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Review: Rogue Legacy 2

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For many people, creating a legacy for themselves is their life’s work. They feel like they haven’t achieved any life goals if their name isn’t remembered. Subsequently, this got me thinking! What makes someone remember your name? Do you have to be kind, caring, or courageous? Or does a simple act that changes a life suffice? Well, in Rogue Legacy 2, you must become a hero and write your legacy for the whole world to see.

Developed and published by Cellar Door Games, this is a whimsical rogue-like adventure title. It is brutally difficult. It will chew you up and spit you out, but it’ll also make you laugh until you cry. Furthermore, it brilliantly combines many genres to deliver a tough but moreish experience.

Rogue Legacy 2 is tough to put down.

Though Rogue Legacy 2 made me scream in anger, I struggled to put it down. Thanks to its masses of content, a large array of characters, procedurally generated maps, and Metroidvania elements, it never gets old. Moreover, you can alter the rules of engagement, take on Scar challenges, and meet some weird and wonderful characters.

Your legacy starts as an ill-equipped knight. His intentions are good, but his abilities are poor. Subsequently, death is all but assured of this hapless buffoon. As the dust settles, an heir steps forward! This warrior child takes on the role of any class you’ve unlocked. Furthermore, they are blessed with heirlooms, skills, and equipment that their predecessor has obtained. Therefore, the more you play, the better your gear is, and the higher chance you have of winning.

The goal? Find every Estuary, defeat them, and unlock the golden gates. Once this happens, your legacy is written and your family name will be legendary.

The world of Rogue Legacy 2 is a dangerous and dark place.
Shouldn’t this tree be planted in the ground?

Monsters, magic, and plenty of secrets.

Unsurprisingly, a fantasy game about knights and heroes is full of monsters and magic. Rogue Legacy 2 is the epitome of fantasy action with ninjas, knights, mages, archers, and more taking centre stage. You’ll fling ice, fire, lightning, and fart poisonous gasses. After all, it likes to stay humorous even when the action is hectic.

The hero must avoid traps, vines, spinning balls, and projectiles as they navigate the labyrinthine world. They’ll encounter flying eyeballs, mages, skeletons, cannons, and so forth. The action can be overwhelming, but it never becomes tiresome.

This is helped in part by the many secrets you must locate. Hidden behind fake walls, you must search for paths to grab untold riches. Alongside this, there are relics, heirlooms, and blueprints to discover. Each item will either help you permanently or temporarily. Also, some of the collectables have negative traits that’ll undermine your progress.

The bosses are massive and overpowered.
I’m not sure this is an even battle!

Gold, so much gold!

Money makes the world go around and Rogue Legacy 2 is no different. Your hard-earned treasures expand your kingdom, unlock new classes, and buy new equipment. You must think wisely, as every trip to the dungeon removes any leftover gold. So, spend it or lose it.

However, buying new equipment isn’t that easy! The blacksmith or alchemist cannot sell new goods if their blueprints haven’t been found. Therefore, you must explore every area, no matter how dangerous, if you wish to unlock every piece of equipment.

This element works brilliantly with the Metroidvania approach. You’ll discover an array of mysterious areas that are inaccessible until you defeat certain bosses or unlock specific abilities. Now, this can be frustrating. However, it ensures that the action is well-balanced while preventing you from constantly dying.

Rogue Legacy 2 is straightforward but looks great.

Though the concept behind Rogue Legacy 2 is straightforward, the graphics are anything but! I adored the cartoon approach, the varied dungeons, and the crisp sprites. What’s more, the animations are excellent, well-designed, and enjoyable to watch. Moreover, thanks to the clear UI, it is easy to navigate menus and identify the tasks at hand.

I admit that Rogue Legacy 2 drove me insane. I died too much, lost too much, and found it tough, to begin with. However, I loved the whimsical music and OTT sound effects. I couldn’t help but chuckle as I died for the nth time as the noises were so amazing. What’s more, each character has their own sound bites, and this prevents monotony.

Rogue Legacy 2 has a massive and overwhelming map.
Will you survive to explore every corner?

Tricky controls.

With so much going on, it is understandable that the controls are a little tricky to master. You will need pinpoint accuracy, fast reactions, and great twitch speed. There are moments where you must jump, spin, and dash in quick succession, and this can be hard to grasp. On top of this, you’ll have to cast magic, swing your weapon, and dodge your foe’s advances. It is pretty hectic and can overwhelm the most adept gamers. Luckily, though, you’ll experience a well laid out setup with responsive controls.

Rogue-like games ooze replay value, and this is no different! With many areas to explore, tons of characters to unlock and level up, Scar challenges, and more, it has longevity and replay value nailed. I was hooked from the start and it’s a game I love to play casually.

Rogue Legacy 2: An amazing sequel.

Sequels are not always the best idea! They lean heavily on well-trodden mechanics, lack originality, and feel bland. However, Rogue Legacy 2 is phenomenal. It’s as amusing as its predecessor, but it evolves past those fantastic foundations. If you love the original or the genre, you’ll adore this. Therefore, I easily recommend you to buy it here! Write your legacy into legend and become the next big thing! Defeat the Estuaries, unlock the gates, and be remembered.

SUMMARY

Rogue Legacy 2 is a tough but whimsical rogue-like adventure title. You must battle monsters, search for treasures, and expand your empire as you aim to become a legend. Will you be able to open the locked gates, or are you destined to be a nobody?


+ Wonderful cartoon graphics.
+ Whimsical and fun audio.
+ Tricky but enjoyable controls.
+ Plenty of longevity and replay value.
+ A fantastic blend of genres.
+ A much-improved sequel.

- You will die many times!

(Rating: PEGI 7 Mild Violence, Fear Release date: 28/04/2022 Price: £20.99)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store.)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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