Rogue Legacy (PlayStation 4) Review

By David Lovato 13.09.2014

Review for Rogue Legacy on PlayStation 4

From Cellar Door Games, Rogue Legacy is an adventure game with a twist—rather than playing as one hero, the game features a whole family of them as they try to solve the mysteries of an ancient castle. Following on from Cubed3's look at the PC version, now it is time for the PlayStation 4 edition to go under the spotlight.

Rogue Legacy begins much like other adventure games - a hero sets out on a quest. Almost immediately, however, the game's most unique feature presents itself: upon dying, players choose between three randomly generated heirs to the hero's legacy, with whom they will strike out and pick up where their ancestor left off.

Not all of these heirs are the same. There are several classes (such as mages, knaves, and barbarians, to name a few) as well as "traits." Traits can include things like gigantism (the character will be abnormally large), near-sightedness (everything far away will be blurry), or even vertigo (the entire game world will be presented upside-down).

Screenshot for Rogue Legacy on PlayStation 4

The dungeon central to Rogue Legacy is also randomly generated, although eventually an architect will appear and offer the option of locking it down to one layout, for a price. This randomisation is the core of the game - it isn't meant to be finished in one sitting as one character. Instead it divides progress across a legacy of heirs taking on the brutal dungeon and failing repeatedly, each time gaining gold that is used to upgrade stats and armour to make the game marginally easier.

Unfortunately, its most distinct feature can also be seen as its biggest flaw. Picking a character and heading into the dungeon over and over again can be addictive and add replay value, or it can be annoying and frustrating. The first few dozen ventures into the castle are fun, but after a while it begins to feel stale. A comparison can be drawn to so-called "pay to win" games, only Rogue Legacy doesn't offer any magical gems that can be bought to speed things along.

Screenshot for Rogue Legacy on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Rogue Legacy is a unique game that will appeal to a specific set of gamers and probably frustrate the rest. Those who find it fun will enjoy it greatly, with hours of playability, fun aesthetics, and enough variety to ensure no two playthroughs are alike. Rogue Legacy is brutal, punishing even slight mistakes on the player's part, and demanding many, many attempts at getting even one room farther than the previous attempt at conquering the dungeon.

Developer

Cellar Door Games

Publisher

Cellar Door Games

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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