Crusader: No Remorse is now free on Origin

Crusader: No Remorse

The addition of Crusader: No Remorse to Origin's On the House program may not be as big a deal as that of, say, Dragon Age: Origins. It's almost 20 years old, after all, and normally sells for just five bucks anyway. But it was pretty hot stuff back in the day, and hey, free is free.

I tend to say "free is free" fairly often in these On the House announcements, because unless a game is so bad that it actually leaps out of your monitor and thumbs you in the eye, you can't go too far wrong for the price. And in this particular case, that's not a concern at all, because Crusader: No Remorse was a heck of a game.

Set in a dystopian future in which the world is ruled by a massive corporate entity, Crusader is an isometric action game about a red-armored super-soldier known as a "Silencer," who's betrayed and marked for death after refusing orders to fire on civilians. It's pretty simplistic stuff as plots go; the hook is that the environments are highly interactive and destructible. It may not seem like a big deal now, but in 1995 this was hot stuff.

As usual, the On the House offering has no strings attached, and once you claim it, it's yours forever. It will only be free for a limited time, however, and for the life of me I can't find anything mentioning when this particular time limit will be hit. Better grab it now, just to be sure.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.