Castle Crashers Review

Posted By | On 09th, Sep. 2010

Perhaps one of the most wanted Xbox Live Arcade game by Playstation 3 owners is non other than Castle Crashers, with the game being released on the Xbox 360 about two years ago, its about time Playstation owners get to see what the fuzz is all about.

Let me start off by saying this game is built around Co-op, and is the most fun while playing co-op with 3 other friends, but despite the fact that it’s co-op based, don’t let that stop you from playing it solo, the game is still enjoyable while playing alone, but you might find it not as fun and even much much harder.

There isn’t any story or even dialogue in the game, the plot is more or less about an evil magician stealing a precious crystal from the king, so the king sends 4 knights to beat the magician and return the crystal.  These four knights are your main characters that you start with, Fire, Ice, Poison, and Electricity, each knight specializes in these elements, thus making each one unique, so for example the Ice knight can sometimes freeze enemies, while the Poison Knight can also deal damage over time on enemies.

You will travel through many different locations, hacking and slashing your way, through places that range from deserts to snowy mountains, each location features a unique and tough boss that will require different tactics to beat, and you might wind up losing over and over again when playing solo.

The game features many RPG elements, you can level up your character, and therefore you can choose to increase stats like Strength, Magic, Defense, and Agility. With the fact that the game is co-op based, you can only level one character at a time when playing solo, while when you play 4 player co-op, each player will level his own character.

The story campaign can be very short, but don’t mind that fact too much, the game is highly re-playable, you can beat it once in solo, and then again but with a different character, while you can of course beat it in co-op over and over again, you will always find it fun.

Castle Crashers also offers two other modes, Arena and Volley Ball. In Arena, one player can fight through ten waves of enemies, which depending on the arena, unlocks a new character when you finish it, while if you play arena with friends, you can choose to play a deathmatch and see who rains supreme, or play a team deathmatch game. In Volley Ball, players can choose to play against the computer, or against each other, both modes are really fun.

The game only suffers with 2 major problems, one of which is the fact that the game is pretty short, you can beat it in only one play through that should take you around 5 hours, but once again, the game has a high replay value, so you can always play the same levels again and again, not only to collect stuff or unlock new characters, but also because its so damn fun.

Another problem is the online issues, the game suffered these issues in the Xbox 360 version, and the problems are here again in the PS3 version, you will have a hard time trying to find a game or to host and join a friend.

You can play online with again up to four people, you can also combine both local and online, and all the modes mentioned before are also available online, with leaderboards and high scores.

The game only suffers with two major problems, one of which is the fact that the game is pretty short, you can beat it in only one play through that should take you around five hours, but once again, the game has a high replay value, so you can always play the same levels again and again, not only to collect stuff or unlock new characters, but also because its so damn fun.

Another problem is the online issues, the game suffered these issues in the Xbox 360 version, and the problems are here again in the PS3 version, you will have a hard time trying to find a game or to host and join a friend.

Overall, Castle Crashers is a must buy for every gamer out there, despite the childish style, the game is bloody, funny, and sometimes even disgusting.

Castle Crashers is now available for the price of $15 on the Playstation Store, and if you are still on the fence on weather it’s a good purcahse, try the demo!

This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 3.


THE GOOD

Fun co-op action, Unique art style that Behemoth is known for, Every level is Unique, Fun bosses, The game is still enjoyable while playing solo, High replay value, The game has lots of humor.

THE BAD

The campaign mode is a bit short, Many online problems.

Final Verdict:
SUPERB
Castle Crashers proves to be one of the best titles to have ever hit the Playstation Network, with the addition of new content, Behomoth's co-op action game is a must buy for any gamer.
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