As a Silencer, one of the elite enforcers of the World Economic Consortium, you're supposed to be incorruptible. But if the system you serve is utterly corrupt, where does that leave you? You go over to the Resistance, the same pack you used to hunt down. Now, your former employers better watch their backs because you're coming after them with all the firepower at your command.
No pity. No mercy. No Remorse.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
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Posted on 2011-06-09 13:17:59 bywvpr:
[review based on original release, not GOG release]
Crusader was the best action series of its time. There's little here in the way of story and character development, but the armed infiltration gameplay is fully fleshed out.
The Silencer advances Diablo-style through various industrial and corporate installations toward his mission objectives, which occasionally change alongread more the way. Ultimately, the levels are all very linear, but the player has a multitude of options for dealing with each room. The Silencer's arsenal includes pistols, remote bombs, mines, rifles, auto-shotguns, shield-killing energy weapons, and even a room-clearing multi-rocket launcher, letting the player choose between setting traps, attacking the whole room head-on, or anything in-between. The Silencer is also able to roll in any direction, giving much-needed mobility. At higher difficulties, guards are extremely deadly, so rolling in for an unexpected surprise attack is often the best approach.
Guards patrol, sit in ambush, teleport or wander in unannounced. Unarmed technicians stand around, work at their stations, and otherwise go about their routine. When they see the player, they might hold up their hands, call for help, or run for the alarm. The levels are littered with obvious security cameras and gun turrets, hidden electric eyes, concealed touchpads, disguised doors, any of which can turn a simple room into a deathtrap. All of these add to the sense of a living world, and there's never a feeling that a particular trick is overused.
It's hard to overemphasize how well the game balances the believable level defenses with the player's freedom to carefully dissect or wantonly demolish them. There are often computer consoles available to shut down or take over fixed defenses and robot guards. Sometimes it's more satisfying to be sneaky; sometimes it's just as fun to blast through a locked door and set all the alarms and traps off.
Crusader was one of the first games to play music from a digital file rather than MIDI or a CD track. The soundtrack is full of brilliant techno mixes that add more sense of action than the actual gameplay. One of the best soundtracks in PC gaming. Crusader's sound effects were top-notch too.
Two significant flaws still stand out. Crusader uses live action video clips to advance its story. These are unusually hammy and often too long, especially since they are all monologues (the Silencer stays true to his name). Video quality is good for its time, and there's a certain campy charm, but the videos are often annoying.
The other flaw is the Ultima 8 engine powering the game. Rather than smooth Diablo-style scrolling, backgrounds jump from camera to camera, and the Silencer animation does some odd skipping as he runs against walls. Mouse and even joystick control were available in the original release, but I always found them too imprecise compared to keyboard-only. There are also some difficult jumping challenges due to the misleading perspective and fixed jumping distance. In general, jumping is only a major obstacle when exploring for secrets (which are everywhere), but it's still a weakness of the engine. Crusader would be phenomenal with a modern 3rd-person engine like God of War's.
In short: lots of shooting, lots of sneaking, lots of sneaky deathtraps, lots of explosions, and great music the whole time.
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Posted on 2011-06-09 12:19:30 byantihippie:
I've been waiting for this game to be released on GOG.com since GOG got started. Crusader has always been a hidden gem, and is my all time favorite DOS-only release title. It's a top down action game in which you play a super-soldier turned renegade out for revenge against the company that betrayed you. The game gives you everything you could want in an over-the-top shooter:read more pricelessly overacted FMV cutscences, gratuitous violence, a wide array of fun and effective weapons, and of course a destructible environment.
Crusader shows how fun it is to be the anti-hero. The Silencer is a remorseless killer who massacres anyone in his way. You get the feeling throughout the game that he supports the Resistance not out of a sense of loyalty but only because their goals are tangential to his, murdering the people who betrayed him. Firing a rocket and watching your victims staggering around, engulfed in flames is utterly satisfying, and the fast paced missions give you the impression that you're doing very real damage to your corporate foes.
Seriously, get this game. It's well worth your time.
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Posted on 2011-06-09 11:57:11 byplayyourlife:
This Game was pure fun to play. A combination of action and small puzzle, combined with great grapfics (at its time). But somehow, man people oversaw it in the 90s. Great that it found it's way to GOG!
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