E3 2013 Impressions: Young Justice: Legacy (Sony PlayStation 3/Microsoft Xbox 360/Nintendo 3DS/Wii U/PC)
by Sean Madson on June 25, 2013

While I’ve never actually seen the Young Justice TV show myself, it certainly does have a promising premise. Those familiar with the DC universe of comics will recognize Young Justice as something of a younger version of the Justice League (hence the name), with characters that are mentored by some of the more established heroes that the Justice League represents. It’s a great concept with a mass appeal that I’ll certainly have to check out myself sometime.

Young Justice: Legacy is a game built around the premise of the show, but I was fascinated to hear that the game will not just follow the same script that the TV show does. In fact, the writers of the show will be penning the plot for the game as well, which helps iron out the kinds of continuity issues that would normally arise from a licensed title such as this. Another bonus is the original voice cast from the show will be doing the voice-overs for the game, which is fantastic news for fans.

Legacy will allow you to put together a three person team with which to explore the game’s many stages. There will be twelve characters included with the game that you can pick from, with an additional four that will be offered as DLC. It supports cooperative play with up to three players, either locally or online (though it’s unclear if you can do both simultaneously). The gameplay reminded me of the Diablo-style of dungeon hack, though with a superhero motif (not unlike the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance titles). The objective is the beat the snot out of any enemies that cross your path while trying to progress to the end of the stage. Experience is awarded for dispatching your foes, thus leveling up your characters and unlocking new skills. If playing alone, your controllable hero can be swapped on the fly with one of the other two you bring with you, though if you get knocked out, one of your comrades will have to help you back up. Such is the same in the cooperative mode. You’ll also have encounters with major villains to look forward to, including skirmishes with Riddler, Bane, and Lex Luthor.

While the game does progress in a linear fashion, each of the stages will have alternate paths in which to discover and collect various items and collectibles. Little Orbit also revealed that all versions of the game would be the same (with the ones with better hardware looking more appealing visually, of course) so those interested won’t have to worry about missing out on any content by picking one version over the other. Regardless of which one you pick up, Young Justice: Legacy will be releasing this September, 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii U and PC.




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