Excerpt: Namco Bandai has been known for some role playing masterpieces, and some really strange role playing games over the years. Culdcept Saga on the Xbox 360 is part card game, and part board game. Players get cards with monsters on them and then roll dice to move around the board. These monsters can be left on spaces to earn money. The player that reaches the monetary goal first wins the game. Expect games to last a long time before a player wins it.
Conclusion: Culdcept has all the online multiplayer modes that you would expect, and offers a surprisingly satisfying single-player experience as well. While the story mode’s story is hokey and poorly voice-acted, the handful of new cards you’ll receive after each battle keep the game fresh and thoroughly addicting.
Conclusion: Now, on to rating the Vae Victis expansion. While I have enjoyed the new features and changed gameplay mechanics, I have to wonder out loud whether these features are worth the purchase. Sure, the $9.99 price tag isn’t high but for that same money you can buy some great games on Xbox Live Arcade or Nintendo’s WiiWare channel. I know that many fans play the Europa games for weeks on end and for this group of players, Vae Victis offers great value for money.
Summary: Card-collecting games can be extremely intimidating. Veterans of card-battle duels know the lure of building another deck in a fascinating new universe. But if you've never understood the appeal of pitting your cardboard Yeti against your friend's two-dimensional Colossus, you might find these games tedious or intimidating. Culdcept Saga is neither.
Pros: Accessible for people unfamiliar with card-battle games, Tons of different card types allow for unique strategies, Unlocking new cards is rewarding, Competitive multiplayer is unpredictable and fun
Conclusion: Culdcept Saga took the largely-ignored-but-awesome original and added a lot of new wrinkles to it to please veterans without making it too difficult for rookies to enjoy. If you're willing to look past the aesthetics (the visuals are barely original Xbox caliber, and the voice acting in story mode is poor), you're in for an extremely enjoyable take on strategy gaming. Give your trigger finger a rest, and try this out!
Summary: Culdcept SAGA features online competitive gameplay, combining the thrilling luck and strategy of a board game with the depth of a trading card game to create a unique twist on traditional turn-based play.
Summary: The one aspect of games reviewing I hate is attaching a numerical value to my opinion, because in many cases that number will be meaningless. Culdcept SAGA is one of these cases, with gameplay far too bizarre to be so easily quantified. Culdcept has more in common with classic tabletop war and strategy board games like Settlers of Cataan than any console RPG of any type, so players who adore board and card games are probably going to love it.
Excerpt: In this age of eye-melting blockbusters and ever-more complex ways to simulate real-world physics, it's refreshing to come back to something that flies in the face of current trends. Striking out in its own direction, I'm sure that the vast majority of 360 owners will take one look at Culdcept Saga , shake their heads, and move on to something that's pushing a lot more polygons and fits neatly into one of the established, popular genres.