Cursin’ Co-Op Crusaders Crusadin’ For Christ

By Jim Rossignol on May 11th, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

You've got something on your face.
The Cursed Crusade has not one but TWO vicious templar thugs for you and a chum to control as you do some fancy crusadin’. What this means is that you can team up for takedowns: one guy locks swords with an enemy while the other puts an axe in his rump, that sort of thing. Kylotonn and Atlus have released a video to demonstrate this, and while it’s actually a video of the split-screen Xbox version of the game, the principles of online co-op on the PC will be much the same. That means dudes getting axed, in a co-operative fashion. I like the cut of it.

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24 Comments »

  1. darthmajor says:

    This looks to be much better hopefully than The First Templar. TFT felt like something that was made 2005 but people forgot to release it ’till now =(

    • Mad Hamish says:

      The First Templar looks like it has a better combat system though. This looks like a mash a button to unleash fancy, spinny combo, snorefest. Who cares if games look like they’re from 2005.
      Boring combat kills these types of games and flashy animations are only interesting for about 10 minutes.

  2. Pemptus says:

    Woo, long unskippable and inevitably repetitive finisher animations! I love me some of those!

  3. Teddy Leach says:

    “You’ve got something on your face!”
    *punch*
    “It was PAIN!”

  4. Koozer says:

    Wait, wait.
    Split-screen? On the Xbox?
    Sold. It’s the only I bought the bloody thing.

  5. jakonovski says:

    Bromancing the throne of Jerusalem?

  6. Riotpoll says:

    Looks like a flashy version of the Lord of the Rings games (The Two Towers, RotK).

    • DainIronfoot says:

      Funny, I was thinking about those games when people were talking about the monster slayer (Well, ROTK anyway, TTT was console only)

      ROTK was actually a pretty enjoyable PC goldenaxe style hack and slash thingy for a movie tie-in. I’d be happy with a few more games like that. Lots of co-op fun.

  7. adonf says:

    I don’t understand anything that’s going on in this trailer. Am I too old for videogames ?

    • Fumarole says:

      I feel the same way about games that show Combo!s on screen during fights.

  8. omicron1 says:

    Huh.

    Between this and First Templar, there’s something interesting – I might get one of them, depending on if they’re both horribly bad or not, and what philosophies they end up espousing. (Why would I want to play a game that paints Christianity in a negative light, as it is entirely probable these will?)

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      RQH says:

      I strongly suspect that the Crusaders in these games will have as much to do with Christianity as the Nazis in most games have to do with National Socialism and antisemitism.

      That said, the Crusades are not Western Christianity’s finest moment.

    • omicron1 says:

      True – between the crusades and the inquisition, 11th-15th century catholic leaders are going to have a good bit to answer for in the end.

      Nonetheless, I am generally suspicious of any game that sets itself in the crusades-era; they have a knack for turning every Christian (and Templar, specifically) into at best a morally-questionable character, and whitewashing all the actions of the Saracen/Muslim armies. See also: Kingdom of Heaven.

    • Mad Hamish says:

      Heaven forbid they paint christianity in a negative light and in the crusades of all times and places.

    • Berzee says:

      I agree it gets tiresome…lazy history =)

    • Felixader says:

      Cause the institution of the church did never anything wrong. Except the Crusades of Course… or the burning of people who thougth differently or/and about new discoverings, or the witch burnings in europe or… well i better stop now.

    • omicron1 says:

      Well, how would you feel if every atheist in videogames was modeled after post-revolution French atheists? Or the USSR’s leading men?

      And about the crusades, one of the main problems is that, while Christianity is skewered on a regular basis, militant Islam (which, it must be remembered, was quite enthusiastic about conquest at this time, as the Iberians would attest) is given a free pass, or even treated as the “good guys.” Sure, the crusades were a bloody period in history the ethics and morality of which are quite inconsistent with modern views, but to paint the common “one-sided war of aggression” picture, let alone to use it as a skewer to poke at “organized religion” in general, is to render a disservice to all involved.

      And if it’s meant to be “symbolic” or “representative of modern events,” please remember: A heavy-handed aesop is useless to those that agree and annoying to those that do not. It is almost never convincing.

      So in sum, it wouldn’t hurt to have a more balanced view of the events in question; perhaps even (shock!) have a sympathetic, sincere, ethical Bible-believing crusader once in a while! You know… making games for everybody, as opposed to “everybody but the people-group that’s out of vogue at the moment.”

    • Thants says:

      Well said.

    • Basilicus says:

      Whoa, whoa, whoa. Kingdom of Heaven has some beautifully moral Christian characters. It also has some disgustingly immoral ones. There are a few Muslim characters who are more enlightened than your average bad guy, but many tend to be awful bastards, too.

      The film’s all about how one man can stick to his ethical guns when both his allies and enemies are horrible sons-of-bitches ignoring the innocent caught in between. I highly recommend the truly incredible Director’s Cut, nearly a third longer and edited much more sensically, over the middling theatrical release, which Fox forced Ridley Scott to strip down to the barest story elements.

  9. Teddy Leach says:

    Adversity tempers their thrust. That is all.

  10. Sizematters says:

    hmm don’t see the game for sell on amazon. I only see it for sell for xbox and PS3.

  11. Icee77 says:

    Army Of Two in Crusading times. Awesome.

  12. Spider Jerusalem says:

    Just play cRPG!