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  • Summary: Hidden Dragon is a 2.5D action platformer set in Imperial China, combining classic platform action with fast-paced combo fighting, harkening back to classics like Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, and Shinobi.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Oct 12, 2017
    75
    At 20 dollars, it is a tough ask as a purchase since this developer with no discernible track record in the west. Those who take the leap will find a rather solid title with high replayability and a visual style seldom seen on our shores. One can only hope that the publisher can put some more marketing dollars towards this title so that it can find some sort of audience.
  2. 70
    Ultimately, Hidden Dragon: Legend is a fairly average beat-em-up/platformer, but its sky-high production values and sheer love of spectacle is sure to delight players.
  3. Oct 8, 2017
    60
    Hidden Dragon Legend is not a terrible game, and it does try hard at times. Some decent art design and combat mechanics offer the potential for a bit of enjoyment. However, it doesn’t present enough variation in gameplay to stay fresh, and the combat – a major part of the game – begins to break down when things get hectic. Irritation, frustration, and maybe boredom will begin to seep in after the initial fun, making this platforming adventure less than legendary.
  4. 50
    Hidden Dragon Legend offers a feast of combat action and platforming with a beefy challenge but comes with a host of irritations too.
  5. Oct 4, 2017
    50
    Hidden Dragon Legend tries to do more than it can truly do. The combat system is deep but with too many problems, many game sections are frustrating and the game has overall bad animations.
  6. Oct 2, 2017
    50
    It’s the frustrating sort of hard that comes about because of poor mechanics rather than elegant design. Despite your demon powers, the rules of this particular fight club start off by declaring that they’re going to be totally different for you and your enemies.
  7. Jan 16, 2018
    35
    Hidden Dragon Legend has some good visual design but not much else, and it’s a shame. I appreciated the style, but the actual game is so shoddily produced that it’s impossible to enjoy. I don’t care that enemies look good if fighting them is sluggish and repetitive. With tighter controls and fluid combat, Hidden Dragon Legend could have been a minor gem, but it’s just an attractive failure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    9
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU AIN'T AN ACTION GAMER.

    I have been playing action games since Bayonetta. Hidden Dragon Legend just aroused my
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU AIN'T AN ACTION GAMER.

    I have been playing action games since Bayonetta. Hidden Dragon Legend just aroused my memories of couple of old games like Castlevania. I enjoyed it so much and I just got Platinum. Surely will buy another copy on Steam awaits.
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  2. Sep 19, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really like hard core action games! HDL is a Chinese martial type side scrolling action game that i haven’t seen any games on PS4 like this before. The combo system is interesting and the jumping part is really challenging. But if you are not an action game player I don't recommend this game. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2017
    8
    Well this is my first time to use metacritic.
    I am a Taiwan gamer and I have been looking forward to play this game long time ago. Happy that
    Well this is my first time to use metacritic.
    I am a Taiwan gamer and I have been looking forward to play this game long time ago. Happy that finally it released.
    Hidden Dragon Legend is developed by an indie studio in mainland China with several people. I am glad to have a chance to meet the developer at PAX East held in Boston March this year and was happy to see a console game with Chinese cultural content can go global. If you know the history about what happened to console game market in China, you will understand how difficult to be that this game come out. #The Chinese console game market was banned by its government for 20 years#

    First I want to say that the score I rate is based on the indie game standard.

    Hidden Dragon Legend is an 3D sidescrolling action game mixed with a lot of old-school platformer gameplays.
    The graphics is great for a sidescroling game. There are lots of beautiful & different types of scenes that you can see in the background throughout the game. The ancient Luoyang City, white horse temple, bamboo groves, mystic tower, path among the mountains etc. And the direction of the camera will turn at some places for example in that tower of chapter 2. You can see routes leads to hidden areas by the camera turning which makes exploration of the level enjoyable.
    The fighting part of the game is really enjoyable as I am a hardcore ACT gamer. The combo system is the main way to defeat enemies. If you are skilled of combo, higher combo number can make you faster to accumulate the rage, which is the 5 orbs below the stam bar. And this makes you can use powerful skills more often. This part decide the difficulty throughout the gameplay because you should also focus on evading enemies attack in a fast rhythm fight. Using evade in proper way can trigger a time freeze that you can counter back if you have unlock the combo. So evade is the core of fighting can keep the combo number not to fade out. There also trophies about the combo system with the highest 400 and I only get 200+ at most.
    Fighting with the bosses you should look carefully about how to beat them although there are descriptions in the option menu. With different strategies to beat the bosses seems related to different trophies.
    The levels are designed good with different type of challenges. Take first level of Chapter 3 for instance it is a escaping level that you are followed by lot of mechanical spiders created by a boss name Dark Raven. It is strange to see mechanical thing is a ancient Chinese dynasty but this is just a start. Dark Raven is an elder in the enemies organization who use specific technology to control many traps and puppets machines according to the story. The gameplay throughout chapter 3 is to deal with these mechanical guys and traps. I think it is a innovation that a game with Chinese ancient culture mixed with mechanic elements and make this game a lot of fun.
    The platforming part is challenging at the very start once you face a jumping puzzle. The challenge mostly come from the camera setting that you cannot see the next step or even the ground or trap in front of you. You should combine jump-double jump, hook, dash in air or even the air-light combo to go through some places. And the hook system seems not so easy to control because you should hold R1 and use the left stick to aim first. And the aiming sometime makes me feel awful. But if you keep trying and practicing you will get used to it.
    The storytelling part is the worst of this game. Cutscenes are full of animations lack of polish and the story is skipping and hard to understand if you do not read the text on loading screens. And the collection items found in the level tell little about the story but more for the background. If you consider that it is an indie game you may think it acceptable of the poor storytelling.
    In general consideration I can give this game an 8. Notice that I am rating this as the indie game standard but not AAA.
    Hidden Dragon Legend is a game mostly like Ninjia Gaiden 2 as it has fast rhythm challenging combats. But it also mix platforming gameplays.
    If you are looking forward to an epic story and excellent cutscenes animations, I don't recommend this game. But, if you like fast rhythm action game with deep and complicated systems it is exactly your choice. It is a best indie game I have ever played in this year.
    Hope they can have a success in global market.
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  4. Sep 19, 2017
    7
    HIDDEN DRAGON LEGEND: Shadow Trace
    From challenging to cheap
    Hidden Dragon is a 2.5 d action platformer set in imperial china where you play
    HIDDEN DRAGON LEGEND: Shadow Trace
    From challenging to cheap
    Hidden Dragon is a 2.5 d action platformer set in imperial china where you play as Sword Master Lu out for vengeance and his memory...
    The first half of this 6 hour game is really enjoyable..
    It mixes platforming and combat to not make one or the other seem too much, it keeps the pacing of this game really great you’ll run into chests to pick up health items as you’re hopping across roof tops and along your way you’ll be stopped by a variety of different enemies that all offer a different challenge for you to deal with..
    The combat seems spongy at first because you expect this to be a platformer with combat dashed in there... but this is actually more of a combat focused game with platforming dashed in there…
    in combat you have a light and have attack and you’re able to pull off a few different combos with them, eventually unlocking throwing daggers for ranged attacks.. You’re also able to evade and build up combos to fill up a meter to pull off one of 3 different special moves at first... more to be unlocked with the in game currency dropped by enemies you can also use these soul stones to upgrade different skills you unlock and find in chests around the different maps, and you’ll occasionally run into brute enemies that glow before they attack to give you a cue to dodge making encounters feel just the right amount of challenging.. You aren’t just hacking and slashing in this game... you actually have to pay attention as enemies do dark souls level of damage…
    and each chapter of course has a boss battle which like brutes are just the right amount of challenging as well and will take multiple attempts to overcome... though you feel like if you try just one more time you can get it even if you’ve been at it for an hour…
    halfway through the game though the game just starts feeling cheap as it all of a sudden wants to focus more on platforming.. And the platforming here is just extremely awkward...
    you have a claw to attach to things and you’ll be using this in moment but it just never feels intuitive
    and the double jumping has weird unexplained ruled where it sometimes just doesn’t happen like the game has invisible black holes that if you get close to will just suck you in..
    I was stuck on one platforming section for over an how because of these awkward unpolished and unintuitive controls...
    only to face an overpowered boss with no real patterns after I just got out of an extremely tough boss fight that I needed all of my health pickups to defeat.. And there were no health pickups on the way to this boss...
    So while the first half is a satisfying challenge…
    the game throws an insanely frustrating hurdle for you to climb over to see the game out to the end..
    One I don’t see most players having the patience to overcome...
    with a pretty generic story not giving you the fire to want to do so either
    Hidden Dragon Legend is a great and challenging action platformer game..
    It’s a shame its lack of polish in platforming and unnecessary difficulty spike half way through hold it back from being a classic
    that being said, if you’re a gluten for punishment, this most of the time is a decently solid game
    I give HIDDEN DRAGON LEGEND: Shadow Trace
    a 7/10
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  5. Sep 27, 2017
    4
    And Oasis Games' streak of mediocre chinese games still continues. I expected this game to be fantastic since the trailer showed a lot ofAnd Oasis Games' streak of mediocre chinese games still continues. I expected this game to be fantastic since the trailer showed a lot of promise. Sadly, it wasn't. While the graphics are not terrible, the stiff animations makes platforming frustrating, the plot is incredibly thin (despite the trailer showing the game like as if it was going to be an epic action game), it has many unnecesary difficulty spikes, the voice acting is terrible, and there isn't a lot to do after completing the game other than playing the higher difficulties. I also found some of the bosses a bit annoying, while the final boss really wouldn't be hard if it wasn't for the controls. While it isn't as bad as Oasis Games' previous titles, it is still disappointing because if it wasn't for its cumbersome issues, it could have been a classic. Instead, is a mediocre chinese platformer that only a minority will like (mostly the chinese gamers because of thr whole console ban) and soon, it will fall into obscurity. Is not terrible since the combat can be fun and some of the puzzles, while not challenging, are pretty good. However, if you're expecting a polished platformer, prepare to be disappointed. Honestly, I wouls just recommend Icey, which is another chinese side scolling action game that's actually polished and is also available on the PS4. For Hidden Dragon Legend? Is better off that you wait until it gets a price cut.

    Also, this just shows that you shouldn't set your expectations high when it comes to chinese games published by Oasis Games. I just hope their next game, Light Tracer, will actually be their savior. If not, then, oh well.
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  6. Sep 28, 2017
    4
    Repetitive, technically cheap. Awful story and english dubbing, ridiculously high priced for what it offers. stay away from this game andRepetitive, technically cheap. Awful story and english dubbing, ridiculously high priced for what it offers. stay away from this game and maybe Oasis Games'll stop making disturbing software. Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2017
    1
    Action stiff. Poor hit. The story is old-fashioned. Music is not appealing. Character modeling is very rough. There is no bright spot in theAction stiff. Poor hit. The story is old-fashioned. Music is not appealing. Character modeling is very rough. There is no bright spot in the game system. The voice actor is amateur. Is an unintentional game. Is a shoddy game. In short is a very bad game. Expand