Legendary: The Box Hands-On

We play through an action-packed and werewolf-filled demo of Spark Unlimited's upcoming first-person shooter.

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Legendary: The Box is a first-person shooter in which you'll assume the role of a thief who, at the game's outset, unwittingly opens Pandora's Box inside a New York museum and unleashes all manner of monsters on the world. It's been about four months since we last saw Legendary: The Box in action, and at that point we were treated to demos of the game's first level and another set inside a cathedral. Our recent meeting with Spark Unlimited was long overdue but well worth the wait because we were afforded an opportunity to play through a pretty substantial demo.

Set in an as-yet unnamed small English city that has clearly seen better days, the demo tasked us with fighting our way through cobbled streets toward a cathedral that may or may not be the same one we saw the interior of at E3 earlier this year. For much for the demo we were accompanied by a small number of artificial-intelligence-controlled squadmates, but we weren't able to influence their actions in any way. To be perfectly honest, their most important role seemed to be dying in front of us in a variety of occasionally entertaining ways.

Werewolves will attack just about anything that moves in Legendary: The Box.

For the most part, our colleagues were being killed by the same werewolves that we saw at E3, and they attack both unpredictably and quickly. When they're not busy tearing your colleagues and members of the evil Black Order to shreds, Legendary's werewolves like to run around and scale walls, which can make them tough targets to keep in your sights. In addition to the garden-variety werewolves that we were up against, the demo featured a number of the more powerful alpha werewolves. The alphas are colored slightly differently and are larger than the regular werewolves, and they like to position themselves atop buildings and such and then throw chunks of destroyed walls and other debris at you. All of the werewolves can resurrect themselves if their heads are still intact, so decapitation is mandatory.

Our arsenal, although small compared to that which you'll have access to in the finished game, was thankfully more than adequate for the task at hand, and there was no shortage of discarded weapons and ammo to pick up as we progressed through the demo. Our weapons included a submachine gun, which sacrifices accuracy in order to spray bullets all over the place; a shotgun, which is super-effective up close but not very useful at range; and an assault rifle, which represents something of a happy medium between the aforementioned guns and comes equipped with a scope. We also had access to frag grenades and Molotov cocktails, the latter of which did a great job of setting fire to enemies and environmental objects alike. If you've checked out our previous coverage of Legendary: The Box, you'll know that the protagonist also has the ability to siphon health from fallen enemies using a strange symbol that was burned onto his hand when he touched Pandora's Box. We can now confirm that you're able to siphon health into a reserve as well as into your health bar, which, for example, gives you the option to heal yourself in the middle of a boss battle when there are no corpses around.

Although not a boss battle per se, we had an opportunity to play through such a battle when we encountered our first minotaur. When we encountered said anthropomorphic bovine, it was already doing battle with a handful of Black Order soldiers, but they didn't last long enough against the beast to do any real damage before its attention turned to us. The battle that ensued took place in a small courtyard that might as well have been a gladiatorial arena, given that there was no way for us to escape and that the area seemed purpose-built for the encounter. The minotaur--which will be one of many in the game, we're told--was a very different prospect than the werewolves that we'd been battling previously; it moved relatively slowly, but its attacks were much more powerful, and for the first portion of the encounter it was wielding a Celtic-cross-style gravestone as a club. After throwing the gravestone at us, the minotaur's resorted to charging at us like a bull, and every time we avoided it a wall behind us would take the hit and be visibly damaged. Incidentally, we're told that the minotaur doesn't take any damage when it crashes into walls, so don't expect to beat it just by playing matador.

Playing matador won't do you much good against the minotaur.

The last encounter of the demo pitted us against a large wormlike creature that rose up through the ground and pulled a number of Black Order soldiers down into its hole as we looked on. The worm managed to grab us as well at one point, but we were still able to shoot at it and, thankfully, it released its grip on us shortly before it died. After that, we were rewarded with the obligatory "thanks for playing" screen.

Although it's certainly a good showpiece for Legendary: The Box, we're told that the demo we played won't necessarily be one that's made available for public consumption prior to the game's release. Nevertheless, at least one demo will be forthcoming, and we got the distinct impression that at least two are currently in the works. We look forward to bringing you more information on Legendary: The Box prior to its release next year.

Discussion

168 comments
delisolucan
delisolucan

i just started to play the game it waste of money dudes i run it very high graphics selection but still lokks bad and the creatures are bad and bla bla it can't get higher than 5.6 not 6 =))

boyd803
boyd803

looks... hmmmm......

NuclearDefCon1
NuclearDefCon1

lol, looks like i was right :P critic score 5.2 :P

NuclearDefCon1
NuclearDefCon1

ive seen worse. i bet it doesnt get more then 6/10.

buzzcann
buzzcann

This looks like every other FPS... I dont get why all you people are hyped up on it. Seems stale and typical. The bird looking creatures that are covered with feathers and what not look especially dumb.

Ali_Sab
Ali_Sab

When is the Demo of this out? can't wait to try it

it009x9281
it009x9281

Reminds Me Of Hellgate London but without that pay to play crap

HAL5000
HAL5000

Dam… werewolves, mythological creatures, monsters galore and a lot of gun fire. What’s not to like here. To boot, a modern day setting and a level of destruction yet to be experienced of this magnitude. It is shaping up to be a heart pumping adrenaline rush from start to finish. I look forward to this gaming experience.

jamthulhu
jamthulhu

Personally, I can't wait to see the demo. I don't play a ton of FPS games, so as long as it's not full of glitches, I think it will be a WIN.

dalesinger
dalesinger

This could only be an epic fail or an epic success. I doubt it will fall anywhere in between.

FFbest
FFbest

Looks amazing; can't wait!

Harville
Harville

sounds cool. i might pick it up when its out

1Slide5
1Slide5

this looks awesome defenetly gonna buy it

SmallMafia
SmallMafia

A game I really want to see do well after all this love and effort went into making it so far.

lowkey254
lowkey254

i will give the production team their due. They are putting their hearts into it (I assume). I hope someone from spark unlimited is scanning this board so that they can relay the criticizm. Maybe, just maybe, that will inspire the team to at least make the gameplay the best it can be.

lowkey254
lowkey254

All the characters look the same in the vids. I know it's still a work in progress but the main character kept jerking like a crackhead or something. I'm not sure about this one.

jake-lutze
jake-lutze

I think this might be pretty good. I might actually buy it.

cjdaweasel
cjdaweasel

Even if it sucks *Thumbs Up* for trying something different.

lbjkurono23
lbjkurono23

looks interesting. But next time tell us how is the game play(frame rate) Justin.

wolfofthepack
wolfofthepack

courtneya3 getting rather tired of FPS's with nonsense story lines..... A thief who opens Pandora's box? Really?..... lets c aliens invading the world, aliens tryin to take over the world, terroist tryin to take over the world, killin terroist, world war 1,2,3 come na man these have been done to many times u want 1 of these again? now u get somethin new and there is a problem?

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Everyone is growing tired of fps games. I got a feeling this one will come out and disappear fast. Not to say it will be a bad game, but gamers have grown tired of the genre.

DatLuckyPlaya
DatLuckyPlaya

Courtneya3, so you prefer just generic alien shooters or terrorist shooters?

courtneya3
courtneya3

getting rather tired of FPS's with nonsense story lines..... A thief who opens Pandora's box? Really?.....

taurian0205
taurian0205

mehhh with so many FPS out nowadays, this one seems to be standing on the boring side of the crowd, the screen shot aint even good at all!!

maximaxi4eva2
maximaxi4eva2

As GriffinLord602 said, this project could turn out great, or fail miserably. But i think its great that people are finally mixing fantasy with modern day. Let shove a G36 up those werewolves asses!

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

Hmmm, mixed thoughts come into mind about this, but still, it could be good, or could be bad. Can't tell at least till the demo comes out.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Cool idea, shame is been dumbed down as a first person shooter. Fantastic idea for a RPG with human NPC's to work with against the creatures

bustap949
bustap949

Cool idea for a FPS. I like all the damage that the creatures are doing to the city. But someone explain to me how military trained black order soldiers get worked by the creatures and then some how a thief survives their attacks... oh well. I dont really care about the story, I can watch a bluray or play elder scrolls for that. Just gimme some good old fashioned *** kicking with killer physics and I am good!

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

I hope the game its self is good. I'm glad the story isn't the over used "omg portal to hell, banish demons chosen one" Onno it's a slightly clever idea to kick off the game. However, that doesn't mean the story won't play out like crap. Let's hope it doesn't.

kcklhoie
kcklhoie

were can i down load the game for pc? (legendary the box for pc)

IncipitOmega
IncipitOmega

Looks nice.... I wanna be the werewolf... :(

tripwire73
tripwire73

In greek mythology, when Pandora's box was opened it released all of the evils of mankind. The only thing left in there was hope, so if, to follow the premise of the game, a thief did open it by accident, the world would be overcome with...hope. Kinda less exciting :) Looks good from the trailer though

mtkinsac2
mtkinsac2

you guys are so shallow when it comes to graphics. :I To me, the graphics look DATED, but still look great in their own right. The game looks cool, but I dont know how well it can hold up the action throughout the game.

mjax211
mjax211

I'm kind of jazzed for this. I just wish it were longer and more in-depth. The concept is so cool, and it seems that they're executing it well, but 8-10 hours is just not much.

dexfx69
dexfx69

Lookin good. I do have to remember the developer's most recent release "Turning Point" though, with it's across the board low scores. Hopefully they've learned from that, although with the lack of attention to detail in their website errors, as well as the overblown cheezy narration on the promo trailer....hmmmm. Well, fingers crossed!

GeneralArrow
GeneralArrow

Looks kinda like a cross between doom and bioshock. Sounds like it will blend those well. Great looking game!

gamesfrager
gamesfrager

i have just watched the video..why exactly they used a soundtrack from the movie 300 !!?? if they cant afford a decent ORIGINAL music ! what would the game play be?!!?!?

JcDent
JcDent

Somehow i got the "it will be a massive letdown" feeling. Maybe it's the games resolution to have no other colours than gray

da_post_office
da_post_office

My second cousin was the guy who did the animations for this game so he said hes sendin me a copy for my ps3!!

hoolesy
hoolesy

Wow, this sounds like a childhood dream come true. Looks like it's got great potential. However, I've got a gut instinct that reviewers will refuse to get behind this game and back it, anyone else know what I mean? I reckon they'll be cruel, maybe rightfully, who knows. Let's hope it's not as pants as Van Helmet I mean Helsing!

supralover1
supralover1

Looks interesting, lets hope it isn't another Turning Point great premise let down by lack of developing. Could be great let's hope.

sunsetcrakcer
sunsetcrakcer

Looks like a good premise. I just hope it's done right.

muthsera666
muthsera666

Mythological creatures versus modern technology. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

bamfer3
bamfer3

damn this is one i'll be looking for