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The Legend of Korra (Platinum Games) video game cover

Another bad game based off of an awesome TV series. Either make good licensed games or don't make licensed games.

The Legend of Korra is a beat 'em up video game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision, and is based on the eponymous television series. The game was released in October 2014 for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It is Platinum's first licensed video game, as well their first digital-only release.

Why It Sucks

  1. Simplistic and dull combat (you could just spam counters most of the time).
  2. Carelessly designed arenas and levels.
  3. Awkward platforming sections.
  4. Sections which involve riding on Naga are boring and suffer from trial-and-error repetition (obstacles are either damage or instant-death which are mostly placed sadisticly with disorienting 90 degree turns). 
  5. Enemies are generic clones of each other.
  6. There are only three different types of boss fights in total, four if you count the three mecha tanks fights in one of the polordog section, and all them (exept for the final boss) repeated throughout the rest of the game.
  7. Throwaway plot that fails the source material.
  8. Korra is basically the only character who appears in the game; any other characters from the show either show up for a few seconds then never appear again, or are demoted to small roles.
  9. Terrible camera.
  10. Faulty targeting system.
  11. Quick-time events are difficult to perform because the button prompt appears for a split second and is incredibly tiny, making it hard to see.
  12. The elements range from overpowered like air to outright useless like fire.
  13. The main story can be beating in just three to five hours.
  14. The game was made at a very bad time, because at the time most of PlatinumGames' staff was working on Bayonetta 2.

Redeeming qualities

  1. Very good graphics that faithfully capture the style of the cartoon.
  2. The secret unlockable outfits are a nice touch.
  3. The voice acting is good.
  4. It was a $15 downloadable game, as opposed to a full-price retail one.

Reception

The game received mixed-to-negative reviews, with Metacritic scores of 64 for PC, 54 for PS4, and 49 for Xbox One. It was deemed to be PlatinumGames' worst title until it was dethroned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan in 2016.

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