Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (Xbox)
- 50+ missions taking place in 60+ maps
- 30+ hours of playtime, plus Xbox LIVE modes, head-to-head, death match, feature downloads, real-time ranking, etc
- Epic battles with 1000 units in a battle field
- Detailed character modelling
- Each race has up to 15 types of troops with diverse abilities
- 6 weather variations
- 3D art and cinematic camera angles
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Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (Xbox)
Lead hundreds of troops into war, while managing resources, augmenting their forces, and fighting in this medieval 3D real-time strategy game.
The Crusaders begins with the discovery that Dark Legions have massacred a group of villagers living near a former battleground, which has since become sacred land. Politics, rivalry, and vendettas ensue and before long, the short-lived peace in the world is over.
Players can choose which race they would like to play and select one of several character types within each race. From here, it is all about war. Hire or acquire more forces or develop your infantry into more specialized and powerful units as the game progresses.
The 3D battle scenes in this game from fight to death are compelling, realistic and thrilling
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What sets this apart from other games of it's type (I'm thinking Dynasty Warriors 3 here) is you actually get to control the outcome of the battle with a large set of units instead of running around as 1 guy bashing the bejesus out of anything that isn't wearing your team's colours. Unfortunately you only get to physically control one individual, that being one of 4 generals (2 human, 2 bad guys), but they have a fun set of moves that you'll spend a while getting to grips with and finding out which are the most appropriate for a given situation. However, I found myself using the same sets of moves all the time, simply because they worked at dealing the making amount of damage to whatever poor sucker(s) that gets in the way of my greatsword. I would wish so much that you could command the leader of your other troops because the AI for melee troops isn't all that fantastic and your physical control of the general in battle tends to swing a HUGE number of odds in your favour. I tended to stick with just using my main general's troop for melee and using the rest of my troop slots for ranged/cavalry type units purely because I knew a spare gang of paladins I took into battle wouldn't be able to hold their own in battle unless I constantly healed them with another unit.
Tactically there are quite a few choices in terms of when to use your aerial support units, prioritising the most lethal enemies and taking them down in a hail of gunfire and when/where to unleash a devastating arsenal of spells. Believe me when I say the graphics and spell effects will get the juices flowing from the moment you launch your first meteor storm.
A fantastically fun badguy bashing romp. I would recommend this to anyone who is at least mildly interested in the genre because it will inspire you to seek out similar titles once you get a taste of the classic arcade fun there is to be had in charging head first into 30 orcs and pulverising them stupid all the while with a beautifully animated and functioning posse of troops at your side.
A definate must for any RTS fan and for anybody that's simply curious.
In summary: Kingdom Under Fire The Crusaders is an action, RTS, RPG. The recent Kingdom Under Fire (Circle of Doom) strayed away from the RTS elements though and just built the action and RPG elements up providing a rather mediocre experience gameplay wise (although the story was pretty good so long as you manage to understand it).
So what makes this game good? Firstly, it has a well written story which draws you in as it progresses and then ends with an epic finale. The characters are interesting and each have their own personality and goals which continue on through the series. The voice acting for the main characters is done well (also consider that this is English dubbing that is actually excellently performed) and emotions are displayed realistically. Secondly, the missions are simply great. The first two characters you can play as have pretty easy missions for the most part although later on they become harder. For the last two characters (Kendal and Regnier) the missions are much harder and require much more strategic thinking. This is where the game really shines as you'll be in battle fighting 5 troops at once (150 people). Meanwhile elsewhere you have to use some Paladins to heal some of your troops who are about to die, send some archers onto high ground to fire, line the spearman up to take down horsemen and call support troops over all while your character is in combat fighting. There is nothing better than doing things simultaneously which not only provides excitement but also gives you a sense of how war is: chaotic. Thirdly: the actual combat side of things is spectacular. Each hero has their own set of abilities and fighting style and playing as each one is enjoyable as the combat mechanics are solid. You really do get to control every move you make when on the battlefield as both your character and the troops that you command.
In short: The Crusaders pretty much has the same gameplay as KUF: Heroes: you fight in missions and then enter the world map where more of the story progresses and where you level up your character and your troops. The RPG system here is good. You can build up the resistances of your character and their troops, their statistics and buy new equipment for them.
The Crusaders offers a unique gameplay experience by blending together three genres and executing them all perfectly which is something that not many other games have pulled off. The result is an amazing gem that must be played by anyone who owns an Xbox or Xbox 360 (yes, it's backwards compatible). Definitely the best game on Xbox.
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One thing that people should know about is that some of the discs have a bug that when you open the map the game may freeze. This has nothing to do with the condition of the disc and is only present on only some, but due to how hard it is to find information about this happening it would be best to point it out here so you may know to get a replacement if you do happen to get one of the few bugged verions.
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On top of that it will last u ages. 5 STAR STUFF