Jul 8, 2014
Eternal Crusade is described by its marketing as “an adrenaline-fueled game” that will be “catering to a global audience of mid to hardcore gamers.” Playing the game itself, however, it is difficult to see how either of these statements is true.
In Eternal Crusade, the player picks a hero and builds up a squad of mercenaries. Mercs range from curiously momentary inclined monsters, to plain old human fighters. Mercs are super varied and building a team is enjoyable.
The only thing the player does in combat is tap buttons to use special abilities when they charge up. A target can’t even be chosen. Some battles later in the game can be extremely long. Spending 5-6 minutes tapping a button and watching combat play out gets very dull.
Every merc feels exactly the same and elemental properties don’t seem to matter too much. Like most games of this type, characters can be levelled up with items looted from battle and evolved into stronger versions. Unfortunately, the majority of these fighters just attack enemies in slightly different ways. The only true differences between monsters is if they can heal or not. Still, the great graphics of the game make it fun to see what monster or cute fighter will be revealed next.
Since battles are entirely automatic, there are literally no tactics to be employed. What enemies are attacked and if the AI is smart enough to do things like focus its fire or match elements to weak enemies is completely out of the player’s hands. Battle tends to devolve into a flurry of animations that make it difficult to follow what’s going on or what’s effective against what. This doesn’t really matter though, because the game is very focused on pay to win. Either the player wins the battle or they lose through no fault of their own and must grind previous battles for items to boost their fighters. Of course the cash shop has boosts for sale and the game isn’t shy about its freemium tendencies.
Eternal Crusade looks very nice indeed. Some excellent artwork and imaginative monsters really give the game a cool anime look. Everything in the game is bright, colourful and varied. The sound is very good as well. Combat sounds impressive, as do spells. Music is well done as well. Eternal Crusade’s excellent presentation is its only redeeming feature.
Eternal Crusade is not an enjoyable game at all. It lacks any real gameplay, its stat boosting system has been done better on Android many times and there is just little fun to be found in it. Check out Brave Frontier or Slash of the Dragon for a much more fun experience.
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