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. The game, alongside Transformers Devastation, was delisted on December 22, 2017.
Why It Sucks
- Simplistic and dull combat (you could just spam counters most of the time).
- Speaking of the counter system, the game punishes you for not spamming counters. Enemies are major damage sponges that require you to spam counters which for unknown reasons does more damage than normal attacks and bending moves. It is a MUST in pro-bending that you spam counters or die easily. Most bosses (especially Triads) can clobber you easily in seconds if you don't use counters.
- Carelessly designed arenas and levels.
- Awkward platforming sections.
- Sections which involve riding on Naga are boring and suffer from trial-and-error repetition (obstacles either do damage or kill you instantly and are mostly placed sadistically with disorienting 90 degree turns).
- Speaking of which, there's a battle known as the "Mecha Tank Trio", which is one of the most unfair battles in the game. Tu rub salt in the wound, the following stages are more straight-forward (For example, the spirit monsters are easier than the chi blockers; they don't have ranged attacks or electricity)
- Enemies are generic clones of each other.
- There are only three different types of boss fights in total, four if you count the three mecha tanks fights in one of the polar dog sections, and all them (except for the final boss) are repeated throughout the rest of the game.
- A throwaway plot that feels like a disservice to the source material.
- Korra is basically the only character who has any prominence 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.
- Terrible camera.
- Faulty targeting system.
- The cutscenes look like they're ripped from the TV series. The way the one-time opening intro shows up is nearly the same from the TV series.
- Same can be said for the soundtrack; some of the soundtrack (especially the theme) is ripped from the TV series.
- 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.
- The 4 elements that can be used range from overpowered like Airbending to outright useless like Firebending. (Airbending hits DOZENS of times while Firebending is basically point blank with terrible range)
- The main story can be beaten in just three to five hours.
- Very good graphics that faithfully capture the style of the cartoon.
- The secret unlockable outfits are a nice touch.
- The voice acting is good, as it has the original voice actors reprise their roles.
- It is a $15 downloadable game, as opposed to a full-price retail one.
The game received mixed-to-negative reviews, with Metacritic scores of 64 for PC, 54 for PS4, and 49 for Xbox One. It was often deemed to be PlatinumGames' worst title until it was dethroned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan in 2016. Despite the negative reception, it had "mostly positive" reception on Steam.