Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

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"Cor blimey!"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

In days gone by, I used to do all my gaming on the computer. I never had much truck with consoles because the graphics were usually inferior, and their weren't many strategy titles. Okay, there was Shining Force on the Mega Drive, and Xcom on PS1, but bugger all else.

These days I’ve banned myself from computer gaming. Too much messing about trying to squeeze quality gaming around tight work deadlines. Luckily I've discovered the joys of the Xbox.

Now, I like strategy games. I like tactical combat more than the adrenaline-pump of simulated slaughter (hell, I like that too, but I’m ageing and the reflex’s aren’t what they used to be). What I want is a strategy game that I can play on a console – and hot dang, here it is!

I’m not even going to bother with any game details, I’ll leave that to the other reviewers. What I will do is wax lyrical about how much I’ve been enjoying this game.

The graphics are amazing. What other game features a hundred combatants melee'ing toe-to-toe, with periodic cavalry charges, hails of arrows, and assorted support creatures swooping through frame, all at the same time without dropping frames or freezing?

Uhhh… thought so.

The soundtrack is refreshing. After years of generic drum and bass, here’s a little bit of generic metal. I love it!

All up, what a ripper! Possibly the best thing since sliced bread (and I like bread).

I do have one complaint; it’s hard. Possibly too hard. I’m stuck on the final battle of the Vellond campaign, and having to re-play 30 minute battles repeatedly to get them right isn’t my idea of a “good time”.

Still, I can see that this is a game that, while it might annoy me, I’ll return to – till I get it right.

"Hack & Slash... with strategy."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This game can get hectic in the heat of battle, and though it seems like a simple hack and slash game, you will find there is much more to it than meets the gamers eye.

Initially, leading a single troop of soldiers you will eventually command several troops of differing skills, from archery to trap-laying, cavalry to air support. Choosing how troops are upgraded and which troops you take, can change how difficult a mission will be. Though the controls are simple, its still challenging commanding three troops, giving each, different orders and laying down waypoints.

All single player missions are linear and there is no redoing completed missions. So it is wise to save before commiting to upgrades or job changes. Though XBOX-Live enabled, no splitscreen play is available, which would have been a nice addition.

Once the commands are mastered the game will open.

Description

The Second War of Heroes had addressed all countries and races of Bersia into battlefields of no returns and been fatally ended with the death of Amaruak. It gave a temporary peace to the continent, however the root of disaster, the Ancient Heart, was yet lying in a coil waiting for its new destiny as sealed. 50 years later, finally this glassy peace has been broken. A human town in Hironeiden nearby the sacred place bordered on Hexter of Orcs and Dark elves has been annihilated by the reformed Dark Legion. The joint armies of Hironeiden and Eclessia immediately sallied to Hexter to protect the sacred place and that became the only outpost of a new war…
  • As many as 200 unique fantasy characters up to 3000 polygons for each and 10000 polygons for heroes
  • Clever-tactics upon density of troops, resistance of soil, wind, sunlight and all environmental factors
  • Upgradeable and customizable troops and generals with numerous characteristic armors and weapons to furnish with
  • Simultaneous performances of all 200 characters in one game screen powered by the monster graphic power of Xbox
  • Physical Battle Formations that interact in real-time with game surroundings and combat situations
  • Ever-Realistic graphic that even details dusts blowing and mind-blowing special effects.
  • Release date NZ
    January 14th, 2005
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    UPC
    8807613011315
    Product ID
    1469559

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