GAME OF THE MONTH COLLECTION! DEMON'S CREST (Capcom,
It's October 2004 and one of the most popular themes going around these
days is that everybody wants to play as the bad guy. You don't have go to
far to find games like Grand
Theft Auto San Andreas where you do what ever it takes to get
the job done (stealing cars, drive bys, and running over innocence civilians
is all OK). In this Game
of the Month I'm looking back at a game that doesn't have your
typical anti-hero though. This anti-hero is none other than a demon. In Capcom's
Demon's Crest you play as a crimson red creature in a cool looking 2D
horror/action/RPG complete with creepy graphics, moody music and eerie sounds.
Demon's Crest is actually the third game is the Gargoyle's Quest series if you haven't already noticed.
After the events in the NES game Gargoyle's Quest 2, the powerful winged
demon Firebrand finally got a hold of all the 6 legendary Crests. Firebrand
wasn't happy with the 5 Crests and he wanted the Crest of Heaven held by a
huge dragon. After a vicious battle Firebrand was able to defeat the Demon
Dragon but he was also badly wounded in the process. As a very weak Firebrand
was about to return home he got ambushed by a rival demon by the name Phalanx
and quickly lost all the Crests. Now the 6 Crests are in the hands of Phalanx
and if Firebrand doesn't stop him, both the demon and human worlds will be
quickly under his control. Not your average story line, eh?
I really like how Demon's Crest begins. Although Firebrand wasn't killed after
getting attacked, as luck would have it he landed in the pit of the dragon
he just barely defeated. The dragon's fresh is now rotting and decomposing
(which looks pretty sick by the way) but it is somehow still alive and it
wants revenge. Firebrand's long and hard quest to get his Crests and honour
back has just begun. Phalanx knows that if he wants to hold on to power, he
would have to hide the Crests in different locations over the demon realm
instead of having all them at once. Firebrand starts out with only limited
fire attacks and flying abilities but with each new Crest he finds it will
transforms him in some way. Some new powers can enable him to break stone,
while another can improve his flight control for example. I love going back
to an older level to see if I can find something new after finding a new power.
Another strong thing about Demon's Crest is the game's sharp graphics. Each
stage has both highly detailed backgrounds and large and well animated characters.
The only issue I have with the graphics is that they can be a little too dark
at times and some images can be repeat themselves. The soundtracks and sound
effects are definitely an acquired taste but it is still very creepy and eerie
which is perfect for the game's theme.
If there is anything critical I could say about the fiendish game play here
is that it is a little too short. Demon's Crest may challenge you but
it only has 7 lands to explore and each stage only takes a few minutes to
complete. Fortunately with all of the game's cool Crest powers, secret locations,
and four multiple endings there is a lot of game here. If you feel like being
bad this Halloween then give this demon and his special game here a look.
overall rating: 79/100
For 1 player only