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| "Re(1):Legend of Kage 2 anybody?" , posted Tue 18 Mar 20:10:|
Being a fan of Demon Sword on the NES, I've been looking forward to this game ever since it was announced.
Has anybody played it yet now that it's been released in Japan? The soaring jumping of the original games had an interesting feel back then, so I wonder what they've done to preserve that feel or if they've gone in a different direction.
I'm playing the game and so far I like it. It's got most of the old elements, like the really high jump and tall trees. They've took out the tree climbing, which was one of the things I liked about the original. In place, there's new actions you can do, like run on walls, hang on ceilings, slide on the ground, dash, and air dash. If you use Kage, you fight with shuriken stars and deflect attacks with your short sword. If you use the heroine Chihiro, she fights with a chained sickle.
There's one big change though. Rather than having to venture left and right through the stage and defeat enemies, the game plays as a pretty standard side-scroller where you keep advancing until you reach the boss. This actually makes the game feel a *lot* different from the original NES title.
[EDIT] I've never played Demon Sword on the NES but after looking at it, I'd say Legend of Kage 2 plays pretty similar to Demon Sword than to Legend of Kage 1. You're constantly running or jumping in this DS game.
The Ninjutus have been pumped up. Rather than having to pick up an item by luck, you've got a ninjutu meter that lets you pull off moves whenever you want. At the beginning of the game, you can only create a double-image of yourself that attacks with you. As you play through, you can collect orbs that can be arranged on a puzzle-like board to create new ninjutsus. Some orbs can't be collected on the first try, but you can go back to old stages after you advance through the game and get pumped up.
The game runs with a story, so there's a bit more depth (though not a lot) compared to the original NES game. Also, if you make certain achivements, you can unlock artworks that can be viewed in the gallery mode. You'll need to finish the game with both Kage and Chihiro to unlock all the artwork. Fortunately, there's 4 save slots.
Although it's a minor difference, jumping is done with a button rather than holding up on the controller. I wish there was an option to bring back the old control.
[this message was edited by Professor on Wed 19 Mar 01:02]