Legendary

Common Sense Media says

Run-of-the-mill shooter; lots of blood and gore.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players take on the role of an art thief who becomes savior of the world. He does a lot of killing, but all of his victims -- both mythological and human -- are obvious enemies of humanity.

Violence

Characters are burned to cinders, ripped to pieces, and slashed open by a wide variety of mythical creatures. Bloody corpses litter many environments. Most of the player's attacks involve projectile and melee weapons, such as assault rifles and axes. Some enemies must be killed in particularly gruesome manner, such as werewolves, whose heads must be severed from their bodies.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Legendary is a typical, adult-oriented first-person shooter. Play revolves around the violent killing of a variety of mythical beasts, sometimes by extremely violent means (werewolves are permanently disposed of by lopping off their heads). There are also many scenes in which fantastical creatures cause havoc in populated centers, gruesomely killing dozens of people with fire, teeth, claws, and beaks. Players can engage in multiplayer play online.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

LEGENDARY tells the tale of a modern day man who is tricked into opening an ancient artifact known as Pandora's Box, which releases countless mythical creatures—werewolves, griffons, minotaur, and so forth.. These creatures immediately begin wreaking havoc on the world, killing its citizens in brutal, nasty ways that result in lots of spattered blood and crispy corpses. Humanity's only hope turns out to be the guy who unlocked the box, an art thief named Charles Deckard, whose hand has been branded by the box's evil magic and now has the power to suck spiritual energy from slain monsters and use it to heal himself. Predictably, the player steps into Deckard's shoes, picks up a variety of projectile and melee weaponry, and goes about the bloody business of rescuing the planet and its people.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Legendary is average in just about every way a game can be. Its cookie cutter settings and familiar enemies are generally plain and lackluster, but not quite to the point of being ugly. The action, which has players shooting, hacking, and healing all in roughly equal measure, is competent but utterly conventional. And its narrative contains interesting concepts and characters that, unfortunately, are never fully explained or developed.

Then there are all of the little annoyances. Fallen debris creates narrow, utterly contrived paths through each environment. You can jump long and far, but seemingly only a couple of inches from the ground, which means huge gaps can be cleared easily but that you can't hop over, say, a fallen 10-inch wide column. And there are many places in which there is no end to enemies, which can prove enormously frustrating when trying to concentrate and solve one of the game's many environmental puzzles. Simply put, there are enough excellent first-person shooters vying for the dollars of mature gamers that it makes little sense to settle for a inferior experience like Legendary.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's mythical creatures and their sources in real world folklore. Can you identify the various cultures from which each beast originates? Does it make sense that all of these culturally diverse creatures would rise together out of the legendary Pandora's Box? Do you want to learn more about ancient, mythological monsters based on what you have seen in the game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:GameCock Media Group
Release date:November 18, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byNiaba November 23, 2009
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

alright for mid to later teens

i thought this game was alright....not the best and kinda boring. i completely beat the game though. it is violent, but not even mildly violent compared to Left 4 Dead 2.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 24, 2009
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
im 10 and i think you should at least be 15 and above.this game has too much guns and gore.its sortove educational because it has legendery creatures.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom August 23, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

I can't really say its bad.

Legendary is a pretty bad game, With a bad story and its really bad graphics. To be honest, Its not really that violent. The bad graphics make it look more like the red paint I'd have in my bedroom. There isn't really gore. If you wanna see gore play Dragon Age: Origins. Its a stupid game too and I see more realistic blood in fish and chips....a.k.a ketchup :) Its not really as bad as anyone here says. Its so not cool.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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