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E3 2011: Crimson Alliance First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick
Subtypes: Opinion, Preview
Certain Affinity has a pretty good game in its hands so far
Los Angeles, CA, USA

While walking by the Microsoft booth at E3, I ended up talking with one of the owners of Certain Affinity, which is putting out a new action RPG on Xbox Live this summer 2011. She convinced me to give the demo a play through with another E3 attendee, so I obliged. I'm glad I did.

Crimson Alliance

Crimson Alliance is the aforementioned action RPG. It is a four-player fantasy dungeon crawler as well, and it looks pretty good. I didn't get to play the entire demo -- only about half -- but what I played I liked. There's treasure to collect during your travels and plenty of monsters and enemies to defeat. I played a mercenary, and it played pretty well. I teamed up with a wizard who was very effective at disabling enemy shields so I could go in and whoop some butt.

Playing as a mercenary, the fighting was pretty solid. There were a variety of moves available to me from vertical and horizontal strikes, as well as special moves for those "oh shit!" moments when you're not sure if you can survive the pressing horde. Gold was shared between my partner and me, thus allowing us the luxury of not having to compete against each other for resources. There are also hidden power ups for each class within the levels, granting us enhanced abilities to make the trek that much easier.

The longer you battle without taking hits, the more points you can earn. My partner and I were just barely below silver status, which I think was pretty good considering we'd never played the game before and I jumped in midway. The graphics on the game are easy on the eyes and use lots of color -- a bit cartoonish. Overall, Crimson Alliance seems like it's in a pretty good place. I wish I had more time with it.



rfludwick - Jun. 15, 2011 at 9:00:13am

It was a pretty fun play. I wish I'd had more time with it, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for this thing to release.

mcguire82 - Jun. 15, 2011 at 1:22:15am

Sounds cool. My wife and I have been waiting for a co-op rpg game to come out forever, and now there are too many of them to play. Dungeon Hunter Alliance, Dungeon Siege III, D&D Dragondale, and Hunted Demon's Forge come to mind at the moment. When it rains it pours I guess.

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