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Legends of Valour: The Dawning

Legends of Valour is a role-playing video game developed by Synthetic Dimensions and released by U.S. Gold and SSI in 1992 for the Amiga, Atari ST and PC DOS systems, with the additional FM Towns and PC-98 versions in 1993-1994 in Japan only (as Legends of Valour: Gouyuu no Densetsu). As the game was planned to be a first part of the series, its full title is Legends of Valour: Volume I ~ The Dawning.

Plot and gameplay

Advertisements for Legends of Valour claimed "Ultima Underworld, move over! ... Experience the hottest, smoothest 3-D scrolling graphics ever in an underworld, or any world!"[2] Like Ultima Underworld the game is seen in first-person perspective, being one of the first RPG games after it to use a smooth-scrolling three-dimensional environment engine in the style of Wolfenstein 3D. The game also features a point-and-click interface, an either automated or realtime combat, and day/night cycle. The game's system is quite complex and realistic for its time. For example, the player character can become drunk (impairing movement and vision), and be arrested for this; undernourished characters (the players need to eat, drink and sleep regularly) are more likely to catch a disease; and a passing guard may overhear an illegal conversation. Fantasy world of Legends of Valour is inhabited by humans, elves and dwarves, and the player can choose which of these races he wishes to play as (the chosen race influences relations with other characters), with player-customized gender, face and body build for the character.

The game takes place in a walled capital city called Mitteldorf, where the player can explore the streets, buildings and a massive network of dungeons and sewers connected through a natural cave system, while completing various missions given by its numerous citizens, all while looking for his/her missing cousin Sven (named Gareth in the early version), which is the starting point of the game's main quest (to restore the king to power and slay an evil demon). Mitteldorf is over a squared mile in size and among its many building are several taverns, hostels, shops, guilds, temples, prisons as well as other places of interest (well over 100 locations in total). The guilds and temples offer the player career paths with unique missions; through the game, the player's character can even become a vampire or a werewolf.

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Information about

Legends of Valour: The Dawning

Developer: Unknown

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Combat: Real-time
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
World
· Platform: PC
· Released at 1992-01-01
· Publisher: SSI