Monday, July 26, 2010

Tournament of Legends | Review

Synopsis: Are you a fan of mythological creatures, fighting games, and over the top voice overs? Tournament of Legends recently released for the Nintendo Wii and Sega was generous enough to send me a review copy to dissect and get my thoughts of time spent with their title to you devoted gamers. In Tournament of Legends, you are able to play as one of ten fighters out of the box from a Valkyrie to a Minotaur, with two unlockable fighters to boot. This is a 3D fighter supporting up to two players that allows gameplay with either the remote and nunchuk or my fave, the classic controller. Let’s get on with the review of this epic fighter of massive proportions.

Praise: It’s a fighter, and if you’re a fan of fighting titles, even bad ones are fun for a while, but being that there aren’t many games in this genre for the Wii, Tournament of Legends has enough appeal to make it the best option for fighting fans that are no longer playing Tatsunoko vs Capcom or Super Smash Bros Brawl. There are many features that are a great fit, but the most unique in my opinion is that you are able to earn and use different weapons and magical abilities throughout gameplay to use to your advantage in between fights. Also, is the chance to replenish health and knocked of armor in between rounds by spinning the joysticks frantically. In regards to the characters, Sega has presented a pretty solid line up as each fighter is from some myth I have idolized at one point or another, along with the environment to go along with each fighter. I also like that both you and your opponent can lose pieces of armor, increasing vulnerability to finish the match more brutally as your weapon will land more hits and land them harder with each piece of armor lost.

Gripes: My biggest issue is a tough call between two things that are pretty important in fighting games. First, is that there is no online play, so if you want to play against someone besides the computer, you will have to have a friend over or teach your pets to use the use the Wii. This is big issue to me as I tend to only play single player when I am getting used to a specific fighter before seeing where I rank against other real people. Movement is frustrating at times because you can’t move while attacking, so if you are pounding buttons you are stuck attacking in that direction and when you are done flailing, the movement is a bit sluggish regardless to which fighter you pick. While it is nice to have additional variety in the Wii fighter genre, the graphics, looked like something out of a previous generation console, and even though graphics tend to be the last thing I criticize when playing a game, it just seems like even a certain fighting game on my iPod touch looks better than this.

Overall, if your system is not connected to the internet and you like fighters and mythological creatures, you will like this game. There are weapons, abilities and characters to unlock to keep you coming back for more. However, if you prefer to take your fighters online, you may be disappointed. The good news is that this title released at the affordable price of $29.99, so you have to ask yourself what is it you need in a fighter before dropping the cash to play as a god. gives Tournament of Legends a 6 out of 10.

Tournament of Legends is available now for the Nintendo Wii.

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