on your experience with challenging JPRGs.

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The resolution for the Nintendo 3DS’s top screen was technically 800×240, but that’ number is bigger due to the presentation being 400×240 per eye thanks to the console’s autostereoscopic 3D. For this Nintendo Switch release, the graphics have been bumped up to HD territory, which certainly makes a big difference. The User Interface has also been switched around to fit in a single screen vs. the dual-screen setup of the Nintendo 3DS. There’s also a Guidebook section you should definitely check out if you’ve never played The Legend of Legacy.

 

The first step of this journey will be to select your main character from the seven available adventurers: Meurs, Bianca, Liber, Garnet, Owen, Eloise, and Filmia. Meurs is an Elementalist who happens to be the last of his kind. He’s guided by the spirits and can speak with the elementals. Bianca is a mild and gentle girl who, unfortunately, is suffering from amnesia, so she’s also searching for a way to recover her memories. Liber is a young treasure hunter who is always searching for more shiny loot but who has a good heart. Garnet is a Templar Knight of the Holy Order who has made an oath to her country and her church.

Owen is a hardened mercenary known by many as “the Baron.” He’s a powerful fighter who is always ready for any job as long as the price is right. Eloise is a powerful young alchemist who is eagerly searching for the secret of eternal youth. The last one is Filmia, who just happens to be a Frog Prince! He’s the heir to a lost kingdom that can no longer be found on Avalon. He’s not fazed by this and remains optimistic… and he usually burst into song for no reason.

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The main character you choose will always be part of your party, and it will dictate which other two characters you begin with as well. Sure, you can eventually recruit the remaining four characters, but your first choice will be crucial and will determine how much you enjoy The Legend of Legacy HD Remaster. Choose poorly, and you’ll be thrown into a very challenging scenario with characters that you will need to quickly master if you want to stand a chance and survive for long enough!

 

The characters in your party will have valuable stats for you to consider, which makes them ideal for performing under a more particular role based on the Stance you favor. Stances will dictate how a character behaves during combat and what stats will have a chance to improve during battle. No, you won’t be getting experience points to level up as you would on most turn-based JRGP. Instead, the Stance you use in combat will be directly tied to what stat can receive a boost based on your performance. You also won’t be able to grind stat boosts by fighting weak enemies over and over again. Final Fantasy II this is not, so you can’t, say, just attack your own party members to boost their Guard.

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What are the main stats that all party members will have? They are Guard, Attack, Support, Hit Points, and Skill Points – a.k.a. HP and SP, respectively. Guard will be directly tied to a character’s defense moves, which will help to keep them extra safe when in battle. Attack will dictate how much damage they deal with each physical or magical attack they unleash upon their opponents. Support is tied to a character’s, healing skills, overall speed, and the potential for magical attacks that deal status effects to be viable. As expected, HP will dictate how much damage a character can take before collapsing. As for SP, it will be used to activate magical skills, which are known as Arts and Charms.

 

Stances are split between the three main stats, so you’ll find them listed as Guard, Attack, or Support. You’ll have to select the Formation that your group will take when you enter a fight. Take, for example, the Protector Formation. The Protector Formation will allow one party member to block incoming attacks while the other two attack enemies. That way, your Tank can receive most of the damage while the other two party members focus on attacking their opponents as they chip away at their HP. More Stances can be unlocked during your time with the game, but you won’t be able to know exactly where or when that can happen, so be ready!

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The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered brings us a revamped take on a very challenging turn-based JRPG. The game was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS, and for this new Nintendo Switch version, we’re getting a bump to HD graphics, a reworked user interface, as well as a guidebook so that you can dive in and easily learn more about the different gameplay mechanics. An easy stroll this is not, so be ready to see the words Game Over very often unless you respectfully grind over dozens of additional battles to boost your party members’ stats and unlock new skills that can tip the odds in your favor. While you can quick save you progress, be sure to visit Coco, from the Kitty Clan, to properly save! The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered is out on Nintendo Switch with a $49.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by NIS America.

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A challenging turn-based JRPG on Switch
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