With summer coming to a close, it’s time to reminisce of summers past. The way I get through my end of summer blues is by staring at all of my older video games and picking up one that I’ve forgotten about. This year’s favorite was Rune Factory on the DS. After fighting off monsters and attempting to woo Mist, I was hit hard with the memory of a game I had recently encountered Re: Legend.
Re: Legend is a co-op monster raising game inspired by such titles as Rune Factory, Digimon World, Fantasy Life, and the Monster Rancher series. Basically, if you like Stardew Valley and cute little monsters, you’re in for a real treat! The story begins with our protagonist wash ashore within Vokka Island with a bout of amnesia. Unsure of where you came from or why you were at sea, the only logical step is to make a new name for yourself on this beautiful island paradise. This process begins with the cultivation of land, fishing, crafting, and aiding the townsfolk in expanding the town.
As you begin the process of redefining yourself, you find that this land contains mysterious creatures called Magnus. They are dangerous and present their own challenges however, they can be tamed. With the taming of the beasts, comes their aid in combat, fishing, and farming. Not only are these dinosaur-like beings incredibly helpful, but they are also some of the most adorable things I have ever seen. Aside from being super cute and helpful, after bonding with a Magnus, they evolve and allow you to mount them. This makes me wish I had a Magnus in real life.
So far, you might think Magnus and farming are all Re: Legend has to offer but you’d be sorely mistaken. It is also multiplayer with up to four players! One can plant crops underwater and gain life experience. These skills include mining, logging, cooking, weaponry, and more. Overall, Re: Legend is Breath of the Wild with My Sims graphics and Harvest Moon mechanics. The music is breathtaking, and the animation is light and fun, this game sounds like a dream come true.
Re: Legend is currently on Early Access on Steam and will also be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 30. All I have to say is I am eagerly awaiting the end of summer just so I can put off my homework and snuggle Magnus ‘till the cows come home. I’m looking forward to seeing how farming underwater works and the various stages of combat. I did see an archer and a mage in the trailer which makes me believe some turn-based combat may be in order. In the end, Re: Legend was beautifully crafted with all the aspects I look for in a video game.