The action in Legendary
is instant and non-stop. You are Charles Deckard, and quite literally, you find yourself with your hand in the cookie jar known as Pandora's Box. You get your smack on the wrist from the gods when a giant spike is shoved through your hand by the crate, branding you with the signet. It becomes a whirlwind of death and destruction visited upon man, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. You go from escaping the very beast you let loose to being the key to man's survival in containing them again.
If you don't know the story of Pandora's Box, the Cliff Notes pretty much read as follows. In a battle of wills between the Gods, Zeus and Prometheus, Zeus created Pandora to seduce Prometheus' brother. He had bestowed her limitless curiosity. He then gave her a box at her wedding that said nothing more than it is never to be opened. Zeus' plan worked and one day she sucumbed to her curiosity and opened the box. All that man knows is evil in the world flew out of the box. It was shut quickly, locking in one last salvation for man, hope.
The plot played out like reading the alphabet. You knew each move a twist before the game could actually tell you about it. The story goes that you have been tricked into opening Pandora's Box. Then to make matters worse, there is a group that wants this to happen. You decide you want to make things right, so there is a three way struggle between good, evil, and the creatures of the box. So, with the plot not getting in the way of gameplay, you are free to shoot mythical creatures and enemies with your standard fare of military firepower.
The way health works in the game is through the collection and use of a strange energy called Animus. It is collected through the signet that has been branded into your hand. It can be randomly found around the area, or after killing some creatures. Throughout the game, you will also use this energy as a tool. The problem I had was that this was a very interesting, though not new, barely used mechanism. You could use it to repel some objects and at other times make some things solid. This just wasn't a huge impact on the game besides being able to fill your health bar like a med pack.