Game: Knights Contract
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platform: Xbox 360
Review By: Illmatic
Knights Contract is a new IP from Namco Bandai that promises to be a strong contender in the Action Adventure genre. Utilizing a new partner system, this title also promises to stand out from the crowd and make a name for itself.
Story: Knights Contract is a story about Heinrich, an executioner, and Gretchen, one of the unlucky wenches that Heinrich had previously executed. During the opening scenes we see Heinrich being cursed with immortality by Gretchen, followed with a nice beheading of Gretchen, courtesy of Heinrich. As weird as it may sound, Heinrich’s main goal throughout the game is to die, but with his newly given immortality this is going to be a problem. In order to break the curse, Heinrich must team up with Gretchen to defeat her sisters. Sound interesting, it is.
Gameplay: At first glance, one might think that this is a God of War clone. While this title may have some elements that God of War has, I can assure you that this game is anything but a God of War clone. Knights Contract has a partner system that some may find either useful or a hassle, I found it to be the latter. Gretchen, at times, does not make the smartest choices, causing her to die, which causes you to die. This can be very frustrating. However, I look at it as a challenge, which is what us hardcore gamers want in our games, right. Gretchen also has numerous abilities and powers that can be used against your enemies, making certain combat situations a breeze. One thing I found to be really awesome are the Boss battles. These Boss battles have been done exceptionally well and offer a challenge to any type of player.
Graphics: The graphics in Knights Contract feel a bit dated. The lighting is done well and the character models look sharp. The environment is where the game loses its polish. The scenery looks like scenery from last generation games. With that being said, I hope the next installment, should there ever be one, will have improved graphics. I did notice a significant amount of screen tear and frame rate issues during game play. Again, hopefully these issues will be addressed in a future installment.
Sound: The sound in Knights Contract is kind of lacking. The same sound effects are used over and over and at times can get very repetitive. The voice work is also not the greatest. The characters, specifically Gretchen, sound like B-movie actors having a bad day. Although the voice acting is not a strong point in the game, the story is told very well and flows naturally.
Controls: Knights Contract controls very, very, well. I was a bit skeptical as to how this game would control, but after playing Knights Contracts my skepticism instantly vanished. I hate to make comparisons, but this title handles just as well as God of War and Darksiders. Character movement is smooth and precise and I had no frustrations during game play.
Wishes: I really wish we could have seen some better graphics in this game. I feel like this would be a really strong, competing title if it had a graphical overhaul. Another wish would be to eliminate the AI partner, I know she is tied into the story, but her intelligence is not the greatest. Maybe she would have been better off as a co-op character, with someone online controlling her.
TQ Bottom Line: I definitely feel this is a title that most people should try out. Its a very great Action Adventure game with an awesome storyline. The game can be very challenging at times, even on Normal difficulty, so if you give up on games fairly easily then you might want to skip this title until you grow a pair.
Final Score: 3.5 out of 5 Michelas!
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai
Also Available On: PS3
MSRP: $59.99 Available via Amazon Knights Contract