Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory
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A great adventure with a deep story that features an excellent combat system. However, it has some technical issues on Nintendo Switch, making it a little bit unstable for this console.
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Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory is an action-RPG with a snappy, timing-based combat system and well-written dialogue. However, it's a little messy and repetitive in both gameplay and narrative terms, and the game could do a lot more to explain itself.
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory isn’t perfect, especially in terms of story, though it’s a fair amount of fun.
Fallen Legion has some innovative ideas that shake up the action RPG formula a bit, but the lackluster execution fails to capitalize on its promise.
The unique action and dark story of Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory never quite come together in a way that justifies the game's $40.00 asking price. You can overcome the initial frustration with the inadequately explained combat controls, but getting past the game's repetitive nature will be a much tougher task.
I had fun playing Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory for this review since the game looks great, and the gameplay mechanics are a blast to use. It reminded me a bit of games such as Valkyrie Profile, which is definitely a good thing. By buying the game you will get two full story campaigns to play through either at home or on the go, and this Nintendo Switch version of the game also includes five extra hidden characters to unlock, bonus story paths, additional content and even some more boss fights. Oh, and once you beat a campaign you can dive right back in with New Game+ which features remixed battles for a fresh experience!
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory is the type of game that requires playing first before purchasing. It looks great, with some gorgeous hand-drawn art, and some cool looking combat. That combat system looks like a fresh take on the classic Valkyrie Profile, but once getting hands-on, it's quickly evident it doesn't live up to its promises. The premise is solid on both the action and the gameplay, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The story is horrendous, hugely convoluted, lacking any sort of pivotal moments, or interesting characters. The combat system is too manic and messy to master, leaving it as a real disappointment, overall.
It can gate progress, and occurrences are is so predictable that this should have been fixed. Fallen Legion is a fun, but flawed. If you have the patience to learn these systems on your own, and a willingness to put up with moments of “play by instinct alone,” this game is worth picking up.
Regardless, I'm glad I played it on Switch rather than another system as the bite-sized missions lend themselves well to portability, but there's little reason to go back after completing both routes.