During this time period Colonial Taiwan was occupied by Japan, meaning the authorities he was going up against were not for the most part Taiwanese. This helped him gain the reputation of a hero amongst the Taiwanese people, while the Japanese government labeled him a criminal.
I found the story to be extremely compelling throughout the entire game. Liao is a very charming protagonist, who has a good chemistry with the many characters he meets throughout the game. The stark contrast between his personality and dialogue in comparison to that of the antagonists also deepens the themes such as the corrupting power of greed. I don’t want to spoil too much of what the game has to offer, because this truly is a unique game that drips with passion and detail in every piece of its being. Even the very menus of the game are crafted with such a precision to detail that I can’t help but admire the passion of the developers. The Legend of Tianding is a project made by people who truly love what they do, and the culture that they come from. It is extremely refreshing getting to experience a piece of media like this in video game form, and I am happy knowing that The Legend of Tianding may help inspire others to do the same, and that publishers like Neon Doctrine are willing to give these projects a spotlight.
I was genuinely surprised by the combat system in The Legend of Tianding. I was expecting your typical 2D action platforming system, but the game does a few things that are rather unique. The sash that Liao wears can be used to disarm enemies, giving you the ability to use the weapon you stole. This immediately adds a bit of depth to the game by providing over half a dozen different fighting styles, since each weapon is used in distinct ways from one another. You have staffs, Molotov’s, guns, and large two handed weapons that you can take possession of. This keeps the fast paced combat seen in the game feeling fresh. When you’re backed against a wall there’s always the chance that you can turn the tide of battle by using your enemies resources against them.