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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29

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  1. Linchung
    Sep 7, 2004
    4
    I've finished playing as Gerald and what i can say is that this game started out strongly but as play wears on, the controls begin to feel cumbersome. When controlling 2 to 3 armies simultaneously, it is difficult to see exactly what is going on and you feel very helpless. The worse thing is that the Gerald part of the story came to an abrupt halt - right when I'm eyeball toI've finished playing as Gerald and what i can say is that this game started out strongly but as play wears on, the controls begin to feel cumbersome. When controlling 2 to 3 armies simultaneously, it is difficult to see exactly what is going on and you feel very helpless. The worse thing is that the Gerald part of the story came to an abrupt halt - right when I'm eyeball to eyeball with dear ol Reggie ... darn! does the story continue? or do I have to play through ALL the characters to have a final ending??? This game sucks at the end ... Expand
  2. KayG.
    Oct 15, 2004
    4
    This game had potential. Honestly the graphics are really downgrated. There are plenty of characters on screen taking up the polycount, but the environments are very bland and the texture quality is of PS2. The sound on the other hand is horrible! Heavy metal does not work for this game. Unfortunate for the sound... I would honestly love this game if it where not for the horrible sound.
  3. 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 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 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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81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. I love Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders - it's as simple as that. What's the point in pussyfooting around? I plain and simply love it! It melds two of my favourite genres - hack and slash with real time strategy - and delivers something fresh, exciting and compelling.
  2. It's this combination of thought and reflex that makes Crusaders exceptional despite its faults. [Nov 2004, p.101]
  3. 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]