Welcome to the comical, 3D platforming world of Another Crusade. You play as Rai Reysend, a Knight and protector of the realm. Developed and published by Dragon Vein Studios, this adventure RPG game leads you through a series of events, comical dialogue, and gruelling battles that you wouldn’t expect from how cute the dialogue is.
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Not only is Another Crusade about combat, but you also get to travel the world solving puzzles, discovering secrets, and meeting exciting and comical characters along the way.
Super Cute Style
I quickly fell in love with the art style, and when I say quickly, I mean the second I opened up Another Crusade. Each character model is a little wooden puppet, and the genius and comical dialogue enhances the cuteness tenfold.
The world is also extremely cute, all while portraying a world of adventure, with a touch of darkness that creates an atmosphere suitable to the mystery happening in the world.
The only unfortunate thing about the game being a 3D platformer is that enemies can sneak up on you because of your perspective on the world. This isn’t a big issue in the grander scheme of things, but it was annoying at the start of my play-through.
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Pick Up Companions Along The Way
As you play the game, it introduces new characters and companions to help you in battle. As you adventure worldwide and solve puzzles, you still do so as Rai. There needs to be a way to switch between the characters in the world I found.
That being said, the game did a fantastic job of introducing characters exactly when you would need them. As you faced a boss that you wouldn’t be able to defeat with the companions and abilities that you had at the time, the game would introduce new ones.
Having new abilities and companions doesn’t just break the game and make it easy to beat but gives you the tools you need.
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The game plays like a turn-based combat old-school RPG. At first, I failed a lot because there is a mechanic of not only choosing what attack would be the best, but you also have to learn the mechanics of what buttons make the ability stronger. Then, you have to learn to time your attacks as well.
Not only is this applicable with your attacks, but when defending yourself. The defending side is a great mechanic that allows you to block damage at times, making it easier to save healing items and particular ability points so that you don’t have to heal yourself, but it also adds an extra layer of difficulty because of having to learn the timing for the game.
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Going Back Again
While the game progressed from stage to stage, more than anything else, I found myself returning to previous levels because I needed money and practice. After all, the way forward was difficult. This is a game you can only breeze through by learning the mechanics. At the start, I thought I could.
It isn’t that the game punishes you for not learning the mechanics, but it makes it difficult to progress. I wouldn’t call the game casual. Looking back at the reviews after playing it myself, I can see why other players called the game soul-like.
Since the release on the 15th of September, Dragon Vein has patched Another Crusade, adding some bug fixes, adding an Easy Mode, and making it so that you retain the items you used if you are defeated in battle. Unfortunately, The Switch version I played didn’t have any of that, which made it that much more necessary for me to go back constantly. Still, it should be easier with the patches that were added.
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Another Crusade is available on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, Windows and Mac(purchase through Steam), and on the Nintendo Switch.
- Super cute wooden puppet art style
- • Combat is gruelling, so it feels rewarding when you learn the mechanics and beat a boss you were struggling with
- The story is trumped by the difficulty of combat
- Had to go back so many times that I don't feel the need to play it again
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