It’s great that Castle Crashers has become available on multiple platforms, as this is really is an excellent brawling game. It’s got a focus on cooperative play, whether that’s locally or online. This remastered effort also expands and improves on the experience. This is an intense coop focused title where four warriors are battling across various battlefields.
It’s presented with a 2D style that should be well known from classic games. This certainly does stand on its own with a unique RPG system and lots of depth to the worlds you work through. While playing you’ll also come across various weapons to collect, items to gather and pet like things to have. There will be intense bosses, hilariously weird segments and one epic adventure.
Each of your characters level as you play, earning XP and each level grants an additional two XP points. These can be used in four categories to improve including health, strength (combat), agility and magic. There’s a wide roster of over twenty-five characters here since everything is readily available as opposed to the movement system featured on Xbox 360 to Xbox One back when those versions released.
The general goal of the game is to save the kingdom and collect the kisses from each of the princesses. There's a ton of side objectives to work on along the way though that's the overall objective in play. There are just a pile of areas to explore and terrains to conquer on your journey. You can be in a forest for one minute, then all of a sudden in the desert or a lava landscape in the next.
The variety was great which consistently kept things fresh for play. With this being yet another venture into the world for myself, I forgot just how fun and distinct it feels to experience. The combat system was basic enough with some decent combos available so no complaints with that aspect. It might feel a tad grindy if you’re playing alone, or even as a squad as it piles on those enemies.
I also continue to love the boss fights in this and the "event sequences" such as running through the lumber mill or swimming down the river as some examples to note. There are many comedic moments present as well if you look to the side of what your main task.
The visuals style here is gorgeous, smooth and hits the 60fps well. It’s got such a unique art style that truly is so much of what The Behemoth is known for. Multiplayer worked well, but its fine to play alone too if you’d like to. They even have insane mode if you want more of a challenge in this one.
This is basically the new mode in the game which is "Back Off Barbarian". This is essentially a button pressing escape game which has you play as a board game character on the run from other board pieces.
Selecting the corresponding button in the area around you moves the character into that place. These modes run for a brief minute or two since the continually spawning enemies eventually overwhelm your progression which is a tense situation. I didn't care too much for this mode, but I’m sure some will find it interesting. It's good to welcome new modes, just didn't find this particularly interesting at all.
Next up is the arena area which everyone competes in, if playing by yourself you take on waves though if with others everyone brawls it out. Be wary of the player levels though as it can be overwhelming.
Castle Crashers continues to be an incredible experience, and it’s excellent on Playstation 4. It provides the full authentic game, with all the extra benefits and content. It has a well rounded selection of modes and one epic campaign to work through. It’s great to see this title finally arrive, as I believe this is one iconic 2D brawler title.
It has lots of depth, hilarity and great cooperative action. You could play this for countless hours alone, or with others. It’s seriously worth checking out and just generally a fantastic time. You’re honestly missing out if you’ve yet to experience this grand game. A gem of its time, but and ready for so much epic action.
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