Enemy AI is woefully terrible when it comes to ranged combat, a little better when it comes to melee. They will gang up on you, sneaking around to deliver an unblockable blow from behind and so on. Theyíll work in packs with a heavier bad guy causing you grief as the quicker opponents harry you. Boss battles donít have the excitement that they deserve since the AI doesnít tend to work quite as well as it should.
Your partner AI varies from being a highly efficient death machine, to someone who needs to be bailed out of trouble at the drop of a hat. Heís significantly better than some partner AI in games however, and he can actually grapple opponents easily compared to the player.Sound
The sound in the game is pretty decent, thereís a nice feel to the audio used for the combat system and the effect of metal against metal, or the various weapons hitting armour and flesh works quite nicely. The rest of it is the typical kind of sound effects you get in a game like this.Music
A suitably medieval soundtrack accompanies the game, it works well and there are no complaints in that regard at all.Voice
At times the voice work seems a little stilted but itís better than most games of this type. There are a lot of cut-scenes in Cursed Crusade so there are a lot of lines for the actors to deliver. Denz is suitably noble and Esteban is pretty much stereotypical in his delivery, not so much the fault of the actor but comes down to pretty flat writing.Dialogue
A picture can paint a thousand words, and Cursed Crusade uses far more than a thousand words through its long winded and detailed cut-scene exposition. For the most part these are pretty well written but there are a few moments that are perhaps a little stilted and cringe worthy. Multiplayer: Cooperative Only
You can team up via split-screen and even across Xbox Live with a second player. Here one of you (not the host) takes on the role of Esteban in your battle for survival across the whole single player story. This is a welcome addition and the saving grace of the game, because Cursed Crusade works a lot better if you have a competent non-AI partner backing you up across the sprawling campaign. There wasnít any lag that we noticed in terms of online games and the split-screen aspect means that couch-coop is a possibility.The Curse
The curse of games like these is that theyíre not big-budget AAA titles and there are a lot of those, especially around this time of year. Had this been out at the start of last year or so on, it might have fared well enough Ė but as it is, itís a little too late for the Cursed Crusade to find much love from my peers, let alone a lot of gamers. Yet, for all its faults, thereís a game here that someone may well enjoy and I recommend trying it if youíre tired of the same old combat systems. You just have to know that itís a Flawed Crusade rather than a cursed one, but not horribly flawed.