Crimson Alliance’s poor reviews the “vengeful passion” of Diablo fans

Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 01:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Crimson Alliance developer Certain Affinity believes the game under-performed in part due to expectation it would be just like Diablo.

“Crimson Alliance is neither Diablo nor Torchlight. We knew this from the onset, but we didn’t do a very good job of letting the world know about this before release,” director of product development Phil Wattenbarger said in a post-mortem published by Gamasutra sister publication Game Developer Magazine.

Wattenburger said similarities in art style, setting and the fixed-perspective camera makes Crimson Alliance look like a Diablo clone, but the mechanics are quite different.

“The game is much more similar to a modern version of Gauntlet than it is to a classic loot-based dungeon crawler,” he said.

“Monsters don’t explode like pinatas when killed, and the character advancement is streamlined for fast-action and couch play.”

The “terrific following” of games like Diablo and Torchlight led to a backlash when these fans found Crimson Alliance didn’t deliver the same emphasis on “loot and leveling”.

“While many players and web sites have written that they love the game, others have panned us based on what the game is not,” Wattenburger mourned.

“The amount of vengeful passion behind some of the more polarized scores and forum posts have led us to conclude that to many people, we’ve committed a nearly cardinal sin in the RPG world: We let them believe they were getting a ‘real’ RPG, when in fact, they were getting an action game with RPG trappings.”

Crimson Alliance is available now on Xbox Live Arcade. Certain Affinity is probably best know for Age of Booty, although it contributed content to the Left 4 Dead and Halo series, too.



  1. Samuel

    It’s perhaps nothing special, but it’s by no means a bad game. It’s true that it works very differently from a Diablo kind of game. A shame people are panning it for that instead of, you know, having played the demo first or something sensible.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    Reviewers just get retard each day.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Uncontested

    Good job making yourself look like the retard.. as usual from LOLmoron94.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    @3 ;)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. unacomn

    To be honest, when I heard the name I was expecting it to be like Crimson Skies. Since it’s not, I don’t really care.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    He is right on one thing, i wanted it to be a Diablo type game. I played the crap out of Dungeon Hunter(PSN). That game delivers. The trouble with CA is that it really does sorta feel like a Gauntlet game, but with out the magic that made Gauntlet Legends/Dark Legacy so darn good. In the end CA wasn’t a bad game, imo. But it was boring to play and couldn’t keep my interest.

    Next time make a Diablo type game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Just to add, i am not putting Gauntlet down, but having a great game is more about giving the gamers what they want, and less about trying to show them that your game isn;t that, but is good anyways.

    If it looks like steak, smells like steak, and your in the mood for steak, they damn well better be serving steak.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Malrissil

    WattenBURGUER! lol

    #8 3 years ago

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