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October 14, 2023

The Next Move Sword Coast Legends

The next move sword coast legends

Taking cues from the isometric view and real-time-with-pause of BioWare's classic Baldur's Gate, and the open world and dungeon crawling of Neverwinter Nights, n-Space's Sword Coast Legends wears many hats. It has a story campaign that spans 30-40 hours, a multiplayer game where four friends can cooperatively play dungeons and stories actively DM'd by a fifth player who constructs and modifies them, and a dungeon creation suite to give players the chance to create their own campaigns and adventures.

It's also a good-looking game, with a lush 3D depiction of the fields, forests and cities of the Forgotten Realms. It's a bit less stylised than the hand-drawn backdrops of Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity, but it still does a nice job of bringing to life the world that players will explore.

That said, the cooldown-based combat and linear questing of Sword Coast Legends don't do enough to make it stand out from the crowded field of cRPGs. With fantasy RPGs a dime a dozen and a resurgent cRPG renaissance calling for new ideas, Sword Coast Legends isn't quite ready to make its mark.

As time passes, it's likely that Sword Coast Legends will be tweaked and improved to address the issues that it faces. In the meantime, it's a solid loot-crawler that delivers the kind of Dungeons & Dragons experience that many gamers have been craving for years. If it continues to evolve and improve, it may one day earn a place in the pantheon of great D&D titles.