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  • Summary: Imagine you're a military hero in the Middle Ages, gallantly striking down the enemy and commanding friendly forces. Set 50 years after the events of Kingdom Under Fire, The Crusaders lets you lead hundreds of troops into war, while managing resources, augmenting your forces, and developingImagine you're a military hero in the Middle Ages, gallantly striking down the enemy and commanding friendly forces. Set 50 years after the events of Kingdom Under Fire, The Crusaders lets you lead hundreds of troops into war, while managing resources, augmenting your forces, and developing your combat strategies. You can choose to play as one of two races, Humans or Dark Legions, and you can select one of several character types within each race. While moving across the continent, you can stop by castles, gain endorsements from feudal lords, hire mercenaries, replenish or change equipment, and more. Expand
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  1. Many a developer has thrown hordes of warriors on screen to methodically mow through, but no one has ever captured the visceral beauty and brutality of medieval war like Phantagram has in Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders. [Sept 2004, p.58]
  2. A good game that rivals the PC versions for depth and is right at home dishing out the action on a console that was designed to push such an envelope.
  3. It's got hours upon hours of fun in the single player campaigns, and if that weren't enough, there's the only versus mode and the game's promise of future downloadable content.
  4. It is unfortunate there isn't a free campaign mode in this game like Rome: Total War or any of the Total War series. Such a feature would have taken this title to the next level and mitigated the shortcomings of an overly rigid single player campaign and a reduced multiplayer component. Still, it is one of a kind.
  5. Although combination attacks and special strikes are possible, battles come straight from the "Warriors" playbook - and fights, no matter how lopsided, are all too easily won by locating an enemy leader and killing him or her. [Dec 2004, p.127]
  6. With a robust online mode, scattered borrowings from real-time strategy games, and that elusive indescribable fun factor, KUF is exactly the step-up that this genre needed. [Nov 2004, p.163]
  7. The combo of RTS, RPG and HnS was just too weird for me.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    there is no game series better then this. i have never ever been so addicted to a game as this game, and im doing my best to get a new xboxthere is no game series better then this. i have never ever been so addicted to a game as this game, and im doing my best to get a new xbox original and this game to play it again. ive searched far and wide to find a game that matches this one. in same kind of playing, unit control, upgradeable units whit a bit of fantasy and magic. but ive never found a game even close to this Expand
  2. JoseH.
    Jan 4, 2005
    10
    This is the best strategy online ive ever played!!! it has eveything i ever thought in my mind about a war game.
  3. ChrisM.
    Apr 3, 2006
    10
    i think the game excelent but i think it would be better if you could choose which unit for each battle.
  4. LordG.
    Sep 8, 2004
    9
    It´s amazing how they have succeded to keep an high frame rate with hundreds of soldiers battling it out on the screen. This is It´s amazing how they have succeded to keep an high frame rate with hundreds of soldiers battling it out on the screen. This is probably the best RTS game I've ever played. If you are a fan of tactics, then you got to try this game. By the way, Gerald is kind of like a training campaign. You have far more options when playing the hard campaigns (Regniers, for instance). You can hire mercenaries, you very seldom have locked troops, you can change the soldiers duties. Basically, you have more freedom when playing hard campaigns. Expand
  5. JohnP.
    Dec 28, 2007
    9
    This is definitely a game worth playing and I personally include it in my top ten favorite games. The Good: real-time strategy meets This is definitely a game worth playing and I personally include it in my top ten favorite games. The Good: real-time strategy meets hack-and-slash with a good dose of RPG elements. It offers four campaigns, each with about 10 missions each with varying difficulty and following a different aspect of the war. That makes for quite a lengthy single-player component. Some of the battles are truly epic, and KUF:TC places you squarely in the middle of each one. Seeing a gigantic swamp mammoth lumber pass your unit is quite a breathtaking, although rare sight. Story is surpisingly decent. The Bad: its a difficult game. English voice acting is passable at best, horrendous in some places. Controls take some getting used to. To be good at this game you may have to interrupt what your character is doing to command troops in the midst of battle. Other male gamers may hate me for saying this, but do the Dark legion females all have fight basically nude? Bottom line: its for gamers who enjoy strategy and can endure the learning curve. Expand
  6. Snakelegionair
    Nov 5, 2004
    9
    Absolutely brilliant! a real breath of fresh air from all the usual platform, action adventure and fps's going around. the music is aceAbsolutely brilliant! a real breath of fresh air from all the usual platform, action adventure and fps's going around. the music is ace and really gets u in the mood and all the strategy and hack and slash action comes in spades!! would have been a 10 if the cavalry wernt so sloppy to control but this is one class game that shows both samurai warriors and kessen how its done!! Expand
  7. DanwiseG.
    Nov 23, 2004
    4
    The graphics were great, it's amazing how great the graphics are becoming on the xbox recently for some games. The sound however leaves The graphics were great, it's amazing how great the graphics are becoming on the xbox recently for some games. The sound however leaves me wondering how a heavy metal soundtrack can go with a fantasy/middle ages game. The voice acting is decent but sometimes lacks any emotion, like characters just reading from a script. The gameplay is where this game excells and implodes. While it blends a RTS game with a hack and slash melee game, it implodes because it makes the missions as you progress in the game way too difficult to complete even for the experienced gamer. The novice or casual player will find this to be annoying, flustrating, and darn near impossible to really get into the increasingly involving story. There also is no way to lower the difficulty in the lucretia campaigns on, which leads one to wonder why I'm still trying to beat mission 9 for the 20th time. Unless you actually purchase this game avoid renting it because it's way too difficult to complete in a week's time. The high difficulty, weak voice acting, and strange soundtrack for a middle ages/fantasy game ruin what could be a really cool and innovative game, 4 out of 10. Expand

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