Some may say the legacy of "Law & Order" is several years of original criminal drama on television that many shows are now trying to repeat. Others may say it is shows such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" or "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and both groups are right. But there is a whole new "legacy" for "Law & Order" fans: a new video game for iPhones and iPads.
"Law & Order: Legacies" is an episodic game based on the award-winning shows. Each episode also offers multiple endings depending on the way you play the game. There are a total of seven released games at this point, but maybe there will be more as the game gains in popularity.
Players can choose from many of the series' most popular characters from both the "law" and "order" sides of the show. Choose from popular investigative characters Lennie Briscoe, Mike Logan, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Rey Curtis and Olivia Benson. Other fan favorites from the prosecution side include Jack McCoy, Abbie Carmichael and Michael Cutter.
Players take on each role and work their way through the game collecting evidence and questioning witnesses. They can also become the district attorney and prosecute the cases in the courtroom. As with the television dramas' characters, there are several opportunities for moral choices in how the players conduct their investigation and prosecution that may affect the outcome of the game. Developers attempted to follow the that kept this show on television for 20 years.
"We really wanted [it to feel like] playing an episode of the show, and when the investigation phase as a police officer is over, we move into the courtroom phase with the district attorneys," Ryan Kaufman, senior designer at Telltale Games, told TV Guide. "We based the stories on current events like the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case and the Occupy Wall Street protests, but we also pored over episodes of the show to find the best moments, making sure we really captured that classic 'Law & Order' feel."
Each game in the (currently) seven part series is available for $2.99 on your iPhone or iPad. Look for this episodic video game to be made available for PC and MAC sometime in 2012.
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