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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01 月 21 日

Linux Update

Hey RPG fans!

An update for the Linux version of Bound By Flame is live with several improvements:
- Fix of several crashes with some specific equipment (PS3 pad, Microsoft keyboards with a Joystick...)
- Native support for PS3/PS4 pads
- Fix of an issue with some specific keyboards

Thanks for your support!

Have fun in Vertiel,
Spiders & Focus Home Interactive

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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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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?

系統需求

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    最低:
    • 作業系統: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • 處理器: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • 記憶體: 2048 MB 記憶體
    • 圖像: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 4850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER
    • Storage: 6 GB 可用空間
    • 音效卡: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
    最低:
    • 作業系統: UBUNTU 12.04 LTS/SteamOS
    • 處理器: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • 記憶體: 2048 MB 記憶體
    • 圖像: 512 MB SHADERS 4.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 4850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT OR HIGHER
    • Storage: 6 GB 可用空間
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Cthulu Seemonster
( 7.8 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 25 日
Very good and story rich
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WeedyWally
( 5.9 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 23 日
games gives too much options and makes demon powers sound bad, ♥♥♥♥ the rules become evil and burn ♥♥♥♥ trust me
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Ghost
( 15.8 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 23 日
So, I saw that Technomancer was coming out soon and decided to give this game a shot before it came out to see if the developer was any good. Sadly I probably wont buy Technomancer because of this game.

Pros - Weapon Customization, Story has decent premise, Interesting idea for main protaganist, decent art.

Cons - Animations are god awful, Voice acting is meh to bad, combat is god awful (Granted I was a warrior, I can see the combat being alil better as a ranger with a dodge.) Characters are forgettable, story even with a decent premise fell short, Serious lack of enemy types.

My biggest issue with this game is the tedious nature of the enemies, especially the minibosses/bosses everyone of them has an AOE and they can end up just spamming it over and over again so it basically goes like this, run in and hit the boss 2-3 times depending on weapon than run out rinse repeat for 3 minutes and that if they are alone. Everything has so much life that you question how your character is supossed to be powerful, you hit like a freaking mesquito with a 2 hander.... Anyway I trudged through this game all the way to the last boss, and when I got the last boss to 20% and died because I grew tired of the tediousness of the fight I decided its just not worth my time, Ill just go watch a youtube video if I want to see the ending.
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Ulysses
( 0.9 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 21 日
Painfully bad.
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abbelyn
( 16.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 18 日
The game is interesting and fun, but way too short. I ws expecting to fight multiple ice lords, not just one.
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Sculelos
( 20.4 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 18 日
This game is like a bad romance that ends in tradgedy. It's hard, short and frustrating yet once it's over you kinda wish it were longer and it's storyline is memorable. Overall worth it, it's better to love and lost than never loved at all so they say...
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Beavis's Daddy
( 18.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 14 日
This game is a very basic RPG; it’s not necessarily ground breaking, but its functional and its actually pretty fun if you don’t mind the bad voice acting.

If you like games like Gothic (1,2), Two Worlds (1, 2), Venetica, Risen etc.... You will defiantly find some fun in this game.

Please ignore the haters of this game, they are most likely newly RPG fans who just jumped in on the band wagon after The Witcher 3 and expect every single RPG to meet a crazy high standard.

Please understand there are very small studios that also make great RPGs.

Anyways, give it a try, the game isn’t even that expensive, and it’s not Buggy or Broken, it’s a great RPG.

UPDATE 6-18-2016

well i beat the game at around 20 hours, its pretty short and the last act of the game is very underwelming. It feels like they ran out of time and money towards the end. so they just ended it like that. Youll see what i mean...

i still like the game for what it is,
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DaddyChillis
( 19.9 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 12 日
If you like story driven RPG's that have a slow and steady pace, then i suggest this one to you. I enjoyed the game start to finish and thought the game played well and had a decent eneugh story. The characters are likeable but felt a bit stiff at times. Its fun having one or more of your allies along for the ride. I made my female love interests tank while i just wailed on most everything in the game. Fun times. Oh and if you get stuck on a boss just dump 30 traps in one spot!
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Texelion
( 8.5 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 12 日
Well, here is another half-@ssed game by Spiders, the masters of lies and deceit who think they are an AAA studio now because the graphics are not as ugly as before ( just look at the price of their next game, Technomancer... ). First thing first, the game doesn't look at all like the screenshots and presentations they did, it's quite ugly with that old PS3 feeling, characters look bad, environments look bad, animations are sh!it, post effects try to hide the uglyness but just make it even worse. Oh and don't forget the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ cliché story, laughable voice acting and lip sync... They couldn't even make working quest markers, they constantly indicate the wrong location, or closed gates, and don't correspond to the actual quest tracked in the journal.

And then there is the combat. Some say it's hard and challenging, while in fact it's clunky and downright unfair, as your character is always at a disadvantage simply because all the enemies are faster than you, hit harder, while you need to use all the resources at your disposal to take a single enemy down. Sometimes you hit them and don't even see their life bar diminishing, because your attacks are extremely weak, and theirs are devastating. And I play in EASY !

So, if you're a masochist enjoying unfair difficulty and like to spend 10 minutes hitting a single enemy to take him down, go on, play this game, you'll love it.

If you're a normal person, just take a hammer and smash your hand with it, it will have the same effect.
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HardStone
( 22.6 記錄時數 )
張貼於:06 月 12 日
Bound by Flame it's another game made by Spiders, the same studio that brought us Mars: Wars Logs. Although BBF it's more ambitious it shares some of the same problems of it's predecessor. The combat it's functional some issues like the targeting system which can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ especially during the final boss, and camera does not help either although that in only noticable when you fight a big group of enemies in a small area.
You have 3 types of combat which you can choose from and you can switch between them anytime in battle making the fights a little more diverse.
The Rpg elements are there by offering you different specializations (warrior, ranger and pyromancer) and it has also a solid crafting system although it can be a little stupid because you can purchase all the components when you want without going to a shop...
The story it's decent, you are a mercenary that becomes possessed by a demon and now you have control this new power inside you while saving the world from the Ice Lords, along the way you have to choose if you want to resist the demon or let him consume you. There are lot of decisions that will change the outcome of the game as there are companions with their own personal backstories and beliefs.

So there you have it, Bound by Flame is almost like every triple A rpg nowadays but with a big lack of polish.
Go ahead Spiders, do another one.
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張貼於:05 月 27 日
A poor man's Dragon Age, The Witcher and Dark Souls.
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張貼於:05 月 28 日
Short verdict: the game aims for AAA quality, but lacks in every aspect.

Story: The main line is actually quite interesting: in dark times, when the last free elves and humans stand against the approaching hordes of undead warriors lead by powerful mages (Ice Lords), a simple mercenary is possessed by a demon, whose power was diminished by the very same Ice Lords, who drain their power from the very same source the demon does. The mercenary (and the player) has a choice – whether to surrender to the demon and become the most powerful being in the world or to try control the demon and its powers, preserving one's identity.

However, in details, the story is far from perfect. There are serious plot holes. Some things happen without any decent explanation. Some events contradict the previous events. The dialogues are cheesy and almost all characters are very rude towards each other.

Voice acting I guess, Spiders had a low budget.

Romance There are potential partners you can romance in this game, if you complete particular sidequests. However, the romance is limited to an achievement you can unlock and the most ridiculous and stupid ''romantic'' cutscenes that are so out of context that I dare to say that this is the worst depiction of romance in all the history of videogames.

Moral choices Again, the same thing. In the end your choices will determine, which of the four alternative endings you'll have and whether you'll preserve your human identity and whether... [well, one of the endings is so EPIC that I don't dare to spoil it for you]. However, before that, there are too many choices that you are offered, which really don't matter, as the consequences are pretty much the same. It's an illusion of choice and lame writing.

Combat Some really great skills and concepts. HOWEVER, the way the combat system is implemented, is just horrible. Camera spinning, attacks that can't be blocked or parried, multiple enemies attacking you at once, knocking you down and not letting you to stand up – it's all there. With patience and right timing for VERY, VERY short windows of opportunity, you can beat this game. But, even on the lowest difficulties, the fights are just too long and tedious and, very often, annoying. The only good thing that makes the fighting less pain in the ♥♥♥, is that crafting is available even during a combat (but which is kind of stupid as a concept, right?) and the weapons don't need repairing. On the bright side and contrary to many other games, your companion actually is useful during the combat and might even save your life in certain challenging situations.

Difficulty and level scaling First, the enemies are a bit too hard, then the enemies are a bit to easy, then the enemies are bit too hard again. And, by hard I mostly mean how very much attention you need to pay to what is happening around, how perfect your timing should be and how long the actual fight takes. But the BOSS BATTLES are a completely different story. They are especially hard, which is fine by me, they should be, because those are the bosses, BUT the final boss is just insanely hard. Unless, you have a large arsenal of bolts, traps and potions and crafting components to craft some more, you are screwed and you can't go back to buy/find some more. My complaint here is that the final fight is insanely hard even on the easiest difficulty. That is not my idea of what "Easy" is (Recruit difficulty) (which game explains as "just the story"). And most other players would agree that the final battle was completely unbalanced compared to the rest of the game.

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Level design. Mazes, mazes, nothing but mazes, multi-level mazes and then some mazes again. I don't know about you guys, but to me it's a bad thing. Especially because the map is static and has almost no functionality what one would expect in a modern game.

Graphics This game was released in 2014, but it looks like something from 2008. Shame, though, 'cause, from the way the environment and characters were designed, I can imagine, that the original concept art was beautiful.

Economy Except for the final stage, you're always short on money and crafting materials. It's especially painful during the final boss fight.

As you can see from my and other reviews, there are numerous flaws in Bound by Flame, but, nevertheless, I still enjoyed it more than it annoyed me, so, all in all, I give it a "thumb up". It could've been a hit with more polish.

But, as it is what it is, I give it: 6/10
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張貼於:06 月 14 日
This game is a very basic RPG; it’s not necessarily ground breaking, but its functional and its actually pretty fun if you don’t mind the bad voice acting.

If you like games like Gothic (1,2), Two Worlds (1, 2), Venetica, Risen etc.... You will defiantly find some fun in this game.

Please ignore the haters of this game, they are most likely newly RPG fans who just jumped in on the band wagon after The Witcher 3 and expect every single RPG to meet a crazy high standard.

Please understand there are very small studios that also make great RPGs.

Anyways, give it a try, the game isn’t even that expensive, and it’s not Buggy or Broken, it’s a great RPG.

UPDATE 6-18-2016

well i beat the game at around 20 hours, its pretty short and the last act of the game is very underwelming. It feels like they ran out of time and money towards the end. so they just ended it like that. Youll see what i mean...

i still like the game for what it is,
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張貼於:06 月 12 日
Bound by Flame it's another game made by Spiders, the same studio that brought us Mars: Wars Logs. Although BBF it's more ambitious it shares some of the same problems of it's predecessor. The combat it's functional some issues like the targeting system which can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ especially during the final boss, and camera does not help either although that in only noticable when you fight a big group of enemies in a small area.
You have 3 types of combat which you can choose from and you can switch between them anytime in battle making the fights a little more diverse.
The Rpg elements are there by offering you different specializations (warrior, ranger and pyromancer) and it has also a solid crafting system although it can be a little stupid because you can purchase all the components when you want without going to a shop...
The story it's decent, you are a mercenary that becomes possessed by a demon and now you have control this new power inside you while saving the world from the Ice Lords, along the way you have to choose if you want to resist the demon or let him consume you. There are lot of decisions that will change the outcome of the game as there are companions with their own personal backstories and beliefs.

So there you have it, Bound by Flame is almost like every triple A rpg nowadays but with a big lack of polish.
Go ahead Spiders, do another one.
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張貼於:2015 年 06 月 17 日
《Bound By Flame》故事背景發生在刀劍與魔法共存的奇幻世界,古老又強大的邪惡勢力冰王運用足以毀天滅地的冰凍法術消滅了人類世界各大主要國度,同時施展死靈法術使戰場上的亡魂復甦,每摧毀一座城市就會讓冰王的勢力日漸增強,全世界就只剩下北方的精靈國度還沒有經歷戰火。遊戲主角的名字叫做火山,是這個世界上少數僅存反抗勢力自由之刃的成員之一,小隊分工內容負責爆破專家一職,在某次護送任務中主角一行人遭到死靈大軍襲擊,付錢要求自由之刃傭兵團進行護送任務的魔法專家紅色抄經者,他們在神殿中施展的招喚儀式也在這場奇襲中失敗,能夠操縱烈焰的遠古惡魔因此附身在主角身上。


遊戲操作方式相當簡單,點擊滑鼠左右鍵就能運用手中的武器砍殺敵人,戰鬥系統則是分成戰士、遊俠、烈焰術士三種,每一種模式都有不同的戰鬥風格,除了基本的普通攻擊、範圍攻擊、招架格檔以外,還支援了戰士模式才能使用的破防功能與遊俠模式才能使用的閃避功能,玩家能在戰鬥中隨時切換使用三種戰鬥模式,不過建議玩家技能點數分配上最好是專精其中兩項就足夠了,因為技能點數相當有限,硬是要進行三項全修的玩法只會讓遊戲難度提高。遊戲製作團隊似乎想要效仿《Dark Souls》系列的超高難度,在裝備與技能還沒完全獲得的遊戲前期就可以感受到製作團隊滿滿的惡意,初期防具的抗斷招屬性過低導致玩家被圍毆後必死無疑,初期武器傷害過低導致擊殺一名敵人要花上數十秒時間,遊戲節奏大打折扣的情況下使得許多玩家沒有耐心將遊戲繼續玩下去。


本作是一款小成本小製作的動作角色扮演遊戲,筆者對這類遊戲的評分表準不會過於苛求,只要有完整的背景世界觀和可玩性不差的遊戲內容,那麼該作品就到達了及格分數,本作較為可惜又無傷大雅的缺點就是可獲得的防具與武器種類十分稀少,僅能透過分解取得原諒來進行武器裝備的強化改造,後期的武器裝備基本數值又大同小異,除了外觀上有些微的差異外就無不同之處,角色扮演遊戲的紙娃娃系統相當貧乏,甚至可以用偷懶來形容,筆者光是使用中期取得的裝甲就能一路穿到章節尾聲了。最後在此作個結論,如果你在尋找一款能夠輕鬆遊玩的動作角色扮演遊戲,那麼可以嘗試購買遊玩本作,雖然整體的表現水準離3A大作還有很遠的距離,但仍然是款值得一玩的作品。
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4.7 記錄時數
張貼於:2015 年 05 月 2 日
在收藏庫發現的遊戲(可能特價買到忘記了吧),沒想到這遊戲還蠻好玩的,動作算流暢(還有進步空間)。
更重要內建繁體中文,翻譯不會很死。
畫面整體來說不錯,內容含製作要素、任務提示明白、職業隨意搭配(可以玩盜賊行法師=0=看你怎搭配)
缺點:遊戲裡面女性長的..............
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張貼於:05 月 3 日
簡單來說,這是款褒貶不一的黑暗靈魂。

戰鬥跟黑暗靈魂一樣都很有挑戰性,玩起來很過癮,個人最喜歡用遊俠型態,以高速的攻擊斬殺對手。使用Q進行閃避,我覺得比黑暗靈魂一直滾滾滾更接近真實的戰鬥。

魔物的設計挺用心的。每種敵人都有一種以上的攻擊方式,而且武器技能各不相同。遇到比較強的敵人,需要觀察一陣子,摸清楚它的行為模式再跟它作戰。這是這款遊戲最有趣的地方。

有人可能會覺得敵人的種類有點少,的確是這樣子沒錯,但這不全然是個缺點。玩到遊戲後期,你會再次遇到前期的BOSS,而你會發現它們打起來變輕鬆了,也就有自己變強了成就感,這是這款遊戲給玩家最大的回饋。

然而,這終究不是款3A大作。

劇情是最糟糕的敗筆。故事的推進,完全是靠遊戲中的角色死死的站在原地一直講話,沒有多少表情,也沒有多少肢體語言。這部分其實算是合格,劇本跟配音都算用心,也給予玩家很多對話選項。然而,很殘酷的是,如果你用3A大作的標準來衡量,這部分完全不合格。

綜合以上,建議等到打二折的時候,再入手這款遊戲。這款怪砍起來很爽的 RPG,有$145元的價值,但絕對沒有$728的價值。
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53.7 記錄時數
張貼於:2015 年 06 月 27 日
Note: Review done after finishing the game on 'Captain Difficulty'.

First, the scores I give this game:

Story-line: 8/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 9/10
Audio: 10/10
Controls: (KB&Mouse) 5/10
Target audiance: Masochists.

EDIT:
Since people were devastated by the scoring I gave, I will explain my scoring "scale":
10 - Up there with the best of the best!
9 - Very good!
8 - Good.
7 - "Ok", could be better, but it's ok.
6 - "Acceptable". It's not bad, but at this point it's not really good either.
5 - Mid-point. Barely passable. Barely. I can ignore it if the rest is good enough.
[ The rest of my scale was not used, so I will not add it. ]
What's important to understand is, when I judge a game, I do so taking into account *when* the game was created. Obviously, I don't expect older games to have graphics on par with resent ones, for example.

Pros:

Challanging:
Smart ♥♥♥ me thought to myself, "Hey, I've got about 15 years of RPG experience, I'll just go straight for 'Captain' difficulty! How bad can it be?"...
I was an idiot. Bound by Flame, on Captain, proved to be one of the most challanging games I've ever played, by far.
Every enemy in this game has it's own mechanics, which encourage a different approach, and on this difficulty, every minion you encounter might be the one that will kill you.
This is one of those rare games where you'll find yourself saving, after defeating even the lowliest of minions.
It does make winning feel a whole lot greater.

Graphics:
While the graphics are not 'Crysis level', they are pretty good, certainly enjoyable.

Audio:
Great soundtrack, enjoyable to the ear. Comes in complete contrast to the horrifying screams of frustration you will release.

Choice:
You have a decision-based system here that does have an impact on the game, if not 'world-changing'.
It's not really like, say, Mass Effect, but it's nice.

Crafting:
The game has a minimal crafting system, not much at all, really, but just enough as a side-feature to support a game with other focuses.
You can use it to create certain consumables, as well as to break items into matirials, and use those matirials for both creating consumables, and upgrading your gear.

Half-Way-Between-Pro-And-Con:
It's worth mentioning that the story-line in the game is nice, I like it, but it does feel like a... Summed up version of a bigger story-line.

Cons:

The AI:
The AI that "helps" you in the fights, your partners... How do I put this... They are stupid.
They are beyond stupid. And mostly useless.
They put themselves in danger often, and can't really hold their own for very long.

Fighting-controls:
This is my one main issue with this game. The controls, at least when using a keyboard&mouse, are horrible for fighting.
It's not game-breaking at all, it's very duable, you just need to learn how it works, it's just very very annoying.

Conclusion:
Highly recommended. Briliant game that is, without a doubt, worth a buy.
If you enjoy RPGs so hard you want to comete genocide, this game is for you.

I hope this is helpful. I am dead tired, superbly happy after finally defeating thew last boss and finishing it, but primarily tired.
Ziv.
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張貼於:2015 年 08 月 29 日
In Bound by Flame you'll control Vulcan, a mercenary in a world where the Lords of Ice seek to destroy humanity and seize power through their undead and demonic armies. Events see you becoming the host of a demonic entity that promises you great powers if you let it take some control over you and said powers might be the only thing that'd defeat the Lords.
While not an horrible game Bound by Flame is sadly plagued by several cliches in its story and characters while sporting a combat system that is a bit too clunky for the challenges you'll be facing.

PROS:

-most character and monster models are pretty detailed, the hero character stands out as his/her armor and weapons change depending on what you equip and what upgrades you craft

-great soundtrack

-if you accept its influence the gradual changes in the hero's body and voice as the demon takes over are quite interesting and well represented

-lots of weapons/armor to find or buy, all of them can also be upgraded

-good amount of skills/skill upgrades to choose from when you level up: you'll have three main "classes" (warrior,dual-wielding ranger and caster) and can spend points wherever you wish while freely switching between each during combat

CONS:

-dull story, lots of cliches in the plot

-dialogues are, for the most part, just boring and drawn-out: there's also a few attempts at humour that are way out of place

-companion characters are unoriginal (elf archer, somewhat evil female witch etc)

-story decisions don't matter that much and you'll still be visiting the same locations with only a few quests changing slightly

-world graphics are pretty average and boring, colors feel a bit washed out and lights are too harsh

-animations are ok in combat but look quite wooden during cutscenes

-level design is boring and uninspired, most consist of a few areas connected my corridor-like paths, there's also little in the way of embellishments leading to them looking bare

-voice acting is quite weak overall

-companion AI is bad, they seldom dodge and are happy to stay in AOE damage: enemy AI can also sometimes act up

-combat system is decent per se, but you'll be asked to face several enemies at once and go through parries/attacks/interrupts with good timing if you want to live: sadly while the enemies attack quickly the controls don't feel responsive enough to make things work well

-combat difficulty is a bit all over the place requiring silly workarounds by using the enemy AI against itself to make things easier: last boss is also laughably hard unless you use a certain strategy to beat it

-little variety in enemy types and models

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Bound by Flame feels like a missed opportunity to be honest as, while the premise sounds interesting, the plot itself is so similar to many other games/movies to soon become uninteresting: things are made worse when said plot is delivered by poor voice actors behind characters that are quite flat and nondescript.

A generic and dull story might be forgiven if the game gave you a good time during combat but sadly it falls flat even there: you'll often face too many enemies at once and their attacks can frequently interrupt yours or stun you thus leaving you unable to defend yourself, this'll be a quick death on anything but the easiest difficulty level. Some spells or abilities also take too long to cast considering how quickly you're supposed to react, 3 seconds to cast a war cry as a warrior? No thanks.

So to make things easier you can-and it's actually encouraged- cheat the enemy AI by pulling one of a group or, if it fails, fighting a bit and then retreating until they disengage so that you can wait for health/mana to recharge and attack again. This isn't really fun and clashes with the sense of grandiose that a supposedly badass, demon-possessed hero'd be feeling.

I can't recommend the game as I feel there are way better options if you're looking for a good story, good combat or both: as said it's not horrible and it works for the most part but it's so generic, dull and frustrating that even on sale I'd recommend it only for someone desperate for an action RPG fix and willing to overlook its many blemishes.
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張貼於:2014 年 05 月 15 日
(TLDR? This review is also available in video format below for your convenience.)

Developer Spiders is a small studio that isn’t lacking ambition, after what was considered a major disappointment with Mars War Logs, they’ve tried yet again to craft a title whose quality is equal to its ambition with their new fantasy action RPG; Bound By Flame.

Set in the kingdom of Vertiel, a region besieged by a massive undead army that’s invading from the north. A group of mages known as the Red Scribes think they’ve found a way to combat this threat and are fast at work performing a ritual. You assume the role of Vulcan, a member of the Freeborn Blades, a mercenary group that has been hired to protect the Red Scribes while they conduct their research. Things are quickly interrupted as a Deadwalker army attacks their position and amidst the carnage, something goes wrong with the ritual resulting in Vulcan becoming possessed by a Fire Demon. The Demon talks to you throughout the game, offering advice or seeking to manipulate Vulcan; ultimately playing a part in the game’s moral choices as listening to the Demon can make your character appear more demonic, bolstering magical prowess at the expense of your character’s well-being or you can choose to ignore the Demon and preserve Vulcan’s humanity. Regardless of your decision, it’s clear that Vulcan is the only one able to stand up to the Ice Lords, a group of warmongering necromancers that control the vast undead armies.

Upon starting the game, you’re greeted with a brief character creation screen which only gives you a few very limited options in terms of designing your character before being awkwardly thrust into an awful tutorial section. This tutorial simply acts to highlight all of the flaws of Bound by Flame along with constant interruptions explaining the game’s various mechanics. You’ll immediately notice a lack of pacing, awkward dialogue and voice acting as well as an unmatched feeling of linearity. This leads to a very poor first impression, however gritting your teeth and pushing through this period of misery has its rewards as the game shows signs of competency later on.

After completing the tutorial, the half-baked writing immediately improves giving rise to an interesting narrative with surprisingly strong character development. Similar to The Witcher 2 and other titles, you’re faced with moral decisions that can have an effect on the game however these changes are fairly minor comparatively but still add some elements of re-playability. The decisions aren’t cleverly thought out or morally ambiguous like The Witcher 2, instead there’s generally a clear good and evil answer. This still did well to hold my interest and watching Vulcan gradually lose his humanity in favor of becoming more demonic and powerful was a welcomed addition to the game.

Along with Vulcan, there are several companions that accompany him on his journey. These characters have been greatly improved from Mars War Logs, each having their own developed story however their proficiency in combat remains the same, often dying very quickly and doing very little to aid Vulcan. The option to romance these characters also exists depending on which gender you made Vulcan however there is little development between characters and much less chemistry making romance seem like it was only added to cover all of the features offered by superior RPGs like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

Not content to simply borrow the moral choices featured in The Witcher 2, the combat is more or less identical, with two different primary melee attacks along with traps and magic. Parrying and dodging also plays a vital role. The combat while simple is quite satisfying and requires a bit of skill and timing to master. While nowhere near on the level of Dark Souls, it’s still quite solid for an RPG. The RPG elements are surprisingly deep as well, offering three different talent trees along with an in-depth crafting system. There’s a warrior stance that has Vulcan don a 2 hand sword which boosts his parrying and defensive abilities while his ranger stance equips 2 daggers, drastically increasing his speed and stealth capabilities. The third talent tree is directly related to the Demon inside of him, which consists of boosting his magical prowess and fire abilities. Playing on the normal hawk difficulty will provide a reasonable challenge and despite being simple, the combat is definitely the highlight of the game. It isn’t without flaw though as parrying or dodging an attack perfectly will result in Vulcan performing a counter-attack which can sometimes be a detriment to dodging or running away in general. Despite this, the combat is still satisfying and I never felt bored throughout its brief campaign.

The soundtrack is quite unusual, focusing on a lot of vocal chants mixed with percussion. It still fits the game well and adds to the overall experience. The rest of the audio is hit or miss though, particularly the voice acting. Some characters play the part well, while others are abysmal. It’s hard to tell whether it’s the actor’s fault or just the writing in general as the dialogue can be laughably bad at times. It’s inconsistent in general, particularly the tutorial which almost made me stop playing the game entirely while at other times, I found the narrative, setting, and characters to be engaging. This inconsistency is even apparent in Vulcan’s personality as he can sometimes act like a jerk with no rhyme or reasoning behind it. It leads me to believe that Spiders suffers from having one or two incompetent writers or maybe it’s just a case of poor translation. If this wasn’t enough, the audio can glitch out at times, often causing characters to repeat the same line over and over again.

The visuals and environments are well done. It’s just a shame that the game is extremely linear as the many sidequests are usually confined to a small area, leaving very little room for exploration. There’s also the odd graphical glitch, such as disappearing textures and pop-in. Despite the graphical overhaul, the facial animations are on-par with Mars War Logs as characters will simply move their lips while giving a blank expressionless stare.

Borrowing from The Witcher again, the game tries to separate itself into acts. Upon arriving at a new location, Vulcan will be given a host of sidequests to complete while simultaneously progressing the main story until he completes the area and moves on. Unfortunately, the game is rather short for an action RPG, running around 15 hours if you complete all of the sidequests. The poor writing rears its ugly head once more before the game's credits roll, as there’s quite a bit of buildup, and without spoiling anything, the game ends rather abruptly when there easily could have been room for another 10-20 hours of content.

Ultimately, Bound By Flame is greater than the sum of its parts and certainly an improvement over Mars War Logs as it features a solid narrative, refined combat system and deep RPG elements. It’s a step in the right direction, although once again a bit too ambitious a project for Spiders to handle. Although it has many flaws, it is still an enjoyable experience but let’s just hope they hire some better writers next time.

This review is also available in video format if you don’t feel like reading all of this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVo2Oc0fRGY

Pros
+ Interesting Narrative & Setting
+ Deep RPG Elements
+ Enjoyable Combat
+ Watching Vulcan become more demonic is great

+/- Dialogue is so bad at times it’s laughable

Cons
- Terrible Introduction
- Linear & Short Length in general for an Action RPG
- Poor Facial Animations & Voice Acting
- Audio bugs, texture pop-in and various glitches
- Abrupt conclusion
- Does nothing original

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