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The Legend of Steel Empire

ININ Games
Jan 23, 2024 - Nintendo Switch
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

43%

Critics Recommend

TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
Forbes
8 / 10
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
Pure Nintendo
8 / 10
TrueGaming
7 / 10
Video Chums
4 / 5
Nindie Spotlight
6.7 / 10
VGChartz
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The Legend of Steel Empire - LAUNCH TRAILER

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The Legend of Steel Empire - Official Trailer


The Legend of Steel Empire Screenshots



Critic Reviews for The Legend of Steel Empire

The Legend of Steel Empire is a fun side-scrolling shooter set in an interesting alternate history timeline. The gameplay is easy to get to grips with, allowing people of all skill levels to deal with enemies. However, the short length of the campaign is not truly worth the asking price, so I'd recommend waiting for a sale to pick it up.

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Overall though The Legend of Steel Empire is a solid release and visually updates a classic steampunk shmup that pretty much everyone loves. Even if you never played the original, this is still a lot of fun and perfectly suited to something like the Switch.

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The Legend of Steel Empire remains a faithful reimagination of the original release, even including the end credits gag. It will take a medium-skilled player less than an hour to do a complete loop but it is such a good time, that can't be considered a fault. While it doesn't quite enter the bullet hell pantheon of other shoot 'em ups on Switch, it is certainly worth the shelf space in your collection and might be the perfect excuse to dust off your arcade stick in 2024. Maybe one day down the line we'll get a proper 16:9 sequel handled by the original HOT-B staff, but in the meantime, this is a welcome return for the original.

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The Legend of Steel Empire for Nintendo Switch strikes a solid balance between its modern upgrades and its Sega Genesis roots. Despite its short campaign, the game offers plenty for shmup fans to uncover and master without completely overwhelming casual arcade players.

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TrueGaming

Unknown Author
7 / 10.0
TrueGaming

The Legend of Steel Empire can be a nice and short experience for fans of the genre if found at an appropriate discounted price.

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The Legend of Steel Empire made me realise how much fun this classic shmup is all these years after its debut and that's rather special.

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Despite some visual polish and flair, this upconverted classic fails to stand out in a crowded genre space

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It's not quite a definitive version, but it is an easy way to play an underappreciated fourth-generation shoot-'em-up on the go.

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