Legends of Aethereus is a game that reached far and forgot to plant solid roots. The game is expansive, there is plenty to do, and lots of character customization. Sadly level design, enemy design and gameplay design took a backseat to quantity and we are left with a product that feels unfinished or undeveloped almost everywhere you look.
I honestly feel bad for LoA and I don't like giving it a bad review. I was a Kickstarter and I really wanted this game to be good, I believed in it. But the question of whether or not I enjoy the game is the same as asking, do I like all the technical limitations, bad animations, missing sound effects and just general lack of enjoyment for completing quests.
The core of these flaws lies in two places; items and combat. I like what Three Gates tried to do here: instead of buying and finding weapons and armor, you make and customize your own. The system is a bit ugly but the outcome is fun. Where it falls apart is there are too many materials and its all a bit cryptic. Instead of 'cloth' and choosing a color, you have to find cloth of that color. This means the materials list is padded down with seven kinds of every material making it a chore to find what it is you wanted. Items are worse since you find them, but you never really need them because they never really do what you think they will. These two factors mean looting just isn't fun, which is a problem in an aRPG.
Combat is the other end of the badness. The game was built on pride in its combat system, how your sword actually had to intersect your foes to do damage. Sadly you don't have much control over how you attack, and the idea is forgettable anyways because enemies are annoying and nothing responds to you in a meaningful way. It's a tough thing to describe, but let's just say enemies have more reaction to your attacks in Skyrim but at least that game had large hitboxes to make up for the lack of feedback you get. I'd tell you 'try it and you'll understand' but my review is telling you not to try it.
LoA is just a game of flaws. It tried to do something new, but the result just isn't that good. I only touched on two major problems, but it has plenty of bugs and questionable design elements I haven't listed. If you want to support the developer then buy their game, but that's about the only reason to consider it.
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