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Platform

DS

 

Genre

Action

 

Publisher

Square-Enix

 

Developer

Square-Enix

 

ESRB

E (Everyone)

 

Released

October 7, 2008

 

 

- Very reminiscent of old school sidescrollers

- Excellent use of DSís graphical abilities

 

 

- Can have action in the ďdividerĒ of the DSís screen

- Tad on the easy side.

 

 

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Legend of Kage 2

Score: 8.0 / 10

 

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Itís not often that old console games from the 80ís get a sequel, and itís even less frequently that the game isnít horribly re-imagined into a game with a similar name and nothing else. Legend of Kage 2 pays an homage to its roots with some of the original game elements from 1985 while showing what can be done with the DS. Like the original, the characters are super-human Ė able to jump greater than the

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height of the screen, run like the wind and run up walls and jump off of them with ease.

 

You get to control either Chihiro or the titular character Kage on the mission to recover the princess, who has just been kidnapped. Although the two have different weapons (a kusarigama versus a katana) their attacks take pretty much the same amount of space

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and arenít represented too differently. Besides the primary attacks, your character can learn ninjutsu by picking up elemental orbs Ė once you have collected some, you get to arrange these orbs on a grid. Different combinations of orbs and orientations yield you different spells Ė some defensive, most offensive. Some additional skills are learned as you progress through the game whether you collect elemental orbs or not.

 

The game levels arenít particularly difficult to navigate, but they are massive. At times some levels can be as high as 4-5 DS screens and about 50 screens long Ė which means that there are a ton of enemies and goodies to find on these levels. But most people wonít be drawn into inspecting each level since you can just fly through these environments without too much difficulty. My only complaint about the level layouts has got to be about the usage of the little divider: itís treated as being active space on the screen. So itís possible to position yourself or an enemy into this dead-zone.

 

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The boss battles are where the game really shines Ė each boss attacks with their own nasty patterns, and some of the later bosses will challenge you until their attack patterns can be figured out. A tough boss can take up to 5-6 battles before a method to beating them can be worked out. What makes it so challenging is that while the bosses may repeat their attacks, they wonít use them in the same patterns.

 

Realistically, most people can complete the game in about 5 hours Ė you can add a little replay if you decide to go back and complete it again with the 2nd character, although I doubt it will take another 5 hours to beat it the 2nd time.

 

All in all, Legend of Kage 2 is a great pickup for those amongst us who long for the old Nintendo sidescroller games, admittedly not a complicated game, but a darn load of fun.

 

- Mike Siewert

(December 1, 2008)

 

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