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Game Vortex (Mar 02, 2008)
There's a lot more to Culdcept Saga that I just don't have room to go into. If you like turn-based strategy games, I highly recommend you check this game out. It is probably one of the best strategy games available. If you liked the previous versions, there is nothing lacking that you had before, and the additions are quite enjoyable. I really like the morphing lands personally. They can change the board completely from game to game. Even if you don't play online, there's plenty to keep you busy for hours on end. Culdcept Saga is a long game with infinite replay value. Even if you're not a fan of turn-based strategy, you should at least go rent it. I normally don't like strategy games and I'm still totally addicted to Culdcept Saga. It was definitely worth buying a 360 for.
Deeko (Mar 09, 2008)
In closing, dear reader, get up off your rump. Stop staring blankly at the internet - unless you plan on joining our forums! - and get to your local store. Don't even bother looking at the wall. Walk to the counter and ask for Culdcept Saga for the Xbox 360. Step into a world you literally create yourself from the ground up. Try your hand at tactical, collectible, outstanding gaming at its absolute finest. You have been set upon the proper path, my friend. All that is left is for you to take a step forward.
GamesRadar (Feb 12, 2008)
If you give it a chance, you’ll be amazed by how difficult it is to put Culdcept Saga down. We found ourselves pulled away from Devil May Cry 4, Burnout Paradise and Supreme Commander, all to jump into another match of cardbased tit-for-tat. It’s not because the story is so compelling. And it certainly isn’t because of some great visual wizbangery, the graphics are generally pretty ho-hum, though the art on the cards can be pretty. It’s just damn fun.
Gaming Target (Mar 03, 2008)
Culdcept Saga is a unique entry in the world of RPGs and its mashup of Magic and Monopoly has me completely hooked. If the premise sounds even the slightest bit interesting, you'd do well to seek it out.
If you've already had a love affair with the PS2 precursor, this iteration adds even more strategy to the mix with new card abilities and land-based attributes. I highly recommend you veer-off of your normal gaming regimen to check out this amazing title.
Gamernode (Feb 11, 2008)
I will say this, though: the last time I was as addicted to a game as I am with Culdcept Saga was when Puzzle Quest first released. I've spent hours each day playing it against my girlfriend and various other friends, and not a single person who took the time to try and learn it has not loved the game. I would highly recommend the game to any board game or CCG fans, as well as anyone looking for a unique title with some strategic requirements. You won't be getting a high budget, full-blown theatrical title if you buy Culdcept Saga - but you will get a game that will suck away the hours of your day as you try to fit in one more fight for one more batch of cards. Will it be a huge hit? Probably not. Should it be? You bet.
Game Shark (Feb 15, 2008)
Regardless of its obvious shortcomings, Culdcept Saga is an addictive, unique and just plain fun little game that is jam packed with content. The single player campaign is long and will take you a good while to finish. This is also the type of game that just screams for online support and hopefully Namco-Bandai will provide additional cards and maps via Xbox Live. The game and its fans certainly deserve it.
1UP (Feb 04, 2008)
Culdcept Saga is ultimately only as good as the core game behind it all, and with new levels, 200 new cards (for a total of 487), and a very sensible price point, the host of smaller problems is thankfully superseded. It doesn't do anything you haven't seen before in an Xbox Live Arcade title, but that doesn't mean you won't get your money's worth in content and downright clever, addictive design. In reality it's a second chance for an unreceptive Western audience, but card nerds know it for what it really is: a second coming.
GameNorth (Jan 28, 2009)
Culdcept Saga is not a fast-paced game by any means. In fact, my biggest complaint is that you can’t skip the animations that you’ll be forced to watch hundreds of times. However, Culdcept Saga is a great game if you’re looking for a game that relies solely on your mental faculties and a bit of luck, and not on reflexes.
Insomnia (Feb 15, 2007)
Remember: this is not a JRPG, which you are not supposed to stop playing until you've reached the end, and it's not a deep strategy game which you can lose yourself in for weeks. Treat it the same way you'd treat any other board game and you'll be playing for years. This last bit is especially true of Saga.
Defunct Games (Mar 18, 2008)
Culdcept SAGA is not for everybody. This is a slow-paced game with ugly graphics, a steep learning curve, and a terrible story line. Yet despite all of those imperfections, this is one adventure game that I will wholeheartedly endorse ... just as long as you're the kind of gamer that can handle it.
Cheat Code Central (Feb 05, 2008)
Culdcept SAGA is a unique card collection board game that will appeal to more gamers than just the usual suspects. However, if you typically hate this kind of game, then Culdcept SAGA will not convert you. For the rest of you, it is a game that is full of depth, strategy, and appeal. The multiplayer features really add to the title and the prospect of downloadable content should keep us playing for a long time to come.
ZTGameDomain (Feb 13, 2008)
Culdcept SAGA is a fantastic experience that is well worth the budget price of admission. It is easy to pick up, deviously deep with strategy and extremely hard to put down. While it does suffer from some issues such as uninspiring visuals and complex menus nothing can change the fact that once you get sucked into the world hours will pass without you even knowing, which is always a sign of a great experience. If you are an Xbox 360 owner looking for something without large guns and hulking soldiers and prefer a little "Monster Monopoly" to accent your collection of agro-induced gaming than give Culdcept a shot. There is a lot to love here.
GameZone (Feb 12, 2008)
As I mentioned earlier Culdcept Saga is one of those games that some will spread the love for everyone to hear, while others will quickly switch to another game. I must admit that I find myself clearly in the middle, wanting to love the game while at the same time wanting to curse it for some inexcusable long matches. Sure the game lets you suspend and save the battle to resume later on but even then you could still come back to the same long session. Yet the Xbox 360 is sorely lacking in games such as Culdcept Saga which is what makes the game even more unique. This isn’t the typical first-person shooter that we see everyday for the 360. We get a unique title that doesn’t achieve perfection or complete greatness. Instead we get a solid title that will challenge you and keep you playing for a long time.
Worth Playing (Mar 04, 2008)
Truth be told, there's a lot to love about Culdcept Saga for the Xbox 360. You have an incredibly deep game that allows a ton of customization, so if you enjoy collecting things, the game has more than enough to keep you busy for hours. Some fun multiplayer modes add an excellent level of value to this title that's already priced at 40 dollars. Be forewarned that you need to have patience to play this game. Your matches are long, and the gameplay can sometimes seem slow, but any fan of collectable card games should definitely pick up this title because I've never seen the genre represented so well as it was here. Others might want to rent it first to see if they can take the game's slower pace. If they can, they're in for a treat because there's a lot of game to explore in Culdcept Saga..
TeamXbox (Feb 04, 2008)
If you’re more aligned with Bridge than you are with Go Fish, and don’t mind Lady Luck dropping into the pot every now and again, Culdcept Saga may just be the console game departure that you’ve been craving.
75 (Feb 23, 2008)
Culdcept is a deceptive game. At first glance, it looks like the game would too complex to understand. The graphics are barely acceptable and the voice acting is bad. At second glance, when you get down to the woodwork, Culdcept starts to shine. The game is easy to grasp, there is tons of depth and you'll spend hours playing without realizing it. The price point (MSRP of $39.99) is a good selling point for those curious enough to try it.
GamePro (US) (Mar 31, 2008)
The game's strategy may not be as deep as it first seems, since it's best to have a well-rounded deck and you always want an item handy to avoid being one hit killed in the quick, single round creature combat than ensues when someone doesn't want to pay a toll. Still, as you unlock more cards, interesting possibilities begin to appear and there are achievements to go after for winning with books comprised entirely of a single element's creatures. Replayability rarely looks so good.
MS Xbox World (Feb 20, 2008)
In the end, Culdcept Saga is a title where your mileage is going to vary greatly depending on your tastes. After reading this review the game still sounds intriguing then I highly recommend you pick it up. There isn’t really any retail game on the Xbox 360 that is anything like the Culdcept Saga experience, and so far I am not regretting my purchase one bit.
Game Revolution (Mar 24, 2008)
Culdcept Saga has a great deal of gameplay potential, but it runs into a few notable flaws that keep it from feeling like a top-tier game. There’s a lot to like, and if you’re a reasonably patient sort with an appreciation for cerebral games, then it has plenty to offer you. Just don’t come calling if your brain isn’t limber enough.
If you love the surprises yielded by the collision of inventive card abilities, you'll get a respectable kick from Culdcept Saga. But you'll also wonder how much cooler it could've been with some more thought and polish.
Video Game Generation (Apr 01, 2008)
If you’re looking for an unconventional CCG for the Xbox 360, that’s also an addictive time sink, Culdcept Saga is for you. The only problem is it’s a very niche game, and some people may not like it. But if you're a CCG/board game fan, it might just be your cup of tea.
Game Tap (Feb 08, 2008)
I never thought I’d end up in an abusive relationship, that I’d find myself one nervous neighbor’s phone call away from getting dragged across my front lawn by my hair on Cops, clad only in a torn, dingy t-shirt and sagging boxers as I alternately yowl “I love you, baby!” and “I’m gonna cut you, bitch!” I fully expect a restraining order mandating I keep 400 yards away from Culdcept Saga at all times to be served upon me any moment now. And I don’t blame Culdcept Saga, I really don’t. I’d be afraid, too. I’m going to try to stay away--dammit, I want to stay away--but I’m not sure I can: I love it too much.
GameSpy (Feb 04, 2008)
We enjoyed playing Culdcept Saga, and can see how the series has garnered a devoted following thanks to its clever mix of strategy and good old-fashioned luck-based play. Still, the visuals and story aren't going to bring anyone new to the fold, and you have to be a very dedicated sort to want to invest the incredible amount of time necessary to play a single game from start to finish. At $39.99 dollars, though, you do get a lot of game for your money.
70 (Apr 06, 2008)
If you ever wanted to play Monopoly with a new twist, have a passion for board games, and like a slower paced game, the Culdcept Saga will definitely fill your plate.
If you played the PS2 version of Culdcept a few years back, you won't find any drastic changes - though there are some cool new creature cards and special abilities. As a strategy board game, Culdcept Saga integrates luck and skill well enough to be generally entertaining, and even more so if you are prone to obsession when it comes to collection and optimization.
Game Chronicles (Apr 21, 2008)
You have probably read this on many other sites, but the easiest way to describe the game is by telling you it is Magic the Gathering meets Monopoly. You play with a deck of 50 creature, item, and spell cards. You play on a color coded, elemental game board which you place creatures instead of houses, your creatures battle the opposing players, and you get points for passing “go.” This game will require a lot of patience to play and master. If you have enjoyed several card games before and the idea of having a board/card game appeals to you then I highly recommend you give this game look. If you’re skeptical at all, rent this game or play the demo on Xbox Live. You will be glad you didn’t just buy it because this game is not for everyone.
Gaming Nexus (Mar 03, 2008)
Sadly Culdcept SAGA isn't everything it could have been, it would have been nice if they had added more to this new game (outside of the addition of 200 cards), improved the graphics and made the title just a little more user friendly. But outside of those complaints this is a top-notch adventure game. Just keep in mind that this game is not for everybody, it's takes a certain kind of gamer to look past some of the imperfections and find the pearl in this oyster. Fans of the PlayStation 2 game should definitely pick this up (if for no other reason than the online modes), but everybody else may want to check out the demo before leaping head first into this unusual, complex and exciting adventure game.
In part, Culdcept Saga is an entertaining albeit slower-paced strategy romp, but it misses the mark due to lazy game design and a lackluster presentation. If you're really starving for a different kind of strategy game, Culdcept Saga is worth a look. However, there are better board video games out there to spend your time with.
XboxAchievements (Feb 12, 2008)
Overall, Culdcept is an extremely fun game. However, the luck factor can make it frustrating at times; the terrible story, graphics and voice-overs are sort of hard to deal with; the achievements are plain insane; and worst of all, it is very addictive. As much bad as I found while playing to beget this review, it was always a sense of “gotta finish this round” and then “let me just arrange my deck for next time” and then “ok, one more round”. This game certainly isn’t for everyone, but for those out there that can appreciate a unique game, this is more than worth the very reasonable $40 price tag.
IGN (Feb 04, 2008)
Culdcept Saga is enjoyable; let me start by saying that. I didn’t want to claw my eyes out with those big velociraptor claws from Jurassic Park the way I thought I would. That having been said, Culdcept Saga isn’t a good game. It rests too heavily on the original’s mechanics and doesn’t tread any new ground aside from the requisite Xbox Live play. It’s obviously trying to bring in new players by not being overly complex, but its depth is hurt because of it. Spend 40 bucks on Culdcept Saga if you’re desperate for a card game but don’t want to deal with the real thing (or you have no real friends) or if you’ve ever been interested in what these games are like, otherwise you won’t want to bother.
Game Freaks 365 (Mar 13, 2008)
The game offers online play where custom decks can be used in battle, but the matches are pretty standard and unexciting anyway. Overall the game is fun to play if you put the time and effort into learning all of its tricks, but I could not find the interest and could only recommend Culdcept Saga to a very small niche. Magic the Gathering fans might be interested in something like this, but even they would quickly tire of the card mechanics that would be very simple if they were easily understandable without further exploration of manuals and FAQs. Although there really is not anything sticking out in a really bad way, Culdcept Saga is a game that probably will not appeal to a lot of people.
G4 TV: X-Play (Feb 06, 2008)
Hopefully this time around, Culdcept SAGA won’t be overlooked like the PS2 release. There really is a lot to like here, and if the community around the game builds up properly, it should bring hours of enjoyment to anyone playing. If the words “card battle” and “Monopoly” doesn’t bring a smile to your face, this Saga won’t change that feeling any time soon.
Gaming Age (Feb 19, 2008)
Gamers who are into this genre will no doubt enjoy what Culdcept Saga offers, but with the game’s dated visuals, poor voice acting, so-so solo mode, and slightly broken online play, one can only recommend this for hardcore fans of this genre. Other gamers may find themselves lost and beaten within an instance of just getting the basic premise down. It’s a basic game of Monopoly style game play with some monsters and fantasy storylines tossed in for good measure. Not bad, but far from great.