Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 18 out of 27
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Would have had everything necessary to become a great game, but it seems there was to little time for production. The game got some serious graphical and synchronization issues and lacks any passion in storytelling. It is just boring. There are only two good things about his game: the fighting system is really great with a lot of weapons and combos and the coop-mode is really fun to play. But that's it. Really poor what the studio has made out of so much potential.
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    Sure, it is slow and methodical at times and downright boring at others, but a good sword slashing game is just what you need to give you a break from all the guns found in most games. I just wish more care had been applied to the functionality of the game. As it stands, Cursed Crusade is the definition of disappointing.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    57
    It has lost a good opportunity to become one of the surprises of the year because it has good ideas in its proposal, between a movie and a game. The story is typical, but able to engage us, but its gameplay is too lackluster and repetitive.
  4. 55
    Crusade sports some solid ideas (a "cursed realm" you can switch to on the fly is a neat concept that doesn't quite work), but sadly, it suffers most from ho-hum pacing and rinse-repeat gameplay.
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    55
    At best, The Cursed Crusade is mediocre. The plot is bland, but the cut scenes try to shove the story down your throat at every opportunity, causing an adverse reaction
  6. Nov 20, 2011
    52
    The combat can be entertaining but the occasional nice idea falls flat through some poor presentation and execution. [Christmas 2011, p.94]
  7. Nov 15, 2011
    50
    It's very much let down by repetitive play. [Issue#78, p.85]
  8. Oct 20, 2011
    50
    The Cursed Crusade is a mediocre hack-and-slash with serious technical and playable issues.
  9. 50
    Despite a decent combat system and some surprisingly good animations, the many issues hold the game back from anything more than an average score.
  10. Oct 30, 2011
    45
    A boring and repetitive combat system and and a subpar technical production make The Cursed Crusade an avoidable game; a wasted opportunity to represent a great and charismatic historical period.
  11. Nov 16, 2011
    40
    The sluggish fighting feels surprisingly weighty. [Issue#115, p.102]
  12. Nov 14, 2011
    40
    A real failure on every front. It should be avoided as you would prevent participation in a cursed crusade.
  13. Nov 6, 2011
    40
    Even with all these problems, however, I found the plot interesting enough that I'm definitely hooked. If by some miracle there is a The Cursed Crusade 2, I'd be interested in seeing the story wrapped up as long as this title's wealth of problems are fixed.
  14. Oct 25, 2011
    40
    It's too bad, because Cursed Crusade has fleetingly interesting ideas, like forcing you to push a very slow-moving mantlet towards an enemy's defensive line, or the way the timing of tapping out combo strings actually encourages thoughtful player response. Co-op can actually be fun in short bursts with a friend, and even the detailed aesthetic is surprisingly competent.
  15. Oct 14, 2011
    40
    The Cursed Crusade has too many cutscenes, it's too easy, it's boring, it has many issues and bugs and, overall, it's not a good experience. Also, it gives extreme importance to the story, but it's never interesting and ends up being forgettable and the combat is so bland that it's not even worthy of this gen.
  16. Oct 12, 2011
    40
    The Cursed Crusade is a perfect example of the sort of game that's being squeezed out nowadays: badly produced, cheaply made and full of tired clich├ęs, both in gameplay and in its story.
  17. Developer Kylotonn has crafted the least appealing fantasy brawler imaginable, its stillborn mechanics drenched in over-compensatory cutscene-driven storytelling, its charms limited to the lure of unlockable combos and abilities.
  18. Oct 25, 2011
    35
    A lethargic combat experience marred further by grotesque bugs, The Cursed Crusade is a game that truly does feel cursed, like no amount of hard work would put it right.
  19. Nov 17, 2011
    30
    The Cursed Crusade has the founding for a really fun game but falls short in almost every aspect. Even playing co-op mode, the game doesn't really change much from the solo experience and with so many problems outside the gameplay, it's not very enjoyable. Sadly, I say this is one to miss especially as there are plenty of titles out there to keep you busy until the end of the year.
  20. Oct 27, 2011
    30
    A game "broken" in so many ways, even its budget price tag is not enough to save it from oblivion.
  21. Oct 27, 2011
    30
    Its biggest flaw is that it lacks spirit, which is ironic, since the game is actually trying to take your character's soul. Without a spark, though - even a stolen one - The Cursed Crusade has ended up damning itself.
  22. Oct 26, 2011
    30
    But instead of choosing between a co-op or AI partner, you should just avoid playing this game. The only thing of any value that Cursed Crusade has left me with is a blight that will remain on my Xbox Gamerscore until the end of time.
  23. Oct 13, 2011
    30
    The Cursed Crusade is a repetitive hack-and-slash that is marred by clumsy combat, poor dialogue, and some serious technical issues.
  24. A real chien of a historical slasher. Its camp appeal is offset against its tendency to crash mid-game. Sheer hell. [Christmas 2011, p.101]
  25. Oct 14, 2011
    20
    Embarrassingly poor medieval brawler that seems completely oblivious to its own absurdity and incompetence.
  26. Oct 31, 2011
    16
    A game with few redeeming qualities, a dull, pretentious hack-and-slash that fails in almost every way.
  27. Oct 25, 2011
    15
    On paper, the ideas that went into this its creation must have come from a place of passion and excitement for a rich period in history. But then I remember that I actually played this unlikable, unfair, and unfinished game for many, many miserable hours, and the only person I feel bad for is me. Don't go near this thing, or else you'll be cursed with damnation, too.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Dec 27, 2011
    0
    This game is unplayable!!! Is the same as you throw your money in the garbage... LOL... The idea behind it is ok, but the gameplay and the rest is like a hell in earth. Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    2
    Aside from some interesting concepts and interesting character progression, this game is a mess. Laughable dialogue, absolutely ridiculous and incoherent story, stupid characters, totally broken combat, abominable effects...This game is just in shambles. It has some interesting ideas, but the execution is just...oh man...terrible. Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2014
    5
    The game has an interesting concept, that of a Co-Op enabled third person action fighting story based game set during the Crusades. It also has the foundations for an interesting combat mechanic, but unfortunately the application doesn't realise the concept well enough. While it plays quite well, there's an odd mechanic where when you block an opponents attack, you both go into some weird frozen pose with them while the game waits for you to press a button prompt. This might have been okay if it was occaasional, but it happens ALL the time during combat and gets old fast, and is certainly not the better for it as it destroys any flow of the fight. While its great that there's so many weapon and shield varations and combos, such as single handed, single handed with shield, duel wielding, two handed weapons, crossbow etc, the method of selecting weapons using the D-pad, including the diagonals, isn't ideal and ultimately a bit hit and miss, that can have you literally floundering to get the weapons you want equipped in the heat of battle..

    There's a couple of other apects to the game that let it down a bit, such as the dreadful music and buges that were never fixed, such as everytime you load the game, you have to turn all the music and sound effects up, because they always revert to zero when you turn the game off, it never saves your preferences or even has them turned up by default, which was very poor.

    There is some enjoymant to be had from the game. I like the fact that in Co-Op it's split screen(Online Co-Op is also available),and there's some nice/satisfying touches, such as when you and your partner perform a joint finish move, the screen goes full screen while you perform them.

    There will be people who enjoy this game, and i can see why they would, but the game could have benefitted more time in development and a bigger budget to see the concept polished and properly realised, but as it is, despite its ability to give some degree of entertainment, for its faults and imperfections it gets a 5.
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