DC Legends is a turn-based tactical game, where you collect a range of DC Universe heroes and villains to fight in single-player or PvP combats. Soft-launched in Canada, the game was at first quite dull and plagued with a repetitive gameplay. But WB Games San Francisco managed to fix the game’s mechanics, add depth to the game, create a complete
DC Legends review
DC Legends is a turn-based tactical game, where you collect a range of DC Universe heroes and villains to fight in single-player or PvP combats. Soft-launched in Canada, the game was at first quite dull and plagued with a repetitive gameplay. But WB Games San Francisco managed to fix the game’s mechanics, add depth to the game, create a complete narrative and turn DC Legends into fun and not over-complicated RPG.
You create a Justice League of your own, recruiting favorite heroes like Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman. You can assemble your team of four from a roster of super villains like Joker, Deathstroke and Sinestro too. The idea that good and bad guys can fight side by side makes the DC Legends game more exciting.
The game has gorgeous 3D graphics, excellent animations and well-designed menus. The characters are detailed and polished, and all the upgrades in the appearance look stunning. Such details add to the immersive experience. Special effects are fantastically designed, so the character’s special attacks are depicted in all their beauty. Unfortunately, lack of voice acting spoils the experience a bit.
WB Games created a narrative, explaining why heroes and villains teamed up: an ancient race the Manhunters invades the universe, so that’s a strong excuse for Batman and Joker to fight on one team.
You start the game with the limited number of available characters, which you assemble into the team to fight against Manhunters and characters who chose their side. Over the course of the game, you’ll unlock more characters and upgrade your team.
Characters have a basic attack and special ability, as you progress you unlock more and level your character up. Every character has a unique set of abilities, and this ability system is what makes DC Legends stand out. It’s one of the most thought-through aspects, as the abilities really fit their characters and you unlock new ones pretty fast.
Besides the basic leveling system, you enhance your character’s gear level, star rating and their attacks. You can choose specific gear and abilities to upgrade, depending on your needs and tactics. Highly advanced characters, with a six-star rate, turn into their Legendary forms. Legendary forms have additional capabilities and new appearances. As you upgrade characters to a six-star rate, they’ll turn in their Legendary.
The battle system is turn-based with sort of rock-paper-scissors style. Each character has an affinity that gives them strengths and weaknesses against other characters with different affinities. So it’s crucial to assemble your team right, depending on the opponent’s team composition, and to keep upgrading your party members, so you don’t enter a fight underpowered.
There is a lot of things to upgrade, but not an overwhelming amount, besides the game prompts you who and when can be leveled up.
You can battle in the campaign mode and unlock an additional difficulty level to gain better upgrades. The single-player mode is based on the Geoff Johns’ Blackest Night. It doesn’t replicate the whole story, borrowing just the main idea - the Black Lantern Corps, with Nekron as a leader, turns DC Comics characters into Black Lanterns, who you’ll need to fight. The comics fans will appreciate this reinterpretation, but it’s not a necessity to know the original saga’s plot to play the game.
You can go to the Arena and give the PvP mode a try. You’ll compete against other player’s teams, who are in the same league as you. As you win you rise through the ranks and move up to better leagues, where you can win more rewards. Here you’ll gain some fragments you can’t obtain any other way.
The gameplay lacks modes variety currently but is still engaging and fun.
The interface is simple and intuitive. There is no need to scroll through numerous
menus to find out who you can upgrade, as the game gives you prompts each time.
The battle mechanics are straightforward and are controlled through tapping. The controls are smooth here and register all your moves.
Replay Value 3/5
The game is entertaining, and the gameplay will engage you for a good chunk of the day. Though the developers added a lot, there is still a lack of moves and modes. So as you progress and winning becomes easier, you can get bored.
DC Legends is a free-to-play game, so the only way for the developers to get revenue is to implement in-app purchases. There is a wide selection of different IAPs, mainly gems packs, costing from the $1.99 for the Head Start Pack to the unbelievable $99,99 for the Vault of Essence Gems.
All IAPs are completely voluntary - they don’t mess up the gameplay. There are no restrictions, as limited lives of timers, which often accompany the free-to-play games with IAPs, so you can make your way through the levels without spending a dime.
The bottom line
DC Legends is a solid RPG with stunning graphics, cohesive storyline and compelling gameplay. There is a limited number of game modes and things to do in the game, but it has a potential to get even better. If you are a fan of massive RPGs with lots of stats and modes, you’ll find this one a bit limited. Overwise, give DC Legends a try, you’ll appreciate this fast-paced well-designed strategy.Collapse
DC Legends is a must-have for the universe fans, well-made turn-based strategy with balanced gameplay and meta-game.
Pros : Stunning graphics and well-designed menus;
The concept of heroes and villains teaming up;
Narrative adds values to the campaign mode.
Cons : Lack of modes and moves variety.
Replay Value 3.5