If you read this topic you may have wondered "what is a spikey adama?" If you are asking that question then you are not playing one of the coolest games thats come out this year, Culdcept Saga! I picked up this little gem earlier this week and I fell in love. Well love is a strong word, so maybe I will say I fell in like with this game ;) . I had no idea this game was even coming out untill a couple weeks ago, and to my sadness, I never knew there was a game made before this that I missed! Now I will admit that I am an old school Magic the Gathering guy, yup thats me, the guy sitting with the rest of the "nerds" in highschool playing with a weird deck of cards. ahhh sweet memories, but thats not what i'm here to talk about so back on topic people! So because of my history I guess my opinion is a little biased, but hey most opinions are right?! So my quick take on this game is that it is a mixture of Magic/Pokemon/My little ponies/ whatever card game you may have played mixed with monopoly. If you have not played monopoly...then I don't know what else to compare it to so I am sorry.
I will say it up front, the story is pretty weak...weak as in a mouse compared to a lion weak. The voice acting is acceptable I guess but I tend to skip it as it's tied into the pointless overused plot. So now that I got the bad out of the way, on to the good! The gameplay seems pretty simple at first, but trust me there is more to it then meets the eye. You start out with a basic deck of 50 cards which is filled with creatures, spells, and items that are based around the 4 elements as well as a selection of neutral creatures which have no elemental alignment. With this deck in your hands you will travel the world and battle Cepters (people who can use the power of the cards) in 1 on 1, 1 on 1 on 1, and team matches. The point of these matches is to gather a certain amount of gold. You can gather gold in a couple different ways, laying down creature cards on territories and hope someone lands on it and loses a fight, by walking around the entire board and passing a castle (go for monopoly), and some spells can give you money. The coolest way is the monster on monster battles. When you lay down a creature card on a territory it becomes yours, and if an opponent lands on the territory they can either just give you money, or duke it out and try to take the territory from you. When they summon their creature and start a fight you are given a chance to equip your creature with items that could turn the tide in your favor, that is if you have an item in your hand! The attacking creature goes first, and if it doesn't slay the enemy, then the defender will take a whack. Even if no creature dies, the defending side will win the battle and the attacking side will be forced to pay a certain amount of gold. The amount depends on how much you upgrade that territory, kinda like upgrading from a house to a hotel in monopoly.
Whats really cool is that even if you lose a match you will walk away with some new cards that you can edit your deck with, and thats what makes you become an addict. With about 500 different cards in the game, you will feel a need to get them all "gotta catch them allllll!" ...sorry about that I slipped into 2001. But as you collect more and more cards, you will only be left with the need to keep collecting more untill you can make any kind of deck that you want be it deck with a lot of green creatures, yellow creatures, or a good mixture of all. I really only scratched the surface with this blog about how cool this game is, the only other thing I will say is that a typical match can last up to an hour so if you are not a patient person and need non stop action then maybe you should look elsewhere, but for everyone else I think this is a must play game that will let you take a break from the more intense games out there.