Co-Optimus - Review - Blood Knights Co-op Review

Blood Knights

  • Couch Co-Op: 2 Players
  • + Co-Op Campaign

Blood Knights Co-op Review - Page 2

Blood Knight contains progression female characters

There are things in Blood Knights that should be praised.  The game is improved by playing in co-op; as long as players stick close to one another to prevent camera issues.  Solo players will swap between the knight’s melee attacks and the vampire’s ranged.  Co-op partners take one character each and this allows for more strategy.  This is needed, as the game is quite hard if you do not concentrate.  If one player falls, the other can send some of their lifeblood across to resurrect them, thankfully this works when someone has fallen to the bottom of a cliff face.

Perhaps the best element of Blood Knights is that the level design alters slightly if you move between solo and co-op play.  Level design and puzzles differ between the two modes forcing you to think as a co-op couple when playing as a duo.  However, the overly complex buttons and slightly twitchy nature of the game means that you often send your co-op partner to their untimely (un)death, rather than solving the puzzle as you wished.  The lack of online co-op is also a little surprising.  There are definite issues with the camera in local co-op; players are meant to spawn to one another if they roam too far apart, but sometimes the camera just gets confused instead.  Online may have allowed Deck13 to separate the players more and fix the camera issues.

Which button is turn off the game again?

With so many true classics now available on download services, there is really no reason to pick up Blood Knights.  In local co-op you can have fun with the simple dungeon crawl aspects of the game and laughing at the bad voice acting, but would you really buy a game for that?  It feels like a game designed for the indie PC market that made its confused way onto console.  Trying to mimic the multimillion pound majesty of Diablo 3 is never an easy task; it is a near impossible one when you just don’t have the resources.

Editor's Note: The Co-Optimus Co-Op Review of Blood Knights was based on the XBLA version of the game. A code was provided by the publisher for review purposes.


Co-Op Score

The Co-Op Experience: You can play Blood Knights either solo and switch between both characters to use their individual skills, or invite a friend to join your game and fight alongside them.

Co-Optimus game reviews focus on the cooperative experience of a game, our final score graphic represents this experience along with an average score for the game overall. For an explanation of our scores please check our Review Score Explanation Guide.