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.
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
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: “Did you have a dream? A dream where stars were born in the darkness?” What is The Culdcept? Well… The Culdcept is a extraordinarily powerful book that can control the whole universe. Special cards, almost 500 in all, were created when the Culdcept was shattered by Culdra, the all-powerful goddess.
Summary: Culdcept SAGA is not for everybody. This is a slow-paced game with ugly graphics, a steep learning curve, and a terrible story line. Yet despite all of those imperfections, this is one adventure game that I will wholeheartedly endorse ... just as long as you're the kind of gamer that can handle it. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: I remember back in December when GamerNode member Corvall told me to download the Culdcept Saga demo. I did, and I played it once or twice with the girlfriend. “It’s okay,” I remember thinking. “Not sure what the big deal is, though.” Having had some time with the full game, and having taken said time learning how it works and getting hooked by it, I think I get it now. Culdcept Saga is hard to describe. In the simplest terms possible, it’s Monster Monopoly.
Conclusion: Placing cards also has a rhyme and reason which must be followed. Both board spaces and Creatures have element aspects which can be matched up for level-up effects. Occupying multiple board spaces within one “street’ of elements also creates a synergistic effect when it comes time to battle. Non battle turns must therefore be used effectively to move creatures into more logical spots (i.e.