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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. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    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. Cheat Code Central
    90
    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. GMR Magazine
    80
    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. Game Informer
    78
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Mar 15, 2020
    10
    Amazing game still holds up to this day there is truly no game quite like it for 20 dollars on steam it is well worth it
  2. 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.
  3. RavenX301
    Aug 2, 2004
    10
    This game is most likely going to be sweet. I know its pretty stupid that I already gave it a ten HOWEVER I have a stronge feeling that this This game is most likely going to be sweet. I know its pretty stupid that I already gave it a ten HOWEVER I have a stronge feeling that this game is going to rock! (Then again I had a strong feeling that PotC was going the rock only to find out it blows...but that was only becasue of the worst framrate i have seen in a game) Even though I'm giving it a ten well before it hit the shelves I have a odd feeling this game will only get high 8's or mid 8's...I dont know why..(Unless the reviewers give it 9's becasue of its online play which by the way is the dumbest thing I have heard of....Why the hell would you give a game higher rates becasue of online play? Sure, its great to talk about the online play and its great games have that but for the poeple that dont have online it really sucks when they buy games thinking they will be the greatest and end up being just half-a$$ becasue the other part of the a$$, and the good part, is all online....its just not right!) Expand
  4. 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
  5. DustinP.
    Oct 14, 2004
    9
    It is very fun and the online features are awesome.
  6. CynS.
    Apr 18, 2005
    9
    great game, not alot a replay so only a 9, can't wait for the sequel to come out (great turnaround time on the sequel, by the way). Oh, great game, not alot a replay so only a 9, can't wait for the sequel to come out (great turnaround time on the sequel, by the way). Oh, and don't give something a 4 just because it's too hard for you, Danwise G. 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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#15 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004