The Cursed Crusade - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
- The Old World will burn: Embark on a contentious quest for retribution spanning five chapters and 40 missions that promises to bring fire, death, and destruction to the great cities of medieval Europe.
- A Templar Cursed: Transform the world around you into a flaming red vision of Hell, increasing your strength and your ability to perceive hidden things, all at the expense of your humanity.
- Brotherhood of Steel: Splitscreen or online, recruit a friend to assume control of the thief, Esteban, to join in the excitement of shared adventure.
- Intense, visceral 3rdperson action: Easy to grasp yet deep in its execution, a weaponbased combat engine features over 90 combos, 130+ weapons, and a timingbased counter system.
- Platform: PlayStation 3
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Set at the end of the 12th century and centered around a pair of cursed warriors fighting to save their souls, The Cursed Crusade marries the beauty and wonder of medieval Europe with thrilling adventure and dark fantasy. The Old World will burn: Embark on a contentious quest for retribution spanning five chapters and more than 30 missions that promise to bring fire, death, and destruction to the great cities of medieval Europe. A Templar Cursed: Transform the world around you into a flaming red vision of Hell, increasing your strength and your ability to perceive hidden things, all at the expense of your humanity. Brotherhood of Steel: Split-screen or online, recruit a friend to assume control of the thief, Esteban, to join in the excitement of shared adventure. Intense, visceral 3rd-person action: Easy to grasp yet deep in its execution, a weapon-based combat engine features over 90 combos, 130+ weapons, and a timing-based counter system.
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This game is a sloppy mess: the cut scenes are all over the place, too long and have absolutely nothing to contribute to the story. The dialogue is stiff, boring and it doesn't help that the voice actors all speak in a monotone, bored tone. The gameplay is laughably easy; not to mention predictable. Bosses stand there and get wailed upon without making any attempt to strike back; you enter into a 'Cursed' phase to fight them and it takes 2-3 more hits (which can be done in a span of 2 seconds) to kill them.
Cursed Crusade released in 2011; and for a game that came out only two years ago in October it is unforgivably ugly. There are games that came out in 2006 that look exponentially better the Cursed Crusade - seriously - while I am not the kind of person to judge a game based on graphics for it's style if it works well and the game play is solid; but with the Cursed Crusade it isn't. The very lacking graphics just go to show how little effort was spent designing this game; and despite the poor graphics, sloppy animations and terrible audio-quality (sword fights sound like people violently bashing frying pans together)the game still suffers from huge lagspikes. It feels like no one play-tested.
The level design is completely backwards. Aside from the fact the environments are sloppy, forgettable messes; you're thrown into a battle in the first mission, and then a second with a battle. Then, you and your partner go to the third mission...Which is a tutorial. Seriously? Why is the third mission of the game a tutorial?Read more ›
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Now that I've played and finished it, I still feel like the game started with a ton of potential and demonstrated some new and interesting ideas, but ultimately fell victim to numerous programming and game design issues. I don't know if the reasons for this stem from the game being rushed out without enough layers of polish or if the design team just didn't have the technical skills necessary to craft a solid modern video game experience. Or maybe both. Whatever the reason, this game just doesn't cut it in the modern video game market.
STORY/PLOT: The storyline is different from current fare and revolves around a group of cursed knights fighting during the time of the Crusades. These knights are "cursed" in the sense that they are able to switch realms into Hell to gain special combat powers. Without spoiling plot, the story is reasonably engaging and moves along at a nice clip; however, near the halfway point and beyond, it begins to get bogged down in itself and unnessary exposition and starts to feel less like a fictional video game story and more like a History Channel documentary. It also doesn't help that this game is absolutely teeming with cutscenes, many of which go on for far too long and which may sometimes have you mashing "skip" just to finally move the game along......... SURPRISE!!! to another cutscene! And then maybe another one or two after that! The game's opening will introduce you to this problem almost immediately.
GRAPHICS: The graphics are sometimes good, and sometimes bad, and sometimes REALLY bad, but they are never great or very consistent. The character's facial textures are bland and boring, with various beards being the only distinguishing feature. I couldn't help but feel that this game was crafted back in the days of the PS2/Xbox, was accidentally forgotton for 6 years, and then quickly ushered out to stores when it was found again. The screen tearing that occurs whenever you move the camera around quickly is nothing less than shocking and is essentially unforgiveable in a published modern game. The textures that coat the screen during the "Hell mode" sequences were also unpleasant to my eyes.
MUSIC/SOUND: I happened to like the music in this game, and I thought the sound was appropriate and well done, with the exception of some audio glitches. The voice acting is okay and stands up well to average or below average dialogue and writing. Syncing of the words with the character's lip movements is not even attempted by the developers, and is kind of embarrasing. I did, however, find the commentary from your Spanish AI teammate's oversterotyped character Esteban to be particularly amusing, although some people in today's uber-sensitive society might find him a little insulting.
GAMEPLAY: Almost the entire gameplay experience revolves around the combat system. You have a Horizontal attack and a Vertical attack and you string them together in various sequences to make combos. Combos and attacks vary based upon the weapons you have equipped and even which ones you have in each hand. You can also parry attacks, break an enemy's guard, and guard against an enemy's own guardbreak. A parry can become a riposte if timed right, which often leads to a dramatic finishing move to the enemy, depending on the weapon(s) you have equipped. In my opinion, watching these brutal and sometimes oddly creative animations of death and dismemberment justified the cost of renting and playing through this game. I can honestly say that I've never seen someone use two handaxes as a hammer and nail to chop off a guy's head before. There's also something very awesome about engaging a group of enemies, knocking one back, parrying another enemy from the side, transitioning into a riposte and finishing move, then parrying another enemy's attach, only to finishing him off too, and so on. During these moments the game is really flowing and you feel like an epic badass. Unfortunately, not long after this experience becomes stale , partly because it feels like you're fighting the same four enemy types over and over, and partly because it's just so freakin' easy to parry/riposte and finish off an opponent. Like I said, it's really neat at first, but after a while you really want to see something new, but it never comes.
REPLAYABILITY: Essentially none. By the time you complete this 15-20 hour game just once, it will feel like you've already played through the game three or four times. Most levels are a sequence of edged weapon brawls that take you from outside a fort, to the outer walls of a fort, to the inner courtyard of a fort, to the inner walls of a fort, to the insides of the fort. And as amusing and creative as some of the more rare finishing moves are, you can just watch a compilation video of them on YouTube and save yourself from engaging in yet more combat.
OTHER: 1. Take note that the developers have some kind of aversion to level checkpoints. On most levels, you have to complete the whole thing in one go and if you die, you have to start all over again. This usually isn't a problem on the lower difficulties, but be prepared for potential frustration on later levels and higher difficulties. 2. I can't comment on the co-op aspect of this game. For the record, your AI controlled teammate is not that bright, but he loves to fight and is nearly indestructible, so it certaily could be worse.
FINAL: I feel bad for the developers of this game. I really do. They clearly made an effort at making what they thought could be an outstanding gaming experience, but it ultimately got bogged down and crippled by too many distracting problems: Terrible graphical issues, extremely repetitive gameplay, and innumerable long-winded cutscenes.
In my opinion, the game is worth a rent and playthough on Easy difficulty just because of the original setting and litany of smooth finishing moves. It's not a great game, and I will not be playing through it again, but I don't regret at all having done it once.
Loved capturing castles start to finish, you really felt like you were part of a siege. From ramming the main gate to taking the Keep. They did a great job with that. Combat is alot of fun and there's many different styles to go about it in. However, it did feel a bit stiff to me. The characters do move pretty much like someone would wearing heavy plate and chain armor, so the developers really hit that spot on, never the less you feel a bit immobile at times.
Musical Score is awesome, reminded me alot of the recent film "Ironclad". Great job on that, really made the game more epic. Voice acting was pretty bad in spots, not so bad in some. Main guy Denz was just plain awful though, just doesnt belong in this time period of a game setting, I didn't think anyway.
Multiplayer is great, very smooth, easy to link up. You can even bring your saved game over which I thought was really helpful and cool.
I've given it an overall 3/5 because it has so much potential to be such a standout hit, but there are a few things that keep it shy of that in my opinion. Still well worth the time.
For the $40 Price tag The Cursed Crusade is well worth it. The folks at Kt Games and Atlus have done a great job capturing the medieval adventure and brutality of the age. Give it a try.
Graphics are decent. I do not know why others have a problem with this game. The voice acting is also decent. I liked the music as well. This game also has quick time events. However, they are fairly easy. I normally do not like QTE's but these were fun.
This is an RPG, and that means ... Skills! There are two types of skills to train, stats and weapons. Both are fun to train and have an impact on gameplay. Of course, RPG also means a little bit of exploration is necessary.
I really enjoyed the combat animations. The death animations are totally satisfying. There is also 'cursed mode', where your character is much stronger. The world looks on fire and evil in cursed mode, but don't use it too long .... Death is chasing you.
The game can be played Co-op as well. In solo mode, the second character performs very well.
In this game, weapons wear down and break. But don't worry, as the enemies' weapons can be picked up and used very well. Some battles are neat as there are quite a few different weapon combinations within the game. Multiple weapons may be carried, and they are fully restored after a mission.
I did have one lockup, and was stuck but ground debris a few times, but overall no problem with this game. I had nice trophies, as well, from playing The Cursed Crusade.
I had a lot of fun playing this game. The combat was SO SATISFYING. I think there was supposed to be a second game, and it is sad we won't see it since the 'reviewers' have destroyed this game's reputation before most have played it. I loved this game!