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GF Rating
5.2

610 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Good story marred by bad choices

posted by tjsmoke (NORTHAMPTON, PA) Jan 22, 2012

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Member since Dec 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

"Knights Contract" could have been an excellent game, an action/adventure title that certainly could have given the "Devil May Cry" series a run for its money. The premise is terrific- you play as Heinrich, a former executioner cursed with being immortal, who accompanies the last witch he executed, Gretchen, who's come back to take down who fellow witches who've gone over to the dark side under the villain Faust. The graphics, music, and voice acting are all fairly decent, and the story, while not the best, is still interesting and decently written. Combining the brute strength of Heinrich with the magic of Gretchen works nicely in taking a variety of foes down over the course of the game's 20 episodes. But here's the big problem- Heinrich is immortal, Gretchen is not. If Heinrich gets smashed to a pulp, repeatedly jamming on the X button brings him back. If Gretchen dies, it's game over. Sadly, Gretchen is not the smartest AI in a game, and she often hurls herself into the fray even when her health is dangerously low. You can pick her up to revive her health bar, but this isn't always easy to do, especially in the middle of a boss battle. Speaking of boss battles, they all follow the same pattern- go through 3-4 health bars than master a QTE. The QTE isn't very forgiving, and if you mess up, the boss regains health, but you don't. This leads to some very cheap deaths, as do some very bad camera angles. Also, there's no jump button, unusual for a game of this type. The map is all but useless, and some levels can get confusing, as you often have to backtrack. It's a shame the developers made these bad choices, because most players won't even get to see the story to its conclusion, as these problems may cause them to quit the game in frustration. I recommend you rent this only, unless you can pick it up dirt cheap. If you have patience (you'll need it) it could take you about 8-10 hours to reach the end. A shame, considering what this could have been.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Underrated

posted by Exus12 (POCATELLO, ID) Mar 29, 2011

Member since Dec 2010

16 out of 19 gamers (84%) found this review helpful

I bought this game entirely on impulse and was very much pleased with it. I admit, it has a few minor flaws and did get frustrating at times, but over all, I loved it! I won't waste any time giving you plot elements, but I will say that the battle system (combining scythe and magic) was one of the more enjoyable I've used. I really don't get why this game got such a bad rep. It's fast paced, original, and the story is interesting. If you enjoy a good hack slash, Knights Contract is for you. Give it a chance.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

Intriguing but highly aggravating

posted by grim_reaper92 (BLUE MOUND, TX) Jul 21, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

I got this game recently and I got pretty into it at first. I mean the graphics are pretty good I don't know what everyone else is seeing, and the controls are simple and it is very easy to throw in some devastating combos with the help of your sidekick witch. The storyline is actually pretty great don't listen to people who say it isnt . But there were some major flaws that I had to endure with extreme patience such as when heinrich becomes immobalized you have to button mash the x button a million times before he becomes whole again. Now I understand they tried using this as a challenge because while you are immoblized your sidekick decides to still attack and if she's dies you start over, there are ways to get around this button mash and that is to have gretchen give up more than half of her health just to revive, or you can keep using her magic to knock enemys back while trying to break your x button. The other pain is the boss battles they have so much health which isn't a problem because they are easy battles but the problem happens when you get there health all the way down and you mess up on the button your suppose to push during the cutscene of trying to finish the boss off and if you mess up the boss recovers 2 to 3 bars of health back. If they changed up the battles alittle this game would have been a great one.

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