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Legends of Aethereus Review: Solid Ideas but Ultimately Broken

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Every now and then there is a new RPG that comes out on Steam. Most of them look pretty cool or entirely original. Legends of Aethereus is an interesting game. The game looks really cool. The screenshots really do draw you in. The vibrant colors and detailed armor/weapons/monsters get you stoked to play the game. Sadly, they are misleading. This game is not bad, but it does have some serious problems. It is a game that you want to keep playing to hope it gets better and that it is just piss slow like Elder Scrolls Oblivion.

The planet of Aethereus is an ancient and mysterious world filled with majestic forests, misty swamps, deep caves and ancient ruins. Devastated by three large astronomical events, the Three Great Skyfalls, it is a world just coming out of chaos and ruin. The recent unearthing of The Gauldron Tablets has revealed the existence of The Seven Ancient Skyfall Relics. The promise of unlimited power for those who possess the objects has led to a frenzied search across all of Aethereus.

As a member of the Nexus City-State, one of the last bastions of freedom and hope on Aethereus, you will be entrusted with the critical undertaking of procuring the The Ancient Skyfall Relics. Standing in your way are the Serpentica Shamans of Ghalia and the hordes of Khagal Tribes they control as well as the oppressive Venatan Empire forces lead by the notorious General Zhorgal.

The story is pretty cool, and that is one of the positive points. There is a lot of lore to be discovered in the game. There was a lot of time spent to create a world as big as this one. I can appreciate that. It works very well with the art style too. Time was taken to ensure this game didn’t look like another indie rpg on Steam. Trust me, there are some pretty bad ones on there. The game’s pacing is alright. Nothing stellar, but it does pick up after about 4 missions.

The biggest problem this game has is the combat. The animations are bad and it feels very wooden. There aren’t any fluid combos to do or anything, which is unexpected in a action rpg of this caliber. Many cases you will go around the enemy model when attacking, doing no damage. It just doesn’t feel finished. The combat is also very slow. More in regards to movement and the constant missing because the hitbox distances are never consistent. This makes the game difficult to play simply because the combat is such a big part of the game.

Character development and crafting on the hand are really cool and unique. There are 6 attributes to increase, but the more you increase in one attribute, the less you can in another. For example, if you max strength, you will not be able to max agility as they are tied to the same bar, just opposite sides. This allows the character to be balanced and not easily overpowered. You see, Skyrim was a bad RPG because of how easy it was to become God. Now in Legends of Aethereus you cannot me a super fast super strong character. You either have to be super strong or super fast. That is something more RPG developers should take notes on.

The skill trees are massive, not quite Path of Exile massive, but pretty large still. Having a little in everything is not the best choice though. Choosing your specialization is nice in rpgs because it makes you good at something, but not everything. I want to bring up the bad aspects of Skyrim again since people seem to think it is good when it is not. Skyrim allowed you to master almost everything in the skill tree. And yet again, it made your character too stupid powerful offering no challenge to a game, which defeats the purpose. Legends of Aethereus character classes have so many choices to choose from, and it is refreshing. Now if only the combat was tolerable.

ss_b094402c8d37498f34489b9f6a33efa7f372d7f5.1920x1080Then there is the awesome crafting. You get to craft every core aspect of your weapon and armor. What it is made out of and what parts you use. The combinations are incredible when you first begin. At first you cannot make much but after a few missions you start making better and better items without ever having to buy retail equipment again. It allows full customization of your character. And I like that. This crafting is incredibly sophisticated for a wide variety of RPGs these days.

There is multiplayer in the game but I can never find people online. So if you buy this game to partake in Co-Op find some forums or a friend to play the game with.

I wanted to like more of Legends of Aethereus. The crafting and character development is so spot on and well thought out. As is the world and atmosphere the game presents. I wish more time was devoted to the combat to make it smoother. Sadly, you cannot enjoy this game when the main way to play feels to unfinished and broken. I give Legends of Aethereus a 6/10. It has some great ideas, but the core gameplay really kills it. You can pick the game up on Steam now if you wish to try the game out for yourself. 

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