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Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
(hx) 01:00 AM EDT - Sep,26 2003

Lionheart - Legacy of the Crusader is role-playing game developed by Black Isle Studios and Reflexive Entertainment (Zax: The Alien Hunter, Star Trek Away Team makers). Lionheart takes place in an alternate history Earth. During the Third Crusade (1192), Richard the Lionhearted gathered together several holy relics while the Middle Eastern city of Acre was under siege. When Richard took Acre from the Muslims, he was advised to bring the relics and put 3,000 captured Muslims to death. Unaware of the consequences, Richard complied, believing his actions would help his cause. Instead of bringing down the divine power he was promised, Richard's actions invoked the Disjunction, a ritual that brought magic into the world. During the Disjunction a rift was opened to a spirit realm and the denizens of that plane were unleashed upon the Earth. These spirits changed the geography of Western Europe and fused with the people, creatures, and even the earth itself. This fusion allowed for the use of magic and forever changed the course of human history. In this new, yet hauntingly familiar setting, you must decide how to best develop your character's skills and abilities to triumph over obstacles in order to discover the meaning of their true fate.

Lionheart features eight major areas of the world with over 80 levels, fast paced hack&slash combat, classless system with SPECIAL rules system (from Fallout 1&2), four different races (pure blood Human, Demonkin - sort of human demon cross, Feralkin - race with prominent animal traits, Sylvants - they are elemental in nature), over 50 enemies, three different types of magic (Thought, Tribal, and Divine) with 30 spells, cooperative multi-player, random item generator.

Characters in the system have Race, Attributes, Skills, Traits and Perks. The classless system with SPECIAL rules system means that you don't just choose to play as a fighter or magician, instead you define your character's core attributes (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck) and choose which skills he or she will excel at. Skills are measured in points and can generally go anywhere from 0 to 255, these numbers are used in conjunction with other modifiers to determine whether or not you do something successfully in the game.

You will start off in Northern Spain in the city of Nueva Barcelona, and go up through France and beyond. There are many areas to explore, including Inquisition Chambers, Mongol Camps and caverns controlled by Lycanthropes. The first half of the game takes place in Nueva Barcelona in which you can take on numerous side quests and meet many NPCs. It's somewhat reminiscent of Baldur's Gate 2. After questing in Nueva Barcelona for several hours, you are sent off on an important quest. Since you left the town, Lionheart shifts from a Baldur's Gate-type game into pure click-based hack-n-slash Diablo type game. So, If you are looking for an arcade style hack and slash game, that is easy to get into.

I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this game. Lionheart combines elements of Diablo with an actual story-line. There are some nice things and some very irritating things as well. I'd say this game had a lot of potential but in my opinion fell short of a great game. Try this playable demo (158MB).

Minimum system requirements:
Pentium III 700 MHz or Athlon/AMDK7 650MHz, 128 MB RAM, Windows 98 (or later) with DirectX (7.0 or later) installed, DirectX Certified Video Card w/8MB VRAM, DirectX 7 Certified Sound Card, 8X CD-ROM


snd: 3/5 - good, solid voice-work, song clips are short, no EAX support
gfx: 3/5 - dated, classic 2D isometric view (The Velocity Engine - the same engine like in Zax: the Alien Hunter and Star Trek: Away Team), some areas are pretty with many cute details, locked at 800x600 resolution, world overall seems a little flat
playability: 3/5 - good, 80 levels, 30 spells, 4 races, SPECIAL rules system (from Fallout 1&2), interesting story, four-player cooperative mode, dated interface (in comparison with NWN)
genre: RPG
release: August 2003
developer: Black Isle Studios+Reflexive
publisher: Interplay
Good
Overall: 66%


last 10 comments:

Stallionposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 00:14
It was a fantiastic idea for an RPG. Except that it had cookie-cutter society (I'm sick to death of Thieves Guilds and quests to join Factions and such) Unfortunately after a solid RPG introduction, the last 1/3rd of the game is a Diablo2-esque hack and slash with little role playing. Kudos for making a dialogue option to talk the big bad-guy out of trying to dominate the world - first time I've never had to fight the nemesis!

makaveliposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 01:41
Fallout 2 was so much better. :(

NOposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 08:54
balck isle shouldnt let this happen ...

BloodUKposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 12:15
Game = Buggy pos and no automap what a disaster of a game , for shame!

Marty Bakersfieldposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 15:14
:One solid game I love it, I mean as far as the story-line goes it flawless. Apart from a wonderous graphics and gameplay this game should get 10/10.:

Bruce Kraus Jrposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 16:37
I have to agree with "Marty" Lionheart: Legacy of the crusader. If you play it,feel it and taste it carefully it might as well turn out to be a game of exellent masterpiece. I'm a huge fan of game such as Icewind Dale 2, Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow of Amn and so forth. But the thing is that Lionheart: LotC is more special then the other because of the traits select option. Its a brillint game I tell you.

UNIT BITCHposted - Sep, 26 2003 - 17:58
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS PURE PATHETICNESS. WHEN HE WRITES "Try this playable demo" DON'T ITS A WASTE OF YOUR TIME. THIS GAME IS BASICALLY A CRAPPY VERSION OF DIABLO 1. I LIKE RPG GAMES BUT DIABLO LIKE MOST RPG GAMES TODAY SUCK ASS AND SO DOES THIS GAME. SURE DIABLO MIGHT BE THE "BEST" AVAILABLE RPG GAME BUT BEING THE BEST DOES NOT MEAN YOUR ANY GOOD. I CAN TAKE 5 MONKEYS AND DECIDE MONKEY NUMBER 3 IS THE BEST IN MATH BUT HE STILL CAN'T DO A SIMPLE FOURIER TRANSFORM CAUSE MONKEYS ARE STUPID. THATS WHAT RPG GAMES ARE LIKE NOW MOST OF THEM SUCK AND PEOPLE ACCEPT THE SHIT AND PLAY IT. I SAY I WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS BULLSHIT ANYMORE. TRASH BELONGS IN THE GARBAGE BIN NOT IN YOUR MOUTHS.

Swegamerposted - Sep, 27 2003 - 04:46
Ehh.... Diablo isn't the best RPG game. It barely is a role-playing game. We real role-player like to call those games as Diablo for Hack-n-slash, simple entertainment that is fun for a week. Real role-playing games is those such as Fallout. And the one who liked BG and thought traits was a new thing for Lionheart, the charcter system (S.P.E.C.I.A.L. for short) is completely taken from the best RPG ever made: FALLOUT! Don't misunderstand what I just said that Lionheart have completely ripped the character system from Fallout, I think its a good thing and it is what makes me wanna buy this game. See ya!

Zaremposted - Sep, 27 2003 - 07:35
The game has great roleplaying-part, deep enough story - it should have been really great thing! But it's awfully hard and desperatelly clumsy. If this would be BlackIsle's first product ever - it would be great. But nowadays some mistakes that made are.. I don't know, if ppl from Reflexive saw any BI's RPG ever. Or any isometric RPG. I have completed the game till the end - and i don't know if i'd find any courage to re-play it - despite it's many ways of walk-through it has... Pitty.

doodoodooposted - Sep, 27 2003 - 16:26
if only option in game is hack-n-slash then it is no rpg game

DJ Acidposted - Sep, 27 2003 - 21:11
I like this game, cause it mix Baldur's Gate, Diablo and Fallout. I like the soul choice too.

Erik "The Great" Aleposted - Sep, 28 2003 - 16:53
I don't know why are you people dislike about this it probably better than you could ever made. Personally I think this is a great game overall combine it mind-dizzilling graphics and gameplay. You see Lionheart: LOTC, is a special breed or one of a kind I mean it share the same fallout engine what a wonderful. On the bottom-line this game is a well rounded finish MASTERPIECE!!

BloodUKposted - Sep, 29 2003 - 14:46
LOL yes it is probably better than i ever made, but i dont make toilet seat games! This game needs a rework it stinks. and its not masterpiece you really need to read the comments and reviews your a minority the game is flawed.

place trying to be fposted - Sep, 29 2003 - 18:12
This game blows. Fuck all you fucking fucks. Especially you, blooduk. UK presumably means you're from the united kingdom. That said, you should know the difference between your and you're. You toothless war-loser.

Big-Stoopid-Brainposted - Sep, 30 2003 - 09:29
i don't realy like 2 play PRG actually,but the most waited game for me is just Final Fantasy X-2,and Final Fantasy OnLine

Toleotposted - Oct, 08 2003 - 08:46
Fallout series was much much better than this. FALLOUT RULEZ! But still I like this game far more than Diablo 2. Diablo 1 was a good game too.

LoTuSposted - Nov, 02 2003 - 06:42
come on ppl.. we are talking about fallout and baldur's gate. they were both great and stayed at the top of the charts for ages. so dont fight over if its good or not just get in the mood and enjoy. thats what matters.

Babble-Dabble-Rabbleposted - Nov, 02 2003 - 17:19
I think Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader is an awsome game. Sure it isn't perfection made real, nothing is. Whens is the last time anyone has picked up anything and found it to be everything they ever dreamed it to be? I know I never have. Invariably in everything I have ever become involved with, there have always been parts I did not like. It goes with the territory of all things real. Ah, now I have done it. I have threatened the very mind set of the RPG world at large. Yes guys and gals, sorry, but the real world does exist. None the less, we who play RPGs are escapests looking for a break from reality, and we find that by emercing ourselves in a fantasy world of some kind, be it si-fi or classical fantasy in its make up. We bask ourselves in the wonderous pleasures of a story that we become the main character in, and in doing so find the worries and woes of our common place existance washed away. So the real question to ask about Lionheart: LOTC is this: Dose it, or does it not posses the ability to emerse me into an engaging story line, and follow it will a character that is totally of my own creation? I believe Lionheart: Legacy of the Crucader does. And that, my friends, is all that anyone can ask of a RPG.

Kagawposted - Nov, 03 2003 - 22:06
man the game is like crap first the skill points is low and you have to accumulate a heck of an experience just to level-up your character and the npcs are stupid also the enemy are too tough. and also the items they are all crap. i havent seen a rare or a unique items. and the spells! like the healing spell i upgrade everytime i level-up but as far as i get it only heals me for something 6-10 hitpoints........

Tylerjamerposted - Nov, 06 2003 - 14:29
The game lionheart is a wonderful game. It has lots of fun exciting levels. I love the skill pick and the spells are powerfull. only problem is the higher the spell points get the mor points you have to spend on the spell. i think i have my fire spell up to 178 but it takes 3 points into one.

Wish they could makeposted - Nov, 17 2003 - 04:46
I talked the boss into comitting suicide in Fallout 1.

Evan Davisposted - Apr, 17 2004 - 20:48
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader is an awesome game when you give it a try. You start in Barcelona, and you are given "quests" to do, depending on who you talk to. As you go through the game, you get more and more challenges, until you get to the end-very far away. In this game, there are many ways to do most of the quests and there are many possibilities to each choice. I recommend this game for everyone, but if you get it, I also highly recommend the version 1.1 patch, which fixes many errors in the original game program. I hope they come out with a sequel to the game, like the game itself hints at.

danielposted - Aug, 09 2004 - 15:30
where can i get the 1.1 version cause i raelly need it

payamposted - Aug, 26 2004 - 18:56
what is this game? compose with two games diablo and fallout that is not funy at all fuke this game for programing the shop that is no need to money buy something and everything bugy and damage of spell is very low and always you must run for enemy.I PEFER TO PALY AMIGA GAME INSTED BACK TO ROOT PLEASE AND LEARN FROM PAST

complete deliveranceposted - Sep, 03 2005 - 04:38
personally i thinks it good how the make the shop system, it gives you a feel of earning the item. If it was to cheap then you would all complain about how easy it is

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