By Alec Meer on November 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm.
Question: how do you feel about chopping men up with swords?
b) Disgusted with yourself
c) Will there be Achievements?
If a or c, you’ll probably like Cursed Crusade.
Much has been made of the fact it comes from the same publisher Atlus, who distributed masochistic PS3 hack’n'slasher Demon’s Souls, but as this comes from a different dev, don’t look too closely for similarities. Though it’s hard not to see them, in a way…
It’s due a PC release alongside the console-toys next Summer, and as you might have gathered is set in the Middle Ages, a period famous for its 130+ weapons and 90 combo attacks. And did you know that the Crusades spanned exactly 40 missions? Now you do.
The developer is, in fact, KKylotonn – a French outfit probably best known for well-intentioned oddities Bet On Soldier and Iron Storm. And also for the Blood Bowl remake, but they’d probably rather you didn’t talk about that.
Whaddaya think of the game? Suitably grim-dark-mcSplatty for ya?
Set against the backdrop of the Old World, two adventurers–both seasoned warriors–will quest across a Western Europe ablaze with the turmoil of a newly begun Fourth Crusade. Denz, a holy Templar, and Esteban, a roguish mercenary, may have different origins, but their motivations are the same: amidst the danger and despair of a new Crusade, to find the means to deliver themselves from a terrible curse that threatens to consume their immortal souls.
- The Old World Burns–Embark on a contentious quest for retribution spanning five chapters and 40 missions that promises to bring fire, death, and destruction to the great cities of medieval Europe.
- A Templar Cursed–Transform the world around you into a flaming red vision of Hell, increasing your strength and your ability to perceive hidden things, all at the expense of your humanity.
- Brotherhood of Steel–Split-screen or online, recruit a friend to assume control of the thief, Esteban, to join in the excitement of shared adventure.
- Intense, visceral 3rd-person action–Easy to grasp yet deep in its execution, a weapon-based combat engine features over 90 combos, 130+ weapons, and a timing-based counter system.