Knights Contract

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Knights Contract
Knights contract cover.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Game Republic
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Director(s) Yoshiki Okamoto
Yuichi Ueda
Yoshinori Takenaka
Producer(s) Ryo Mito
Writer(s) Tadashi Satomi
Composer(s) Kousuke Yamashita
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA February 22, 2011
  • AS February 22, 2011 (PS3)[1]
  • AUS February 24, 2011
  • EU February 25, 2011
  • JP July 7, 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure, hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player

Knights Contract (ナイツコントラクト) is an action-adventure video game developed by Game Republic, and published by Namco Bandai Games. The game was released on February 22, 2011, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems.[2] The game contains characters loosely based on, and named after, characters in the play Faust, as well as several fairy tales.

Gameplay[edit]

Plot[edit]

The setting of Knights Contract is in a fictional Europe during the Middle Ages, with dark fantasy characteristics, involving witchcraft, sorcery, and otherworldly monsters. A superstitious hatred for witches is the norm for society. As a result, people employ witch-hunters and witch-executioners. The game follows Heinrich Hofmann, an experienced witch-executioner plagued by a curse, and a young woman named Gretchen, who is the reincarnation of a witch Heinrich executed under the orders of Dr. Faust. In what initially seems an act of revenge for her execution, Gretchen curses Heinrich with immortality.

At the same time, Dr. Faust, the game's main antagonist, creates hordes of monsters that terrorize the world. The mad scientist is responsible for the deaths of Gretchen and her fellow witches. Gretchen, intending to protect humanity, decides to confront the menace directly, by joining forces with the cursed executioner, Heinrich. The now-immortal Heinrich is forced to protect the mortal Gretchen from danger, in hopes of undoing the curse and defeating Dr. Faust.

Development[edit]

The title was first announced in the May 20 issue of Weekly Famitsu Magazine.[3] A trailer for the game was shown at E3 2010. Knights Contract was the last game developed by Game Republic before the studio shut down.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS3 Xbox 360
Destructoid N/A 1/10[4]
Edge N/A 3/10[5]
Game Informer 7/10[6] 7/10[6]
GamePro N/A 2.5/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution C[8] C[8]
GameSpot 6.5/10[9] 6.5/10[9]
GameTrailers N/A 4.9/10[10]
IGN 3.5/10[11] 3.5/10[11]
Joystiq N/A 1.5/5 stars[12]
OXM N/A 6/10[13]
PSM 5/10[14] N/A
411Mania N/A 6.5/10[15]
The A.V. Club N/A D−[16]
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 51/100[17] 49/100[18]

The PlayStation 3 version received "mixed" reviews, while the Xbox 360 version received "generally unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Knights Contract Release Information for PlayStation 3". GameFAQs. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Joe Anderson (January 6, 2011). "Namco dates big titles for 2011". Made 2 Game. Archived from the original on January 13, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Griffin McElroy (May 20, 2010). "Namco Bandai announces new action game Knights Contract". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jim Sterling (February 26, 2011). "Review: Knights Contract (X360)". Destructoid. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Edge staff (March 2011). "Knights Contract (X360)". Edge (225): 101. 
  6. ^ a b Andrew Reiner (February 22, 2011). "Knights Contract: A Bewitching Story Hindered By Nagging Gameplay". Game Informer. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Matt Cabral (February 28, 2011). "Knights Contract (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Kevin Dermody (March 16, 2011). "Knights Contract Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Chris Watters (February 28, 2011). "Knights Contract Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Knights Contract Review (X360)". GameTrailers. March 22, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Levi Buchanan (February 24, 2011). "Knights Contract Review". IGN. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Mike Schiller (March 1, 2011). "Knights Contract review: The executioner's predicament". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kevin W. Smith (April 2011). "Knights Contract". Official Xbox Magazine: 78. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Review: Knights Contract". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 84. April 2011. 
  15. ^ Michael Weyer (March 14, 2011). "Knights Contract (Xbox 360) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Anthony John Agnello (March 7, 2011). "Knights Contract". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Knights Contract for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Knights Contract for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 

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