Law & Order: LegaciesLa




Genre:   Adventure

Developer & Publisher:   TellTale Games

Released:  January 2012

  • Operating system: Windows XP / Vista
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz + (3 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent rec.)
  • Memory: 512MB (1GB rec.)
  • Sound: DirectX 8.1 sound device
  • Video: 64MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card (128MB rec.)
  • DirectX®: Version 9.0c or better

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by Rushes


Based on the TV series, Law & Order: Legacies is an episodic series of investigative adventures developed by Telltale Games. There are seven episodes in total, with three having already been released at the time of writing this review. All seven are included in your initial purchase, to download as they become available.

The definition of “Adventure” is perhaps stretched a little with Legacies, although it does try valiantly to squeeze its round bottom into the square hole. For there really is little more to do than be whisked away to various locations to question suspects and witnesses, to listen carefully to their responses, and then be tested in multiple choice format on what you have learned in the case so far. Correct answers may earn you “stars” which will increase your Detective ranking. Incorrect answers impede your progress and may necessitate a replay of the scene. A scene may be replayed at your choice, to improve your score. Two of the first three cases deal with incidents of rape/violence against women.

As for actual investigating -- searching the scene of the crime -- there is one, at the most two opportunities to do so per case. You explore from one position via a panning camera, using your mouse to draw a red circle around any point of interest to examine in close-up. You are not given free rein; likewise you cannot visit different locations at will, or question suspects when you choose. The game makes the decisions for you, leads you where it might and plonks you slap-bang in the middle of it. The player has no inventory to play with, nor is there any forensic work such as you would find in the comparable CSI game series.

Gameplay is relatively short at approximately one hour per case, and as such gives the player little opportunity to become fully immersed with the story or build up any sense of involvement or excitement, the latter third of each case being taken up with a sombre court procedure. Different case outcomes are possible, depending on your gameplay. There is a helpful tutorial which pops up at intervals to explain law terms and other technicalities.

The graphics are adequate, if dated: the backgrounds are fuzzy and the 3D characters appear too angular, with little facial expression. Right-clicking skips dialogue, and the game autosaves as you play.

The voicework is well done and believable. None of the cast are the actors from the TV version.

I downloaded and installed the game without issue, and it played perfectly throughout.

Fans of the show might find a deal to enjoy in Legacies, but those who seek a more involving adventure experience would do best to look elsewhere. This one left me cold.

Grade: C+

I played on:

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

AMD A6-3650 APU @ 2.60GHz

4.00 GB of RAM

Radeon HD 6530D Graphics

Law & Order: Legacies is available via download from Telltale Games.

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