The next game that I will take a look at for my review will be DC Legends for mobile devices. Like Injustice mobile, I have spent quite a lot of time on this game… but for both good and bad reasons. DC Legends is an RPG game released on Android and IOS on the 3rd of November, 2016. The game was developed by WB Games San Francisco.
The image above is the menu screen when you boot up the game. When you first start, you’ll be put into a tutorial which teaches you how to play. This game does have a story mode to it… in a way. Campaign is where the story is told but there’s not a whole lot to it. Nekron (a Black Lantern) has corrupted some of the universes heroes and villains to try to take over the universe with the help of the Manhunters (The Guardians police force before the Green Lanterns Corps). It’s your job to stop Nekron by battling through foes with unlocking and upgrading heroes and villains to become more powerful.
You compete in battles by selecting them in the map. You must complete the fights in order to make progress in the map. There are two difficulty modes in campaign mode: normal and heroic. Normal mode is the main mode that you need to complete to make progress. Completing a world in normal mode will unlock heroic mode which is more difficult, gets you more essence to use and gives you a chance a get a character fragment upon completion. You can use the speed force to skip fights if you want to get through fights faster and get the rewards; however, you need to have speed force tokens required (some upgrade events require five speed force tokens to skip) as well have fought in that match with a three star victory. The amount of stars you receive varies on how many characters are knocked out during the fight. When one character gets knocked out then you will get marked down to two star victory, if you win with only one character remaining then it will be a one star win.
Next up is the PvP Wraith Arena (player vs. player). This is where you can compete against other players online and fight their team of characters that they have unlocked. PvP is a lot more fun than it is on Injustice mobile as characters have fully unique move sets and abilities and aren’t too overpowered (besides Deathstroke). Gears also aren’t a thing so you have to rely on your teams abilities. Winning the list of players will reward you with 5 character fragments. winning fights increases the amount of trophy points and depending on the difficulty of the opponent along with how many members of your team are remaining at the end will alter the amount of trophies rewarded. Getting higher on the leader board will increase the amount of character fragments or battle essence depending on the type of arena you are playing in.
Red Alert battles is where you compete in a series of battles to earn some rewards. Each battle gives you some sort of reward among completion. Essence, gold essence and character fragments. This order loops every 4 battles but increasing the amount earned. You will earn essence in the first 2 fights, then gold essence, then a certain amount of character fragments then repeat only with earning more each time. There are only 12 battles and you need to defeat the opponents with health and attack recharge turns carrying over (if you used an attack like Green Lantern’s Hammer attack at the end of the last battle then you will need to wait 2 turns in the next fight or one depending on how many recharge turns happened during the last fight). If a member of your team is defeated in one of the fights then they will be unavailable to use in Red Alerts for the rest of the day and if the entire team is defeated then you will be kicked out of the fight and only have the fight you lost available with other battles locked. You need to beat the battle that you lost with a new team before you can continue to choosing the other battles again.
Upgrade events can be played to get to get Gear materials to upgrade the gear of a specific character type (physical, energy and mystic), get Legendary essence (used for making characters legendary), or Lantern Power Rings/Ability materials to upgrade characters abilities. To partake in these events, you must have the required amount of essence to get in the fight and get these rewards. There are also Hero challenges that lets you unlock character fragments. They are kind of like a temporary story mode that focuses on a specific character and you can earn lots of fragments for them, making it easier to make them more powerful. These are timed events so if they are missed for the character you want, then you’ll have to wait for when the challenge comes back (which may be a while considering the amount of characters in game.
Collector will generate a small amount of essence for you to collect after a certain amount of time and isn’t really helpful to get essence quickly especially when trying to make characters stronger. Void scanner is a roulette wheel that will give you the reward that the scanner lands on.
Now for the gameplay. The combat involves taking turns and using strategy to defeat the opponents. Each character has a selection of 3 abilities to use on their turn which usually at least 1 attack ability and 1 ability that just provides either buff to a character/characters on your team or a debuff to the opponent’s team. Each character has a main attack that is always available to use then the other abilities that require a cool down period before being able to be used again.
The circle meter around the fighter type icons is the turn meter. Once the circle is filled then that character can take their turn to use their abilities. The green bar is the characters health. The arrows point down at the fighter type icon is who your character can use their abilities on. Attack abilities will target the opponent you choose that has the arrow icon (if the opponent is invisible then they can’t be attacked unless you use an ability that attacks all opponents or they are the last opponent on the field). Some abilities can be used on every member on yours or the opponent’s team. Some attacks can also cause buffs on a member on your team or a debuff on the opponent’s team. Attacks will always hit the opponent (unless the opponent being attacked has Evade buffs on them). There are three buttons on a top left. An exit button so you can leave battles, a fast forward button that speeds up the animations and an auto play button where the AI plays for you. The exit and auto play buttons I can understand but what’s the point in the fast forward button? Just make the animations faster. When the fast forward isn’t on: the animations play ridiculously slow. You could probably make a sandwich during the animation. I never have the fast forward button unselected.
Each character is unique in their own way, each bringing something different to the table that can help claim victory. So what don’t I like about the game? Getting the characters. As you can see by the image above that there is a number/number under the character images. This is the character fragments bar. Unlike Injustice, you can’t just unlock a character or buy a character to unlock or level them up. The first number is the amount of character fragments you have and the second number is the amount of character fragments required to unlock/rank up a character. The amount of character fragments required increases when your character increases star rank. But that’s not all. When a character reaches 5 stars then they can be promoted which resets the star to 1 but the character changes appearance, becomes more powerful, and get to add a legendary bonus to one of their attacks (like better cooldown on abilities, attack twice, remove buffs, etc.) Fragments can be rather difficult to get and can be really annoying to grind. Some challenges and PVP can be a rather fast way to get fragments; however, it may not be for the character you want and can be time consuming. Some character fragments can be obtained in the campaign mode but that’s also not great. Lets use the Flash for example. It requires 90 fragments to make him legendary. You can only get fragments in the Heroic difficulty (harder mode) of campaign mode. Also Flash only has one battle where you can unlock his fragments from whereas some other characters (like Green Lantern and Zatanna have several). Not only that but you can only partake in a Heroic battle 3 times before you either wait until the next day to play again or spend gold essence to reset and play it again to get fragments. Think that’s really bad? You can only get one character fragment per fight in that battle and you’re not even guaranteed to get it. Yup… if you choose campaign then you have 3 fights to get 1 fragment that you may not actually get with stamina limiting the fights you can be in. Imagine how infuriating it is to be 1 fragment away from unlocking or getting a character, you beat the heroic mode fight that can get that character and you don’t get it. You can’t buy a character or just use in game money to promote them and it’s really annoying. There is an in game shop but that doesn’t help much either.
Another problem with the game is the in game currency as it’s difficult to get a lot of it. And it’s used for almost absolutely everything in the game. You can buy stuff with it but it’s also required promoting characters (along with needing character fragments but not when they are legendary. Legendary essence is used for promoting when characters), upgrade gear (along with gear pieces), levelling up attacks (along with Lantern Power Rings), taking part in the Upgrade events (fights in Upgrade events require essence instead of stamina) and levelling up characters (along with experience materials). Yup. Not only can you promote the character but also increase the level number to make them stronger along with levelling up gears. Unfortunately, spending these essence and materials is the only way to make characters stronger. Spending in game currency is the ONLY way to make characters stronger. Taking part in fights DOESN’T give your characters experience points to level up characters after winning battles. Winning battles in campaign only gives you a certain amount of essence and some rewards that you MAY get. The game focuses heavily on grinding and paying real money to get content in this game and it is really annoying. The game can be fun to play if are just wanting something to waste the time but since it requires internet to even play the game so it’s unlikely to play the game during travel since people may not be able to have internet access to play in travel. Also if people are interested in getting the other characters to try out their abilities and mix up their playing experience in the game then it will require a lot of grinding to even do. Injustice mobile provides a better playing experience. There are more attacks, visual differences, it’s a lot easier to get and improve characters due to being able to get the character and not bits of the character to get them and buy characters in the store, and you can increase the level of the characters by playing the game (reducing the amount of things that require in game currency to spend on).
If you are looking for something to waste the time either you are on a break from work or have nothing else going on whilst your chilling at home then probably give it a shot. Might have much better views on the game than me. But there are other much better mobile games that are also free that you could play. Even some mobile games that you can pay for like the Genesis Sonic games like Sonic 1 and 2 or something that can give you a much better experience. Overall wouldn’t really recommend playing the game. Give it a shot if curious but not the best out there.