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  • Summary: 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 thatYou 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 40
  2. Negative: 12 out of 40
  1. May 20, 2014
    80
    It's not perfect, it's not from a big budget studio, isn't 100+ hours, and it doesn't say Scrolls, Age, or Souls on the box, but any fan of the genre should give it a legit shot -- I think they'll be pleasantly surprised as I was.
  2. May 9, 2014
    70
    Most of the game is very well done, but none of it is that innovative or imaginative. It’s fun, but it’s a slightly above average RPG.
  3. May 12, 2014
    65
    Bound by Flame fails to deliver on its promises and this is mainly because the combat system is simply not good enough. It's decent enough to play though, but way too generic to stand out.
  4. May 14, 2014
    55
    For every great thing Bound by Flame does, it messes up critical gameplay components like the combat. There’s this sense that the game can’t get out of its own way, and only die-hard high-fantasy fans that aren’t afraid of getting torched by a budget title should check this one out.
  5. May 19, 2014
    50
    Bound by Flame is such a cliché when it comes to setting, characters and story, which is why the game never surprises. A decent combat system and crafting might keep your attention for a short while, but not long enough to really surrender yourselves to the characters and their battle against the Ice Lords.
  6. Jun 7, 2014
    44
    With lofty ideas way above its station, this schlocky action-RPG is a well-meaning mess. [July 2014, p.76]
  7. May 13, 2014
    20
    The game appears to be a product of magical thinking, as if throwing together watered-down tropes from games like The Witcher might somehow yield a finished product.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 59
  2. Negative: 12 out of 59
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    Bound of flame is a great game, that has been given a bad deal with the reviews ive really been able to get into this game and ENJOY it.. IveBound of flame is a great game, that has been given a bad deal with the reviews ive really been able to get into this game and ENJOY it.. Ive noticed it get bad reviews and ratings not so clever, and i really dont understand why, And all the bad reviews seem to be searching for anything they can find wrong with it. but i promise you this. there is alot you will find right with it. and for some reason, not many people talking about that. is it because spiders the guys who made this game are just a small group. ? who knows. but the game is really really good in my opinion. id say its worth buying for sure. really give this game a chance and you will be impressed by its game mechanics i love this game, Made by spiders. Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    10
    I will start by saying that I love this game a lot. I bought "Bound by Flame" Day 1 for my PS4 and started playing it. I loved the story itI will start by saying that I love this game a lot. I bought "Bound by Flame" Day 1 for my PS4 and started playing it. I loved the story it was a B-movie plot and had some great characters like B-movie's have. The music selection was Superb in all regards and the gameplay and RPG elements were very well done I thought.The Boss battles were executed perfectly. The only gripe I have is the AI companions can be crap a lot of the time but sometimes they do alright they are best put into tank mode to take a beating while you kill enemies. I don't know why all the negative reviews I believe it's because it is definitely a hard game when put on normal or above. I beat the game on normal and it took me just shy of 17 hours to beat and I try to beat games quickly. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys RPG's that don't hold your hand in any way. Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    10
    Bound By Flame doesn't deserve a perfect score, but I'm going to give it one anyway to offset the spamming of terrible scores that it's havingBound By Flame doesn't deserve a perfect score, but I'm going to give it one anyway to offset the spamming of terrible scores that it's having to endure. In truth, BBF is about an 8.5, but even placing a number on the review is difficult for a few reasons. The game is awkward, in much the same way as Mars War Logs felt awkward. From inconsistent characterization and uncomfortably cynical dialogue to bad lip-syncing and amateurish voice acting, the presentation is going to rub a lot of players the wrong way. The question is, how much importance do you place on cinematic presentation? Because if you're the type of gamer who enjoys gritty real-time combat and a serious level of challenge, BBF may still have enough to offer that aesthetics don't matter anymore. If you like, say, Dark Souls or The Witcher for their strategic and deliberately-paced combat systems, you will want to give BBF a spin. If you thought Dragon's Dogma was a good first entry into a new IP in spite of some glaring flaws, you'll easily overlook the worst of BBF's issues. Just don't expect Skyrim. While you could compare chunks of BBF to a lot of its action RPG peers, it holds the least resemblance to Elder Scrolls. There's some DNA from Dragon Age, Witcher, Amalur, Dark Souls, Fable, even War in the North, and of course Mars War Logs -- but practically nothing about the game suggests that Spiders was trying to compete with Skyrim. As long as you set your expectations accordingly, you'll be just fine, especially considering it's only a $50 new release on a brand new console, on which there is very little selection right now and NO other RPGs to speak of. BBF actually manages to deliver on much of its gameplay mechanics, and I genuinely enjoy the music and art style. Crafting is deeper than expected for both equipment and expendables, as you can change out modular parts of weapons and armor easily or craft items like traps on the fly, even in the heat of combat. Mission objectives and combat conditions are varied and often very fun to figure out, even if you die a lot in the process. Things like target lock-on and parrying work just fine (contrary to popular belief), but heaven forbid, you actually need to learn the game's system to be effective with them. I appreciate that this isn't a paint-by-numbers RPG, and even though it borrows some inspiration from plenty of big-name IPs, the resulting whole feels almost entirely original. It just won't be the kind of original that everybody likes. Personally, I'm getting everything out of it that I expected and maybe then some, so I respect what Spiders did with their first retail game. I look forward to seeing what they do next, and I wouldn't mind getting some DLC for Bound By Flame. We've got quite a while to wait on games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3, so I hope players don't write this one off too quickly. Expand
  4. dpc
    May 16, 2014
    8
    BBF simply doesn't deserve the beating it's getting. I love action RPGs and this is fun and involving. It looks great, and, yes, you probablyBBF simply doesn't deserve the beating it's getting. I love action RPGs and this is fun and involving. It looks great, and, yes, you probably need to lower your expectations a little bit as it doesn't have the financing of a huge corporation. I originally reviewed this as a 9, but lowered it a little. It realistically should be scored 7.5 because it's good - not great. The music is great, the crafting and loot are awesome and you genuinely feel like you're getting more and more powerful as you play. There are occasional technical problems, like characters "shifting" while talking, etc., but NOTHING on the scale of Oblivion or Skyrim where the game becomes unplayable. I can see how the game can be divisive, but don't take yourself or the game so seriously and you'll see it has a lot to offer. Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2015
    7
    Bound by Flame is a bit of a weird pleasure of mine, on one hand it has a fun combat system and interesting story and a new look on the mainBound by Flame is a bit of a weird pleasure of mine, on one hand it has a fun combat system and interesting story and a new look on the main hero's motivations but on the other hand the voice acting (Especially for the female protagonist) is rather bad and can make serious situations funny and funny situations stale.
    The most robust feature and my favorite thing about the game is the ability to customise your armour and weapons which is a feature more games need.
    The combat is very similar Witcher 2 which is engaging and fluent but due to the small amount of enemies on screen their health bars are racked up to provide combat length which makes it seem so hack and slash rather than tactical combat.
    The environments are pretty and varied for the most part, an icy castle, a hot and boggy swamp allows a change of visuals and colour pallets.
    The story is interesting with a nice twist on how man is killing the world and stuff but it is ultimately short, for an RPG you can play it and finish it in a space of 5 hours, that said I wasn't expecting a game of Dragon Age Origins proportions but I was expecting more than what I got.
    While we're on the subject of Dragon Age a lot of your companions are basically rip off versions of Dragon Age characters:
    Edwin is basically Morrigan (even down to her choice of clothing)
    Sybil is effectively a young version of Wyne
    Rhelmar is Zeveran (the cynical elf)
    Randval is Sten (An warrior who lost his honour and is trying to reclaim it and blah blah blah)
    The only unique character is Mathras who is basically the wiki of Vertiel but none the less a good conversationalist.
    And as a final note the game is way too easy, I finished it on the hardest difficulty without much trouble and I got the platinum trophy on my fourth play through which was about 3 days, I did play it multiple times which is impressive though as something must've caught my eye.

    Overall there is a certain charm about bound by flame which makes you love it despite all its pitfalls (the female protagonists voice actor for example, oh my god!) I would actually like to see more from this franchise in the future but with better production value.
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  6. May 11, 2014
    5
    This is not a review. I have scored this a 5 as that is what it deserves imho. Can the idiots on here stop spamming 10's and 0's to "offset"This is not a review. I have scored this a 5 as that is what it deserves imho. Can the idiots on here stop spamming 10's and 0's to "offset" other users. Utterly moronic all you're doing is proving just how pointless this site has become. Expand
  7. Jan 30, 2015
    0
    I can understand they are small studio. I want to support small studios who make difference.But the game was not good for next gen. This gameI can understand they are small studio. I want to support small studios who make difference.But the game was not good for next gen. This game could be great if it was released for iOS Expand

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