Hmm... This is an interesting discussion, and I'd like to revive it a little bit.
Frankly, while I loved some of the aspects of The Legend Returns, I'd have to say its my LEAST favorite of all four games. (Yes, including Ruins of Lore.) Yurist truly was an absolutely pointless character, and most of the cast barely had any actual "development" in the first place.
However, here's what I hate most of all about the game. The Ancient Cave is fun and all, but that's because it was a unique experience. I think it was asanine the way they came in and took the Ancient Cave and applied it to every single dungeon in the game. TLR isn't a turn-based RPG with puzzles on the side. There are absolutely no puzzles in TLR; instead, its pure dungeon-crawling, and no consistency at all. It was completely and totally boring to me.
The Ancient Cave itself was the exception in this game, but it becomes more of a bore when its exactly like the rest of the dungeons in the game. It was still a great experience, and I like the addition of another 200 floors, plus the Ancient Cave shop, but it simply isn't comparable to the AC of ROTS.
And yes, TLR also has terrible spelling and grammar, not to mention the lousy dialog. I also thought the dialog was great in the others, but it sucked in TLR. This one did have the slight edge in that it was slightly humorous, but I was cringing far more than laughing. The plot was also a bore all the way up until the very end, when it actually started to get good as soon as the plot twist is revealed, but even that didn't intrigue me too much.
So, yeah, I liked TLR, don't get me wrong, but... it really wasn't nearly as good as I had heard from others. And playing Ruins of Lore, I myself find quite a bit of enjoyment in it, because, for one, it actually has puzzles. For two, it has character development, some nice references to Lufia II, and a decent plot. The downers about RoL are how they ruined the Ancient Cave, and also the IP system. But I still do prefer it to TLR.
Lufia II easily wins for me, though, with Lufia 1 in second. I still want them to make a new one, though. Preferably featuring Lufia herself a little more often (yes, I know Lufia is Erim, but the term "Lufia" is only used in the first game; I frankly see Erim as a Sinistral questioning the motives of them and seeking answers, which is how she was portrayed in Lufia II, while in the other two she was also going against the will of the others).
Just my thoughts. Probably won't get much mention, but I do want to try getting a little more activity back here. And frankly, I do think that a new Lufia game will be released eventually; don't think its the end. Hell, some franchises have been revived that haven't been around since the NES era. In this case, its only been 6 years about (RoL was released in 2003, right?).
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