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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
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  1. May 20, 2014
    65
    A very good story and great music are the main upsides in an otherwise weak game both from the technical and gameplay standpoints. If you're great fantasy stories lovers, you could be willing to give it a shot: for every one else there are better games out there.
  2. May 12, 2014
    63
    Spiders Studio drew a lot of inspiration from almost every role playing game that was a hit over the last five years. But in the end it falls short in every aspect, although it shows a lot of potential.
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 21, 2014
    60
    Hack, slash, hit and miss. [Issue#112, p.82]
  4. 50
    There's a strange charm to Bound By Flame that helps paper over the performance issues. There's a well-acted but profoundly bewildering script, a baroque crafting system, and drawn-out boss battles. It's not great, but it's fairly... interesting.
  5. May 16, 2014
    40
    This new RPG from Spiders is broken in so many ways they could not possibly be mentioned in a sentence. I guess we must keep on waiting for the return of Geralt.
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. EMG
    May 9, 2014
    10
    I stopped caring when the same reviewers who are bashing this game give the likes of every Call of Duty every year a 10/10 and the likes ofI stopped caring when the same reviewers who are bashing this game give the likes of every Call of Duty every year a 10/10 and the likes of Diablo 3 a 10/10 praising it for being....fun. I have played 3 hours so far, and honestly it is a bit rough around the edges and is in no way GOTY but it is FUN for me at least, the game is simply enjoyable if you go into it with the right frame of mind..."professional" reviewers are just people except they either have biased towards a game or were not paid enough :) 10/10 for keeping me engaged Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    10
    I've been playing this now for about 7 hrs. At the start I fiddled with the graphics with my telly and I've got it looking really good. II've been playing this now for about 7 hrs. At the start I fiddled with the graphics with my telly and I've got it looking really good. I playing it on a normal telly and it looks so much better than a hd telly which I also tried. It looked pretty ugly on hd. To the game it's really good. It's got a good atmosphere and decent story. The gameplay is great too as it not as easy as hack n slash. It takes a bit of thought and skill to progress especially when against groups of enemies. This is a solid RPG at a very reasonable price. Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    10
    Bound by Flame is a nice and challenging RPG. Detailed graphics in 1080p, fun and strategic combat, and a good amount of loot and explorationBound by Flame is a nice and challenging RPG. Detailed graphics in 1080p, fun and strategic combat, and a good amount of loot and exploration to be had. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2018
    8
    Just bought myself a copy to play on my Xbox One X, this game actually not that bad as i thought ,
    i am enjoying it so far, it worth a try
    Just bought myself a copy to play on my Xbox One X, this game actually not that bad as i thought ,
    i am enjoying it so far, it worth a try especially you can pick up this game at a very low price nowadays.
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  5. May 18, 2014
    8
    I hoped that this game was going to be good, but didn't dare... I was positively surprised by Spider this time. The game is not a AAA game, soI hoped that this game was going to be good, but didn't dare... I was positively surprised by Spider this time. The game is not a AAA game, so if you were expecting that you need to look elsewhere. If you are a person that can look past a few tech faults like lip-sync then this is the game for you.

    The characters are fun, the voice acting is moderate but good for a game of this caliber. The story is interesting, the impact of having a Demon inside you and how much of your humanity you want to sacrifice for power is well done, and you will die a lot more that you first thought you would. It's not evil to its players like Dark Souls, but it doesn't make it easy for you, tactical combat becomes important.

    I like RPG games and this has annoyed me in later years since there are som many being pumped into the marked and most of them are mediocre to appalling. This is NOT one of those games.
    I had great fun playing it and i think most of you will enjoy playing Bound by Flame.
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  6. Feb 5, 2019
    5
    Let's just start by saying that while ambition is very important that it can kill your project if left unchecked and Bound By Flame is prettyLet's just start by saying that while ambition is very important that it can kill your project if left unchecked and Bound By Flame is pretty dang ambitious. You can tell that the makers of this game wanted it to be huge and sprawling and at the beginning of its tale, does indeed seem to have those things. But do they pay off? In short, no. In long, also no (but a no with potential?)

    Bound By Flame has a lot of goals to accomplish and, while admirable, very obviously has taken on too many things at once. Does it have a huge, world ending story that the hero is magically swept into? Check! Does it feature a robust cast with multiple companions, romances, and even a fully voiced protagonist? Check! Does it have choices? Check! Do they actually change the plot? Sometimes...so Check? What about a wide variety of environments? Sure! Everything else you'd expect to see in a AAA developed RPG title? Probably! But does it actually come together in a meaningful way? Nope.

    Look, I love that a studio on the smaller side has taken so much care into making their next title something that has all the ingredients of a big blockbuster hit but their plan just doesn't really work and ends up feeling like a jumbled up mess that's trying to be a ground-breaking RPG but doesn't have the time or the funding to do all the crazy and beautiful things that they had originally intended to include.

    Ultimately, I can't care about having companions if they only have 4 shallow questions for you to ask in each of the three small acts that make up the campaign. I can't care about a romance if the dialogue responses from a character doesn't even reveal any general romantic interest until the last hour or two of the game. I can't care about my choices if the narrative finds a way to shoehorn me into a path that has already been written out. I can't care about combat if the levelling for enemies is total trash. BUT, I definitely do care about how much it feels like these developers put into this weirdly misshapen piece of gaming history.

    On the bright side, the demon/human host dynamic is one of the best things about Bound by Flame and your protagonists changing appearance (as you become more or less possessed) does more to add weight to your decisions than anything else. Also, the companion Mathras is a shining star amongst the otherwise bland character set but even then, they are a late game add-on with not a ton of screen-time. There's no denying that this game has potential and, if you stick with it, can actually yield some enjoyment and genuine interest but can I recommend it? No, Not really.

    That being said, did I play it over the past 5 days nonstop and actually, weirdly come away feeling like I didn't waste my time and maybe enjoyed the, albeit flawed, experience? Surprisingly...Yes.
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  7. Apr 13, 2020
    0
    J'ai cru pendant un... certain temps que "Spiders" le petit studio français de chez nous avait éventuellement -et presque par inadvertance maJ'ai cru pendant un... certain temps que "Spiders" le petit studio français de chez nous avait éventuellement -et presque par inadvertance ma foi- fait enfin... un vrai jeu vidéo, aussi humble ou limité fût-il (ou plus ou moins futile) ! il faut dire qu'ils prétendent toujours faire des jeux de rôle... or, c'est un genre ô combien difficile à maîtriser !

    Donc, j'ai cru que... ça allait le faire, je suppose mais c'était sans compter l'incompétence décidément inexpugnable du petit studio français bien de chez nous spécialisé, enraciné dans le "merde in France"... C'est par exemple graphiquement très moyen avec notamment des ombres atrocement pixélisées et les voix ne sont qu'en anglais...

    Pourtant les débuts de "Bound by Flame" ne sont pas aussi mauvais que d'habitude malgré encore de nombreuses maladresses, certes... et on se laisse apprivoiser par ce monde écrit à la va-vite mais dont le système de combat un peu bizarre s'avère plutôt prometteur... et c'est là que le "level design" vient tout foutre en l'air avec de gros soucis d'équilibrage ainsi que de mauvais choix...

    Ce gros machin balèze, gigantesque, qu'est-ce que ça vient faire là au tout début de l'aventure ? puis plus tard dans les marais, c'est quoi tout-à-coup, ce pic de difficulté inexplicable avec tout un lot de monstres qu'on ne peut pas passer ? alors que parallèlement, on manque de tout : de potions mais aussi d'ingrédients pour en fabriquer !

    Franchement, on pige pas... surtout les saloperies sont complètement rentre-dedans et hargneuses et puis c'est tout ; dans ce putain de couloir étroit et étriqué, pas moyen de toute manière d'esquiver correctement ! Bon, j'ai donc fait moi aussi un choix : celui de désinstaller cette daube et d'attacher la galette à mon balcon. Comme un trophée. La boîte ira au recyclage !
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