Summary: With their rich history, iconic status and association with bloody violence, it's surprising that more videogames haven't been made about the Knights Templar, at least outside of the Assassin's Creed series. Perhaps it's because a violent videogame based on them would be intrinsically linked to the Catholic Church, and the limited choice of opposing forces would lead to a rather politically incorrect game when viewed with modern eyes.
Excerpt: We knew things were bound to get harrowing in The Cursed Crusade; the game's premise is to send you to the depths of Hell... we just didn't expect to actually be tormented. After many hours, we've emerged from this nightmare with blistered fingers from clunky controls, in complete disbelief over its sleep-inducing story, but mostly, we're thankful that we didn't throw our controller over the awful AI and frustrating glitches.The Cursed Crusade, we banish you to the...
Pros: Testing out different weapon combinations, The easy trophies/achievements, Uncovering hidden collectibles
Cons: The boring story, Repetitive gameplay, The awful controls
Summary: The Cursed Crusade is one of the most poorly made action games this generation. Its sloppy combat, an inordinate amount of cutscenes, groan-worthy script, and invisible walls make it a chore to play. With practically no redeeming qualities whatsoever, this holy war doesn't deserve redemption.
Pros: Cutscenes can be skipped
Cons: Terrible controls, Little depth, Lobotomized AI, Everything else
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: This is a shame because each weapon has a different weight, and they all appear to be historically accurate. Occasionally, you may find yourself in a fight where there are no weapons to replace your broken one, so you have to fight with a hilt or a stick until you can find another. This means that you can do almost no damage to your opponent, which causes a severe and unwelcome difficulty spike in the later stages of the game.
Pros: Lots of weapon combinations to play around with.
Cons: Sluggish, awkward controls, Fighting is a chore, Far too repetitive in all aspects, A multitude of technical failings, Entirely forgettable story.
Summary: Sometimes, there is nothing better than grabbing a sword and going on a good old rampage slaughtering everyone in your path, but what’s better than that? Doing it with a friend! The Cursed Crusade allows you to do just this, as you find yourself in the on a mission to venture through the crusades and battle not only your enemies in the real world, but the demons of your nightmares.
Pros: Occasional moments where battles are fun
Cons: Some technical issues such as bad framerates, Combat is quite repetitive, Stupidly long cut scenes!
Excerpt: The Cursed Crusade has no doubt flown under the radar of most people, as it has been released by a reasonably small time French developer which has not got many games under its belt. It can perhaps be forgiven then for some budget related difficulties, but does a hack and slash game boasting “100% uncut” warrant your time?
Excerpt: Launching a brand new IP at the foot of 2011’s “AAA” season is always going to be a risky business. Though games such as Techland’s Dead Island and Relic Entertainment’s Space Marine have fared well, much of their success has been channelled from one of the year’s most iconic CG trailers (in the case of Dead Island) and a much-loved brand in tabletop gaming which has been in circulation for well over 20 years.
Pros: It may stumble over itself at times, but the narrative will spark interest., Voice work which pitches itself higher than most budget video games., Actually tries to introduce variety into its gameplay., Atmospheric soundtrack.
Cons: The Templar’s Curse plays a relatively minor role in terms of gameplay., Combat is hefty and repetitive, puzzles are almost too basic., A number of gameplay elements are carelessly implemented., Focus on co-op is forced on players., Frame-rate issues are persistent., Suffers from a lack of pace., You will find yourself lost without a sense of direction at times.