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Culdcept is like heroin to strategy game addict. Get on this train and it'll be hard for you to get off, particularly if you're of the deliberate and thinking person variety of gamer. Accolades should be showered on NEC for having the balls to bring this title to U.S. shores. They've done their part, now it's up to you to go do yours and buy the thing so we can see more titles like this in the future. Highest possible recommendation.
Culdcept surprised me. I had half expected something akin to Magic: The Gathering, which is a game that is enjoyable, but not a particular favorite. What I ended up with was a game that was filled with an astonishing amount of depth and a huge amount of overall fun. The number of cards to earn is staggering and the sheer amount of levels within the single player game is quite high. You can play up to four player multiplayer, as well, which only adds to the replay value of this title. I've heard that Culdcept has been released in somewhat limited quantities and recommend that people interested in a game like this find themselves a copy ASAP! It is a lot of fun and the gameplay value is almost infinite. This is one gaming sensation that has taken too long to find it's way here... and now that it's here, I can only hope it gets bigger and better!
Whether or not you play collectible card games or have a knack for playing board games, Culdcept consistantly provides fun and addictive gaming. Players have the unique abilities to change the AI rules for multiplayer and create an AI for their own character. The multiplayer options allow you to trade your cards and battle ceptors against each other in any of the maps you have played. It may take a little time to get your friends up to your level, but it's all worth it to have furious death matches. Multiple players can play with any number of controllers, so no need to buy a multitap just for this game. And parents, this is a good one for your kids; it sure doesn't have the horrid realistic violence that Manhunt does.
Culdcept is such a pleasant surprise, with so much depth and variety it's hard to let go. This is one of those games where my brain just starts to percolate as soon as I sit down with it -- strategies bubbling through my mind, ideas for new combinations, and the desire to collect more and better cards resulting in a heady brew that's irresistible. In fact, my mind wanders back onto the subject even when I should be doing something else. I'm a confirmed Culdcept addict, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Overall, like Disgaea, I feel that this game is definitely a sleeper hit because of the simplicity of the gameplay and the intricacy of the strategy. If you follow my recommendation and try this out, chances are that you'll find yourself playing this title for hours on end. If you do get bored of playing against the computer, you can always challenge your friends because the game allows up to four players to battle it out. Who would have thought that Monopoly and Magic would make the perfect combination? If only this game had come out sooner, I wouldn't have wasted so much time on Magic.
And in a truly inspired bit of added value play, Culdcept has a very interesting multiplayer mode that allows up to four players the chance to duel it out. Each player can use a basic starter deck or they can all jump in with imported customized decks that have been built from playing the single player game. It's just one more way to build replay on a fantastic game and the feather in the cap of an already amazing title.
That said, fans of titles like Disgaea, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Bombastic should find Culdcept to be just what the doctor ordered in this banner year for gamers with specialized tastes. Between its multiple layers of deep strategy and straightforward combat system (not to mention its personable style and terrific level of accessibility), Culdcept can be an awful lot of fun. And while we're definitely a little bitter that Omiya Soft chose not to include online play or a map creation tool, we're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Culdcept is the real deal and it deserves to be in any hardcore strategy or board game fan's library -- and with only a scant 30,000 copies printed for American audiences, it has a nice collectability about it too.
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I can't get over the role that luck plays in Culdcept, but I have to admit that this is a seriously addictive game. No matter how many times the CPU seemingly cheated, or a friend managed to utterly destroy me using a lameass starter deck, I kept putting the game back in. If you're looking for a deep, varied strategy title, Culdcept delivers, but unfortunately, skill will often play second fiddle to luck.
It's incredibly addictive and I had never even heard about it two weeks ago. Certainly a dark horse game that is not getting a lot of marketing. Here's hoping that they get a lot of positive word of mouth so they get a good following and can make the sequel. Good solid game.
Of course, it's not so much the presentation that makes Culdcept such an interesting game. Truthfully, though, the presentation does help quite a bit. Just as part of the appeal of Magic: The Gathering and other collectible card games is in seeing what imaginative illustrations can be found in each new pack of cards, it's easy to get hooked on Culdcept not just by virtue of trying to build a better and better deck with which to engage in the game's challenging and entertaining battles but just because the cards themselves are great and are truly are fun to collect.
Culdcept is one of those games that you’ll either love or hate. Card game fanatics who are willing to accept that victory or defeat is often out of their control will probably enjoy the game a great deal. However, those of you who wish to have a greater hand in your own fate will likely be frustrated by the sheer randomness of it all.