Bound By Flame
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.
Looks like a good time
First off let me say that i think people are expecting this game to live in the witcher's or the elder scroll's foot steps but it simply can't, the developers have already said that they are a small company and only want to tell a story in their game and that they know they can't compete with the big boys, with that being said this game looks like it'll satisfy anyone's ps4 rpg lust. on a side note it is not true open world but does include several rpg elements like a huge craft system, i for one cannot wait to get this game and delve into the world this small studio has created, also watch the video below.
The game's mechanics sound really good, everything from the struggle for humanity, weapon and crafting system, to game play itself. I a big fan of RPG's, and this game seems like a good one. The crafting is more in-depth than any game I've seen so far. The demon-humanity duo is particularly interesting. Give up a little humanity to acces powerful flame spells. Your physical appearance changes s well. Graying skin, horns, skin red hot that melts your armor. The ability to switch from one to two-handed weapons reminds me of Kingdoms of Alamur: The Reckoning. No game play footage that I have seen yet, but E3 is just around the corner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely not 30+ hours of gameplay as told above
All I have to say is the game was lacking mostly everything. You can look at everybody else's comments of the same rating and that'll be my feeling. I beat the game in 12.5 hours... On the easiest difficulting but that's because the next level up is beyond annoying when fighting 2 or more enemies at once and a single hit could take 70% of your health away. Don't get me wrong the game was pretty fun, but no where near the options that you may think they have. I'm glad this wasn't sold as a $60 full priced game, but it definitely wasn't worth $50 dollars of my money either.
I find this game to be similiar to Mass Effect and Dragon Age. So if you like any of those and a fan of RPGS, than drop the 50 for this. It is well worth it. It's a very fun and exciting game! There are many choices you get to make and each has a consequence of some kind. No doubt different endings as well. So it will keep you busy for a long...long....long time.
I can't allow people to waste money
This game is simply not worth the $50 that they are charging. It should have been released as a digital download for $15 or $20. My maybe I wouldn't be so hard on the game if it was classified as an action game but when you attmept to step into the RPG Genre then you need to come with a game that is a minimum of 40 hours of gameplay and if you go that low your entire game better be awesome...story...action....graphics etc...This game graphically is pretty solid...the shading effects and day to night transitions were very well done...the combat system which offers you two fighting styles was a decent attempt at something different....while I found the two handed weapons to be too slow for my liking the dual blades were perfect as I simply felt more agile. Now with the cons...
1. The developers either ran out of development funds
2. Ran out of Ideas for the game
3. Or plan to bombard their consumers with DLC
Spoiler Alert Below so stop here if you plan to waste $50 if you want to save your money for a better option then keep reading...
The game tells the story of the 7 Icelords...and about 20 or so hours into the game after a few sub boss battles you finally reach the first Icelord...now as a fan of RPGs this got me excited simply thinking about what to expect next as I battled towards the 6 remaining Icelords....BUT NO...
You defeat the first Icelord.....do one other battle....make a choice and the game ends and that credits rol....this was a travesty for any hard nosed RPG Players...very unsatisfying....