THQ had the good fortune and good
judgement to add Infinite Machine to their group of developers. Infinite Machine is made
up of folks who worked on Jedi Power Battles and Dark Forces, which lends them a bit of
clout in the development world. Now unfettered by ties to LucasArts franchises, especially
Star Wars, the team is trying their hand at an exciting game, New Legends, which should
make it into the first wave of Xbox titles.
Legends is an action/adventure/fighting game set in a retro-future where mysticism and
machines co-habitate, and where the world is threatened by demons and technology. The
theme of this retro-future is ancient China, and that makes for a very intriguing set of
visuals and game elements. The combination seems to be coming together very nicely, and
the power of the Xbox will make it all look oh so pretty.
play a hero who is trying to save the world. To do so, youll need to master a set of
martial arts moves, as well as weapons combat with both melee and ranged weapons. You can
carry four weapons at a time, and the weapons you arent holding are shown on your
characters back, which is an indication of how much the power of the next-gen
consoles will be able to effect gameplay. Each weapon has a series of special moves, as
well as standard moves, that must be mastered to do well in the game. Youll also
acquire super-powerful weapons, "Forbidden Blades of Heaven," as you defeat each
of the five half-demon offspring of the evil Xao Gon.
the way youll meet NPCs who will aid you in your mission, giving the game a bit more
variety, and allowing for bigger battles. While this element is very cool, its also
a disappointing substitute for a multiplayer mode. Still, given the quality of the
graphics, gameplay, and story, New Legends could still be a hit. It feels a bit like
Shadowrun meets Dynasty Warriors 2, and looks amazing. Check out New Legends when it
chases the Xbox launch by (hopefully) just a couple weeks.