You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords. In this RPG where every choice counts, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting its demonic influence.
User reviews: Mixed (908 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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May 5

THE LAUNCH TRAILER!

Bound by Flame will be available on Friday! So to celebrate the week of the game launch on PC, here's a final teaser video of the most ambitious RPG from Spiders studio: a launch trailer with music by Olivier Derivière (Assassin's Creed, Remember Me), who has created an original Bound by Flame soundtrack that is thrilling and sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZuHy2XZ7Z0

This latest Bound by Flame video highlights one of the important elements in the game, the background story and the gameplay: the relationship between the hero and the flame demon that possesses him. The choices and decisions you make in the game will determine if you allow your demonic side to predominate and gradually transform you physically in exchange for his powerful fire magic, or if you resist the demon's control and retain your humanity to develop your heroic skills.

Your human/demon duality will have a notable impact not only on your approach to the extremely tactical combat in the game, but also on the reaction of the people around you, particularly your relationship with your companions. It is therefore a central component in Bound by Flame that will influence your game experience depending on your choices and also assure gameplay longevity: players who want to try every possible way of progressing through the adventure are sure to start the game again to make totally different decisions from the first time!

Bound by Flame will be available on PC on May 9 2014.

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Reviews

“The mix of combat styles, spells, and abilities is fantastic”
IGN

“Bound by Flame is like Mass Effect set in a Medieval fantasy world”
GAMESRADAR

“We're pretty impressed with Bound by Flame”
DESTRUCTOID

About This Game

You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Dead-Army.

In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity.

Freely develop your abilities and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer.

Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in real-time epic battles based on tactics and reaction.

The bigger the danger, the greater the temptation to draw on the demon’s power at the cost of your soul… which way will YOU choose?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 4850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
A solid middle market game. As someone who went into this game with zero expectations and prior knowledge (and a price tag of $20.00), I was very suprised at how pleasant of an experience this was. The budget was *clearly* small, as illustrated by the production values. But even with that, they've managed to have a great and varied crafting system, a unique soundtrack, and a 'Witcher meets Baldur's Gate' inspired combat that's rewarding in its own way. I'll mirror other complaints about the horrible voice acting and script, but it's far from stopping this game from being enjoyable.

I will say, keep a few things in mine; the game is short, pick it up when it drops below $20. The final boss is a dozzy, so do not go into it without 100s of potions.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
I wasn't sure about getting this game... mixed reviews, cinematics that look too good to reflect gameplay etc. but I wanted to give it a try as the concept intruiged me!

Im about half-way through the game while im posting this and so far I think the game is both great and somewhat lacking in some respects. So lest start with the good points...

1. The graphics are pretty good with creative environments and weather effects.
2. A Good variety of armour looks and customising options
3. cool mix of combat styles (setting your sword on fire always makes the arm hair stand on end!)
4. Interesting storyline from what i've seen so far and the Daemon's dialogue I think is particularly well done.

So those are just some of the things I quite like about this game so far, I hope these dont change for the worse!

Now for my picky points which both frustrate and disappoint me...

1. The laziness of animations - you enter a new area and think wow look at this scenery, then you see the 'frozen' character standing close by pretending to be doing something important of giving depth to the game. I think this is awful in terms of creating a believable environment and frankly is kinda of lazy. The least they could do is breathe even if the animation is poor.

2. Combat - This is the first game i've come across where heavy weapons (2H) are completely useless and more often than not end up getting you killed! Clearly logic dictates that a two-handed sword does less damage than 2 small daggers... it does in this game anyway. If you want to focus on melee the only sensible option is to go for the rogue line, at least thats what seems to work for me. I find the boss fights great personally but the frustration at times trying to avoid an aoe from out of nowhere makes you want to cry.

3. Companions - the only real use ive found for them is being bait for enemies as most of the time the damage they do is woefully inadequate... the boss fights are more comic than anything watching them attempt to block a knock-down strike!

This is still a game I'd recommend for people to try though, maybe not at its full price though.

7/10
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
extremely dispointed by gameplay, bland story, and lack of depth
Posted: October 19
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
First, I have around 15 hours in this game and Steam is displaying my time played incorrectly. $40 new (I paid $20) for fifteen hours of completely linear gameplay with no reason whatsoever to play the game ever again after you beat it is a bad joke. I paid $20 and feel ripped off. $10 would be more fair. It is worth maybe ten dollars then when you get to the final boss fight worth about ten cents and that's it. It is one of the most frustrating games I have ever played, but it was not bad and I was enjoying it until the last boss. It is so bad that I said F it and am now looking for a trainer to cheat and beat the boss then uninstall this dog crap for good. I am a long-time skilled gamer but this game is just unacceptable on the last battle and I am in no way ashamed to say I am just tired of this game and am getting a trainer for it. I do not care. The only thing I am ashamed of is to say I wasted my money on this game. I have no doubt that if I actually tried a few more times I could beat the last boss but I am just so sick of this I do not care anymore. The final boss has caused my frustration level to finally explode. Every battle is insanely hard, and not exactly always in a good way. The game can still manage to be fun if you are a very skilled gamer and have a astronomical amount of patience, and I do not have much of the latter. Oh and by the way, even on the LOWEST difficulty, the last boss fight is nearly impossible. I had a very long review typed and ready to post about how the game is half decent, but it isn't even that because of the last fight. I had said before that the worst final boss fight in the history of video games was Cavestory+ but this one takes the cake. Whatever fun I was having through the game was crushed to nothing when I got to the last boss fight. It blows my mind that it is not the chief complaint about the game among all of the user reviews.

Oh and a problem equal to everything else is how short it is. It is supposed to be a $40 third person rpg and it is only about 15 hours long and is 100% linear with no point ever playing through it twice, not ever. It is a 100% ripoff. The other problem is that the skill trees completely suck, all three of them. They barely add any improvements to your character and the improvements that the skill trees do add are stupid and nearly useless. And when you get new weapons and armor throughout the game, their stats only increase a point at a time. The one-point increase that a new piece of gear gives is negated by the fact that enemies gain strength as the game goes on. The weapon and armor that I ended the game with felt the exact same as the basic ones I started with, because they basically are. You never do more dmg, you never prevent more dmg, and the skill trees barely help.

Seriously fk this, this game is a prime example of why piracy exists and why not nearly as many people pre-order games as they did five years ago. If the devs for this game are smart they will heed my review and do it right in the future, if they even made enough money off of this game to make anything else.

5/10 game
0/10 last boss fight
3/10 skill trees
0/10 armor/weapon upgrades because of enemy strength scaling
3/10 length
I want to forget about this game for as long as I live and I want my twenty ♥♥♥♥ing dollars back. And I will never buy another game from this company again, especially considering that their previous games are even worse than this. If you are inept to a point of making a game like this and thinking it is worth $40, you need to get out of the gaming industry for good.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
i did not enjoy the game at all. it has nice graphics but boring and annoying gameplay/diffculty
Posted: October 13
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
So I got this game for Preorder on GOG for about $25. I'd say it was worth it, but I definitely wouldn't pay $40 for it.

The graphics are -awesome-, the soundtrack is great and unique, and despite what others say I liked the characters quite a bit (although the primary is obviously a Shepard clone). I enjoyed the combat as well, although the lack of depth creates redundancy in the later part of the game.

The worst thing about this game is the length. There are seven Ice Lords and the game ends somewhat abruptly after defeating just one (who was a cakewalk btw). The final boss, while cool, has a RIDICULOUS difficulty spike which is jarring as hell. The story also seemed a bit convoluted at the end.

Let me reiterate that really did like the characters, story, and voice acting, and was actually disappointed that more content wasn't there for them to be fleshed out more. I loved the main character, Shepard clone or not. There are just enough decisions in the game to make you feel like you have some influence, although the whole "choose your demon or humanity" thing is ONE decision that you make early in the game, and you're pretty much stuck with it.

Ultimately Bound By Flame never quite reached it's potential. It's as though you're constantly teased with this awesome new universe that you get to see about ten percent of. I was ready to play it for another twenty hours or more!

Although I enjoyed it all the way through, there are some glaring issues that hinder the experience. Despite that, I do recommend it at a certain price point.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
This ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ game, cant even do ♥♥♥♥ with the first boss no potion to be found suddenly just run out from potions. Have to kill the first boss with all those rangers sorround that respawn constantly. Whoever design this game level should be hanged. So hard to beat and the its not even hard mode just normal. What a waste of money. DO NOT BUY!
Posted: October 17
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Bound By Lies ..... Nuff said
Posted: October 7
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16.6 hrs on record
a great game with an even better storyline,
challenging game easily played with keyboard and x-box controller
Posted: September 28
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0.8 hrs on record
Not fun, I can't get into it at all
Posted: October 10
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4.4 hrs on record
Alright let me first start off with this, there are much better action RPG's in the world of steam. This game just feels extremely linear and pretty bland and generic. Nothing really WOWS me about it... The plot is bland and has been done countless times. (Insert badguy faction here) is attacking us and we are dieing and stuffs only the power of (random chosen destiny type magic ability out of nowhere) can save us. The combat is very clumsy and the voice acting... oh the voice acting.. heck even the dialog is bad.. Imagine you are watching Lord of the Rings and Legolas ends his let your arrow fly true line with "ya crazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!" or if half the cast just read from a script with no accent :P then you have this game...

bottom line is, even though I got this game in a group package I still regret it. I'm not even sure if its worth a $5 sale sadly enough
Posted: October 12
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11.7 hrs on record
While the choices in this game are limited and the combat can be very difficult it is still a very good game. The music is beautiful and the graphics are respectable. Each character is interesting enough to continue to pique your curiosity for the duration of the story and the combat can feel oddly staisfying even if it is unvarried. I think this is an excellent attempt by Spiders to put out a game for fans of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, especially considering it is a bargain priced game, and I look forward to their next product.
Posted: October 13
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5.6 hrs on record
Fist hour or two are rough, then it gets really good
Posted: October 6
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14.5 hrs on record
This game is ok, teetering towards bad. The game has few redeeming qualitie. The combat system is rather boring and repetitive with there only being about 10, including bosses, enemy types all of which function rather similarly to each other with big "get out of the way" tells. When it manages to execute itself well, it feels moderately rewarding and is nice to look at, however there are a fair number of wonky hit boxes, awkward animations, and the staggerable archers that can shoot arrows behind them. The plot is rather uninteresting and full of that sort of cliche edginess to it with awkward vulgarity and do this or I will beat your skull in lines of dialogue. The characters are at times enjoyable, but for the most part lack any sort of depth or development, and your companions contributions to the battlefield little more than a distracting meatshield for a few seconds before them dying a brutal death and laying on the ground for the next 5 minutes of boss combat.
All in all I would rate this game at 2-2.5/5. If you can get it cheap, it has enough charm to stomach a play through, but with the entire game, with the majority of side content completed, taking around 15 hours to complete, it certainly is not worth it's $40 price tag.
Posted: October 6
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11.7 hrs on record
Firstly I have recorded the entirity of my first playthough for youtube, the playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNzEgKaq7dj7x1jZM4PGdtgljJ2f84Kmx

My decision to play this game was to compare Mars War Logs and Bound by Flames. Because just look at them they are so much alike as far as how they play and to a degree the story.

Pros:
- Visuals are nice.
- Characters for the most part are well designed and though out.
- The story is interesting up until the ending.
- The dialouge and voice acting is for the most part good.

Cons:
- Ending is odd, something of a cop out from making the rest of the game.
- Doesn't feel like you have much of a choice between embrassing the demon or using him up until the end.
- Try to feel open world but the enviroments are not large enough to accomplish it.
- The content snowballs, from spending a decent amount of time in the initial zones, to rushing through the last two zones.
- Combat can be very frusterating, for all the wrong reasons. Most fights of any notability are just a matter of mashing the right button, doesn't so much feel like you are doging attacks or making a strategic decision.
- Out of place feeling when the character are using curse words, it just doesn't feel like it fits, to modern for the setting of the game.

Other Thoughs:
- There are some bugs and oddities in the game. Sometimes the voice actor say one thing, but the subtitles say another.
- Some character you never feel as though you know or care about.


Overall I would recommend the game. Its not going to be the best that you have ever played, but it is decently fun and entertaining. After all that is the reason we play video games.
Posted: October 9
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15.7 hrs on record
This game is overall fantastic! It is really well optimized and even though it is not fully free roam or open world, there are still people you can get quests from and do them however you want. You're in charge of your own story. I also recommend this game because there are so much variety in enemies that each enemy will have a certain way to attack and it really provides some challenge!
Posted: October 9
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8.0 hrs on record
Absolutely underrated game, even more so than Mars: War Logs, which was a little hidden gem - rough at the edges, but with some heart. Same here. Combat system is not the greatest, but it's not bad - the Total Biscuit review makes no sense (unless he didn't get into the character development at all). No AAA title, but definitely worth checking out.
Posted: October 10
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8.0 hrs on record
Before you look at my non-recommendation, hear me out. I would probably recommend this game if it came down to about $20-$25. I say this because the combat really isn't my cup of tea. I get that it does take a little more precision than what we're used to in hack and slash games, but this just gets repetitive and ultimately boring. Also there's no class system, (because god forbid we play a role in a roleplaying game). However, the big redeeming quality in this game is its story telling. I haven't had party members or a world this memorable since Mass Effect 2 guys. Still, if your looking for a good hack-n-slash rpg that attempts to beef up the hack-n-slash portion, I highly recommend Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Seriously that game gets no love.
Posted: October 14
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7.1 hrs on record
This game certainly has issues, but I've enjoyed it. The writing is bad, and a lot of the voice acting is pretty bad too. The combat is reasonably entertaining, though, and I even if the writing is poor the feel of the setting is sometimes compelling (it's sort of like Myth: The Fallen Lords and the Witcher had a baby, thematically). And honestly, when they're not taking themselves so freaking seriously sometimes the writers have even managed to make me laugh aloud.

Bottom line: buy it on sale if you need something to whet your appetite for the Witcher 3.
Posted: October 14
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5.2 hrs on record
Great for offline use and fairly challenging

Looking for a game to kill some time but, also quite rewarding through battles? Well, this is your go to. I can see this weekend people are looking at the game quite a bit so i thought i'd drop a review for your sakes and add a list of pros and cons. there are some iffy situations in-game that may turn you off but, there is never a 100% perfect game they could always use additional fixes and content. The game overall does deliver but, i wouldn't go as far as to pick it up for full price, now that would be quite absurd.

Pros:
+Although bad dialogue, it is quite hilarious 90% of the time.
+Unique battle system
+Challenging
+Can be played offline
+Able to mix n' match skills across three different skill sets
+Customizable armor (can be changed visually and add-ons to the armor sets are possible)
+Clear plot
+Straight-forward questline/stroyline (it will most likely never become lost)
+Visually pleasing bosses/monsters that you'll find quite awesome
+Crafting system (don't have to drop gold on every single thing you need)

Cons:
+Sketchy dialogue (the actors weren't that great although they were funny)
+Time consuming combat
+Linear world (not rly open world but, there's a lot of area to move around)
+Not worth 40$ (if it's not on sale, you can't partake in this coolness)
+The archer style isn't really much of a skill, not dependable at al
+Overwhelming and unfair battles (depending on what difficulty u pick of course)
+Fairly short (10-15 hours of solid gameplay on normal, 25-30 levels of solid content)
+No competition (a lot mmos offer player competition but, this one surely doesn't)
+Not much replay value, after you finisht the game once you probably won't feel inclined to do it once more
+The name you choose doesn't carry over to your game (#foreverVulcan)


Hope this helps during your decision to purchase the game or not, i think it's good for 20$ but, not entirely worth it for 40$. Please don't mistake this game for an elder scrolls game or "dark souls" series, it's no where near as hard as dark souls and lacks the content/customization elder scrolls offers so it falls into it's own class of game.

With regards, your friendly gamer.
Posted: October 11
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