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on 18 November 2011
First of all I should point out that I have been playing games on a number of hardware formats since the days of the ZX81 and Spectrum for those of us who can recall that far back. I have had most modern consuls and enjoy a huge range of games and have completed almost every game I have bought.

Cursed Crusade takes you back to the 13th century during the times of much disquiet and religious ignorance (read personal ambitions and human greed) and where battles with sword, shield and mace were commonplace.

The action gives you a third person perspective of a knight with a strange infliction of 'the damned', a demon like curse that haunts you for the bloody deeds of your forefathers. You battle your way through various 13th century castle landscapes taking on armoured foes with a variety of weaponry.

Using a weapon causes it to sustain a certain amount of wear and damage and before long you need to replace the weapon for a newer one, which is normally sourced from your latest victim you have just bludgeoned or slashed to death. The combat consists of just the X,Y and B keys used in combinations to perform various moves in a similar fashion to DMC4. I have to say the explicit nature of the combat and the way you stab victims with your sword in various body parts, chop into their torso with an axe or smash their head in with a mace never fails to disappoint even after many hours of play. Despite the criticism, the combat is actually excellent as you need to time your moves carefully, parry, block and counter attack to avoid taking a pummelling yourself. For those who think the combat is mundane, crank up the difficulty level and have a play through again!

Yes admittedly the graphics contain the odd glitch here and there and the voice dubbing is not the best we have seen, but again, no more so in my opinion than the graphical glitches in the reportedly brilliant Dark Souls where the duff camera angles and intruding scenery frequently and infuriatingly blocked your view of the action causing multiple needless deaths. What reviewers haven't said to date is that whilst the voice-graphics dubbing isn't perfectly timed, the quality of the voice acting itself is very good and the expressions of voice and the body posturing of the characters is a damn sight better and realistic than a lot of other recent AAA games I've played.

The game occasionally has a light hearted look at things but this does not detract from the atmosphere at all. I've read that the lack of 1000's of on-screen foes in a so called crusade spoils the game and that the half dozen or so enemies taking you on at any one time hardly constitutes a battle zone. Come off it guys, it would be nay on impossible to cater for 1000's of foes at any one time and other games such as COD etc. don't try to recreate that level of foes either. If you allow yourself to play the game without any preconceived ideas, the background clashes and constant burble of people fighting or rioting in the distance does create a welcome bit of atmosphere inferring a wider war is underway somewhere very near you.

The game does not deserve the biased and overly critical reviews it has attracted. Yes, there are some weak points, but every game has those. The combat technique is reliable (unlike Dark Souls), the graphics are generally excellent in creating the right atmosphere and the game is just good fun to play. I might not have paid £49.99 for it, but now its reduced to closer to £20, it's certainly value for money and worth a go.
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on 16 December 2014
One of the worst games I've ever played
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on 13 October 2014
I'm a fan of both hack n' slash games and games set in an historical period. For that reason I thought I might enjoy this game. For the most part I do enjoy "The Cursed Crusade", it has some wonderful features such as the various weapon systems which can be altered in-level depending on which weapon you pick up after killing an enemy. The finishing moves for each weapon system also provide some visually entertaining action. However, there seem to be a number of bugs in the game that give it the sense of being slightly unfinished, e.g. the voice acting is at times massively out of sync with the on screen action and certain cut sequences feel as if they are ending prematurely. The game itself can be somewhat repetitive and the way the camera shifts at times can make the in-game action hard to follow. Hard-core gamers won't get much out of "The Cursed Crusade" and even the casual gamer will only see it as a minor distraction for an hour or two. If it's historical action you're after then you should probably stick to the "Assassin's Creed" series.
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on 18 October 2011
While the reviews on gaming websites and magazines have been poor, I myself enjoyed this game.

I'm an avid fan of history, and the Crusades have always been particularly fascinating. Add my love of fantasy, and this game seemed ideal.
I found the game play to be fun, enjoying the variety of weapons and their battle combinations - as well as the finishing moves. The story is interesting, and while the graphics can sometimes be glitchy (such as when they talk, their mouths don't move), it was overall an enjoyable game for me.

Definitely recommend for fans of games with a medieval setting!
For those unsure of whether to buy this game, I'd say get it second hand or wait until it drops in price.
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on 3 October 2014
Don't know why this has such bad reviews, it's a cracking game with a leveling system, variable combat and an okay storyline.
The ONLY problem i had is that everytime i played it the default audio setting was zero so you have to get into the habit of turning the volume on.
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on 28 May 2014
The game itself is good, sometimes the mechanics are a bit dodgy and the camera can go place you don't want it to go but storywise it's pretty fun
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on 9 April 2014
good game, lots of missions to complete :)
lots of different swords and weapons to use to fight others with
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on 2 January 2015
Made a great gift, purchased for my brother who enjoys the game.
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on 30 June 2015
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on 20 October 2014
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