August 15, 2002
Legion: Legend of Excalibur - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
30/9/2002Midway7 Studios1$99.95

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Using magic is a major part.
Despite the Playstation 2 now rapidly approaching 2 years of age here in Australia (yes, it really has been that long) and around 3 years in Japan the system is still suffering from a lack of RPG's. Square's Final Fantasy X was as brilliant as expected, Drakan: The Ancients' Gates was a pleasant surprise recently and there have been a couple of other average games. Fortunately for RPG fans Midway have just about completed work on this impressive looking action RPG. As you would expect the storyline is very important in any RPG, and this game is no exception.

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Battle on the ice cliff.
Legion: The Legend of Excalibur bestows the most enticing elements within the epic legend of King Arthur and his mystical sword, Excalibur. Players take direct control of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, leading legions of men into dynamic battlefield environments. Battling through 14 in-depth missions, players must find and recruit the eight Knights of the Round Table, while Merlin provides background and insight to aid in uniting Camelot.
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Naturally, you choose the attack.
Each action-based mission features primary and secondary objectives as knights progress in rank, proceed on hard-fought quests and discover more than 100 kinds of magic weapons, armour and other legendary items that characters can be equipped with.

Midway are promising that each of the 14 missions will have multiple objectives to complete. Also impressive is the inclusion of over 100 items including rings and amulets as well as unique "Legendary items" for each Knight. Of course the magic plays a major part in the game with over 20 unique mage and cleric spells with dynamic lighting effects and results.
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The graphics are fairly solid.
To top it all off the game will feature many DVD extras including Behind-the-scenes with 7 Studios and the making of Legion: The Legend of Excalibur, a short story on the legend of King Arthur, and previews of future Midway titles.

With a release date set for late September those looking for a good RPG may want to keep an eye on the reviews for this game. Midway are usually a fairly reliable company and while they rarely make top quality titles they rarely make a bad one, and they are putting a bit of hype behind this title so it's likely to impress.