The Legend of Korra is not a good game, well, it’s not a good game if you have no idea what or who Korra is. As a huge fan of the whole Avatar universe I found the game highly enjoyable, but at the same time I can also see why it got such harsh criticisms. On the plus side, the game has some worth. It looks absolutely beautiful, only once did I find myself thinking that’s not how Korra should look or move.
Janet Varney the voice of Korra reprises her role in the game, and for the most part it feels just like an episode of the TV show. Occasionally I found her cries of “deal with it” to be annoying, but those moments were few and far between, its just a shame that the game doesn’t feature more characters from the show.
Perhaps that’s another reason the game doesn’t work fully, its fun to play as Korra, but both Avatar: The Last Airbender, and The Legend of Korra have always been more ensemble shows, so perhaps some elements of multi player would have made the game more enjoyable. It would have been nice to have been able to play as Mako and use lightning bending, or even as Asami.
The level design is good, it looks like Korra should, I just wish the game visited more of the locations from the show. The combat while working well can be slightly cumbersome, especially if you’re using earth bending which I found to be my least favourite element to use. The combat system for the other three elements works better as they use fast combos to defeat enemies, but I found myself really trying to use different combinations of moves as if I was the avatar. The collectibles were also another fun part of the game, I found myself wanting to go back to redo levels to get more spirit energy so I could buy all of my favourite moves from the show.
The Pro Bending and Naga riding sections were both fun and it was nice to have a different change of pace, it would have been nice to see more of these. That’s the key to really enjoying this game. It’s not really the sort of game anyone would pick up and play, you have to be a fan of the show in order to really be able to appreciate it. That being said, I wouldn’t say everyone would hate the game without having watched the show, it is a fun game if you just want to spend time beating up enemies, the game plays solidly and its fun to ramp up massive combinations with your bending, and sometimes utterly obliterating whole groups of enemies with just a few moves.
The enemies and the story are the weakest part of the game, after a while it got boring to knock out another batch of equalists or face off against ANOTHER mecha-tank. The story might as well not really be there, I couldn’t even begin to talk about the story as its nearly non existent. For a TV show with such depth, its just a shame the game couldn’t follow suit.
The Legend of Korra is a passable game for those who are and aren’t fans of the show. While it was fun playing as the avatar and being able to manipulate the elements, I just felt that the game could have been so much more. That being said, I did find myself wanting to carry on fighting enemies and experimenting with different combinations.