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In The Cursed Crusade the player takes the role of the knight Denz de Bayle who has a slight problem: he was subjected to a Templar curse which brings strength but dams him into hell over time. His quest is to find a cure and to do so he affiliates with crusaders where he gets to know Esteban Noviembre who has the same curse to bear. During the course of the game they will have to fight against an also cursed group with sinister plans. Noviembre is either controlled by the AI or another player.

The basic premise of this game is a traditional hack & slay: walking through linear levels and killing a lot of enemies with a focus on melee combat. But the curse gives de Bayle the ability to switch between the normal game world and a hell version. This has a few advantages: the heroes get stronger, have special attacks and can find collectibles. However, being in the hell world drains energy which is refilled by killing enemies. For every weapon there is a skill tree with combo attacks. Those are unlocked with victory points which are earned by solving the mission and finding the mentioned collectibles in hell or hidden treasure chests.


The Cursed Crusade PlayStation 3 Burning souls can only be killed with more fire.
The Cursed Crusade PlayStation 3 Using bow and arrow is slightly trickier than crossbow because aiming is manual.
The Cursed Crusade PlayStation 3 A brutal use of nearby fire to burn the enemy.
The Cursed Crusade PlayStation 3 Taking care of the enemy reinforcements from a safe distance.

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games xtreme Xbox 360 Oct 25, 2011 7 out of 10 70
PCActu Windows Oct 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GamingXP Windows Oct 19, 2011 66 out of 100 66 Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2011 3 out of 5 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 26, 2011 58 out of 100 58 Windows Sep 29, 2011 47 out of 100 47 (UK) PlayStation 3 Oct 07, 2011 4 out of 10 40
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 08, 2011 4 out of 10 40 PlayStation 3 Nov 03, 2011 3 out of 10 30
GamesRadar Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2012 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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