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      14.10.2009 03:29
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      "Gaunt Legends" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Midway. It is an action adventure game based on an earlier freestanding arcade game of the same name; itself a remake of the original 1980s "Gauntlet". In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" which deemed it appropriate for ages 13 and above.

      The gameplay of this title is essentially what was seen in the 1980s. Players assume the role of one of eight available characters and begin their adventure. The game revives the original four characters seen in the 80s (Wizard, Warrior, Valkyrie and Archer) and implements a further four to the mix. What let me down slightly is the new characters generally correspond to the original four in terms of strengths and weaknesses; Knight to Valkyrie, Sorceress to Wizard, Jester to Archer and Dwarf to Warrior. After so many years without a remastered release of this title, I would have liked to see more creativity in the character design. After selecting a character the player is informed of his or her quest. The evil Skorne has escaped from captivity and has scattered 12 Rune Stones across five regions, and has assigned a guardian to protect them in its absence. It is up to the player's character to collect these stones and banish Skorne back into captivity.

      I've found this title continually difficult. It definitely keeps with what I experienced so long ago. Monsters attack in seemingly endless swarms from visible generators. Rather than attacking the problem the player should attack the source as eliminating monster generators will prevent further swarms from that specific object. Attacking monsters does have its benefits, however, as the Gauntlet Legends has implemented a character leveling system. Much like a roleplaying game, set levels of experience points will increase the player's strength, magic, armor and speed. The game does become monotonous at times due to the silent necessity of increasing these levels. A more powerful character will be able to more easily deal with the increasingly difficult monsters as the game progresses. It's not a title where one can simply rush from point A to point B and hope for the best.

      Graphically, the game has been overhauled from top to bottom. The title now offers a slick three dimensional experience while retaining the allure of dungeons and underground seen in earlier games. The level designs are quite dark but adequate light sources are provided in the form of flame torches which increase the sense of visibility to a tolerable level. I didn't experience any navigation problems as it seems the ground remains well lit which facilitates easy movement. Both characters and monsters are nicely detailed and are accented by smooth moving weapons. The overall smooth framerate contributes well to the playing atmosphere and I didn't experience any slowdown or lag. The sound was a bit disappointing and greatly contrasts the graphics. Due to the high amount of monsters attacking the player at any given time, the same groans of pain are heard constantly and this becomes very draining to listen to. It is offset well by the darker musical scores that fit in well with the game's setting, but I did find it difficult to listen to the same sound effects on a frequent basis.

      Overall, Gauntlet Legends is an excellent game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. I was happy to see it keep with its original arcade roots and the technical capabilities showcased in this game serve as an excellent tribute to such a neglected title.

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        12.01.2009 19:21
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        Its great with a mate!

        Gauntlet Legends is one of those games which is bound to split opinion. Other reviewers have complained it is boring and one dimensional, but for me, that is probably a generational difference of opinion.

        I loved this game. Yes it is one dimensional as you run around a variety of locations killing monsters. I use the term 'variety' in it's old skool sense, where a field, a graveyard and a pirate ship are not considered hackneyed and stereotypical.

        There are hundreds of monsters to kill, complete with their generators. You have to get the food, you have to scare off Death with your magic, you have to kill big bosses and collect keys. In essence, this is arcade gaming in the home, somthing they do not do very often these days unfortunately.

        The game is repetitive, especially in single player, yet get up to three other friends playing with you, and this game is amazing. You will be transported back to your childhood, arguing over just who did shoot the magic potion instead of collecting it, and asking each other why there is no food left for you.

        Considering the amount of distance that four people can put between themselves, the camera copes pretty well, but inevitably, people will sometimes get stuck behind a piece of a scenery and you will have to backtrack to get them, but that is all part of the games charm.

        If you are over 25, have a few friends who still play games and like your game without twenty minute cut scenes every five minutes, then this game is for you.

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        11.05.2001 05:05
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        In the early days of home computing an arcade conversion made everyone stand up and take notice. It involved an elf, valkyrie, wizard and warrior entering a dungeon and slashing their way through ghosts, goblins and many other nasty critters in an attempt to build up as much gold as they could get, grab the keys and get out of the maze! The game was pretty basic, top down mazes with tons of bad guys after you at every corner, but there was something addictive about it and it just kept you playing, especially with another player helping (or hindering) in your progress. Now we have a new version of the game. Gone is the top down display and dodgy voices telling you that 'red elf has died' and in comes a 3d effect landscape and tons more bad guys, all rendered in lovely 3d graphics. The key collecting is still there, as is all the food and gates that made the original so great. The problem is that there isn't that much of the landscape on screen at any one time, so planning your escape can be a bit hit and miss, and it does get a bit samey. To combat this, however, there are some fantastic new additions. Pathways crumble away, special platforms move boulders and other objects, and giant columns of fire flame into the sky, burning your backside, catching you unawares, and keeping you awake throught the game! Sound is pretty nice, with some good background tunes and nice effects that are somehow reminiscent of the old game while being new and up to date at the same time. Gauntlet Legends manages to be different from the original, but still keeps all the good bits from the first game, it's more fun with a friend and even better with 4. Just don't argue who wants to be blue elf!

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        20.01.2001 01:17
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        A long long time B.X. (before Xena) there was a game that was the king of hack and slash, a game called Gauntlet. In this game that is not that different to Diabilo II you have to kill thousands of Ogres, orcs, goblins, and other assorted minions of hell to get to the big bad, a really big demon summoned by a stupid wizard.(the originality of these game writers - it's incredible isn't it) At heart is is a faily basic S&D (search and destroy) game, you enter a dungeon (god knows why, you'd thing that people would figure out that dank dungeons and heroes don't mix) and try to find the exit, with the only thing stopping you is a ludicrous amount of monsters, being sped out by huts, holes, other things that evil guys can come out of, and destroy it, then carry on with your quest. However with all of this praise there are a few (small) holes in this game, you can't see very far into the dungeon and so you don't know wheter there is nothing around the corner, or 40,000 goblins (not a good thing) There is another good thing about this game, which every good RPG should have, an experience points system so the more goblins you kill, the more you can kill and so on. The game has lost a (very) little of its touch and while wading through hundreds of ogres and opening up a whole can of whup-ass on them is a lot fun, the game can get a little samey, still not a bad buy, if you can find it.

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          10.12.2000 22:55
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          Ah, Gauntlet. A classic game from the 80's, one that just seemed to eat more and more coins and time, however much you wanted to go home. Well, it's back, or to be more precise, something not at all familiar with slightly similar characters and the word 'Gauntlet' is back, and guess what? It's terrible. Looking like an N64 title is not a good start for a game that has been in development for so long that we had forgotten it was coming out. Also, when you play the game for 10 minutes and get bored, you know that something's up. Our old friend Mr Boredom kicks in very quickly and takes you over, almost begging you to play something else. Now don't get me wrong, Gauntlet Legends isn't a bad game, but it can't be described in any way as accomplished, either. You start in a scene, you kill 20 Orcs, get the key, get the power up, leave the scene, head for the next and repeat, but with 25 Orcs to give you that sense of challenge. Does that sound fun to you? Then buy it, because that is ALL that happens. Ever. But there are two more glaring gameplay oversights in the title, the first being the sound. It's awful, repetitive, grinding rubbish like this that makes you reach for the MUTE button within minutes. The second thing is the hidden switch system. In some levels, there are switches hidden behind breakable walls that you must activate to move on to the next level. Unfortunately, there is no way to know on which levels they appear, where in the level they are or which wall you need to break down to get to them. Which means you'll need to hack and slash at EVERY wall on the level, just in case.

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          03.11.2000 02:18

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          So, you're thinking to yourself.. "This sounds familiar" You feel you might of played this somewhere before? The Arcades perhaps? Yep, you're right, you're not imagining anything this is the true Arcade Classic come to life right on your TV screen! This game can't be far from perfect at all. Infact, perfect is an under-estimation of the game! Not only have they taken everything that the Arcade version had to offer, but they have cramed and added a whole lot more just for us lucky people AND for a an added bouns, you can have multi-players! The game is played exactly the same way as the old Classic, the only difference? It's 3D! And it looks and sounds even more amazing! I can vow its one of the most entertaining and fun games ever so far on the Dreamcast! If you played the original and loved it, come on.. who didn't? Then I'd advice you to play this one. Trust me, you'll appreciate it a whole lot more!

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          08.10.2000 16:15
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          Does the name ring a bell? Played this in the Arcade’s have you? Well now is you chance to take a little bit of the arcade game with you! When you talk about perfect arcade conversions, you may as well be talking about Sega, because I think no-one does it better! This is another fine example both of the ability of Sega to produce a perfect console conversion, and also demonstrate just how good the Dreamcast really is. Not only have they taken everything that the Arcade version had to offer, but also added a whole lot more just for us lucky Dreamcast owners – similar in they way then added to Crazy taxi! I think Sega now puts the gamers first, and the quality of games available for the Dreamcast at the moment sure do reflect this by demonstrating what a wonderful game they have produced yet again. This plays exactly the same as the classic Gauntlet, only now it is in true 3D, and I feel it works very well, making this a massively entertaining and very fun game to play. Some people did not like the original version of this game, although they were, I feel, in the minority, and as this is so close in terms of game play (basically, just kill everything that moves sums up this game pretty well) then they may not like this either. However, I would urge anyone thinking about disregarding this game for that reason to give it a chance, and possibly rent before you buy, to see if you like it. If you played the original Gauntlet and loved that (lets face it – who didn’t?) then you will appreciate this super game as much as I did!

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            29.09.2000 22:36
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            Gauntlet was one of the first multiplayer games I ever played, when I was younger a friend and I spent hours on his Amiga slaughtering legions of orcs, wizards and other monsters. And now that classic has gone 3D and it has done it in typical DC style. The graphics are awesome and the speed of the gameplay is deadly. You choose a wizard, knight, warrior, valkerie, sorceress or jester either individually or in a team to fight your way through a dozen worlds and recover the shards of the portal to the demon realm from their guardians?? Sound good?? Its not!!! Well it is for about a day or two and then you start to notice little things like the only way to refill your warriors life is to constantly redo an easy level with loads of food there, or the fact that the levels are all really very simular. This game is good fun and I am sure that I am going to get it out and play it a few times but really it does get terribly tiresome. Though if you like me were an old school gauntlet fan it is worth buying for sheer nostalgia value.

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            13.09.2000 04:09

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            This is a really annoying game, there are loads of characters, which are all really similar and do mainly the same thing, they all suck. Also there are always too many enemies on screen at the same time (about 50!) which makes the game very slow and difficult to see where you are going, all you have to do is hold the attack button and keep steping forward to kill most enemies, easy. I hate the demo so I’m definatly not getting the full version of this game, it is really boring, slow and just plain rubbish. Don’t buy it!

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            10.09.2000 21:09
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            The best part of this game is by far the Multi-player part of the game. This game is really quite boring in single player mode but in the 2,3 or 4 player mode it is quite a decent game. The is a major flaw in this game and that is that it is far too easy. Well at least,for me it is. This game is a 3d scrolling beat em up. This game reminded me of the Sega Megadrive classic "Gain Ground". Your objective is to slash and hack ure way through hordes of different enemies such as : Humans, Scorpions, Rats and many more. There are Differnt worlds with different stages in each world, rarther like Crash Bandicoot 3 on the Playstation. There is somthing about this game that makes it quite fun to play and that is the fact that it is really simple. I mean there arnt exactly great graphics, actually by Dc standards the graphics are quite poor but if ure used to playing normal playstation games then you wont notice a thing.

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