Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - The Cursed Crusade
Information and Summary of The Cursed Crusade
Style: Action Adventure
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Platform I played on: Xbox 360
Publisher: Ubisoft, Atlus
Brief summary of game...
The Cursed Crusade takes place during the Crusades and follows two characters that are attempting to free themselves from a curse that damns their souls to hell. The game is intended for cooperative play, but can be played single player as well.
Summary of Review method
I can assure you that these will be my honest opinion I'm going to try to get detailed and try to present a total picture of the game. Of course this will be completely based off of my opinion so that doesn't mean that you will feel the same way. I would love to hear how people feel about my review whether they agree or not, and everyone is welcome to leave their opinions in the comment section of the review.
My system has 10 sections worth 10 points. 100 total. I also include 4 bonus sections worth 25 points.
The games total score is based on the combination of all of these points. For a more detailed explanation of my system for reviewing video games see my hub... Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games – My Method For Reviewing Video Games
This game is pretty fun. The fighting style is fairly unique and requires more technique than most typical hack and slash games which can be both fun and frustrating.
The storyline isn't the greatest thing ever, but it's certainly decent enough to make you wonder what's gonna happen next and what is really going on.
Storyline Depth 6/10
The storyline isn't overly in depth, but is fairly suitable for the overall feeling of the game. The characters are likeable, but not anything overly special.
To be completely honest I haven't yet made it to the end of this game, but when you load the game it shows you how man levels you have left so I know I'm very close. With this being a cooperative play game based on two characters following a story you don't want it to be a 20 hour game if you are playing with a friend. I say this because most of us probably don't have the time to catch up with the same friend to play through 20 hours. That said It's taken my friend and I probably somewhere between 6 – 10 hours to get as far as we are. In my opinion that's pretty good for a cooperative play game.
With the game not being a typical hack and slash it takes a little more time to learn the controls. You have simple attacks, but to be successful you have to develop them in to more complex combinations. They did a fairly good job making the controls not too difficult to learn.
The graphics aren't bad, and are certainly on par with what can be expected of today's video games.
The sound effects are decent however the voice acting could be little better. It's not bad, but it could be better.
The games fairly unique battle system is the most interesting part of the game. In most games these days players move with blinding speed, but in this game the combat is slowed down to a more realistic pace. You have to be put together combinations while parrying in coming attacks. You actually have to break through an enemies armor to take them down. Also your weapons take damage and break, so you have to pick up new swords, axes, spears, etc. from fallen enemies on the fly.
The graphics and sounds along with the battle set ups makes you feel more like you are part of a huge battle which makes it more fun.
Replay Value 6/10
While the storyline itself doesn't really intrigue me to want to play through the game again, the level up system does. Every time you pick up a new weapon type or wield it different you get a set of combinations that can be unlocked through points acquired throughout a mission. In other words if you pick up a single handed ax for the first time you unlock a whole combination tree just for wielding a single ax. If you pick up a sword for your other hand then you will unlock a whole combination tree for wielding an ax with a sword. Then if you switch the ax out for a mace you get a whole combination tree for a mace and an ax to work on. This may sound a little tedious, but it adds some fun to the game because some of the combinations are pretty cool and unique.
I'm giving it a high score here partially for the combat system I mentioned above. I haven't played another game that is particularly similar.
Also the curse mode thing is cool too. At any time during game play you can turn on the cursed mode, where the character grows horns and sees the world in hellish format. The character is stronger in this mode, but it can only be used for so long without killing the character and sometimes additional soul enemies will appear. The cursed mode also adds a few powers that the character can use while it is engaged.
Dollar vs. Time 8/10
I paid less than $20 for this game so it has definitely made it's value already, and I can realistically see myself going back through it another time or two.
The Bonus Points
Download Content + 0
I'm not aware of any DLC
Co-op + 5
The cooperative play is what makes this game. It was geared for it and I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much if it wasn't for that. However, as it stands the cooperative play made it a great game.
Multi-player + 0
Other + 0
77 Total Points... The Cursed Crusade is a pretty decent cooperative play game.
While not an epic game of the ages, The Cursed Crusade certainly is a fun option especially if you are looking for a game to play with a friend. Fair warning it can get frustrating at times, but it's pretty fun nonetheless. The storyline while not amazing, is pretty decent and interesting. The combat system and cursed mode are fairly unique so that adds an edge to the game that can be quite enjoyable.
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