The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout offers the Brian Jacques fantasy collection a honest online game adaptation, however technical points maintain it again.

Redwall holds a particular place within the hearts of many fantasy followers. The collection of novels by Brian Jacques advised a beautiful story of anthropomorphic woodland animals locked in a struggle for survival, and has earned a powerful following since its debut within the 1980s. The collection has now moved into the world of video video games, courtesy of The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout.

This adaptation comes from developer Soma Video games. Fairly than performing as a direct recreation of one of many Redwall novels, as an alternative The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout sits as a standalone story throughout the Redwall universe. A online game adaptation was accredited by Jacques earlier than his dying in 2011, and this collection of episodic releases makes an attempt to develop the lore into a brand new medium.

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The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout subsequently marks itself as an early a part of Redwall’s enterprise into video video games, together with the text-centric journey The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: Escape the Gloomer that launched late final 12 months. Due to this, it’s clear that there’s been an try to put a marker within the floor for the way Redwall ought to feel and appear in gaming. It’s an bold transfer, even when Redwall lacks the complex magic of some fantasy series, however sadly not all elements of the sport are profitable.

The Lost Legends of Redwall The Scout Cavern

The place The Scout shines is in its portrayal of the Redwall license. Soma Video games does an excellent job of bringing the world of the Brian Jacques novels to life, which is not a simple factor to do given the character of the wildlife-focused fantasy collection. It will not be a direct adaptation, however nonetheless you actually get a way of that universe, and that’s nothing to be sniffed at.

Though a few of this comes from the design of the world’s buildings and basic setting, a whole lot of the work is finished with the characters. The way in which that the totally different characters work together (and specifically their dialogue decisions) match effectively with the tone of the books, with a mix of the light-hearted willpower that comes from kids’s fantasy and the extra harmful elements of the sport’s villains and the risk they supply. It’s one thing that followers of the books will most likely recognize, significantly given its place as a brand new Redwall story.

As a matter of truth, the varied episodes of The Misplaced Legends of Redwall make up the primary new Redwall story since 2011. The episodes will partly run adjoining to a number of the novels from the collection, and partly kind prequels for what has lengthy been written into lore. Maybe correctly, given the variety of Redwall tales already advised, The Scout focuses on one thing comparatively small and character-driven, permitting it to be a bit extra cohesive than might in any other case have been the case.

The Lost Legends of Redwall The Scout Character

Sadly The Scout comes with its fair proportion of points. A few of these take the type of technical issues that very a lot erode the care that Soma Video games has given to the license. Specifically, the sport’s body charge on PS4 could be very jarring at instances, and for the reason that sport depends on speedy actions and stealth this does typically imply that it may be irritating to play.

The issues do go additional than that, nonetheless. The Scout suffers from some pretty unresponsive controls which are effective for large, daring actions however much less so for the intricacies present in 3D platforming or stealthy play. Issues like climbing up a ladder or ledge, or hopping over particles in a chase sequence, could be extraordinarily troublesome when the extent of sharpness required from a management perspective is sorely missing.

Between these two elements specifically, The Scout struggles with its most troublesome downside: outdoors of its storytelling and the allure of its setting, it will possibly typically be a clumsy sport to play. When a number of the missions concerned additionally drag, it signifies that The Scout will go away gamers wanting from a gameplay perspective, even when there are snippets right here and there that present what might have been.

The Lost Legends of Redwall The Scout Landscape

Certainly, there are some components that work effectively. The sport’s ‘scent’ mechanic not solely provides an attention-grabbing component to pathfinding but additionally offers the general look of The Scout a distinct dynamic. In the meantime, the ultimate chase remains to be enjoyable regardless of the controls, even when it does really feel fairly dated attributable to how awkward some moments could be.

Outdoors of devoted Redwall followers, although, The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout is unlikely to hit residence. The restrictions from a technical and purposeful perspective cease it from being a fantastic expertise, which sadly pulls the rug from underneath how the license has been dealt with. Hopefully, the opposite releases as a part of The Misplaced Legends of Redwall will have the ability to construct upon what works right here and enhance the areas the place The Scout struggles.

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The Misplaced Legends of Redwall: The Scout is out now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Display Rant was supplied with a PS4 obtain code for the needs of this evaluation.

Our Ranking:

2 out of 5 (Okay)