Chaos Legion
Game Info
Platform(s)
Playstation 2
Publisher
Capcom
Developer
Capcom
Genre
Action
Official Website
ESRB Rating
Violence, Blood
 
Grade
The Good

• Legion aspect nice addition
• Great looking CG
• Lots of on-screen action

The Bad

• Repetitive to a fault
• Backgrounds are drab
• Linear and not as deep as it could be

 
Grade
C+

Capcom is in love with stylish action games. This much is obvious after the success of Devil May Cry. And because of this love affair, they've taken some of the basic elements (visual and musical design and even animation) to create Chaos Legion. Players take on the role of Seig Warheit, a young knight with the ability to call demonic Legions to his aid in battle. While it takes some time to unfold, the story tells the tale of Seig, who must fight against an old friend as he looks for three sacred glyphs and even the parts of his own ultimate Legion Crest, which is broken at the beginning of the game.

Once you break into Chaos Legion, you'll find a standard action title that focuses solely on action. Because Chaos Legion borrows so heavily from DMC, Seig has a number of similar animations, like being able to hit enemies up into the air. While players have the ability to jump, don't expect a lot of platforming or exploration as the game takes players from location to location, throw tons of enemies at you and then sends you onto the next spot. The basic controls allow movement with the left stick and the ability to rotate the camera with the right.

The strongest point of Chaos Legion's gameplay is the ability to summon demonic Legions to your aid in battle. There are two means by which to do this - you can summon them as a constant presence on the field, whether it be as attackers or as a line of defense. Also, you can bring them in for one big attack, which depletes the gauge required to keep your Legions in play. Before each stage, players can equip two Legions that they can switch out. Each of the Legions have different abilities and properties - whether it by by type of attack of their effectiveness against certain types of enemies. Since Seig has no ability to block, having these Legions around to at least defend is essential.

After each section, you get a rundown of enemies defeated, time spent, etc. At the end of each stage, you can use experience gained by your Legions to improve their defense, attack and even number of units that you can summon. During battles, your Legions can take damage and if they become "broken" or fall during battle, you'll need to either use items or fight it out on your own to get enough energy to restore them back to use.

Graphically, Chaos Legion exhibits some nice detail in fairly sizable locations. Too bad the color palette is pretty drab, making just about every location look similar to places you've seen before. Enemies and Legions are well designed and you'll be impressed by the number of on-screen characters there are at any given time. The nicest part of the game are the polished CG cutscenes that tell the main parts of the story, but considering that Capcom put this title together, that's none too surprising.

Voice acting is decent and on-par with many of their recent efforts. Musically, the game throws a ton of energized techno rock at players, which does a great job at energizing the gameplay. When not rocking, players are treated to an odd synthesized orchestra that likewise sets a tone. Sound effects are nice and fit the mold that the game tries to deliver visually.

Let's not kid ourselves - where Chaos Legion fails in becoming a top tier title like Devil May Cry is that it's extremely repetitive. Seig doesn't have a lot of moves, so expect to do the same combat actions over and over again. The Legions do manage to throw some variety in, but once in a large fight, you'll find yourself hammering the attack button for minutes on end. With such a linear path before you, this boils all the gameplay down to some serious monotony. And since there are just over a dozen stages and most stages consist of a few strung-together locations, this game may not last most players long.

If you're a big fan of Capcom and like the style that the game has, I'd suggest waiting until you can get it for cheap or just rent it. You might find something here that's a good distraction for a while. Too bad that Capcom didn't flesh out everything or they could have had a real gem here.

- - Kinderfeld

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