Welcome to our Castle Crashers Remastered review. Castle Crashers Remastered is a simple re-release of the title that was originally released back in 2008 for Xbox 360, with the remastered version for Xbox One announced and released in 2015. The cult classic beat-em-up game has been released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Castle Crashers Remastered
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: The Behemoth
- Publisher: The Behemoth
- Multiplayer: Up to 4 Players Co-Op
- Available: September 17th, 2019 (PS4 and NS)
- Price: £13.99 (U.K) $14.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (U.K) T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Castle Crashers Remastered starts off with four knights attending an awesome party at the King’s castle, although things don’t stay awesome for long as an evil dark knight arrives and steals a mystical gem and kidnaps four princesses. The King sends his knights off on a journey to recover the gem and rescue the four princesses who are his daughters. Featuring no talking dialog, Castle Crashers relies heavily on what you see to tell its story and in all honesty, it works really well, as at no one point have I ever felt lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing.
A 2D side scroller, Castle Crashers has you working your way through several levels hacking and slashing your way through plenty of enemies. It’s surprisingly a lot of fun, especially when you team up with someone for a session of couch co-op which I did. I and Chris got out our controllers and teamed up to take on the game’s enemies and challenging bosses across several two-player couch co-op sessions. All in all, the co-op was a hell of a lot of fun as I and Chris took out the baddies then had a fight over who got to kiss the princess.
Whilst the game strongly relies on co-op, it is possible to play it on your own, and it’s still a lot of fun. However, since its difficult, there are a lot of frustrating moments that would be slightly easier to overcome with multiple players.
Even though the game is a lot of fun, there are times when it seems like it’s simply firing out too many enemies at once and this leads to a rather busy looking screen in which it can be hard to see your character and that often leads to frustrating deaths.
The game features a strong roster of different colored characters, for example, orange, pink and grey and then there are a few none knight looking characters such as the Alien from Alien Hominid. With the exception of the few starter characters on offer, most of the game’s characters are unlocked as you progress through the story.
Each character’s basic attacks are the same throughout the game, but their magic attack is different; so, for example, the orange guy has fire powers, whilst the blue guy has ice powers. These magic attacks work best when used against enemies who obviously have a weakness to that type as I learned after spending ages trying to kill a flame using geezer with my own fire attacks which were pretty useless.
Standard attacks feature combat performed with weapons. The game has several weapons ranging from swords to giant lollipops and each one has its own specifications. Weapons can be unlocked by buying them or finding them throughout the different levels. Weapons are often level restricted and access to them can only be achieved by anyone who is at or over the level required.
Castle Crashers Remastered also features pet companions, which each have their own helpful ability that comes in handy during fights; for example, one will help you level up quicker and another will improve one of your stat attributes.
As you fight your way through enemies you’ll gain experience that helps your character to level up. For each level up a player is given two points to spend on any of the four combat attributes, although after a certain level, this goes from two points to one. As you develop the character’s combat attributes you’ll start to notice improvements across defense, attack, magic, and agility. At certain upgrade points across the magic attribute you’ll unlock new magic attacks. Each character’s level system has to be worked on separately, which means playing the game through a few times.
Leveling up starts off pretty fast but as you get further through the game your leveling up will begin to slow down. This means it feels likes there’s kind of a grinding feeling going on, which does make gameplay get a bit boring.
As well as the standard story gameplay, Castle Crashers Remastered also features several different mini-games found within the Arena selection and a new mini-game called Back Off Barbarian. Back Off Barbarian is similar to a board game in that you are on a grid-based board and have to use an arrow based system to escape from the many enemies on your tail.
The arena section mini-games include several arena-based combat scenarios for multiple players to take part in against each other, such as standard battles and not so standard battles such as fighting each other with just bow and arrows. The addition of these minigames adds even more fun to the already fun experience on offer by the game.
Online the game allows you to take part in all minigames and the main story with strangers or friends just as you could if you were playing couch co-op at home. Admittedly the online is a bit choppy when it comes to speed and there are noticeable moments of slow down, which do make the gameplay awkward.
Remastered to run at 60FPS, Castle Crashers Remastered looks a treat in 1080p on my T.V, even using an original launch PlayStation 4. The graphics look smooth and there’s not really any roughness to be seen anywhere.
In conclusion Castle Crashers Remastered is a really fun way to kill some time, especially if you have a friend to play along with. With many great levels, fun and addictive combat, plenty of challenging bosses, it really is such a fun game.
That concludes our Castle Crashers Remastered review. To purchase the game on PS4 check out the links below.
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