After much anticipation, the PC indie classic has finally made its way onto the Playstation Network. For those of you who have never heard of this game – boy are you in for a treat. Rogue Legacy is a 2D side scrolling platform game which takes place inside a castle which changes every time you venture inside thanks to a procedurally generated world. As the player, you assume the role of a noble lord and upon your death you must choose from one of three heirs to carry on your adventure. This is where things get interesting, each heir could be one of many different classes each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The Barbarian for example is a walking tank who deals a lot of damage, but is slow moving as a trade off. Choosing the miner for example will get you more gold but they are incredibly weak and cannot take much damage.
Combat is simple and rewarding, hitting the attack button will deal damage to which ever of the foul creatures you stumble upon in the world (there are a lot!) and once they are defeated you may be rewarded with some gold. Speaking of gold, it can also be found in chests hidden in the game world – along with blue prints for better gear and runes to augment your character with powerful abilities. Every time you die- and you will die – you can use the gold you earned from that run through to upgrade your keep, which in turn upgrades your character. You could spend all your gold upping your attack power, or you could increase the amount of gold you gain while inside the castle. each upgrade you purchase upgrades your level by 1. So while you will find that you will die… a lot, don’t be disheartened as this is the whole point, eventually you may even find you are strong enough to take on one of the four bosses scattered throughout the world. Rogue Legacy is an incredibly addictive game, it really nails the ‘just one more try’ mentality. It is also incredible value for money, the game is available for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, however buying one version actually gets you access to all three via Sony’s Cross-Buy promotion. And whats more with the Cross-Save functionality, you can play on your PS4 then upload the save to the cloud and pick up right where you left off on the Vita.
The game looks absolutely gorgeous on whichever system you play it on, the retro art style and charming design makes for one pretty game. While the PS4 version benefits from higher resolution graphics, you really can’t go wrong whichever system you decide to play on. My only gripes with the game are border line nit-picky, but with a game this perfect it makes them stand out even more. First of all the Vita screen is just a tad too small for this game and this makes text a little difficult to read – it isn’t a deal breaker but I feel like it could have been avoided if some of the assets had been up-sized for readability. The second issue is that there is a setting which allows you to perform a quick downward attack by pressing the down button as opposed to down + square, the issue however is that this setting doesn’t carry over from session to session meaning every time I started the game I have to re-select this option. Nothing a patch can’t fix.
Rogue Legacy is one of those games which every PlayStation owner should play, its bursting with charm and an addictive gameplay, couple that with an insane amount of depth in the form of the upgrade and gear system and you’ll find yourself playing long into new game+
Rogue Legacy is one of those games which every PlayStation owner should play, its bursting with charm and an addictive gameplay which means you'll be playing it long into new game+