NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

A Legend of Korra game shouldn’t have been any surprise. Being the sequel to the hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which had a ton of video game tie-ins, Korra’s video game debut was pretty much an inevitability.

Yet why should we care about a tie in game published by Activision no less? Wait, its being developed by Platinum Games, well this changes everything, in theory at least. Can Platinum Games produce a licensed game on par with their past work? Find out after the jump.

The Legend of Korra
Systems: PC [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, XBox 360, XBox One
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Activision
Release: PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4: October 21, 2014. Xbox 360 & Xbox One: October 22, 2014
MSRP: $14.99 USD

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

I don’t know any of the story specifics of the show, but the game starts out with Korra getting Metroid‘d and loses her bending powers. She learns that Hundun, an ancient evil who has a grudge against a previous Avatar’s incarnation, is responsible for the loss of her powers and he seeks to destroy the current Avatar (being Korra) and the world as revenge. Standard video game stuff. We are then set out on a journey to regain Korra’s bending and defeat Hudun before it’s too late. Yes the plot is paper thin, but it’s serviceable and gives us a structure to get used to each of Korra’s bending abilities.

Story was never really Platinum’s strong suit, but rather presentation and game play. As flat as the story is the game is never dull. Brining in the voice actors from the series, Korra’s quips are witty and sharply delivered. Often she’ll narrate during fights or when or when you just hanging out in her room (which is just a pause screen btw). It’s a small, but playful glimpse into Korra as a character. Other voices on the other hand aren’t as notable though. Also pleasing to the ears is the game’s soundtrack which either is directly from the show or inspired by it. Additionally, the game tells the story with many animated cut scenes whose quality is on par with the show. The Legend of Korra is all around pleasing to the eyes and ears, but it’s the gameplay that holds it together.

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

Just playing for a few seconds it’s obvious that Korra was built on Bayonetta’s foundation. There’s attacking in light and heavy variations, combos, dodges, parries, even some of Korra’s animations are reminiscent of Bayonetta. This isn’t a bad thing in the slightest, yet it does give you some false expectations. Korra’s combat is just different enough to warrant some exploration but nowhere deep enough to be as repayable as Bayonetta (though I’d love for someone to prove me wrong). Apart from freely attacking with all four elements you can hold down the attack button charge your chi gauge to make your attacks stronger. Without a charge an earth attack looks like a mild tremor but a fully charged attack looks and feels like an earthquake. Adding some depth to the formula is dodge offsetting, which is also brought over from Bayonetta. By holding down the attack button and dodging you can preserve your combo and continue at the most damaging point instead of starting over. You can also use this to charge your chi while avoiding attacks. Dodging isn’t your only defensive option- you can block and parry with left trigger as well. The parry window is fairly generous and if you mistime it and hold it down then you go into blocking, you can’t stay blocking forever though and you will return to neutral so if you really mess up your timing you’re wide open for punishment. It’s a bit more intricate than you’d think but not as much as you’d want.

Aside from combat and rudimentary platforming there are a couple running segments where you ride Korra’s polar bear dog which is exactly like those infinite runners you’d find on mobile platforms minus the infinity.

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

Perhaps the somewhat simpler mechanics are warranted because the game is really short. Having only eight chapters that can be completed in a few hours and not much else. Sure you can level up the individual bending powers, find hidden collectables which do nothing but give you achievements/trophies, and play the simple but fun pro bending mini game, there’s not much else in the package. Just when you unlock all of your bending powers and get a feel for the game it’s already the last level and the game is over. Yet, true to Platinum fashion, the first playthrough is pretty much a tutorial for the harder difficulties with remixed enemy patterns. I’ll give it this: when I finished The Legend of Korra I immediately jumped in for a second playthrough on the harder difficulty which, is something I very rarely do even for AAA games. The downside is that there are a few equip-able items that make it somewhat less difficult, but to each their own (you could just not equip them).

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra ends up being a hard game for me to critique. Maybe it was my own expectations that ended up deflating the experience. I’m used to Platinum’s games being a showcase of creativity and game design yet Korra really only ends up being a foot note in their excellent library. It’s not horrible by any means, yet licensed games have seen a lot better. The Batman: Arkham series, even recently Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation have shown that developers can do great things with licensed games. Platinum has done amazing things in the past and I was thinking this would have been a game along those lines. Yet at the fifteen dollar price point, I guess what it offers is fine for the price? If you have a WII U this game will not replace Bayonetta 2, yet if you’re still interested it will hold you for a couple of quick playthroughs. And on the brightside you can probably pick up the game on sale some time very soon.

While small in scope and a bit simple in its design, The Legend of Korra offers good thrills for a few fleeting moments. It could have been more, but what’s here is ok…It pains me to call a Platinum game just ok.

Game 3/5

NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra

Platinum Games is no stranger to sexy female characters, but what were you expecting? Korra is still a Nickelodeon series and no matter the amount of sexy fan art you’ve seen, there’s no way you’ll be getting any kind of kinkiness in an official game. While Korra is very easy on the eyes with strong character design, smooth animations, and even easier on the ears with great voice acting, any explicit sexy will have to be done in your mind, or you can do a bit of snooping on this site. The game does have a few unlockable outfits but these are mostly palette swaps of her default outfit. I give it a one out of five for just having Korra.

Hotness 1/5

– Sullivan O. Bradley

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4 Responses to “NSFW Gamer Review: The Legend of Korra”

  1. Shinigami says:

    I agree, the game is alright. They could done better but at least it’s better than the Last Airbender movie.

  2. Lord Redek says:

    *GASP* PLATNIUM! Alright well I’m buying that. And I see what you did there, you mentioned Metroid so this would come up when Metroid gets keyed. Good show mate! Anyways on a unrelated note I have an important question. Why haven’t you guys done a report on games gate and feminism getting on sexism in video games, or did you and I just miss it? Either way its an important topic that needs attention from the gaming community. I would say gamers are under attack right now, but I don’t know I’m not getting any unbiased news storys from sources I trust. *cough* NSFW gamer *cough*. Seriously do I have to research it myself? What am I, a person with free time?

  3. Sullivan O. Bradley says:

    @Lord Redek

    Personally I haven’t kept up with all angles of it so anything I’d have to say on it would be inaccurate or an unfair treatment. Besides there’s a ton that has already been said about it so I feel that I’d only be echoing most of what has already been said.

  4. Lord Redek says:

    @Sullivan O. Bradley Hmm… Well could you mention one of these other sources please. The only other place I heard a gamers perspective on this topic is theescapistmagazine. Everything else is just generic news stories on that there interwebs, stating how “gamers” are a dying breed, which could not be more untrue. Besides, don’t we as perverts get to have a perspective and opinion on feminism getting in on our business? Not that I’m saying its necessarily a bad thing, just a lot of people on both ends are misinformed and misguided. I’m sorry, I just have nowhere else to rant right now. Thanks for reading and replying though.