Developer: Deck 13
Release Date: 11/13/2013
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The Good: Decent graphics, some detailed environments, you can play as two characters
The Bad: Horrid voice acting, boring and uninteresting story, stiff animations, boring button mashing combat, terrible platforming, infrequent checkpoints
Some times there are games that I just give the benefit of the doubt. Blood Knights seemed to have fast paced combat with decent graphics and some interesting environments. I was wrong on all of those except one. The game has horrible voice acting, stiff boring combat, terrible platforming, and bad everything else.
There aren’t that many great vampire games because they all end up like this. I honestly don’t even know what this game is about because it’s so boring and monotonous to follow and the voice actors sound like bored high school students reading from text books. The combat is so boring and uninteresting. You just mash on the attack button and use your special moves until they cooldown and then mash them again. The animations are stiff and cumbersome, switching between characters just makes things more frustrating, and I died so many times from just falling off of cliffs.
If that’s not bad enough there’s repetitive and lame objectives like protect this person until he fixes something, or go flip this switch. I mean really? In 2013 we’re still stuck on these objectives? Not to mention the fact that the checkpoints are spread so far apart that you will die and restart the same section over and over until you tear your hair out. There’s no new twist or interesting plot about vampires, just the typical horror story stuff we’ve seen too many times. At least the game looks half-way decent and there’s some nice details in the environments.
You would think that the RPG elements would add some depth but it doesn’t. Sure there’s armor to get, gold to spend, and XP to obtain but you won’t care when you’re trudging through endless amounts of boring enemies. Some co-op would have been nice or some clever puzzles that utilize both characters but instead we just run around flipping switches. At least the game if really short, you can beat it in about 4-5 hours if you pound through it but who would want to?
As it is, Blood Knights is a decent concept that is ruined by horrid gameplay mechanics that feel archaic and unforgiving. What could have been a decent vampire game turned into another potato in the stew.