LEGION
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(c)TELENET JAPAN 1990
Release : 1990-9-21 (•6780)
CDRom≤ TJCD0010
Shooter / Horizontal
Legion is a horizontal shooter by Telenet and Renovation. The player takes control of a small spaceship and fights his way through a horde of enemy ships and facilities. The space-fighter starts off with a simple vulcan gun and there is a total of three powerup weapons available : vulcan-gun (red), laser (green) and homing-missiles (blue). There is also a small range of special icons, which appear every once in a while, and can either power-up the current weapon, add ground missiles or activate a shield around the ship. Finally, a smart bomb can be launched with the second action button and greatly damage everything on screen. Legion has an interesting level structure and different routes are provided at strategic points throughout the game. It is also the only shooter (that I know of) to play a narrative voice at the beginning of every stage, giving the game an unusual and authentic film noir touch.
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Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

STAFF

Produce
Bu-Cho as Takashi Fukushima

Game Design
Gaira as Takashi Yasugahira

Character Design
Takaki Iwata
Takashi Yagi

Stage Design
Atushi Suzuki
Jun Nagao
Package Illust
Naoyuki Katou

Title Logo
Takashi Yagi

Program
Nuto-Nuto as Hiroshi Yoshida

Music
Shinobu Ogawa
Takaharu Umezu
Hiroto Ootubo
Mitiko Naruke
Business Support Co.,LTD
Co-opration
Tomoko Miura
Ken Takeda
Shigeru Kimura
Tetuji Matuzawa

Special Thanks
Baitoman Outa
Takumi Stone River
Kenichi Nishi
Jirou Fukushima
Kazuyuki Fukushima
Yuuji Fukushima

COPYRIGHT 1990
TELENET JAPAN


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Legion is an awful and terrible game. I still clearly remember the day I bought it, being completely attracted by the gorgeous game-cover artwork by science fiction artist Naoyuki Kato. Sadly, Legion disappoints at every turn. Graphics are average and not too exciting. But still, later stages have some interesting bosses and enemies, so nothing terrible here. Music feels really cheap and do not fit the game. But, worse of all, controls are just useless. It is impossible to fly this thing. The ship is just much too slow and it makes virtually impossible to avoid enemy ships and bullets. The only 'original' parts remaining are certainly the non-linear structure of the game (if you manage to pass the first stage though), and the kind of Film Noir monologue going on at the beginning of every level. Overall, just avoid this game and all the frustration it causes.




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