King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is the latest in NeocoreGames’ tactical RPG series that combines grand strategy with Arthurian lore for uneven results.
Developed by NeocoreGames, King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale is the company’s latest addition king arthur series, which debuted in 2009. As such, knight’s tale promises to continue the Hungarian studio’s goal of blending real-time tactics, role-playing elements, and grand strategy into a gritty medieval package.
King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale puts players in the role of Sir Mordred, the dark knight who led a failed rebellion against the legendary King Arthur. However, his murder of Arthur unleashed a plague of madness on the kingdom of Camelot, and Mordred was raised from the dead to finish what he started and kill the now-corrupted king once and for all. Throughout the game, Mordred will have to make moral choices that will shape his story going forward and determine whether he becomes a righteous ruler or a despot. However, while King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale provides an intriguing twist on Arthurian lore, most characters in the game are fairly standard archetypes that blend together after a while.
Gameplay takes place in a classic top-down isometric view, with players controlling Mordred’s movements with the keyboard and using the mouse to pan the camera and issue commands during turn-based battles. Mordred can only hit enemies close to him, so players must move to a new position on the in-game combat grid. Moving and attacking both consume action points, which refresh at the start of each new round. Players have two forms of health: the brown HP Meter and the green Vitality Meter. While HP is restored between missions, Vitality can only be replenished in Camelot. There’s also armor, represented by small icons above health meters that decrease as characters take damage.
As the game progresses, Mordred will gain allies who can aid him in battle and provide information to aid him in his quest to kill Arthur. As these heroes take damage, they eventually suffer wounds that can only be healed at the Hospice of Camelot. If a hero dies, there is permadeath in the game, adding a level of stakes to each battle. At the end of each dungeon, Mordred and his party will gain experience and level up, giving them access to improved stats and more powerful attacks in classic RPG style. The game’s morality system also provides special benefits to players who have chosen one path or another, as well as the loyalty of their teammates going forward.
Outside of the dungeons, the outside world is depicted as a map covering the whole of Britannia. Here, players can equip items to their warriors to boost their stats, check their morality chart to see where Mordred aligns in terms of righteousness and faith, read world lore in the Journal, and head to their next assignment. In Camelot, players can use the gold and building resources they have collected to restore and upgrade kingdom facilities, which can be used to train and heal fighters, award heroes with certain titles that grant buffs to statistics and keep track of soldiers Mordred has lost in the Crypt.
King Arthur: A Knight’s TaleThe art style is suitably dark and gloomy, with dusty dungeons and grim forests populated by fearsome undead warriors who stain the ground with their blood as they die. The CGI in the fully-rendered cutscene played at the start of the game is particularly well done, but the rest of the game isn’t quite up to par – animations can be a bit crude and textures are average at best. While the music is eerie and ominous, the voice acting is decent for the most part, bolstering an average-to-excellent and uneven presentation.
King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale is a solid turn-based point-and-click action, but players should note that it takes a while to level up due to the lack of a mission replay feature and a considerable amount of gold is needed to allow the healing of several party members. Diehard tactical fans might be interested in this King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale has to offer, but newcomers to the genre might want to cut their teeth elsewhere.
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King Arthur: A Knights Tale is now available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S and Microsoft Windows. A digital Steam code was provided to Screen Rant for the purposes of this review.
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