Castle Crashers First Look

We get an early look at what happens when The Behemoth brings its colorful medieval brawler to the PlayStation 3.

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Castle Crashers has been one of the bright lights on Xbox Live Arcade since it was released last August. The stylized side-scrolling brawler offered a winning mix of solid action, quirky charm, and four-player co-op play. Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners haven't been able to get in on the fun--until now. The Behemoth is taking the wraps off of Castle Crashers for the PlayStation 3 at Comic-Con today and is showing off the first playable version of the upcoming downloadable title. We paid the California-based developer a visit for a first look.

For those of you who aren't already familiar with the game, Castle Crashers follows four knights as they head out to rescue their respective special ladies, who've been princess-napped (a common problem in games). The road to rescue sends the knights up against hordes of enemies, but with teamwork, a little help from their animal friends, a variety of different weapons and magic, and some leveling up, a happy ending is guaranteed. The game takes a light action role-playing approach to the head busting by letting you earn experience and level different stats on your knight, such as strength, defense, agility, and magic. The result on the Xbox 360 was a fun game that got even better when you played cooperatively with friends online. As a bonus, The Behemoth also included an arena to fight with friends and a food-gorging minigame.

Castle Crashers looks set to make a splash on the PS3.

All of the above is on its way to the PlayStation 3, with the appropriate tweaks, such as trophy support, for Sony's platform. The Behemoth isn't offering much in terms of information on exclusive content for the PlayStation 3 game beyond saying that it's still to be determined. The air of mystery also extends to the game's release date, which the team is keeping quiet about for the moment. The best we could get out of them was that they're working to get the game out as soon as they can and that development is going well.

As far as how the PS3 game looks and plays, the demo we checked out was already running well and certainly looked to be on par with the Xbox 360 game. The action is smooth and responsive, and the colorful visuals look as crisp as ever. From the look of things, Castle Crashers should be a good addition to the PlayStation Network library. A straight port of the Xbox 360 game would be a lot of fun, but we're hopeful that the PS3 version might also benefit from some additional content. Look for more on Castle Crashers for the PlayStation 3 in the months to come.

Discussion

132 comments
Just_Me_00
Just_Me_00

i LOVE it ! .. im gonna buy it today xDD

UnknowGamer
UnknowGamer

I think the game is coming out on August 31.

efunk25
efunk25

@wario96 I just hope it is soon, I have had funds in my psn account for this game since january.

wario96
wario96

@efunk25. all i know is that the game is coming out this year. so thats a good thing :-)

wario96
wario96

TAKE THIS MICROSOFT FANBOYS! A PS3 HUDKIN!

efunk25
efunk25

Where is this game? How about an update on it's release!!!

LURCH87
LURCH87

when is this comng out already LOL

Dakillafonz
Dakillafonz

@Normaral85 Halo is definitely staying with microsoft. They bought the name. Gears, maybe. We'll have to see.

zeidaneman
zeidaneman

I'm glad to see there aren't many 360 fanboys complaining on the comments, I'm glad Tom and Dan finally realized what would make them more money

souplock
souplock

had this on 360 cant wait for it on PS3

sandmanccl
sandmanccl

Games are only "exclusive" until a developer realizes they can make more money by developing their games cross-consoles than by taking whatever Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft shells out to them in order to keep it exclusive. And I have no problem with it. The more, the merrier. Now PS3 gamers will get a chance to play one of my favorite downloadable titles. I wouldn't mind seeing a PC version, while we're at it!

DUDEMIKE_1
DUDEMIKE_1

I've played local co-op with this on the 360 and it was hella fun, can't wait for the PS3 release!

aaaaaa12
aaaaaa12

@Normaral85 braid is coming to PSN lolz

efunk25
efunk25

This game looks great. And you can actually play multiplayer locally... Wish PSN had more games that would do that. ie Fat princes and Crash Commando

Normaral85
Normaral85

This and Braid, looks like the whole exclusive thing is just a formality. All I gotta say is . . . what's next? Halo or Gears.

woofie13
woofie13

Oh man!!! I've been waiting so long for this! This and rez are my favorites from the 360.

cabbage100
cabbage100

awww man, I've been waiting for Castle Crashers on PS3 for so long!! ^^ I played it with a 360 a few years ago at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image with a friend of mine and I've been wanting it ever since. ^^ certainly a must buy for me :D

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

Better be some exclusive DLC or something, to pull those in who already own it on their 360. But to those who don't own a 360, get ready to buy this, its an amazingly fun game.

chappy_man
chappy_man

nice stuff, and totally agree additional content here would be a good thing.

King_Wii
King_Wii

Well the good news is that I can finaly play it... the bad news is obviously its a bit late. I'm just happy to see PSN's offerings expand. I'm not an Xbox 360 hater or anything, infact I own one, but I refuse to pay the extra money to play on Live (much less the whireless router) so I've restricted my online console playing to my PS3. Great to see it expand, I hope one day microsoft makes Live free just like Sony has for PSN.

Raykuza
Raykuza

It's great that this is coming to the PS3, but I already borrowed my friend's 360 for a week to play this so I wont be buying it.

JJ_Productions
JJ_Productions

Geez, a year or 2 too late. I had to endure this game on 360, but i will most likely get it for Ps3 aswell, new content or not

Arghyeeho
Arghyeeho

@ChrnoTrigger, Did...did you just pull that out of your ass? I've never heard of or experienced anything of the sort, and I've had it practically since it came out.

Melty123
Melty123

I played the demo and it was so much fun, the game is really amazing. I hope I'll get some Microsoft points to unlock the full game.

salvucci91
salvucci91

ABSOLUTELY AGREE @ FusionRain and really do hope to see at least some subtle PS3 additional content.

payne6705
payne6705

glad to hear this great game is being played by more people its a really fun game don't miss out PS3 owners!!

FusionRain
FusionRain

downloadable?? and this would rock the handhelds both psp and ds need this

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Yes, I agree, I want this on Wiware!

Keenzach
Keenzach

they need to put this game on wiiware too It looks really fun but I dont have a 360 or ps3 :-(

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

the guy playing the green character is awful.

christ4ever9889
christ4ever9889

ChrnoTrigger, really? I never heard of this and my friend has castle crashers, or was he one of the lucky few?

atomD21
atomD21

This is great news! PS3 owners definitely need to get in on the fun of this game! I just wish that they would have it available for PSP as well...

Thomaz16
Thomaz16

Haha, this looks genius.

ChrnoTrigger
ChrnoTrigger

Intrakitt, the 360 version of castle crashers is known to delete save files randomly among other issues(most were fixed, though). I wouldn't say that his comment is unfounded/biased.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

Burning_Typhoon: What do you mean? It's the same game, just for a different console. Your bias truly shows in your comments.

itchyflop
itchyflop

i agree thats a crackin idea it would be ideal or download your current progress and carry on, on the psp

Kman8909
Kman8909

Would be cool if they allowed you to play it on PSP too.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

I was hoping this day would come... Didn't want to get it for 360, and still don't, but, I will for PS3.

MonkeyAxe
MonkeyAxe

Wow, the lord has smiled upon me. :D

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

If you have a PS3 i would definetly recomend this one. My roomates and I still beat the crap outta each other on the XBL version pretty often.

Screamteam411
Screamteam411

How is this a "first look?" This game's been out for ages and, like GS said, they know nothing of any exclusive content yet. Waste of time article.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

cool, about damned time, thanks for the good news behemoth... and gamespot.... i'll be looking forward to this

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

YAY!! lol i never heard of this game b4, bt looks fun =D cant wait to get a hold of this one lol

homer2001
homer2001

YESSSSSS YESSSSSSSSS FINALLY!!!! I KNEW IT THIS DAY WOULD COME!!!

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

for a moment there I was planning to buy this game later today, then I noticed the date of launch was TBA :( o well still a great game and im going 2 get it ASAP

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

Finally enjoy your game PS3'ers. lol