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.
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Acquista RPGs by Spiders Studios

Include 4 oggetti: 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”
IGN

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

“We're pretty impressed with Bound by Flame”
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In un mondo senza speranza devastato dai sette Signori del Ghiaccio e dal loro esercito di non-morti, tu assumi il ruolo di Vulcan, un mercenario posseduto da un demone del fuoco.

In questo RPG in cui ogni tua decisione avrà le sue conseguenze, dovrai scegliere se liberare i poteri del tuo demone interno o rifiutare l’influenza demoniaca che intende privarti della tua umanità. Sviluppa liberamente le tue capacità e il tuo stile di combattimento attraverso tre alberi delle abilità: le armi pesanti del Lottatore, le furtive armi doppie del Ranger o i devastanti incantesimi infernali del Piromante. Recluta compagni che vivranno, ameranno, odieranno e combatteranno al tuo fianco contro le orribili creature di Vertiel in spettacolari combattimenti tattici in tempo reale.

Più grande è il pericolo, maggiore sarà la tentazione di ricorrere al potere demoniaco sacrificando la tua anima… quale strada sceglierai?

Requisiti di sistema

    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 E SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBILE ATI RADEON HD 4850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT O SUPERIORE
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBILE
    • Additional Notes: CONNESSIONE INTERNET RICHIESTA PER LA ATTIVAZIONE DEL GIOCO
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5 persone su 7 (71%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
15.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 agosto
pessimo titolo, tutte le promesse sprecate.
graficamente alquanto ordinario se non quasi risibile,gameplay piatto e monotono, la noia la fa da padrone, senza contare meccaniche plasticose e nemici deliberatametne ostici dove i combattimenti piu che di azione sembrano di un rythm game... tenetevene alla larga.
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
28.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 4 novembre
PRO:
Divertente, storia interessante anche se non sviluppata interamente, gameplay divertente basato su combattimenti mai noiosi, apprezzabilissima la personalizzazzione di bonus e estetica degli oggetti.
CONTRO:
Corto, storia che si ferma troppo presto...
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59 persone su 65 (91%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
38.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 20 novembre
Sir Faulty's Scorecard

Personal Rating: "Worth purchasing"
Traditional Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Genre: Action Role Playing Game

The Demon Within

Bound by Flame, the new action role playing game from Spiders (the same people that gave us Orcs and Men and Mars: War Logs) is clearly a game made on a tight budget and you can see, feel and hear it as you play the game. It's messy, clichéd and incredibly rough around the edges but after playing it for a few hours you can immediately see that for all Spiders faults this is a company that passionately loves what it does putting what resources it has to rather good use and that is part of the charm of playing a Spiders game. If you are looking for a AAA quality role playing game made on an over-inflated budget with the promise of an open world (with ironically very little to actually do) then it's probably best you look elsewhere but if you are a gamer who isn't so easily blinded by the strobe-light of the big publishing houses hype-train, enjoy a tighter more focused experience then I would encourage you to give Bound by Flame a go. You may, as I was, be in for a rather pleasant surprise.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=343035020
Taking on the role of a mercenary in a land that is ravished by seven power hungry and greedy Ice-Lords who command an army of the undead (you will only ever encounter one of them throughout the entire game), Bound by Flame plays out pretty much like a fantasy-lite version of Mass Effect with consequence and effect. Possessed by a flame demon it is up to you, the player, to harness the power of the demon and control it for the good of what is left of mankind or let the demon harness you in its own pursuit for world domination.

From a story telling point there isn't much new here on display that we haven't seen already in countless fantasy games, books or movies so in effect you won't really be playing Bound by Flame for its strong narrative. Characters aren't particularly well fleshed out and simply exist to fill in the genres staple trope of healer, witch, ranger and knight (of which you get the chance to toggle between as companions during your adventure through the lands of Vertiel). While the game may be lacking in characterization it certainly makes up for it with its zany and often offbeat sense of humor. Most of the people you engage with in the world will often say the most inane and ludicrous things which had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. This was something I was not really expecting, particularly from an RPG where you are once again cast in the shoes as eternal savior.

The game also falters somewhat by recycling many of the enemies you encounter repeatedly only ever introducing one or two new enemies into the mix the further you explore. I can't really fault the game on this though given the limited budget the developers were probably working within. Some parts of the game also look incredibly rushed and I have a feeling this was probably due to getting the game out onto the new consoles as quickly as possible since both the PS4 and XBONE are still severely lacking in quality first party titles so a sale here should reap far more rewards than releasing when each new consoles product backlog is booming. With that being said though, Bound by Flame does look rather good in some of its incredibly limited environments.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=340055068
Where Bound by Flame does shine is with its incredibly fast, fluid and responsive combat. Combat in Bound by Flame moves at a frantic clip and is a joy to play as you switch in and out of play styles (dual-wielding, warrior and pyromancer). It does take some time getting used to though which has the effect of making the earlier part of the game a difficult slog as you settle into a style that suits you best but once you master its intricacies and you learn when to parry and when to strike an enemy the game becomes incredibly fun to play. As you level up you are also given the choice to plow points into one of three skill trees that makes the game a little more easier depending on the route you choose.

I chose to invest most of my points into the ranger (expert) and pyromancer skill tree which made the game seem remarkably easier than it intitally was upon booting it up for the first time. Bound by Flame, whilst no where near Dark Souls level of difficulty, can at times be incredibly challenging and you will need to be constantly aware of the enemies surrounding you else you will get cornered and hammered to death within seconds. Some of Bound by Flames enemies are brutal and hit particularly hard and I found the ranger's doge ability to be a lifesaver during these intense sequences. You can also craft your own supplies and augment your weaponry and armour with items that give you stat boosts plus add certain magical types of resistance.

During combat you will often be accompanied by one of the companions mentioned above and you are given the ability to enter into a tactical menu (which slows the entire game down) while you issue orders to your sidekick during battle. This is not Dragon Age: Origins however, so don't go in expecting as intricate a system as that classic. I found that generally getting each companion to block most incoming attacks directed at them worked wonders in keeping them alive during battle so that they provided more aid than hinderance. Thankfully Bound by Flame allows you to save your progress at any given point so you will never feel like you are replaying swathes of the game just to advance. If I have a gripe here it's that companions can't really die and even if they fall in battle once the fight is over they wil be back up and running as if nothing had happend before. This was a slight disappointment as I was hoping that their losses in battle would result in their deaths which in turn would have some sort of impact on the game world and its storyline but alas this was not the case.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=339439208
Conclusion

Bound by Flame is now my sleeper hit of 2014. I can whole-heartily say that I loved most of every minute of it (even with all of its flaws) and had I paid heed to all the negative criticism the game got I would have probably denied myself the pleasures of its rustic charm. While certainly no classic its definitely a game I can recommend to anyone who loves a challenging aRPG diversion and is the perfect title to tide you over until the next big RPG hitters arrives in the form of Dragon Age: Inquistion and The Witcher 3.
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17 persone su 19 (89%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
13.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 17 novembre
So, I'll start out by saying there is no way this game is worth the £29,99 price tag that it has currently - at most it should be £20 and even that could be said to be pushing it.

The graphics look pretty good to be honest, yes you may need quite a beefy rig to play them on full, but they are well worth it. The actual game play represents a classic Action Game, consisting all of the usuals, heavy attacks, blocks, swipe attacks, as well as your magic abilities. The combt system can feel a little clunky to begin with, but once you work out the timings on when to block and parry attacks, it's OK.

I would say the mainstory is a little short for the price tag. I finished the game in just under fourteen hours. I would highly recommend you finish the majority of the side missions as to get a few levels advantage over the story, as some of the end bosses are quite challenging.

That being said, the bosses in Bound by Flame have a very Dark Souls'esk feel to them. You have to work out the best stratergy to take them down, often resulting in a number of failed attempts before it finally clicks.

All in all, this is a pretty good game, but I would wait until sale season starts before you pick it up since it is certainly not worth the full price tag.
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12 persone su 14 (86%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
82.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 29 giugno
I would describe Bound by Flame as an arcade style action-RPG.
At first glance the game might seem similar to Witcher but this is deceiving, Bound by Flame and Witcher are completely different games that try to do different things in different ways.

Bound by Flame reduced some RPG elements to a bare minimum in order to create a very fluid action-oriented combat.
The combat in this game is more similar to an arcade-RPG than to the usual RPGs we are used to.

Personally i enjoyed the combat a lot. Just like Mars War Logs, the combat seems difficult and unfair at first but it quickly becomes addictive once you get into it.....IF you get into it before getting frustrated because you tried to play it like it was Witcher or Amalur.
The combat reminds me a little bit of some of my fave arcade games like Knights of the Round, D&D Towers of Doom/Shadows over Mystaria.

The skill tree looks very similar to other games but again this is deceiving. You have a warrior branch (2 handed swords, axes and hammers), a so-called ranger branch that specialises in daggers (no bows), and a magic branch that unlike usual games, is not self-sufficient, its intended more like a buffer than a caster.

There is also a feat tree (every level you get two skillpoints and one feat point) where you can further improve your character in different ways.

The so-called crafting is very basic but very practical, can be done everywhere (even in fights) as long as you have the needed materials that you can gather or loot from containers or defeated enemies. The amount and type of upgrades that you can insert on equipment depends on the "level" of the equipment, early armors and weps have very little options while later ones offer a great variety of interesting options.

There are two secondary weapons that can prove very useful, the crossbow (very limited ammo used mostly for interrupting or poisoning) and the traps. These two weapons could become the only way out of difficult boss fights if you screwed up your character build (like investing points in both the ranger and the warrior branch which is a big mistake).

The graphics are very good but there is too little variation.

The story is good but its unpolished, many inconsistencies and loose ends.
The decision-making that is supposed to change the story is very underwhelming as is the so-called seduction thing. This aspect was so much better in Mars War Logs.
Also its a bit annoying how dialogue options are still there after they are no longer valid, not a big thing but still.

All in all this is a very entertaining game if you are after an action-RPG with very fluid arcade-style action and a fairly good story.






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12 persone su 14 (86%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
32.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 27 agosto
I have played through twice but both times on easy setting. I bought this game initally because of the opportunity it gives to play as female and the rpg character customisation and development is something I really enjoy. I also was hoping the story and romances would be good too.
The charcter creation is basic, barely ok. Also I would recommend you not bother to change the name because Vulcan is the only name you get called in the game. I didnt bother changing my name in the second playthrough. I rather liked being called by name rather than 'friend, boss, hero or other generic title'
I think the story was ok, definitely a few plotholes. The first part is very complete and well done and the last two chapters rushed and with bits missing. There was a lot of death in this game, I didnt like that my character ended up killing another main character who I wouldnt choose to kill under any circumstances.
I liked the combat, I was glad I could mix it up a lot. I missed fast travel back to camp but I suspect that was never implented as the game would end up being really short. So going to and fro and fighting the same respawning enemies felt a little bit of a cheap way to level. (I got the feeling a large chunk of the story and game was cut out)
I am glad I got the choice of endings and some other choices throughout the game (didnt like the 'heroic' choice option) but can live with it.
I think the crafting and armour upgrades was well done. I liked the interface and the maps. I loved Mathras, his character was the star of the show. Randval was also well acted, and Sybil and that nasty sorceror lady. Female hero's voice and acting wasnt so good, not sure about male.
I would give this game a 7/10 as I enjoyed it enough to play it through twice.
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10 persone su 13 (77%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
14.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 6 ottobre
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.
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7 persone su 8 (88%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
44.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 10 luglio
Well, despite the game being a lot of fun, the ending of Bound by Flame was kind of a let down. Just a couple sentences after the boss and a forced choice. No gameplay after the story(wasn't expecting it); no NG+(the game is short enough that it's not a huge issue). It could have been a much longer experience with a much larger game world; the backstory was there. Still, way better and more fun that I was expecting it to be.

Having played through the game more than once now, I'm going to review further. The original review is above, the extra is below.

The game has a few weird flaws that make the game harder than it probably should be, or maybe it has a broken stance that makes the game much easier due to shortsightedness. The warrior stance relies almost entirely on parrying to avoid damage, which is a block executed in a pretty tight timeframe that leads to a counter.

There are several moves that are not blockable in the game, that can easily be dodged, even without the specific timing, by the other stance. Now, I don't know if they forgot to make block better in the warrior stance, or they overlooked how good dodging is by comparison, but the game is much, much easier when you play through wielding daggers in the stealth stance than it is playing through with heavy weapons in the warrior stance. That was painfully clear when I did a heavy weapon only run on Captain difficulty.

Another thing is that the story doesn't really make it feel like my choices mattered outside of a different line of dialogue here and there. Almost all of the game was the same no matter what I chose to do. The one that sticks out the most is at the end of act II when you have to choose whether to ambush a specific deadwalker or go save the troops who are about to be ambushed themselves. No matter which choice you make here, you fight the deadwalker. the choice only changes which companion you fight it with, and alters an encounter later in the game. I was expecting, with so many choices, for there to be more divergence in the story depending on them.

Having seen all of the endings, only one of them felt even remotely satisfying. the other endings leave much to be desired and bring about no closure at all.

In spite of these flaws, I obviously spent a great deal of time with the game, and I felt driven to get all of the achievements(working on the last two now). I bought this game on a whim and I am satisfied with the purchase. I do still wish the story was a little more fleshed out, though. A sequel set in a more open would would be welcome.
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5 persone su 5 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
21.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 settembre
Okay, there are quite a few posts in discussions about the combat system saying it's too hard and companions are useless.
I urge you to please not be put off by these.

Some are correct some things they say such as the companion having trouble following you or the action and may remain stuck or wandering.

If your companion has suddenly vanished while exploring, back track until you find him/her then just walk around at different angles while moving away from them until they resume to follow, failing that, find a door or a gap to go through and somehow they get teleported to beyond that crossing point (you may need to wander off then return to the door/gap to see your companion). This mainly happened in the swamp and around the final area called Black Frosts Domain.

Tip for better companion fighting: They are a bit weak in the health department so you being the hero need to aggro and eliminate the stronger more deadlier enemies first, while your doing this your companion may thank you with a nice ice blast or if your lucky some mind control. If they do die and you find yourself a bit deep, run away and let them get back on their feet - you may be quick enough to revive your companion before the enemy you are fighting gets their health back.

Now in terms of general combat, yes it is hard but you need to practice and I mean practice. Some fights you will not win unless you can use the Q key to dodge while in Assassin stance or use SPACE while in Warrior stance to parry. Timing is essential with these and with good practice you may not even be hit. Once you understand and have achieved this sense of timing then things become very rewarding when you beat a tough fight. Focus carefully on the skill tree as well, don't scramble your points. Try and focus on your preferred fighting style while utilising the best pyro branches for that style of choice. Do not forget about your other stance how ever, do feel free to try and balance the weaker stance out by going for what is needed, remember your main stance is your offensive stance.

Hope this helped in some way in regards to the combat up roar, the game really is a nice one to play and has great choices for you to develop the plot/story. Graphics are not up there in the top of the list but some areas still look stunning and there are some errors with the subtitles like wrong words but after some time you don't pay attention to them. I rate this 8/10.
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5 persone su 6 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 9 ottobre
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.
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5 persone su 6 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
15.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 agosto
It was a decent RPG game. Didnt seem like a lot of choice in the story depending on which path you took. For example, letting the demon take over a little bit in the beginning of the game, might cause some things later in the game to be a lot of no choice decisions. (demon will pick your choices for you or it felt that way). The gameplay is ok, but it feels like your using a wooden sword on everything and all the other enemies, even just the basic minion little creeps, hit hard. Its like they tried so hard to make this game hard, that its just stupidly difficult, you'll find yourself dieing a lot at certain boss battles. (especially as a warrior, who's blocking and stun attacks are somewhat disappointing when you have stuff that cant be blocked or stunned). Crossbows felt so useless as well, i truly feel that the combat gameplay is the biggest con to this game.
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6 persone su 8 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 giugno
As much as the combat can be fun, that's all it has really going for it.
The reason it gets downvotes lets start with the fact that conversations give away quest spoilers or the ending of the game long long before you reach the end of the game. For example *SPOILER INCOMING BUT THE GAME WILL SPOIL IT TOO* You'll get a hot mage lady she's not entirely trustworthy. In Chapter 2 during companion conversations you just bring up she used to be an Ice Lord, casualy like you always knew, and she responds in kind, filling you in on all kinds of personal details, skip to about 5 hours later you OFFICIALY find out she was an Ice lord *DUNDUNDUUUUUN* Drama anger can you trust her omfgploxing? Wait wait you spoiled that for me yourself about 5 hours ago. ♥♥♥♥ like this happens ALL THE TIME! You pull information from thin air in conversations and plot decisions from inforamtion you were obvioulsy supposed to have found out, but never actually did.
Your ability to make choices, is fairly limited, the instances where making a choice seems logical, it gets scripted and you get no choice, like say absorbing the body of a lich, which transforms you, removes your ability to waer helmets and ♥♥♥♥es off the elf prince. But you know, getting a choice to allow the demon to stop "mind confusion" seems like ti will mean the death or life of your friends, nope guess what, it doesn't, it means nothing. Seemingly major decisions are infact cosmetic and the really major decisions are chosen for you with no say what so ever.
It's like very very badly written novel by a 9th grade student, or a first time DnD Dungeon Master.
Honestly wait till this game is like 9.99, it's worth 9.99. I would even say it's worth 14.99 if you really really want it.

5.9/10 a D-
PRO's
Shiny
OK but not spectacular combat mechanics

CON's
Buggy
Inconsistent story progression
Non sensical decision making
Falsely advertised freedom. Forced choices in a game that pushes the "your choice matters" advertising
Early vs Late game Combat Difficulty Balance is way off
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9 persone su 15 (60%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
22.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 26 giugno
DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $5.00 FOR THIS GAME. DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID.

It could have been amazing. There are glimmers of good from time to time. Instead what we ended up with was horrid dialogue, absolutely zero story pacing, non-existent characters story, brain dead ally AI, and some of the worst combat I've ever played.

The entire combat is based around parrying enemy attacks. God help you if you miss one parry because a single hit quiet often takes a quarter to a third of your health at any point in the game. All the while your attacks take slivers off enemy health with buffs and crits. The game often throws multiple enemies at you while your partner stumbles around like a drunk ♥♥♥♥♥♥. More than 2 enemies and it becomes too fast to parry. Get ready for lots of reloading and trying the same group all over again because someone got passed a parry and stumbled you.

God just stay away from this garbage of game.
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
21.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 settembre
A tough game to score. It definitely tries to emulate Bioware RPG's in a lot of ways, and features action heavy gameplay similar to what one might see in a game like Gothic or Two Worlds. However, some of the enemies have fundamental problems in their design which cause spells not to hit correctly, or melee attacks passing through them without damage. If you're looking for the equivalent of a B Movie in a fantasy game, I'd check out Bound By Flame. It's got all those terrible qualities that you'll grow to love over time, much like Troll 2 or Zombie 3. If taken at face value it's NOT a great game, but the developer's love shines through in a lot of ways too. Big heart and an ugly, twitching face would be the best description of the game.
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 26 giugno
I normaly enjoy this type of game but the combat is so tedious it is not playable for more than an hour. Major let down for the price point.
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7 persone su 12 (58%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
3.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 agosto
'You already own Bound By Flame'

I wish I didn't though.

This is - and admittedly I only got a couple of hours into the game because the voice acting made me want to bite my keyboard in half - the worst game I have played in 2014, including a free rail shooter dragon nonsense with Games for Gold on XBL and 'Pay2Win the Gathering: 2015'. Maybe the plot gets better - wouldn't know, as unmemorable characters and ♥♥♥♥ty, ♥♥♥♥ty voice acting had me rolling my eyes so far back in my head that I could see my brain melting. Fantasy cliches can still be woven into a decent story, but this has no redeeming qualities. When you're questioning your motivations, along with every NPC lemming that aids you or arbitrarily hates you, it's not generally a good sign.

Generally, I'm quite forgiving of graphics if a story is good, and can overlook a shallow story if the gameplay and scenery is interesting. On both counts, it's not. This actually reminds me of Kingdoms of Amalur in a way - I haven't a clue what that game was on about in the end, the Magical Kingdom of Whimsyshire while I saved the Rumpledumpins from the Trololodgers. Who knows. But the combat was mindless fun, and I put more hours into it than I thought I might (thought my total on Steam is inflated because I tabbed out of it for several days and forgot it was running, which says a lot about me). While I'm loathe to harp on at the writing continuously, it doesn't even have fun combat to back it up. It feels dated and clumsy, leaving two counts of 'f*ck this ♥♥♥♥' in the Con Column. There are better RPGs out there than this, and better coming up. If you still feel the need to soldier through it, wait for a sale. A bigger sale. The kind of sale that starts '0.xx'.

I, however, have taken to using this game as the second option in 'Would You Rather?' People would rather mate with a ginger or let a Box Jellyfish sit on their face than finish this.

(I honestly think it's one of Dante's levels of Hell, along with slow internet and British Netflix.)
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16.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 10 settembre
Rating: 7.5/10

Bound by Flame will definitely never be considered a cult classic, and the shameful difficulty of the title is not going to be some bragging rights challenge incentive like Dark Souls. It's hard to tell what the developers were thinking when they decided to take so many elements of other franchises and weld them together as they've done within this game. By all means, the game is enjoyable and it has its share of replayability factors if you're into achievement hunting. However, the grotesque endurance difficulty and lackluster characters will put off many potential buyers. The steep price of $39.99 for the content may be worth it to some, I happened to get this title on sale for the modest price of $19.99 and do not regret my purchase. That being said, give this title a fair shot when it goes on sale if you have enjoyed Dark Souls, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Fable and Demonicon.

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5.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 2 agosto
The game's graphics are good, but that's about all I can say is good. The dialgoue and writing are TERRIBLE. The combat can be frustrating. It has some fun ideas, but overall, this is very generic and kind of boring.
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0.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 20 luglio
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6.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 28 giugno
I was very excited for this game. It was at the top of my wishlist for a long time, and I was so excited to get the email that it was finally on sale. I installed the game, hopeful and excited, and pressed begin. That was my first mistake. My second mistake was thinking that the game would get better. It didn't. From start to finish, this game was a major disappointment. There were many many things that bothered me about this game (such as the typos spread throughout the subtitles or the fact that you can name your character, yet you're still called Vulcan throughout the duration of the game), but some were just unbearable.

The first was the dialogue. Doesn't seem like a big deal right? Wrong. Every conversation in this game, besides being boring, is tedious and way too long. I wasted more time in this game talking than actually playing. I literally pulled out my phone a few times and scrolled through my blog while waiting for conversations to finish. You just don't care. None of the characters are likeable, none of the stories are interesting, and you just find yourself trying to get through it as fast as you can so you can get said quest or event over with.

The second thing that was frustrating was the combat. The concept was okay, but the execution wasn't. First of all, it takes a while to kill certain creatures. I found myself taking much too much time going after a particular monster, and then turning around and finding a bunch more. The warrior stance doesn't really do much damage. It's slow and each hit does minimal damage (and mind you I spent a lot of points in that category). The ranger position was okay, but to dodge you had to jump back, and it took longer than needed to reach the creature again for another hit, making the battle longer than it needed to be. Distance (whether with a crossbow or fire spells) didn't do enough damage to actually be worthwhile. I usually only used it when I needed to get a group of deadwalkers away from me. The biggest problem? Each creature required mastery of a specific stance to defeat it quickly and efficiently, and it just isn't possible to even out the stances and actually improve the skill. You have to pick one (maybe two) to focus on, and then when you fight someone who needs the other you don't have the skill needed. It's not that it's hard, it's just tedious, boring, and frustrating, especially when taking out a lot of creatures at once.

Another thing that bothered me was the realism in the game. For example, in every boss battle, Vulcan has a cutscene where he/she is basically doomed, and then suddenly they gain the advantage and destroy the boss...and everytime I shook my head and thought, that would never happen. Not too big of a deal, but it happened often enough to be annoying.

But probably the biggest flaw of this game is the character. First of all, Vulcan is a pretty much set in stone kind of character. The description gave the illusion of bringing in decisions made by the player or character growth, but there wasn't any. Vulcan is the same no matter how you play the game. And to be honest, I didn't really like him/her. Every time he/she opened his/her mouth I wanted to roll my eyes. I would've appreciated the option to control my character a bit more. Maybe have different personality options or give the ability to choose different paths. I couldn't even pick different dialogue options. There was no variety in the character, except in the concept of letting the demon take full control or fighting against it, which in the end didn't really do much except decide whether you slaughter your companions or not.

Bottom line, this game isn't fun. I was looking forward to playing this game, but in the end, I couldn't even finish the very last act because I had no will to continue. The concepts were all good, and I'm very bummed that things weren't done the way they could've been. At least if the game was cheaper, I would feel better about my playthrough, but with the price I paid and the expectations I had, all I can say is this was a disaster.
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