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AceGamez (Apr, 2004)
Knights Of The Temple: Infernal Crusade is a bit of a mixed blessing, but a good one for all that. Where it loses out in gameplay due to its repetitiveness, irritating puzzles and odd bouts of exploration, it makes up for it in sheer adrenaline pumping action, with a very smooth and stylish combat system. Where it gains in graphics, be it from the fantastic opponents, incredibly detailed textured landscape and great lighting effects, it loses out a bit in the between level stills. Although I sorely miss a decent multiplayer option on this game I can't help but pick up the controller for yet another attempt at swinging my mighty weapon in an attempt to save my damsel in distress. I know this game may not appeal to fans of other genres but I for one can't help but give it the thumbs up for a great Sunday afternoon button mashing, to play alongside the Errol Flynn swashbuckler that's bound to be showing on Channel Five.
75 (Mar 04, 2004)
Auf die Frage, ob es Spaß macht, können wir mit einem klaren JA antworten. Allerdings fehlt auf mittlere Sicht die Abwechslung und Motivation. Einfach nur metzeln mag schön sein und wird sicherlich viele Spieler begeistern, aber uns fehlt einfach das gewisse Etwas, das Knights of the Temple zum richtigen Toptitel gemacht hätte. Zum Beispiel ein bisschen mehr als 30 Level. Und in die Entwicklung des Charakters hätten wir zu gerne eingegriffen. So bleibt Knights of the Temple ein kurzweiliges Spiel, das relativ schnell durchgespielt ist und Hack'n'Slay in reinster Form bietet.
74 (Mar 07, 2004)
Während alles auf einen Enclave-Nachfolger wartet, kommt das nach ähnlich einfachem Prinzip gestrickte Knights of the Temple gerade recht, um die Fans unkomplizierter Action zufrieden zu stellen. Doch nach der Euphorie der ersten halben bis ganzen Stunde, in der man sich an gar nicht schlechten Animationen, nett inszenierten Kämpfen und natürlich auch an dem zur Genüge fließenden Blut gelabt hat, setzt eine deutliche Ernüchterung ein. Daran können auch die sporadisch eingestreuten, aber wahrlich nicht komplizierten Rätsel, der Magieeinsatz sowie Pfeil und Bogen nicht mehr viel ändern. Denn auf Dauer variiert das anfangs so vergnügliche Gemetzel in keiner Form und bringt nur durch Gegner mit einer höheren Lebensenergie so etwas wie Abwechslung und Herausforderung.
Jolt (UK) (Apr 08, 2004)
The game, unsurprisingly, is set during the time of the crusades. You take on the role of Paul, a newly anointed Knight Templar and one man crusade by himself. The story revolves around the kidnap of a saintly woman named Adelle (sounding uncannily like Liv Tyler’s Arwen) and a crazed bishop who is determined to unleash Hell on Earth. Although not greatly developed, the story is told through some well acted cut-scenes in which Paul pulls off a permanent haunted look almost as good as Neo’s in The Matrix.
65 (Apr 05, 2004)
Knights Of The Temple s'inscrit parmi les nombreux beat'em all déjà sortis. Peut-être pas le meilleur, il parvient tout de même à se démarquer par son ambiance moyenâgeuse bien rendue et par sa réalisation (graphique et sonore) de bonne facture.
GameCell UK (Jun, 2004)
KotT main story mode climaxes with a disappointingly predictable, multi-wave boss battle that will drive you mad (if you're anything like me), and only serves to highlight the flaws in the combat system that are apparent from the beginning. The game always looks nice (considering the settings), with detailed textures, a few spectacular enemies and some breakable scenery as well, but the ancient-feeling, restrictive nature of the game and some dumbassed cameras are always present to stop it from ever becoming too enjoyable. All a bit of a shame really, as the game promised much but never got out of second gear. Knights of the Temple commits a cardinal gaming sin: not being as good as its predecessor - so roll on Starbreeze's next effort, you know it's going to be good looking, so let's hope they remember the gameplay next time.
58 (May 12, 2004)
Ah yes, that really felt good. I admit that I sometimes exaggerated a bit in my commentary but don't forget that it has a purpose. I don't want you to spend your money on this. If you're really curious, just visit the local video shop and rent the damn thing. But please, don't throw your money away. It's just not worth it.
40 (UK) (Apr 28, 2004)
The noble art of the button-mashing hackandslash - an ancient art almost as old as old as gaming itself. Plug in joypad, turn on console, disengage brain, mash those buttons until you can see the dents coming through your nails. Perfect after a hard day of soul crushing desk job brain death. Ok, so maybe it's not quite that simple, but Starbreeze's obscure recent release Knights Of The Temple presumably aims to be slightly more interesting than that.