Crusaders of Might and Magic
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Gameguru Mania (5 out of 5) (100%)
For me CMM looks like the successor of brave Fantasy RPG game saga - Might & Magic. The main difference is that you see your character similarly like in TombRaider or Drakan, and the gaming view is from flying camera behind your back. You're Drake, a loner, who must join the High Guard as they try to rid the lands of the Legion of the Fallen. You must fight the way through 5 realms full of monsters, mages, dead army enemies.Dec 16th, 1999 · Windows · read review
Hacker (89 out of 100) (89%)
Igrajući igru, još ćete jednom potvrditi namjere autora koji su bacili pijesak u lice sličnim pripadnicima istog žanra i sve obavili kako se i treba obaviti. Starim M&M vjernicima poput mene i ne treba nikakva preporuka, njima neće smetati ni neki bugovi poput povremenog trganja tekstura i nemale zahtjevnosti igre. No bez obzira na sve, ovo je definitivno proizvod koji ne smijete propustiti, a to što glavni junak nije žena koja jaše na zmaju ne bi trebalo nikoga previše opterećivati.Jan 2000 · Windows
Computer Games Magazine ( ) (70%)
Although it's not a game for everyone, Crusaders is a fun little title. The game is all too short however, so it will be quickly forgotten. Throw in some better level design, monsters, a user level editor and some randomness, and Crusaders could have been an excellent game with a long life. As it stands now, this is a purely average game.Jan 6th, 2000 · Windows
PC Joker (69 out of 100) (69%)
Leider schmälern noch andere Mängel den Spaß am Entdeckerspiel: Die prinzipiell ordentliche 3D-Optik weist unschöne Schnitzer auf, die deutsche Sprachausgabe klingt lustlos und in den ausgedehnten Dungeons vermisst man eine automatisch mitgezeichnete Karte. Schade, mit etwas mehr Liebe zum (technischen) Detail und einer einfallsreicheren Story hätte Crusaders als unterhaltsames Action-RPG das „Missing Link“ zwischen den Rollis und Strategiespielen des M&M-Szenarios werden können - so reicht es nur zu einer Fantasy-Prügelei für Fans.Mar 2000 · Windows
GameSpy (67 out of 100) (67%)
Crusaders of Might and Magic is not as magical as the other titles in the series. It does have some nice graphics, and the vortex lighting techniques are very cool. Unfortunately, the negatives far outweigh the good.Jan 12th, 2000 · Windows · read review
PC Player (Germany) (66 out of 100) (66%)
Fazit: Mit weniger Leerlauf und einer vernünftigen Automap wär es ein echter Hack'n'Slay-Spaß - so ist's aber leider nur ein halber.Jan 2000 · Windows
Joystick (French) (65 out of 100) (65%)
Malgré une réalisation correcte et quelques bons points, comme l'animation du perso, ce jeu donne envie de bailler. C'est plat, c'est linéaire, monotone et artificiellement long.Jun 2000 · Windows · read review
Power Play (64 out of 100) (64%)
„Crusaders“ ist alles in allem ein solides Abenteuer, das durch die langwierigen Fußmärsche von einem Ort zum anderen auf Dauer allerdings mehr langweilt als motiviert. Wer durch Fantasy-Welten toben möchte, der wird bei „The Wheel Of Time“ oder dem schon etwas älteren „Heretic II“ eindeutig besser bedient.Feb 2000 · Windows
Power Unlimited (6 out of 10) (60%)
Crusaders Of Might & Magic is een matige game die veel leuker had kunnen zijn als het verhaal beter was uitgewerkt en er meer te doen was geweest.May 2000 · Windows
incite PC Gaming ( ) (60%)
A black mark on the Might & Magic name, this game belongs in the bargain bin. Let the buyer beware. There are better games for your money.Mar 2000 · Windows
Old PC Gaming ( ) (60%)
Crusaders is seriously lacking in the area of monsters. You start off the game fighting skeletons, and you finish the game fighting skeletons. There really aren't enough other things to kill, which is again surprising considering the huge number of monsters found in the Heroes / Might and Magic universe. It's a bit of a disappointment overall, and in the end one could find more rewarding a gaming experience from re-playing the older but meatier Might and Magic games.Nov 30th, 2017 · Windows · read review
Jeuxvideo.com (12 out of 20) (60%)
Pourtant, Crusaders of Might & Magic bénéficie vraiment d'une technique solide. Les animations, la taille des personnages ainsi que les effets des sorts ou même simplement la qualité et finesse des décors sont tous au point. Le jeu tourne à la perfection du début jusqu'à la fin. Malgré cela, ce titre reste vide pour le joueur cherchant autre chose qu'à faire tourner sa machine pour le plaisir des yeux.Apr 25th, 2000 · Windows · read review
GameStar (Germany) (59 out of 100) (59%)
Halbe Minute durch eintönige Landschaft laufen, drei Monster killen. Halbe Minute durch eintönige Landschaft laufen, drei Monster killen. Halbe Minute durch... hoppla, spinnt meine Textverarbeitung? Oder ist Crusaders wirklich so eintönig? Es ist: Streckenweise macht das Spiel durchaus Spaß, es enthält aber leider mehr Wiederholungen als das sommerliche Fernsehprogramm. Auch Actionfans werden von langen Wegen und Szenario-Recycling nicht begeistert sein. Zauber-Upgrades und magische Waffen sind gelungen, aber die leichte Unterhaltung läßt mich zu oft tief durchgähnen. Lieber zu Legends Wheel of Time greifen!Jan 2000 · Windows
PC Games (Germany) (57 out of 100) (57%)
Stechende Kaufargumente vermag das Spiel jedoch keine vorzubringen: Die Grafik ist schlechter, die Kämpfe sowie die Levels eintöniger und die Rätsel weit stupider als bei allen großen Mitbewerbern. Immerhin: Die auftretenden Gegner entsprechen dem Fantasy-Schema perfekt. Da klappern Gerippe, da huschen Schattenkrieger und Gespenster heulen sich die Lunge aus dem Leib. Resümee: Nett!Mar 7th, 2001 · Windows · read review
PC Action (Germany) (56 out of 100) (56%)
Nach der Strategie-Serie Heroes of Might & Magic jetzt auch noch ein Action-Adventure im gleichen Universum? Crusaders of Might & Magic entpuppt sich als Kreuzzug ins Ungewisse. Dem Spiel gelingt es in keiner Phase, eine passende Atmosphäre zu generieren. Dadurch bleibt die nötige Motivation, die Klickorgien zu überstehen, aus.May 2000 · Windows
GameSpot (5.5 out of 10) (55%)
If the game were any longer, you'd start getting really tired of its numerous shortcomings and even more frustrated that its good ingredients are only half-baked.Dec 23rd, 1999 · Windows · read review
ActionTrip (53 out of 100) (53%)
The atmosphere during game play is satisfactory, apart from its striking resemblance to console action games (3DO developed the Playstation version of the game at the same time). The control system is very good, especially the mouse navigation system, an oddity in third person shooters. The camera is swift, mouse driven, and covers the complete field of view, giving perfect oversight. The graphics and sound are fairly done, yet still they cannot make up for the overall bad impression.Jan 24th, 2000 · Windows · read review
Game Vortex (50 out of 100) (50%)
The only thing that Crusaders of Might and Magic has going for it is its relatively smooth graphics engine. It supports real-time lighting, and the shadows that fall from your character are pretty neat. However, there are some serious issues with said shadows -- like them “floating” above textures if you look close enough. Eh? The various character models in Crusaders are actually quite good, but I’ve clipped inside almost all of them while I was looking around with the camera. This is a pretty big problem. Despite this, they move very smoothly, which is a big plus. It’s rather cool to see some undead twits shambling across the screen towards you. Some of the lighting and levels look like they were engineered to cause epilepsy and it hurts just to play them.Jan 1st, 2003 · Windows · read review
PC Player (Denmark) (5 out of 10) (50%)
Det er tydeligt, at New World Computing ikke har haft en eneste finger med i spillet på denne tynde, action-inspirerede Might & Magic titel...2000 · Windows
Absolute Games (AG.ru) (45 out of 100) (45%)
Если вам НУ СОВСЕМ не во что играть, а хочется до невозможности, да и еще к тому же вы большой любитель игр от третьего лица, то пойдите и... сыграйте еще раз в старый добрый MDK. По крайней мере, ваши эстетические чувства не пострадают. А мы все будем молиться, чтобы никакого продолжения к Crusaders не последовало.Dec 24th, 1999 · Windows · read review
GamesFirst! ( ) (40%)
Crusaders of Might and Magic probably sounded like a good idea at one time. Why not use the incredibly rich background of the ultra-successful Might and Magic franchise to create a 3rd-person RPG/Action game? Just imagine a Lara Croft type-heroine leveling up while fighting her way through the perils of Erathia. Sound good? Sounds damn good. Unfortunately, Crusaders of Might and Magic is not that game. Unbelievably, 3DO has squandered the good name of its most popular franchise on a game that is utterly devoid of excitement, charm, or wit. Though it tries to be an action game and an RPG, it fails at both. Even worse, it avails itself not at all of the Might and Magic mythos—if 3DO had left out the Might and Magic in the title, you’d never make the connection between the series and this game.Dec 31st, 1999 · Windows · read review
IGN (4 out of 10) (40%)
It's not as bad as being rolled in tacks, but it's close.Dec 22nd, 1999 · Windows · read review
Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (40%)
The game is utterly devoid — and I mean devoid — of puzzles, conversation, and any real decision making. And though they make a show of incorporating RPG elements such as stats and levels, which theoretically would deepen the gameplay, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice what difference any of it makes. You can play this entire game without checking your stats once. Ironically, CRUSADERS OF MIGHT AND MAGIC is really the polar opposite of a New World Computing game. The RPGs and strategy games are triumphs of addictive gameplay over cool technology. This game is all technology and no game. Before they wreck the franchise further, 3DO should just give this engine back to Now World Computing and let those guys come up with a real game.Apr 2000 · Windows
PC Accelerator (3 out of 10) (30%)
You would think combining an RPG with action-packed gameplay would be good thing. Think about it - developing a character while slaying enemies with your various weapons and utilizing an arsenal of spells - it sounds promising. However, after playing Crusaders of Might and Magic, that concept has been bludgeoned in a pit of weak-ass gameplay and predictable storyline, spat on by awkward controls, and mocked by pathetic voiceovers. And that's just for starters.Mar 2000 · Windows
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( ) (30%)
Some companies have a real knack for maximizing the potential of their licenses. "Star Wars" is one of the best examples of doing this. The original movie has spawned at least two very profitable companies, several sequels, tons of action figures, a series of novels and, of course, a plethora of video and computer games. But too much of a good thing is exactly that-- too much--and walking the line between magnifying potential and saturating it is a fine art. An example of the latter is 3DO's Crusaders of Might and Magic, an action title spawned from a long line of successful role-playing and strategy games that exhibits good qualities, but ultimately fails due to lack of depth and poor execution.Jan 18th, 2000 · Windows · read review
Aged much faster than the rest of the series.
- Flexible movement. The player can strafe, duck, jump, walk diagonally, roll in all directions, and block - a lot of moves for a FPS in 1999. The player can use these different moves to swing/thrust the weapon in different ways.
Supports the infamous WASD/mouse FPS combo. (well, the move keys are ESDF by default but you can change them, another good thing)
Melee combat can be pretty intense, with good close-up AI, and rewarding victories.
Good music. Though I recognize some of it from Might & Magic VII.
The armor/resistance system is well done. Instead of a flat armor class, there are "bash" and "slash" % resistances along with the usual element % resistances. Weapons can likewise do any combination of bash, slash, and elemental damage, so most weapons do different damage to different opponents.
The "bullet-time" level-up kill was done after The Matrix came out, contrary to what the previous review wrote, but it's still pretty cool. :)
- Lackluster graphics. The polygon count and environment details are rather low, even compared with similar games from 1999. The indoor/outdoor textures aren't very realistic either, although the people still look better than the Might & Magic IX people. :) The text is blocky and aliased, at least on my Radeon/AA setup.
The voice acting is mostly poor and often laughable. Perhaps some programmers were recruited?
Items are sold and bought for the same amount. How do they keep in business? It's useful, in that you can't get stats on weapons and armor for sale until you buy and equip them, but takes away some challenge in trading.
The story line is second rate compared to most action RPGs.
Distance AI is pretty bad. Some opponents will run in circles at first, and many won't notice you until you're within a few feet.
The Bottom Line
I played Drakan a few years ago, and find this game quite similar, except the obvious: you're a guy and you don't have a dragon. Decent for its time, I'm sure, but since then a million and one console games of the same genre have appeared and outdone it. If you're a fan of the Might & Magic series, well.. this one really doesn't have much to do with it, so it'd only be a less intriguing diversion. You're probably better off looking for Drakan, then moving on with newer games.
Speaking of which, it can be a hassle getting CoMM to work in Windows XP - I had to set the refresh rate to 60Hz.
by Andy Voss (1862) on Aug 17th, 2005 · Windows
Great hack and slash game that turns out decent RPG/Adventure as well
The gameplay mostly is tried and true hack and slash, mixed with mostly FedEx -type quests, some puzzle-solving, so it has all the elements of a decent RPG/Adventure one expects from 3DO's Might and Magic series. Giant outdoor and indoor areas in glorious 3D to explore. Third person behind the shoulder view of your character, who is alone in contrast to other Might and Magic games. Mouse-look greatly helps to control where you're looking and going (M&M series games didn't have it before this one). Big variety of NPCs, shops, dungeons, etc. The spells increase in power with each found "tome" and also start hitting multiple enemies at once, or have area effects. Big variety of weapons and armor. The Boomer Axe is the coolest weapon I've seen in an RPG so far - it flies, rebounds off enemies and obstacles, and then always returns into your hand! The "Bullet Time" effect was used in this game before the movie "Matrix" came out. When you attain a new level - you get a fly-by 360 degree 3D view of your character with the enemy bodies and weapons frozen in mid-air, that can only be described as unforgettable!
No lip-sync when NPCs talk. Too many skeletons (then again you're fighting a necromancer)! At least one extremely hard puzzle (involving ore cart). Low polygon models. Also somewhat limited inventory space.
The Bottom Line
Great mix of Hack and Slash with RPG/Adventure. If you liked "Drakan", "Blade of the Darkness" or "Die by the Sword", or are a fan of the Might and Magic series - don't miss this game! For the rest - I still recommend trying it - won't cost you much now that it's bargain bin title, and you just might get addicted to it like I did!
by Dmichal (520) on Feb 6th, 2004 · Windows
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