• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2009
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Undead Knights is not going to appeal to everyone. Its combat is unrefined and the hack n' slash mentality will get old for those who demand a bit more depth and strategy to their games. However, those just looking for a replayable and ridiculous portable action game won't go far wrong with Tecmo's latest offering. It's got buckets of blood, armies of loyal zombies and characters that feel like complete and utter badasses.
  2. Building an army of rotting corpses is a blast, and it's especially satisfying to see your current tally of allies - represented by decaying zombie heads - grow along the bottom of the HUD. However, as much fun as it is to sic your pale-skinned psychos on a variety of low-level henchmen and screen-swallowing bosses, Undead Knights' flaws occasionally pull you from the fun.
  3. 80
    If you're looking for a good zombie fix this Halloween, Undead Knights should be on the top of your list. The addictive zombie-commanding action, multiplayer options and blood-soaked presentation will make you want to join this legion.
  4. If you have a love of zombies bordering on the unnatural this is a no-brainer. [Apr 2010, p.77]
  5. It's a lot of fun to be commanding corpses rather than running from them. [Mar 2010, p.88]
  6. Undead Knights is a surprisingly playable little title. It’s innovations, such as making zombies allies rather than enemies and the things you can order them do make its gameplay refreshing enough to warrant a high amount of playtime.
  7. Undead Knights' frustrating control moments and sometimes dull design elements don't completely outweigh its violent charm. The gruesome, dark premise is slick and the underlying gameplay is definitely enjoyable in short bursts.
  8. A wonderful idea, completely new on the PSP, but the realization doesn't stands up to the brightness of it. However, a nice action game for your handheld.
  9. Undead Knight offers an original take on the Dynasty engine, with plenty of huge battles to get through but it’s let down by finicky controls and a little repetitiveness.
  10. Good intentions, intense action, humour and problematic controls. A nice action game for your handheld.
  11. The undead fights against humans on this Dynasty Warriors clone. Filled with good intentions, Tecmo latest work's should've been something else than just a simple dungeon-crawler with tons of blood on every inch of the PSP screen. Give it a try if you're interested on the genre, but don't expect anything outstanding or out of the pot.
  12. Uh, there really isn't anything like this on the PSP, and there is some fun to be had, but only a select few will embrace the gore and clumsy, over-the-top action; of course, they'll have to forgive the game's lack of flair.
  13. Offers little new but still manages to entertain with its blend of reanimated allies, intense action and slapstick humour. [Issue#93, p.128]
  14. Good dumb fun, and if you expect nothing more it just about delivers. [Mar 2010, p.119]
  15. An unusual product: a little bit of God of War with some drops of Overlord and Pikmin. Still, this game is not brilliant, 'cause of the creepy graphics and the iterative gameplay.
  16. It's mindless fun, but fun nonetheless. [Holiday 2009, p.83]
  17. If you must play everything that contains Zombies, this might hold your interest for a bit, but the interesting concept quickly loses its appeal. There are way too many short-comings to make this a worth-while purchase; a bit more development time would have done wonders to the final product. If you see this Zombie Army, I suggest you move in the other direction.
  18. 58
    Undead Knights is built on an interesting premise, but that idea isn't taken to the extremes like it should have been. The humor isn't played up enough, the controls can be problematic, it can get rather repetitive and the whole thing just isn't as polished as I would have liked to have seen.
  19. Too simplistic for a strategy title and too clumsy for a pure action game, Undead Knights is a mishmash of poorly executed ideas that will disappoint even the most ardent zombie fan.
  20. Adding zombies into the mix isn't enough to revive Undead Knights from its stale, typical hack-and-slash action.
  21. 55
    It often feels half-finished. The basic premise and idea is often better than its inelegant execution, and the game exhausts its pool of ideas by the end of the third level. There's a good concept resting within Undead Knights, but Tecmo have completely failed at bringing it to life.
  22. I have no doubt that some people will enjoy the mindless violence and see it as an interesting take on the Dynasty Warriors formula. It makes for a quick pick up and play title because the stages are really short, lasting between 10-20 minutes a chapter. I just wish the overall game had better mechanics.
  23. Undead Knights is a game that starts off very well but quickly degrades into a monotonous experience that is made more difficult than it needs to be due to a shoddy camera.
  24. 46
    Zombies don't automatically make a game good: remember this simple fact. [Issue#189, p.79]
  25. There are some interesting ideas here, but in practice the game is overloaded with cut corners and blunting repetition. [Mar 2010, p.97]
  26. 40
    Controlling armies of the undead really shouldn’t be this dreary.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 1, 2013
    7
    This game is not a bad game. Yet, it has its flaws. For example, the repetitive enemies and level design. The controls are also quite strange, especially for a hack and slash game. Something for the fans. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2012
    8
    I'm not a fan of these kind of games. But this one has a good meaty gameplay. your screen is always full of enemies and that is fun!