It really says something about a franchise when the weakest game in the series is still so enjoyable.
Let me be blunt: The Blackwell Legacy
is rife with Early Installment Weirdness syndrome. It's short, full of long info dumps and has frustrating puzzles. To top it off it sometimes fails to give the player any sort of direction or goal, leading to the "try everything" method of gameplay progression so common in old adventure games. Ahh
, the nostalgia.
Infuriating progression aside, the story is solid and entertaining. Nothing groundbreaking, but it does a good job of introducing characters and plot threads that get expanded upon over the next four games. There's a healthy amount of snark too, which helps balance out the otherwise grim nature of the story.
If you can forgive a lot for the sake of a good story, then Legacy
is for you. If you can't, then you might want to consider picking this one up when it's on sale or in a bundle. Alternatively, you can try watching a playthrough and skipping to Convergence
, which is where the series really picks up.
(Also worth noting are the two commentary tracks that come with the game; the original track from 2006, and one from five years later after the release of Convergence
. Both are interesting to listen to if you're interested in game design... or if you really just ♥♥♥♥ing hate