Review: Castle Crashers
Developer: The Behemoth
Publisher: The Behemoth
Release Date: August 31th 2010
Players: 1-4 (Local + Online)
Demo: Yes (153 MB)
What I Liked:
- Fast, furious fun
- Smooth, addictive co-op
- Boatloads of content
What I Disliked:
- It can be pretty hard with just 1 player
It’s been a long time coming, but Castle Crashers has finally come to the PSN, and the wait has certainly been worth it. If you didn’t give the game a go when it came out on XBLA, then you’ve been missing out on one of the best downloadable games to grace consoles. Castle Crashers is quite the possibly the most fun you can have with 4 people, and is a game that you’re going to keep coming back to time after time.
The game is an old school brawler, first and foremost, and makes no attempt to advance the genre in any way, shape or form. This doesn’t matter, however, as the game is filled to the brim with things to do, and the snappy, responsive controls make it incredibly easy to jump around the screen, dishing out punishment left, right and centre. It certainly doesn’t hinder matters that the game’s art style is vibrant, colourful, and has a fantastic sense of personality. I certainly don’t want to know how they made some of the sounds that have been coming out of my speakers while playing this one. Eww.
The fact of the matter is, Castle Crashers is a fantastic game, and it only gets better with friends. The game can be completed in single player, but who really wants to do that. But the good thing is, if you have nobody to share the fun with locally, the game has a whole host of online options, from joining a custom game, to setting one up with your friends, with support for multiple players on the same console., both online and off. However, we have had some issues with the online, with people being unable to join games, and being kicked back to the main menu in a rather unceremonious fashion, making the online slightly more frustrating than it should be. I would recommend playing on a sofa, with your friends next to you. Mostly because you can punch them in the arm if they manage to kill you, be it accidentally or on purpose.
Castle Crashers is a load of fun, but the online issues hold it back from being perfect. Its fantastic to play locally, but the online issues can somewhat hamper the experience if you try to play it that way. Either way, Castle Crashers is a great game, and deserves to be played with friends.
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