Excerpt: Undead Knights uses a realistic visual style, although the setting is ultra-fantastic. Literally set against a fantasy backdrop, the storyline veers into exotic territory, so the art follows. Expect to see lots of dripping, splashing gore - not surprising, considering the game's title, is it? If you aren't signed up for kids' games and like the design style of God of War or any other 3D platforming titles, you'll be in familiar territory here.
Excerpt: Zombie tossin' fun. Undead Knights is a game that up to this point has had absolutely no press about it. Tecmo has been quiet about this release, and after diving into the latest preview build I am not quite sure why. The game mixes the visceral action from games like Devil May Cry with the minion control found in Overlord for an eclectic mix of strategy and hack and slash.
Excerpt: The crowd control genre that Dynasty Warriors created hasn’t exactly been bursting with new ideas. The majority of such games largely follow the same formula of taking on legions of dim-witted enemies, whilst occasionally coming face-to-face with tougher enemy generals and discovering more efficient killing tools and other equipment along the way. In fairness it’s quite a restrictive genre, but Undead Knights is one of the most unique offerings yet.
Summary: : Undead Knights is a fun, if basic, PSP title that cross-breeds the hack-and-slash action of Dynasty Warriors with a dumbed-down version of Overlord’s troop management to good benefit, though it often feels like it had the potential to be more than it actually is. The story is serious enough to keep you interested and cheesy enough to keep you amused, the visuals are mostly good and the audio is generally fantastic.
Conclusion: If you enjoy the action genre and love taking your games with you, keep your eyes peeled for this one. You can't expect it to be a replacement for God of War, but it should at least be fun. We'll have the final verdict for you in just a few weeks, so stay tuned!
Excerpt: It's apparently an unofficial rule of game design that if you add in zombies, you're automatically improving a game's quality, no matter the genre. Tecmo's Undead Knights, a hack-and-slash title that involves creating undead underlings, bucks this trend. After a few hours of mindless repetition, you'll be groaning louder than any zombie under your command.
Excerpt: These days, if you want to create instant fun, it seems as if the solution is to "just add zombies." Undead Knights for the PSP, from publisher Tecmo, takes this philosophy and runs with it by injecting a healthy dose of reanimated rotting corpses into mundane, screen-filling hack-and-slash action.
Summary: Given the resurgence of zombies in popular culture in the last few years, it was inevitable that someone would develop a game that put you on the other side of the zombie apocalypse. Enter Tecmo and Team Tachyon with Undead Knights, a PSP game that puts you at the head of your own personal zombie horde.
Pros: Great concept, Fun boss battles, Enjoyably cheesy presentation
Cons: Shallow gameplay elements, Lack of variety, Poor level design