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: Buried deep within Atlus' The Cursed Crusade is a good game. At times I can almost see it. However, most of the time, that goodness is buried below too much mediocrity to easily be noticed. Clunky action combines with perhaps the most cinema I've ever seen in a third-person hack-and-slash action game to create a title that feels more like a lackluster movie-to-game reproduction than an original creation.
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?
Cursed Crusade Review: What A Horrible Night To Have A Crusade
26 October 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Mix realistic swordplay, mystic hellfire, and a goofy buddy action script for a lengthy, disappointing adventure
Graphics: Reasonably clean graphics fall apart in motion, with attacks constantly clipping in awkward ways and environments looking awful up close
Sound: Forgettable music, horrible voice acting, and a weird bug that kept bumping all of my sound settings to the lowest possible volume – maybe the game was taking mercy on my ears?
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