There are various key components to creating an amazing video game, especially when it comes to cementing a franchise. It’s not enough to have cutting-edge graphics; incredible video games are a cocktail of enjoyable game play, balanced mechanics, and an entrancing story. For a franchise, it’s difficult to keep the series feeling fresh, while, at the same time, connecting the updated details with the familiar framework that fans love. This is particularly true when it comes to writing the story. That’s what makes them legends.
Legends that Inspire
The plots in action/platforms tend to be pretty simple: save a princess, save your family, save the world. One of my personal favorite tropes is the ‘Legend.’ There are so many exciting adventure games that utilize legends to create a particular game ‘formula,’ but the end result is some pretty incredible stories.
As I get excited to pick up the latest addition to another unforgettable series, Uncharted 4, it’s only right to take a look at the games inspired by legends. (Not including FPS, or RPGS) This list is in no particular order, and as always, if you don’t see your favorite here – just give me a shout out in the comments below.
Shadow of the Colossus
In Shadow of Colossus, we journey as The Wanderer as he enters the ‘Forbidden Land’ in search of a way to resurrect a young girl named Momo. This is a game based on ancient lore and a mysterious protagonist. While it’s speculated that the spectral guide ‘Dormin’ is a nod to a biblical King Nimrod, the premise of the story revolves around evil demons and gathering/defeating macguffins known as the Colossi.
The Wanderer is equipped with a special ‘sword,’ must battle forgotten creatures, and all to right the wrongful death of Momo. While this game contains a vague legend, it doesn’t stop this game from being legendary and filled with heart. There is no shortage of fantastic game play and the soundtrack brings players to that ancient time, where warriors fought for their cause, regardless of the price.
The original series of Ninja Gaiden begins with an amazing cut scene and a ninja battle.From there, it’s non-stop action and swearing at this exciting NES game. Ryu Hayabusa must stop the revival of an ancient demon called ‘Jashin,’and avenge the death of his father. This particular legend has two demon statues that hold the evil creature, and of course there is a bad guy who wants it released. Throw in a little bit of CIA involvement and rich man and you’ve got yourself a game!
Of course, like all legends, the demon is real and Ryu must take it down. After this first insanely frustrating game, Ninja Gaiden became a series. Ryu continued to battle the evil that wished Jashin restored and the Gate of Darkness opened. From the second entry and into current day, the game has changed a great deal as far as plot goes, but the first holds onto the ‘Nintendo hard’ persona and who knows when that ‘legendary evil’ will rise again.