The Legend of Steel Empire Reviews

The Legend of Steel Empire is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Worth your time
Mar 20, 2024

The Legend of Steel Empire isn’t a shooter that will blow you away or anything, nor is it going to be a terribly long game to finish, but for what it is, it’s serviceable, not to mention its approach in terms of theme which sets it somewhat apart from the rest. I’d maybe draw a comparison to something like Jamestown in regards to that, yet another great little gem that happens to be on Switch too. Either way, you’ll be well served if you do decide to pick this one up, but keep your expectations in check as it lacks any form of extra materials or game modes. It is what it is.

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Feb 8, 2024

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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Feb 2, 2024

A brilliant all round Shmup for newcomers and genre fans

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TrueGaming
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2024

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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Evan Norris
Top Critic
Unscored
Jan 29, 2024

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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6 / 10
Jan 29, 2024

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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8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2024

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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Ollie Barder
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2024

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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6.7 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2024

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

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8 / 10
Jan 23, 2024

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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