Eternal Legacy is a Japanese inspired RPG released by Gameloft.
This game puts you in control of Astrian a hero who is part of a rebel group who wish to steal a crystal. Everything goes quickly wrong and your hero is off trying to find out what is happening and meeting a lot of interesting characters along the way.
Exploring the world is good with a full 3D world to walk around. You are often guided by an arrow saying where you need to go next. The areas are sometimes small and you will see a loading screen about every five to ten minutes, as you “teleport” between areas.
As for combat, this is done in a turn based (time controlled) method. Select your attack or action, and as your bar fills to maximum the action is performed. You can queue three actions in a row, however, this should be avoided most of the time, as it appears you cannot remove an action once queued, so if a potion is needed, you may have to wait some time to us it if three actions are queued in front.
The game has gone for a save points for saving your progress. These generally appear to be several minutes or less apart, so this will mean some times having to play up to half an hour before being able to save.
The graphics and sound are both very good with the graphics being very similar in style to the newer final fantasy games. There is voice acting on a lot of the conversions.
The Mac version has very little different for the iPad version. The graphics feel tweaked, but generally not improved making them look not so sharp on high res displays. The biggest issue with the Mac version are the controls for moving around the world which does distract slightly for the game. Loading times are much improved over the iOS versions.
The controls for the game are doing using the keyboard and / or the mouse (although most of the controls can be done with the mouse, it can be slow for selecting attacks etc.) The cursor keys are great during battle as they allow very quickly select options. World movement is down best on the keyboard, not the mouse.
On the upside:
- A large and beautiful world to explore
- Dozens of hours of game play
- A good RPG for people new to the Genre.
On the downside:
- Auto levelling may not appeal to more hard-core RPG players.
- If you decide not have control all the secondary characters, they sometimes make strange decisions.
- The Mac controls are an issue in world movement, the mouse movement once selected is hard to undo.
- No keyboard control list within the application (needed to guess them.)
- Does not display clearly when you are out of mana, no on-screen prompt.
Overall, despite the dumbed down RPG aspects I really enjoyed this game. To be honest, I am more of a fan of this than the final fantasy game that it seems to mimic. If you are a hard-core RPG player, then the lack of control of over levelling and secondary characters may not appeal, but the more casual RPG player should enjoy this greatly. The Mac version is a very good conversion of the iOS version, if you do not have the iOS version and like RPG games, then this is a must have.
Size: 740 MB
Price (at time of review): £4.99