One of my biggest complaints about the game was in the in game map. There were several times that the maps were completely worthless and it took literally hours to get out of the area I was in or continue (it's worse the second time when you through the Witches Enclosure).
Game play was pretty good, who doesn't love mashing the buttons and kicking butt.
"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.
Maybe this game is really amazing, but I didn't want to wait to find out. Load times right from the start of 5+ minutes between scenes, and even after installing to the HDD it still took a long time.
When I finally got into the game, I was very disappointed at the gameplay graphics--pretty good I thought for the movies, but the gameplay graphics were just bad. I'm not sure what all the loading was for, but it certainly couldn't have been the graphics.
Also caused my system to freeze, and that was the end for me.