Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. Sep 8, 2011
    55
    Variety and character are treasures left undiscovered in the action RPG Crimson Alliance.
  2. 70
    A great scoring system for each level and an online leaderboard makes this game incredibly replayable.
  3. Sep 6, 2011
    88
    Every aspect of Crimson Alliance works together to engineer a fun cooperative hack n' slash. From the quick and easy inventory to the excellently designed levels and rewarding combat, this is the downloadable game to play with friends this season.
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Still, Crimson could stand to be a little more robust and varied. Its comparatively paltry three classes beg for DLC, as does its four hour campaign; similarly, there are only a few enemy types per themed map, and the game doesn't seem to rebalance unit numbers for multiple players. Perhaps next time Certain Affinity should concentrate just a hair less on arcade simplicity; until then this is still a worthy note in a crowded genre.
  5. Oct 9, 2011
    85
    Crimson Alliance is a simple but entertaining and deceptively addictive hack-and-slash title. It's very light on the RPG elements but makes up for it with a very satisfying combat system.
  6. Sep 21, 2011
    83
    That's why it's a little disappointing to feel like one is part of a market analysis experiment. The trial is free, but at every moment it's clear you need to buy one of the characters ($10) or all three ($15) to finish the game.
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    67
    There is a fair bit of content to hack your way through, if you don't mind the repetitive and unfriendly-ness that this game hits you with if you decide to undertake your spelunking alone.
  8. Sep 21, 2011
    60
    Want some brainless intense action rpg filled by all the classic clichè of this genre? Crimson Alliance may be your perfect game to play, but it's surely far from excellence.
  9. Sep 12, 2011
    90
    If you're looking for an awesome co-op experience then Crimson Alliance is a must have.
  10. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    While the leveling mechanics are a little too shallow to keep true RPG fans invested, the dark cel-shaded visuals and easy-to-pick up combat system can make for a fun weekend with friends. Just be sure to make the right choice if you're only willing to buy one character.
  11. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    An interesting game in a genre which is becoming crowded recently. Although it doesn't bring anything especially new in terms of gameplay, it is a simple, yet enjoyable game, with very good graphics.
  12. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    The game is not as deep as other games like it, and the levels are fairly straightforward. The combat is smooth and the visuals are actually pretty good.
  13. Sep 6, 2011
    75
    It is fun and the combat system is smart, simple, and effective.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    50
    It's initially compelling, but starts to feel shallow as combat becomes a grind, and a nagging wish for more of RPG elements creeps in. [Nov 2011, p.110]
  15. Sep 12, 2011
    74
    Crimson Alliance is a game that does just enough to provide several hours of solid fun.
  16. 80
    Though Crimson Alliance lacks Torchlight's endless character development and the infinite replayability of its bottomless dungeon, it delivers something that addictive gem didn't: co-op play.
  17. Sep 7, 2011
    90
    Where Crimson Alliance could have joined the white noise of dungeon crawlers, Certain Affinity has managed to design a solid and - more impressively - distinctive game, regardless of whether the simple, pick-up-and-play approach turns off a few hardcore fans of the genre.
  18. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    It's full of RPG cliches, yet it delivers some solid fun, especially in co-op.
  19. Sep 21, 2011
    42
    While there's nothing wrong with Crimson Alliance form a technical standpoint, it's a shame that a game with this much hack and slash action is so boring. The lackluster presentations, repetitive gameplay and generic story don't help anything. You're better off buying one of the better Diablo-clones currently available on the Xbox 360!
  20. Sep 6, 2011
    75
    While it could definitely have used more meat on its bones, Crimson Alliance is a fine little game that does just enough to provide a few hours of solid fun. It's got a bright and fun visual style, an encouraging level of challenge, and should be the perfect way to keep one's sword sharp while waiting for Diablo III to turn up.
  21. Dec 6, 2011
    85
    There are plenty of hidden secrets and scoring/upgrading incentives to replay levels, especially on Xbox Live with a few fellow dungeon crawlers. That combines with satisfying old-school hack & slash RPG action in a dark, dank and deeply buried dungeon realm that's visually appealing along with a not entirely original but certainly captivating story for a completely entertaining XBLA adventure.
  22. Sep 29, 2011
    85
    A solid game that keeps the pace moving and balances the three classes very well.
  23. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    A pretty good – if not unexceptional – action-RPG where an arcade-oriented simplicity and an experiment with pricing structures are the orders of the day.
  24. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    Crimson Alliance is like Gauntlet mixed with some elements taken from all the Diablo-style titles out there. Limited loot and customization move its gameplay some levels under games like Torchlight and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.
  25. Sep 19, 2011
    77
    Looking for something to play while waiting for Diablo III? Crimson Alliance isn't brilliant, but still a fine way to spend the time.
  26. 60
    Derivative, shallow and ruthlessly unambitious, but as Diablo clones go this is still one of the best and most addictive on consoles.
  27. Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Crimson Alliance is a fun, and well-built game. I have to question if it would have been nearly as fun if I didn't invest extra money on gold to upgrade my character. Due to this, Crimson Alliance is a major set back due to ridiculous micro transactions. If someone pays $15 for a game, they shouldn't have to invest $5 more into each character in order to fully upgrade their gear.
  28. Sep 12, 2011
    67
    It is essentially the spiritual successor to Gauntlet Legends. Yet those weaned on games like Diablo will find the content too shallow to merit consideration. The limited loot, lack of randomized dungeons, and loss of leveling ultimately undermines this Alliance before it has a chance to shine.
  29. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    If you are only flying solo or plan on running with strangers online, it is simply not as a good a game when played this way. So like my mother always said, stay close to your friends and be wary of strangers.
  30. Oct 5, 2011
    40
    While girlfriend-friendly and action-ready, Crimson Alliance needs some beefing up to be a memorable experience. Booting up the similar Torchlight for just a few minutes is enough to show that while simple is good, elegant is better.
  31. Don't be fooled by the identikit visuals: Crimson Alliance is frantic, fresh, and utterly brilliant.
  32. Sep 19, 2011
    70
    Solid, and even better when enjoyed with company. [Issue#76, p.102]
  33. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    Bite-sized gaming at its best.
  34. Sep 15, 2011
    77
    If you are a fan of the genre, there's no reason not to give this one a spin. Just be sure to come in looking for more of the "Action" and less of the "RPG".
  35. Sep 18, 2011
    78
    Crimson Alliance is a great game to pick up. Grab some extra remotes because it's teamwork time.
  36. 80
    A nice dungeon crawler that doesn't any over-complicated character development paths to be successful.
  37. Sep 7, 2011
    64
    Certain Affinity took few risks in constructing a bare bones, workman like hack 'n slash and left experimentation to its pricing structure. Whether that was their call or Microsoft's isn't likely to be known, but it's definitely rendered Crimson Alliance an afterthought, or something to play if you've completely exhausted Torchlight and need something else in the console space.
  38. Sep 12, 2011
    60
    While interesting, Crimson Alliance fails to deliver an engaging and replayable experience. Coupled with the cost, this game doesn't seem to stack up, but future DLC may bring it back from the brink.
  39. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    Crimson Alliance is a decent hack and slash game with a few questionable marketing tactics.
  40. Sep 10, 2011
    72
    Despite a bit of glitching, I think Crimson Alliance is a welcome addition in my household. Sure, it's not the prettiest girl in town, but she's charming, easy to get along with and still violent enough that your mother would not approve. What more could you want from a Sunday morning date? The game is available for purchase on September 7 via XBLA for 1200 Microsoft points (all three character classes) or just 800 Microsoft points (just one).
  41. Oct 4, 2011
    85
    Just don't expect a lot more than some slick fantasy-style arcade brawling and it'll be money well spent.
  42. Oct 17, 2011
    65
    Overall, if Certain Affinity had pushed their ideas further, Crimson Alliance could have been a truly fantastic title. Nevertheless, despite its repetitiveness and generic story, the game is great fun, especially in multiplayer.
  43. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    A decent addition to the "hack 'n slash/ action RPG" genre that you will truly enjoy if you have some company over Xbox Live.
  44. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    So let's just end by saying that for what it is and what it costs, Crimson Alliance offers some good-looking, undemanding fun and with its class-specific gameplay and multiplayer modes, a respectable amount of replayability.
  45. Sep 8, 2011
    70
    During my time with Crimson Alliance, I was left with a hollow feeling - the game never did anything to capture me.
  46. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    Crimson Alliance could be a delicious piece of peanut butter and s'mores toast with raspberry jam, it's just that the proportions are distracting on this first attempt. Basic genre expectations are fulfilled, delivering an approachable, action-RPG dungeon crawl -- but with a bit more careful measurement, Certain Affinity could have made this good game great.
  47. Oct 26, 2011
    83
    Is it worth 1200 MS Points? When you and your friends join up to discover the treasure and mystery that abounds in these lands, then it is a steal.
  48. Sep 7, 2011
    80
    A very good and solid game, capable of perfectly blending its action and RPG souls and with good visuals and level design. Our major complaint is about it trying to get more of our money than other standard XBLA games, with an insidious pricing model and in-game currency packs: this could create some confusion in the players.
  49. Sep 16, 2011
    80
    At its surface, Crimson Alliance is a bit shallow. But if you take advantage of the tools provided, tweak the difficulty at times, and play with a group of friends, the depth starts to show. It won't deliver in areas that other action RPG games do, but there is no denying this title is an absolute blast to play.
  50. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Crimson Alliance, even though it's a well produced game, doesn't meet all the expectations. A lot of simplified elements stare in your face making Crimson Allianc more of a Gauntlet-styled arcade than a real hack'n'slash. And even when looking at it this way, the gameplay is too monotonous (a flawed co-op mode saves it a bit). The game looked good but turned out only pretty well.
  51. Sep 7, 2011
    50
    Crimson Alliance is a fairly competent, if completely forgettable game.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    love this game! finally an xbla title with online co-op PLUS leaderboards! lots of replay value as you can go back & try to get a better scorelove this game! finally an xbla title with online co-op PLUS leaderboards! lots of replay value as you can go back & try to get a better score by completing a perfect run (using a score multiplier for not taking damage). i can see myself spending A LOT of time with this game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    My englisch is not soo good,but i like too say that Crimson Alliance is a very nice game.First of all...don't compare this game with PCMy englisch is not soo good,but i like too say that Crimson Alliance is a very nice game.First of all...don't compare this game with PC dungeon crawlers like Diablo,etc..I think the developers made another kind of game with lesser controlls,easy to learn and fast gameplay.I like my die hard dungeon crawlers on my PC but i also like this game on my X360.The graphics and level design is easely comparable with retail games.The replay valeu is tremendous...you can start your multiplayer session or you can try to maximise your score in the single player.Lots of stuff to collect and high scores to beat with a nice leaderbord....the only problem is some slowdown in the multiplayer. Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2011
    5
    When I saw that this game said "Free", I was ecstatic. I should have known that I would've had to do something to play the game fully. ForWhen I saw that this game said "Free", I was ecstatic. I should have known that I would've had to do something to play the game fully. For those of you who get this game thinking that it is for free, you have to pay $10 (800 Microsoft points) to be able to fully play the game with one of the three character classes, or you can pay $15 (1200 Microsoft points) to play the game in full. Also, people who bought all five games in the Summer of Arcade get a code to get the game for free. This is nice as the SoA games themselves are good games (although you need a Kinect for Fruit Ninja). If you get it for free, the game is worth playing. The game follows a very basic hack-and-slash play style. There is nothing really unique about the gameplay elements in this game. However, what is interesting is that it supports 4 player co-op. While the game doesn't make great use of co-op, it does give you a game you can beat in one 2-3 hour sitting with your friends. The story is worthless, and the voice-acting is among the worst I've heard in a video game. The art style is not impressive when compared to some of the beautiful games offered on X-Box Live Arcade, such as Braid, Bastion, and Limbo. However, it isn't an eyesore, so it continues the Arcade tradition of looking better than an actual X-Box 360 game. The music is nothing that stands out, but it also isn't horrible. The game is very replayable however, especially if you spent the extra $5 to get all the character classes. There are plenty of goodies to find, although most can be found while going through your first playthrough. The replayability mainly comes in in trying to improve your high score. I would say get this game if you have some friends coming over for a few hours and you want a not overly complicated game to play, or if you have other friends who have this game, so you can compete over getting the best score. And if you bought the Summer of Arcade titles, you just got a decent enough free game. Full Review »