I don't normally write reviews, but this was so awful, I felt compelled to.
In the 8 hours I played this game, I was both enthralled, and repulsed.
An interesting premise as it was, I found myself questioning some of its mechanics, and not at ALL feeling like a badass mage of any kind.
The biggest issue is that the spells do not do enough damage. Sure, you can GRIND LIKE HELL for better spells, better modifiers, but who REALLY wants to grind for 8 hours for a spell that can one-shot a zombie? I know a few people might, but I also know that most people WILL NOT. Everything in the game has far too much health, or does far too much damage.
Now, there IS a way to circumvent your low-damage spells. It's called the 'mastery' multiplyer, which is the sorriest excuse for a mechanic I've ever seen. Normally, multipliers for damage are used when you absolutely need that little boost during a boss fight or when taking on lots of enemies. In this game, you pretty much need it for everything if you want to do any decent amount of damage. This requires you to craft a spell that has the mastery effect, place it in your 9-spell inventory, and switch to it before you can apply the multiplier, then switch back to do damage. Such a mechanic is insane. Where my spell would normally do 280-310 damage when charged, it now can do up to 1200, or if it's a super-critical or whatever, up to 3000 damage.
Did I mention that bosses can take up to 30 of these shots on occasion? And you will NOT get supercriticals very often, regardless of your apocalyptic effect chance.
My spells should be doing the latter amount of damage charged up NORMALLY. Why? Because that's what a badass mage would actually have. Not some piddly little fireball that can't do enough damage to one-shot a sword weilding zombie!
Another huge issue is that, for whatever reason, Lichdom ONLY allows you to choose three spell effects. Let's say I have fire, electricity, and kinesis. Well, if I want to switch one of them for something like... say, Ice... I have to lose ALL my leveling in whatever I choose to put back! Which means if I don't LIKE ice for some reason, I have to start over with whatever I put back into my spell box and work my way back up! Ridiculous!
All of this would be okay if there was a decent story there! But there ISNT! There's hardly a story at all! Once you get past the opening cinematic of starting a new game, that's as good as it gets! Expecting more? NOPE. That's it! Your character is a dolt, and despite having lost his wife, never grieves, never looks back and wonders, never develops into anything more than a rock-em-sock-em robot with the ability to shoot fireballs from his rear-end.
Save your 40 bucks and wait for another game. Or better yet, buy Skyrim. Or Dark Messiah. Heck, even MAGICKA would be a better choice. At least you can cast crazy spells there without worrying too much.
Posted: August 30th, 2014