Conclusion: Eventually culminating in clearing out an abandoned templar stronghold, the two main characters begin forging their plans for what was obviously meant to be a segway into a sequel. No big boss battle, no revelations about the curse that ails you and no real closure to anything story related. All you're left with are more questions and a distinct feeling that you invested in a pretext to the actual game Kylotonn intends to create.
Conclusion: As far as the achievements go this game is a cake walk, I have put in around 20 hours play and I only have my nightmare playthrough to finish for game completion so if you can look past the tedious cutscenes and frustrating combat system then it may well end up as a good weekend rental for the more dedicated score whores.
Excerpt: This game finds a way to turn exciting-sounding historical events, such as the siege of the Croatian city Zara, into linear marches through static environments cluttered with a bunch of melee battles that all play out the same. This might not be the appropriate game for the quote "WHAT A HORRIBLE NIGHT TO HAVE A CURSE", but it fits.
Excerpt: The protagonists of The Cursed Crusade are damned to hell, trying to escape death and seek redemption by fighting in the French holy war. Unfortunately, they’re trapped in a game with few redeeming qualities, a dull, pretentious hack-and-slash that fails in almost every way. The story follows Denz, a young knight trying to find his father, who never returned from the last crusade.
Excerpt: Usually, we’re suckers for this sort of thing: a co-op–enabled tale of a young, sword-carrying Templar seeking his missing dad amid much decimated Euro-madness. Throw in an unfortunate curse that lets our hero wield fire and fend off a stalking personification of Death, plus some buddy-cop banter with his salty Spaniard friend, and you have a recipe for a fine action romp, right? Well, somewhat.
Pros: + Plenty of checklist-type stats and collectibles for completists; online campaign co-op.
Cons: ? Why’s Esteban’s voice-acting so crazy over-the-top?
Excerpt: The Crusades remain mostly underused in gaming. Recently we had the mediocre First Templar, and now developer Kylotonn is taking a stab at it with The Cursed Crusade. The Crusades are ripe for...
Pros: + Combat can be satisfying, + Co-op is fun, + The leveling system
Cons: Glitches hamper the experience, The writing is painful, Lockon mechanic is broken
Excerpt: UK REVIEW--One thing should already be clear about The Crusades: They were extremely unpleasant. A Christian military campaign quickly turned sour, with knights becoming little more than mercenaries as they rampaged around and sacked cities across the Holy Land. In short, it was a time of strife and bloodshed.
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
Conclusion: The Short Version: The focus on co-op can't save this game from being a broken, rushed and ultimately boring experience and chances are your friends'll sever all connections with you for making them play it.
Pros: Esteban - both as an AI teammate and co-op choice, Supernatural elements are a nice touch, Yeah, now I'm starting to struggle here!