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 (1,270 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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Includes 4 items: Bound By Flame, Faery - Legends of Avalon, Mars: War Logs, Of Orcs And Men

 

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"While parts of Bound By Flame are messy, its combat is strong enough to keep the fire stoked."
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“The mix of combat styles, spells, and abilities is fantastic”
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“Bound by Flame is like Mass Effect set in a Medieval fantasy world”
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“We're pretty impressed with Bound by Flame”
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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
Helpful customer reviews
47 of 67 people (70%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Lets keep it simple.
Dark Fantasy Story : 8/10
RPG Elements: 9/10
Sound: 6/10
Music: 9/10
Gameplay:8/10

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding Dark Fantasy Action RPG, this is it. Wait for it to be on sale, hit the install, and have fun. The combat can be unfair at times, but this is not Dark Souls. The action combat is like Witcher & Gothic had a baby. The skill trees are great and very fun to test out. The voice acting is ....meh, but I have seen worse movies. The soundtrack is quite good, you won't be humming anything at work, but adds to the game. You can't compare this game to some AAA title. The effort and love put into this game shows at its core. Spiders had a story to tell and they had fun doing it. Enjoy!
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Bound by Flame is a Third-Person, Story-Driven, Action-Oriented RPG developed by Spiders & published by Focus Home Interactive, the very same duo that conceived Mars: War Logs.

You are thrust into the harshness of Vertiel as Vulcan, powder master of the Freeborn Blades. The Blades along with the Elves & the Red Scribes fiercely stand as the last bastion of civilization against the might of the seven Ice Lords & their Deadwalker minions who seek to plunge Vertiel into an everlasting Ice Age. You – Vulcan – stand on the precipice of Vertiel. Will you be able to stem the frozen tide?

Before embarking upon your journey, you will be met with the character creation screen. The options present are few but include the ability to change hair/face type in addition to customizing your character’s name. The option to choose gender is also present.

Vertiel is a harsh & unforgiving land with varying environments, from tree-filled swamps to death-ridden sewers. The environments are linear, disjointed & feel claustrophobic at times despite much of the game taking place in outdoor locales.

There are three unique skill trees – Warrior, Ranger & Pyromancer, which allow you to customize your playthrough. There are several different weapon types as well. Ultimately, you’ll have to allot skill points according to which weapon you desire to use throughout. While there is some wiggle room in the ability to customize your character, it is somewhat limited as to variability. Also present is a feat system that grants a wide array of bonuses to crafting, health/mana, exploration etc., depending on how feat points are spent.

The combat feels fluid & rewarding upon dispatching your enemies into the afterlife. The boss fights are of particular note, as they are quite difficult & well-thought out in their construction. The final boss encounter was a personally euphoric experience. Even the most battle hardened will experience difficulty here.

As you adventure throughout Vertiel you will encounter foes & allies alike. Foes will become friends & friends will become foes, instigated by war’s untimely wrath. Certain allies will be able to join you on your adventure & assist you in battle, providing everything from damage absorption to the critical heal that will permit the eventuality of victory. Unfortunately, their use is highly variable & they become almost useless in certain drawn-out encounters.

Bound by Flame has an in-depth crafting system, enabling the crafting of potions, traps & even weapon/armor upgrades to slay the most formidable of foes. Much time can be wasted perfecting each piece of equipment to desired playstyle.

The dialogue in Bound by Flame is its Achilles’ heel. It does not suit the fantasy environment in any capacity whatsoever. The facial animations are equally as poor. Coupled together they provide a major drawback for any player seeking an immersive fantasy experience.

The art style & graphics provide a suitable backdrop. Other than being simply existing as a medium for the story to unravel, they don’t provide much in the way of eye candy. There is also a literal plethora of cut scenes rendered with the in-game engine. The majority of them can be skipped however, if heart longs for battle.

Olivier Deriviére, creator of the soundtrack, also creator of the soundtrack to Remember Me, pulls no punches in creating a phenomenal score that exudes both wonder & excitement. Getting lost in the different bits & pieces of it are a certainty & a joy.

In conclusion, Bound by Flame is a mixed bag in the RPG genre. It flourishes in its strengths but continually stumbles upon its mistakes. Despite its drawbacks, Bound by Flame is note-worthy & very much worth a try for fans of the genre.

7/10
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36 of 53 people (68%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
+good atmosphere
+great music
+challenging fights
+good story

-too short
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
As far as action-RPGs go , this is an average game. Not the worst, and no the best. It is rough around the edges, but can also be great fun a times. Combat is both frustrating and entertaining. Dialogue can be charming , and then embarassingly bad. The bottom line is I can only recommend this game, when it has a sale. You can forgive it's shortcomings when you have paid less than half-price.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I dont know what is for people bad on this game. I love it, its not the best game of all times, but its good. Iam a RPG lover and this is for me intresting. First fighting styl, you can choose forms and styles of fight, you can fight from distant or you can kill enemy with you dagers, sword, traps, magic and other thinks. Story is not bad because there are choices, you can choose the ending and thats for me a very big +. When you love fighting, elfs, magic, and stupid demons in your body try it.
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