Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
|Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy|
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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, known in Japan as Professor Layton and the Legacy of Super Civilization A (レイトン教授と超文明Aの遺産 Reiton-kyōju to Chō-Bunmei Ē no Isan?), is a puzzle game developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the sixth entry in the Professor Layton series, making up the third part of the prequel trilogy of games and according to Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino, it will be the last Layton title to star Layton himself as the protagonist. The game was released in Japan on February 28, 2013, Europe on November 8, 2013, Australia on November 9, 2013 and in North America on February 28, 2014.
Following the conclusion of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, the Azran Legacies, the relic of an ancient civilization, are now possessed by a mysterious organization named Targent, who wish to utilize the Azran's power for themselves. In addition, Jean Descole, Targent's rival, also wishes to utilize the Azran Legacies, thus setting the stage as the conflict for the Legacies unfolds. The story begins with Layton, Luke and Emmy boarding the airship Bostonius. They discuss the letter they received from Professor Sycamore, an eminent archaeologist, who told the professor that he had found a so-called living "mummy". They travel to Froenberg, where they meet Sycamore and Aurora, a girl frozen in ice. After solving a puzzle that frees her from the ice, she is captured by Targent, who is revealed to be led by a man named Leon Bronev. Targent then escapes with Aurora onboard their zeppelin, and Layton, Luke, Emmy, Sycamore and Raymond, Sycamore's butler, give chase in the Bostonius. Layton and Luke rescue her and find she has lost her memory before Layton accidentally drops her as they are flying over forest woodland.
They find they are in the town of Kodh, and the next chapter follows their escapade through the town to find Aurora. When they first see Aurora, she appears to be walking on water, but Layton figures that there is ice underneath the ocean which can be used as stepping stones. They eventually make their way across the lake to Aurora, and find her speaking mysterious word in an unknown language. Her words open an Azran chamber located under the huge lake surrounding Kodh. There they find that they must recover the five Azran eggs, scattered around the world by their leader, to unlock the Azran Legacy.
In order to prepare for their global expedition, Layton, Luke, Emmy, Aurora and Sycamore depart for London. The intention was to stock up on necessary supplies, but they meet Inspector Grosky, who is also investigating Targent. They then investigate a case where the local museum had been robbed of several archaeological artefacts, and uncover Targent's involvement, and that someone in the London police force was involved in the crime. Layton then identifies the perpetrator as Detective Inspector Leonard Bloom, and having become recently aware of Targent, is able to expose him as a Targent agent. As a result, Bloom is arrested, and the party is free to embark upon their expedition. However, Targent continues to pursue them.
Layton's group travel to five different locations to acquire the eggs, each town requiring their aid. In the jungle village of Phong Gi, the chief of the tribe is only willing to give the egg to them if they can make him laugh. Layton eventually realises he is blind and handcrafts some glasses for him; in return, he is given the egg. In the tropical town of San Grio, the party learns that the egg (nickamed the "Popoño") is passed around the townsfolk as part of a tradition. In the desert ghost town of Torrido, it is revealed that an old wolf that keeps attacking the town has the egg, but in reality the wolf is merely trying to visit an old friend from many years ago. In the windy village of Hoogland, the group learns of a tradition where a young woman is seemingly sacrificed in order to appease a wind god, but discover there is an Azran machine, currently broken, that is creating the stormy winds. After fixing the machine, the townsfolk give them the egg. Finally, in the walled off city of Mossinia, Layton's group find themselves in a mystery after learning all of the adults are comatose. After successfully filling the waterways in the town, the adults are revived and the party receive the final egg.
After retrieving the five eggs, Aurora attempts to unlock her true power and regain all of her memories, but soon finds out one of the eggs is a fake. They head back to the Azran dome in Kodh and find out the last egg was there previously, but was taken by Targent and a fake one was put in its place, so Layton, Luke, Emmy, Aurora and Sycamore fly to Targent's base of operations called the Nest to retrieve the final egg. On the way they meet up with an archaeologist from Kodh who attempts to hijack Targent's airship, but ultimately succumbs to his injuries sustained by Targent. He is taken away from the Nest to be hospitalized by two former Targent agents, and the group makes it to the Obsidian Tower located at the heart of the Nest. They scale the tower and make it to the top, reaching Bronev's office. There, Bronev offers Layton a spot on Targent which he declines. The two then proceed to play a game for the last egg, with Layton coming out as the victor. Before he hands the egg though, Bronev shows Layton video footage of his parents Lucille and Roland. He then proceeds to threaten their lives if Layton does not join Targent. Prompts by Sycamore allow Layton to decline the offer once again, and Bronev leaves the Nest while the group takes the final egg.
Ultimately, the five keys join together to form a master key. Sycamore betrays the professor, revealing his Descole persona in front of the group. The group goes on without him back to Froenborg's cave where they first found Aurora. There, Layton Luke, and Emmy attempt to stop Bronev, but Emmy follows suit in backstabbing the professor, revealing that she had been working for her "uncle", Leon Bronev, the head of Targent, all along. She and Bronev take Aurora into the bowels of the earth, intending to use her power to unlock what they perceive to be the "Azran legacy". With these revelations, Descole forms an alliance with Layton to fight the common enemy and, upon becoming severely injured and on the brink of death, he reveals his true identity as Layton's brother, who was separated from him at a young age when their parents - their father is revealed to be Bronev himself - were kidnapped by Targent. His malice towards Layton was merely to prevent him from being hurt as a result of getting in Targent's way, whom he held a personal vendetta against. Another detail about Emmy is revealed in a short cutscene: she had been raised by Bronev, but she can tell that he is not the man she remembers: she feels like the Azran Legacy is all he lives for, and he will sacrifice anyone to activate it. To this end, she wants the professor to reform Bronev however he can, and leaves Luke behind hoping this act will achieve this goal.
When Bronev unlocks the "legacy" by stabbing Aurora through the heart within the Azran sanctuary hidden in Froenborg, it is revealed not to be a source of great power, as Bronev had expected, but to be the resting place of the Golems, an advanced race created by the Azran that became sentient and declared war on the Azran and were ultimately the reason for their demise; as such, their creators froze them away in ice in order to prevent this from happening again. Aurora is revealed to be a Golem herself, created to be the emissary of the Azran, the one who would judge the worth of people in the future. The unleashing of the Golems by Bronev had erased all of mankind's worth in the eyes of the Azran, leading Aurora to order a devastating attack on Froenborg and the Targent military. She soon wakes up, though, distraught at the atrocities happening around her. To prevent mankind's annihilation, Layton, Luke, Emmy, Descole, and ultimately Bronev all sacrifice themselves to stop the procedure by stepping in beams of light activating the procedure, and all die. Saddened, Aurora begs the Azran spirits to take her instead, which they do, reviving the group and causing the sanctuary to drop from the sky into Lake Kodh. Before fading away though, Aurora thanks Layton and Luke for everything they've done, and that she cherished every moment spent with them. She leaves telling Luke that she hopes she can be reborn as a human.
Bronev is apprehended by the police, after informing Layton that his real name is in fact "Theodore Bronev", not "Hershel Layton"; Descole - whose full name was "Hershel Bronev" - swapped names with Layton to allow the latter to be adopted by the Layton family after the loss of their real parents. Layton denies this, claiming his wish to keep his false name, and that he does not consider Bronev to be his real father; Layton's parents to him are Roland and Lucille. But Layton does say that perhaps they can meet again as friends and fellow archaeologists one day.
Back in London, Emmy bids an emotional farewell to Layton, passing the role of his assistant to Luke, and promises to return when she's worthy of her place as Layton's assistant once again. Descole is last seen flying off into the distance searching for a new adventure. The game ends with Luke and Layton driving in the countryside. As Luke looks through the window, a Curious Village appears in the horizon.
Similar to previous games, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a puzzle game split into various chapters. The game follows Professor Layton and his friends as they explore various environments and solve many puzzles. Gameplay is similar to that of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, in which players utilise the stylus on the touchscreen to search environments for clues and solve the various puzzles the game has to offer. In certain areas, it is possible to zoom into areas with the magnifying glass, to get a closer look at things. The game features over 500 new puzzles—more than its predecessor, in which there were 515. Hint coins can also be found and used to help the player solve a puzzle if they are stuck. Throughout the game, you can also unlock minigames which appear in the trunk including Nut Roller, and dress me up. Gameplay involves travel to different parts of the world, such as the United States of America, South Africa, and Russia.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has received positive reviews. IGN 8.5 out of 10, Eurogamer 9 out of 10, Famitsu 36/40.
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