D+PAD: Elven Legacy flaunts its influences unabashedly, luring the player in with promises of the geekiest kinds of comfort. "You won't be left out in the cold here," the story says. "Look at me! I'm colourful, cheerful, and eerily similar to certain other fantasy franchises. Embrace me!" And you do. You let your guard down, and then just as you're getting into the swing of things, the game skewers you in the ear with a rusty Mithril Pike of Deception.