Undead Knights Review
Undead Knights box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Team Tachyon 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Tecmo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep.29, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Undead Knights looks and sounds like it was pulled straight out of a video shoot for a black metal band. Lots of attention was poured into making the copious amounts of blood spray and fluid character movements look awesomely grisly. The extremely high-end cinematic intro cutscene and the blisteringly fast speed metal soundtrack really sets the tone early on, though the latter grows repetitive after a few levels. On the other hand, level designs are pretty basic and far from flashy. Many of the generic-looking soldiers you'll combat also seem pretty drab in comparison to the larger bosses you'll face.

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The game suffers from a few control issues where the zombies are concerned that can dampen a portion of the rampaging fun. Combat is generally smooth and handles nicely with the thumbstick and the few basic button combos required for most moves. The problems typically arise when creating, wielding, and directing zombies. Grabbing soldiers amongst a mixed crowd can be imprecise, leaving you with a fistful of squirming zombie rather than your intended victim. Additionally, directing your minions changes the camera to a first-person view and renders you immobile until they've accomplished their task. This means you can be attacked while standing around, though you won't see it coming unless you stop what you're doing.

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Undead Knights' frustrating control moments and sometimes dull design elements don't completely outweigh its violent charm. The gruesome, dark premise is slick and the underlying gameplay is definitely enjoyable in short bursts. Being unabashedly evil is also nice for a change. Looking for an excuse to gratuitously cut down hordes of the good-for-nothings that fill up an entire kingdom? This brutal and twisted PSP game has your back.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
Things look great when you're in the middle of limb-splattering action, but some of the enemies and level designs aren't as good.
3.5
Control
Combat is fast and fluid, but dealing with your zombies can be imprecise and taxing.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The speed metal soundtrack is awesome at first, but it gets repetitive.
3.7
Play Value
This is a pretty solid, bloody, and entertaining game.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The Dark Hero Persona: This game atypically allows you to be the "evil" main character who serves as an anti-hero figure.
  • Create a Zombie Army: Defeat as many enemies as you can to transform them into your own personal soldiers.
  • Combo Attacks: Choose up to ten different combo attacks to fight your way through varied enemies ranging from animals to soldiers.
  • Head-Banging Madness: A raging metal soundtrack helps channel your inner anger.
  • PSP Ad-Hoc Multiplayer: Challenge yourself against others in three different modes including a zombie pillow fight!


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