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Platinum Games’ and Activision showed off their new “The Legend of Korra” video game by having a promotional party at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with a playable demo of the game on the Playstation 4, and I got to try it out first hand.
With games like Metal Gear: Rising and both Beyonetta and its sequel under their belt, Platinum Games has made a name for itself in the realm of action games, and The Legend of Korra video game definitely takes elements from these games and shapes them into something new. The demo was fairly short and didn’t have much content, but it did give me a chance to see what’s important: gameplay.
The gameplay was fast and simple. The third-person hack-and-slash gameplay is similar to Metal Gear: Rising except with bending and no cyborg ninja. Attacks were limited to a combo of the Square and Triangle button in whatever order pleased you, though there were specific combos that would yield different combo finishers. Switching between different bendings was also easy with the L1 and R1 letting you toggle between the different bending disciplines. Each bending had it’s uses: Water for short to medium ranged attacks, Earth for the heavy hitting DEE PEE ES, Fire for quick, rapid succession attacks, and Air for more mobile attacks. You also have a block and dodge button for sticky situations, which I definitely served me well at one point in my playthrough.
The demo featured Chi Blockers and the 3 Triple Threat Triad thugs that Korra first beats up when she arrives in Republic City (the same incident that got her arrested). Enemies came in groups of one or two at a time during most of the demo, which was manageable with the hack-and-slash style of gameplay. The last fight caught me by surprise with a 3rd enemy making the fight surprisingly more difficult. I almost lost until someone told me how to use the healing item!
My one issue with the game so far was how it didn’t seem like you couldn’t switch between bendings mid combo for some crazy, mixed combo finisher. I’m guessing (and hoping) that a feature like that just hasn’t been added into such an early build, so my fingers are crossed!
Overall, I really enjoyed the game and am looking forward to it’s release. I give it a score of Pabu out of Naga.
The Legend of Korra video game for the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The release date is unknown, but it’s currently slated for a Q3/Q4 release in 2014.
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