Rated 9 out of 10
by BayonettaJ Worth the Buy
This game is not as bad as it seemed. If you like RPG's and are a fan of Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, Kingdoms of Amalur The Reckoning and Fable then this game is worth your time. Leveling up is creative, similar to KOA Reckoning you choose either to be a Warrior, Ranger or Sorcerer. Your character transformation is similar to Fable, if you choose to allow the Demond to contorl you, your physical changes to a more demonic look. And finally the decisions you make in the game really shape the way the story goes and how your party memebers feel about you, much like Dragon Age. You can either have them be your friend, enemy or lover. Customization is ok and similar to that of Skyrim, you buy armor and weapons and you can enhance them to your liking. However when it comes to customizing your actual avatar, there is not many options there. you can only choose between 5 different faces and body types. Female or Male. Overall... I defenately have enjoyed the story and combat and think that for those who played the previous mentioned game and enjoyed it, would enjoy Bound by Flames as well.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Cephasthehumble Challenging Combat That Almost Delivers
Bound by Flame is an interesting game to say the least. As the first single player RPG for the PS4 I was highly excited. The best part of this game is the fantasy setting and story while the worst is clearly the voice acting. There isn't anything wrong with the voices themselves, it is just that the character's lips don't sync with the words. This was permissible in a last gen game but we should begin moving away from this practice in 2014. The graphics are a mix between Fable and Borderlands. The cel-shading only becomes apparent in some places but it creates a nice mix of elements. The combat is challenging to say the least. Fans of The Elder Scrolls should expect to step up their game while fans of Dark Souls should have a breeze. The difficulty of the game works once you get used to your style of combat and how to mix the three classes in different situations. All in all I give this game a 9 because it is very good, especially considering the limited resources of the company who created it. Kudos to you Spiders.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Ryklu A Welcome Entry for Third-Person Role Playing
Bound by Flame reminds me of Dragon Age: Origins. Both games revolve around an influential protagonist that exists during a time of great upheaval and danger; both games feature a cast of supporting characters that have their own narratives; and both games are third-person action titles that explore role-playing tropes.
I enjoyed DA:O, and I was also fond of my time with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Bound by Flame looks to follow in the same vein as those two titles, and its systems for morality, level/power progression, and crafting are intriguing.
Though this game appears to have come from nowhere, it looks to be a surprising title that could ease the coming drought of titles when summer approaches. I have hopes for this game's success, but I don't expect it to be the greatest RPG of the year. Barring a broken combat system or a lackluster narrative, I think Bound by Flame will sate my hunger for a new role-playing experience.
Rated 4 out of 10 by SirWalksalot Biggest headache ever
Usually I absolutely love RPG games. This one had too many issues. Combat play is about the only thing worthwhile in this game and even that was iffy. Your companions are borderline worthless (and occasionally vanish when a fight starts). The mechanics of the creatures are not always consistent and sometimes clash with the mechanics of the player's mechanics (such as dodging one attack and safely landing into another creature's attack but taking no damage). I will admit the physical aspects (you look like your character actually feels the weight of the weapon) are quite well. On harder difficulties you truly feel like you're fighting a losing war, always outnumbered and the creatures really feel empowered. That being said, there is no shame playing this game on a lower setting since there is little satisfaction of completing the game on a harder one.
Graphics can be glitchy, voice overs nearly made my ears bleed and the plots of quests (between both main and side) felt like there was something missing. Two play throughs are nice though so you can see both the light and dark side of your choices however I personally will not go beyond that.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Rev407 Not NexGen but pretty good.
The graphics in this game are not even up to par with the PS3 The only other complaint I have is that the sound is a bit off and the lip-synch is just awful. The voice over actors did not do a very good job and it takes you out of the story a bit. The story its self, while seemingly simple and thrown together is actually not bad. The control scheme is nice tight and intuitive. The actual gameplay can be a lot of fun. If your PlayStation four has mostly been a paperweight due to lack of games and you like RPG's that have a somewhat decently choice-based. You might as well give this one a try. With plenty of hours in gameplay and lots of the world to explore around you. And the fact that your skill tree is almost limitless in it's evolution. This game should actually keep you entertained for a while.
Rated 7 out of 10 by djh22 dark souls meets dragon age
Exactly... the enemies are difficult. As in if u encounter more than one at a time u will have some trouble. The bosses are even more difficult. U cant rush the fights u will have to run and heal as well as use ranged attacks (if u just so happen to have any left). Graphics are decent... not the best but certainly not the worst. Character customization could use some more choices but its not a huge deal. Combat feels alot like dragon age 2 as well as the way side quests are offered up. And u get the ability to "seduce" ai characters in the same way as dragon age.the interactions have an affect on the player and game ending which adda to the replay value. Especially for those trophy hunters. Overall its a pretty entertaining game that i will replay and platinum before trading in.
Rated 7 out of 10 by RPGcasualplayer Good Playability
Reminds me a little of Dragon Age 2 and Kingdoms of Amalur. You get to run with a NPC that pretty much serves as a distraction. Language is funny at times, but it seams like the developer over-reached. Story line is not bad. I do like that you don't just get OP by leveling. Actually have some thought in where you put your skill points. It does not show much in the short term but long term it shows if your spec'd correctly. Item upgrades are nice as you can add buffs. If you want to switch buffs or find new gear you can recycle old buffs back to basic mats to reuse.
Overall: I feel for the price this game is worth a run thru if your between games or waiting on more titles for the PS4 without breaking the wallet. I do not see re-play value in this game though.
Rated 9 out of 10 by brutaldustin Great Game, awesome combat.
This game is truly great. All these people saying it looks terrible are wrong.1080p 30-60fps from a 20person studio is really impressive. But this game plays like something from a much bigger studio. Combat is amazing and even more involved than the witcher 2. Light attack, strong attack, parry/block and you can kick/guard break. the guy even throws flying knees. And thats just warrior skill set. Best part is, unlike dragons dogma; every weapon and class is available to you and can be swapped on the fly. They use the DUALSHOCK 4 light bar really well t oom it flashes when you get hit. Its an awesome effect and really helps in combat. I love this game and have a feeling many others will too.
Rated 10 out of 10 by blueslover72 Little studio, great game!!
How this game went under the radar is simple: not too many people have heard of spiders studio, and most people are paying closer attention to the blockbuster games coming out later this year, and into next year. BUT, a studio should not always be judged on size. this game, while not for everyone, is one of the best RPG's i have had the pleasure of playing. the story is great, the music is breathtaking, and the visuals are some of the sharpest, and most gruesome at times, that i've seen in quite awhile. the only warning I have is that this game earns it's M rating.F-bombs abound, and the gore as well as other disturbing visuals make this a definite no-no for the kids!!
Rated 6 out of 10 by ShadowArcanist Not Amazing
I was disappointed, and I will try to highlight what I observed. Graphics: The graphics are a cell-shaded style, not quite as good as Borderlands and while the textures were ok, it didnt look next-gen at all. Movement/Animations: There are some nice combat animations but the overall movement is blocky and not smooth or natural at all. Gameplay: Granted there is some decent mechanics, but its unpolished and comes off a bit hackey with a block, mash, block, mash type of boredom. The one thing that did seem promising is the boss fights. The only time strategy seemed to matter. Bottom line, it seemed like it should be one of those $20 games you download.