LAW & ORDER: LEGACIES


by TELLTALE GAMES ; STEAM

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics *** Player participation (PP) *** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ***

Frustration Factor (FF) Nil Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

NEAT BUT DISAPPOINTING

In Law & Order: Legacies, you play as fan-favorite investigators and prosecutors through 7 standalone cases that piece together a season-wide mystery. Discover multiple endings with innovative court room game play based on your moral decisions: convict, plea bargain, or find the defendant not guilty! (Steam Sales Blurb)

Once again there didn’t seem to be a Free Trial version, so I had to take a punt and buy the game unseen – well apart from the video ad which of course really only shows the characters.  The main problem is that you only get the first Episode, with the promise of more Episodes to come.  However it was rather unclear as to whether you have to pay for each new Episode or if they are included in your original purchase.  I certainly hope it’s the latter as it was more expensive buying a game through STEAM than through BIGFISH – I thought I was buying during a Sale but it didn’t seem to apply to my games.

The Graphics are good, clear 3D CG characters who move around and interact with each other within crime and court-room settings. But the Full-screen isn’t Wide-screen, and the Action is very minimal – the Player Participation is mainly asking questions of Witnesses / Suspects, both during the Investigation and in the Court Room, responding to their answers, verifying if it is the Truth or a Lie (you can check the Transcript before doing so), then producing the relevant proof to refute or substantiate their statements to sway the Jury and Judge to convict the criminal.

The Story is well structured, but the continual interruptions as you assess then verify every reply disrupts the flow and continuity until you have disengaged from it and are just going through the motions.  While the 3D CG technology development is improving, the Game-play mechanics are counter-productive to the game enjoyment.

That’s the game.  That’s all it entails.  Personally, I feel disappointed and wish I hadn’t bought it.  Of course you are investigating, and have to choose which questions to ask and which are Red Herrings, but it’s very passive, and you don’t feel involved.  It barely compares with the complexity of the CSI Series of games, which give you hours of involved investigation, evidence processing, and crime solving.  

So I can’t feel justified in recommending it, other than as an addition to a Crime Collection or as a piece of light game-play – and why pay so much for that.  If however, when the next Episode comes out, I find that it is included in my original purchase, which would at least mean you might get your money’s worth, I will post an Update and let you know.

Jud House  30/07/2013

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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