Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire

A side-scrolling jRPG with strong elements of classic beat'em ups. Fallen Legion was developed by an American studio YummyYummyTummy. The game came out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita; the two versions differ mainly in terms of the story. Fallen Legion is set in a fantasy world and the player is taken to the Kingdom of Fenumia, which loses its glory because of the king's premature death. His daughter (the protagonist in the PS4 version), tries to cope with the problem and goes on a long and dangerous journey in order to bring peace and safety to her subjects. This is obviously noticed by Legatus Laendur (the protagonist in the PSV version), who's lust for power makes him try to take control over Fenumia. The core of the experience is constituted by fighting enemies in a real-time combat system. The key to success is to make a good use of the individual abilities of the controlled characters, apart from being able to skillfully combine attacks of the entire team into complex combos; however, having quick reflexes is also needed. Furthermore, the player has to make more and less important decisions many times - those influence the course of the story and what the game world looks like. All of this is complemented by eye-pleasing, hand-painted 2D visuals.

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Sony PlayStation 4
Game Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire (PS4) Cover
Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire | PS4

RPG, fantasy, 2D, beat 'em up, indie games, side-scroll, jRPG

Companies responsible for Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire

YummyYummyTummy | game developer

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire release date for PS4:

game language:
English

18 July 2017 | Worldwide

18 July 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.  

An American studio YummyYummyTummy is popular among the players for the Nommons series which encompasses educational games released for mobile devices and Nintendo Wii U. However, because of their great interest in Japanese RPGs and beat'em ups, the team decided to combine these two genres together. As a result, Fallen Legion was developed and the game came out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The two versions differ mainly in terms of the story, which can be experienced from the perspectives of two different characters - the princess Cecille (PS4) and Legatus Laendur (PSV), who's plan is to take control over the Kingdom of Fenumia. Visual differences also appeared between the two versions - for obvious reasons, the game makes a better impression on PlayStation 4, as this version offers higher resolution and better-quality textures.

Plot

In Fallen Legion for PlayStation 4, the player takes on the role of a young princess by the name of Cecille. Her father - the king of Fenumia, died prematurely, leaving his daughter with the duty to ensure the country's well-being. A mysterious, talking book with a power to bring a steel weapon to life, is one of the most confusing elements of the deceased father's heritage. Apart from that however, the book has held a dark secret of the kingdom - as it turned out, Fenumia is a place far less idyllic than its inhabitants thought. In order to fulfill her duty and bring both peace and safety to her subjects, Cecille has to face dangerous enemies and monsters.

PlayStation Vita
Game Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion (PSV) Cover
Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion

Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion | PS Vita

RPG, fantasy, 2D, beat 'em up, indie games, side-scroll, jRPG

Companies responsible for Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion

YummyYummyTummy | game developer

Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

TBA | Worldwide

Game mode: single player

Fallen Legion for PlayStation Vita is a side-scrolling jRPG developed by YummyYummyTummy. The game came out for both PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. However, the version released for the hand-held is not an ordinary port, as the creators decided to cast the player in the role of another character, giving an opportunity to experience the story from a completely different perspective and to face unique enemies (bosses are also included, such as the powerful werewolf).

Plot

Fallen Legion is set in a fantasy world and the player is taken to the Kingdom of Fenumia. The premature death of its ruler resulted in the country losing its glory. Trying to cope with the problem, his daughter - princess Cecille, goes on a long and dangerous journey in order to bring peace and safety to her subjects. Legatus Laendur tries to take advantage of the situation and take control over the country - he is the character one will be playing as in the game. His main job is to get rid of the traitors in the army. However, things get complicated soon and the protagonist has to face numerous dangers threatening the future of Fenumia.

The story present is non-linear - what path it is going to take depends largely on the player and their decisions. It is worth noticing that creating the story for the game was being supervised by Ben Bateman, who designed locations for the well-received Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward.

Mechanics

Fallen Legion for PlayStation 4 combines a series of features typical for jRPGs with incredibly strong elements of classic, side-scrolling beat'em ups. As a result, the game offers a complex story requiring the player to make crucial decisions, as well as a relatively typical character development system. However, the core of the experience is constituted by fighting in real time - although it bears a resemblance to the Active Time Battle system from the Final Fantasy series, it is based on mechanics relatively unusual in this particular genre.

In combat, the player controls the princess Cecille or Legatus Laendur (depending on the gaming system used), as well as three companions - they are actually weapons brought to life by a magic book. Each of those characters has slightly different skills and represents a different fighting style. For example, Zulfiqar can strike the enemies with his powerful shield, Longinus can pierce their bodies with a spear, and Apollon can unleash a hail of arrows at them. Randomly appearing cards constitute another modificator, as one's fighters can temporarily increase their power using them, heal their wounds or surprise the enemy with an unusual technique. When fighting, one of the buttons on the gamepad is assigned to the actions of each character; the key to success is to skillfully combine attacks of the entire team into complex combos. Good timing is not less important, as for instance, the player can stun enemies or reflect their projectiles thanks to blocking at the right moment.

Technical aspects

Fallen Legion for PlayStation 4 is played from a side view, which is relatively unusual in this genre. The game's hand-painted, 2D graphics bring the modern-day browser-based MMORPGs into mind, though compared to such games, Fallen Legion is definitely a better-quality product.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains bad language.Game contains depictions of violence.
Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion trailer

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