Fight With A Friend In Atlus’ Medieval Adventure Game The Cursed Crusade

By Spencer . March 30, 2011 . 11:06am

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Denz and Esteban are the lead characters in The Cursed Crusade, an action-adventure game from Kylotonn and Atlus. You’ll follow the two warriors as they venture through medieval Europe during the Fourth Crusade. Denz, a holy templar, is quite different from his companion Esteban who is a shady mercenary. Both characters must work together to break free from a curse.

 

Literally, work together because The Cursed Crusade has cooperative play. A friend can take control of Esteban online or offline via a spilt screen mode. I suppose the curse isn’t that bad since it doubles as a powerup. Activate the curse to heighten your senses and strength, but at the small cost of your humanity.

 

The Cursed Crusade is slated for a summer released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

 

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  • John_Polson_IGB

    fighting with a friend, does this only happen online? I hope not.

    • Testsubject909

      It…. it says it in the article… right there *points*

      • John_Polson_IGB

        it wasn’t there 40 mins ago, I testify to baby jesus

  • malek86

    An Atlus game on PC? How often has that happened before?

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    This game looks so standard, subpar, and just typical of the genre…

    • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

      Considering it revolves around the Crusades, a historical point in medieval history, what were you expecting?

      • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

        Something like Jeanne D’Arc would be much more appealing to me at least

  • https://twitter.com/RaiohV ShinkaRaioh

    “I suppose the curse isn’t that bad since it doubles as a powerup. Activate the curse to heighten your senses and strength, but at the small cost of your humanity.”
    Well, who needs humanity at all? Give me ZA POWA!!

    I love games with co-op and this one looks great as hell!!

  • neo_firenze

    Instead of voicing disappointment with the stream of western games Atlus is releasing this year (this, Divinity II, Last Templar, Rock of Ages, Trine 2), I’ll say that this doesn’t look bad. Probably the most interesting of the bunch to me, and I’ll be paying attention to this one.

    Not convinced it really has much general appeal though, so it’s still a little puzzling to me who they expect to buy this. I can’t see the more mainstream Assassin’s Creed crowd getting excited about it, I can’t see a ton of niche support from the typical Atlus faithful, and I don’t have the sense that there is some undiscovered niche fanbase for French-developed medieval action games that I’m discounting. So I don’t agree with the comments thinking these kind of games are going to be money-makers allowing for Atlus to be able to afford to localize their more traditional JRPG stuff.

    • malek86

      Demon’s Souls was an unexpected success though. Maybe they count on those players.

      • neo_firenze

        I would say Demon’s Souls was more of a fluke that couldn’t have really been anticipated, and they won’t catch lightning in a bottle like that again by going after similar players. Maybe that IS what they’re thinking though, you might be right.

        Also, Demon’s Souls was made by a more than proven developer in From Software, as a spiritual successor to the King’s Field series they have been perfecting for years. Kind of a different animal from a distinctly unproven French developer from out of nowhere. Just because the setting looks a bit similar doesn’t mean the quality that was responsible for Demon’s Souls’ success will be there.

        Demon’s Souls was also helped by the me-too hype-train, once a few mainstream reviewers gave glowing praise, others piled on and got the word out enough that more casual players heard about it. And that praise wouldn’t have happened if the game wasn’t VERY well made, so much that people couldn’t ignore it. Even for a proven developer like From, there is an aspect of luck in getting that design just right and the game just turning out so well. I don’t really have faith that I would expect the same kind of performance out of a fairly no-name dev, nor would I have faith that even a proven developer can consistently hit that magic formula.

  • neo_firenze

    How often have they turned to a focus on western-developed games from fairly unknown developers?

    It’s a pretty new trend – but one that looks to be picking up steam within Atlus. Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages, Cursed Crusade, Divinity II, Last Templar. All on PC, and in fact most of them developed with PC as the lead platform.

    Not to mention Atlus’s growing MMO business through their Atlus Online group. Pandora Saga, SMT Imagine Online, Neo Steam, etc.

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Hey its just nice that these companies were able to find someone willing to publish their games, get some new faces into the market at least. I just wish all of these western games were medieval (and essentially looking the same).

  • neo_firenze

    (Apologies if this is double-posted, having issues responding to malek)

    How often have they turned to a focus on western-developed games from fairly unknown developers?

    It’s a pretty new trend – but one that looks to be picking up steam within Atlus. Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages, Cursed Crusade, Divinity II, Last Templar. All on PC, and in fact most of them developed with PC as the lead platform.

    Not to mention Atlus’s growing MMO business through their Atlus Online group. Pandora Saga, SMT Imagine Online, Neo Steam, etc.

    • OneOkami

      Small correction, SMT Imagine hosted by Aeria Games, not Atlus Online.

  • HarryHodd

    Co-op is nice but I’m not really into the dark medieval setting.

  • http://twitter.com/ChestnutBowl Chestnut Bowl

    I really haven’t seen anything about this game that would convince me to even play it let alone purchase it. It looks so generic…

    • Guest

      You just described Dynasty Warriors

      • Testsubject909

        Despite the facts that there aren’t a lot of arcade action 3D beat-em-up pick up and play mass combat video games out there to begin with, meaning that technically Dynasty Warriors is pretty far from being Generic to begin with and rather suffers from the same form of overall slow upgrading and general incremental tweaking of roster, graphics and gameplay mechanics, mucxh like sports games

        tl;dr: If you really wanted to make a joke using Dynasty Warrior and the relatively poor reputation it seems to have, you should’ve waited for the word “Mediocre” not the word “Generic”.

        • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

          So it has become generic over time?

          the debate continues *cue mysterious theme tune*

  • Yamaneko22

    I wish they would make a jrpg about the Crusade where they send children for war:) That would be so jrpg like;)

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