Video Game Attack Reviews: The Cursed Crusade

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Medieval times have been an absolute gold mine for the gaming industry. From computer games to console games, it has yielded some strong titles. From Medieval: Total War to Dragon Age we have been graced with some awesome titles that are Medieval based. Atlus is a company that releases a good amount of both hard to find games and well developed games. The Cursed Crusade is a new take on one of the many crusades in history into Jerusalem. Does it stack up against other Medieval games? Can it hold its own? Let’s find out.

Story

Invading a castle

You play as Denz, a Templar (funny this review comes after my AC3 review huh?) who is determined to become part of the next crusade in order to find his father who went missing after the last crusade. You find a comrade in Esteban (who is playable by a second player co-op or online) who willingly aides you after finding out he to has this curse. The cruse damns your soul to hell and throughout the game you are forced to fight with Death in order to keep your soul and find your father.

The story has some good interest to it and keeps it pretty straight forward. It seems a bit atypical, but how we view a valiant Templar is one of conviction and a narrow basic instinct to accomplish his mission. The story stays simple and has the same directive throughout, and again while it is simple, it is effective. It doesn’t try too hard like some games (Dragon Age II anyone?), but also doesn’t take many risks either. In the end, it does its job, but leaves more to be desired.

Grade: B-

Gameplay

Having seen other reviews bitch and moan about the combat honestly surprised me. I enjoyed the combat system The Cursed Crusade has. Your weapons degrade over time and you need to replace them, luckily your enemies have a lot of available weapons to choose from. You can carry anything from a spear or long sword to duel short swords or even a mace and sword combo. You can carry a crossbow as well as a shield too. Depends on your style you prefer.

Worst game of hide and seek ever

The cursed mode which allows you to use our demonic power looks much cooler than it actually is. It mostly feels like a fancy way of throwing a bit of fire and still swinging a sword. At times the game feels very repetitive, but giving you numerous combinations of weapons and seemingly hundreds of unlockable combos, it stays fresh.

The Cursed Crusade is solid within gameplay, but at times drags. You will enjoy it, but as you get deeper into the game, you realize that they are relying more on the story than on the gameplay to keep your interest. It works 50/50 and I can’t complain, but I cannot boast about it either way.

Grade: B

Sound

The sound is hit and miss. The sounds of arrows, sword play and smashing is intense and real, the music and character voicing seems so robotic and forced. The sounds of armies battling is enjoyable and sets the mood well, but it seems like the same audio track over and over.

Grade: C

Graphics

The game is put together relatively well, the castles look realistic, the weapons shine and shimmer and have that sword on sword spark when they hit thing going on. I like that. You can upgrade your armor and it looks good, like a Templar or knight would look in the 1100 and 1200 era.

That being said I had some issues with detail or the lack there of. The game graphically doesn’t seem polished. Like an unfinished product of sorts. Where the game holds up with the big graphics and focusing on the larger scale of the game, it misses in local environment details on houses or castle parts or in details on your opponents.

Grade: C+

Overall

OK so this does look pretty bad ass

The Cursed Crusade offers a lot to the player in the form of story and interesting gameplay. The story is one that gives you an interesting look into the lore of demonism and how it intertwined in with the crusades themselves. A Templar being stricken with eternal damnation makes for an interesting follow and it delivers well.

The gameplay has its ups and downs, but in the end is fun and doesn’t lose its touch. Whether playing solo or co-op fighting is fun and you feel accomplished taking out a group of enemies. There is still more you wish they would have done such as add in more kill shots instead of the same one per each weapon and weapon combo. If I shield bash and then stab one more guy I swear I will impale myself.

The Cursed Crusade is one of those games you pick up and feel 50/50 about because while the cover looks cool, you can never trust that. This is a fun game that is a decent 2 player game as well. This is one of those titles that you will come across and find pleasant and enjoyable. Not the best thing in the world, but definitely a worthwhile play.

Overall Grade: B-

This review brought to you by Play N Trade Dublin located on 7593 Sawmill Road, Columbus, Ohio. Go to their Facebook Page and like it! Black Friday sale happens at PnT! 50% all used games and up to $10 off on select new titles! Call (614) 889-6991 for game sales, tournament dates and more details.

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