For those that grew up with Avatar: The Last Airbender on TV, I think it’s safe to say we all wished that bending the elements was an actual thing. The Legend of Korra finished at the end of last year and while tLoK had an overall different feeling than A:tLA, the bending was still very much rad as hell. Many games have been made on the Avatar series with the most recent entry being an arcade game available on XBLA, PSN and PC. The Legend of Korra game was released by Platinum Games in 2014.
If you haven’t seen either A:tLA or tLoK, it is set in a world where many people are able to ‘bend’ the elements water, earth, fire and air with the world divided into four nations, each known for their respective element. While benders can refine their skills, each is confined to a singular element. The Avatar is a person capable of bending all 4 elements, continually reincarnated to act as a peace-keeper. Set between the show’s second and third season, the game puts you in the shoes of Korra, the young, head-strong teenage Avatar who has to deal with the sudden appearance of a mysterious shaman who is rallying Korra’s old enemies against her.
If you’ve played and enjoyed any of Platinum Game’s other works, you’ll likely enjoy tLoK as well. The majority of the game is moving from fight to fight with numerous enemies from the show making combat the focal aspect of the game. It’s highly recommended if you’re playing on PC, to use a controller for these types of games. The control scheme is easy to pick up with a very simplistic system to switch between all the elements and numerous combos within and between each of the elements. As you move around in levels there are small areas that have secret treasure but overall, each level is decidedly small and linear. The game also throws in a couple levels of riding Korra’s polar bear-dog as well as pro-bending matches that you can participate in to rank up.
The game’s art style does uphold the show’s style and fighting with all the elements is nice to watch, not cluttering the screen or anything. The voice acting consists of a small cast, mainly just Korra, Jinora and the main villain but is done well regardless. Not seeing any of the other members of the show is a bit disappointing but the game doesn’t exactly have enough depth to be inclusive without the other characters seeming forced in.
Being an arcade game, it takes about 6 hours or so to finish with the simple narrative and well-done combat. That, combined with the decent overall presentation and fun mini-games creates a decent Avatar experience. That being said, you definitely don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy a fun beat-‘em-up game but fans of the Avatar series may find the game pretty good.