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  • Summary: The King of Shades has cursed the great city of Icenaire. Now cast under a permanent blight of frost fall, its former residents have returned from the dead as mad Wraiths. Survivors take refuge deep underground where they lead a desperate campaign against this unearthly power. WoefullyThe King of Shades has cursed the great city of Icenaire. Now cast under a permanent blight of frost fall, its former residents have returned from the dead as mad Wraiths. Survivors take refuge deep underground where they lead a desperate campaign against this unearthly power. Woefully outmatched, they are forced into hiding as the King of Shades amasses an army of the undead above them. One fateful day, a mysterious stranger appears in the city with an enchanted vambrace. She may now be their only hope...

    You are Evelia Lyric, bearer of the Aetherbrace and the only human capable of entering Icenaire. The survivors now look to you as their best hope against the King of Shades. Only one problem... you're woefully outmatched, and survival is not guaranteed.

    Vambrace: Cold Soul is a narrative-driven game filled with memorable characters, brutal challenges, and deep strategy. To succeed, you must choose perceptive party leaders, camp to recuperate, navigate strange encounters, and survive deadly combat. Will you scavenge for supplies to sell or use them to craft new items for your next expedition? The surface of Icenaire is cold and unforgiving. So, prepare your party well before departing... lest you join the cursed city's undead.
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  1. Aug 28, 2019
    79
    There’s a lot to like about Vambrace: Cold Soul. From the gorgeous art work, through the brilliant world building and atmosphere to the deeply involved systems at play, there’s clearly been some love poured into this game. The difficulty – especially early on – and the obscure nature of some elements of the HUD are the main snags in an otherwise brilliant bit of software. If you’ve got the time (and patience), there’s a brilliant experience to be had here.
  2. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    If you wish to enjoy the gameplay of Darkest Dungeon without tearing your hair out, then Vambrace is very much for you. It couples a Game of Thrones narrative with engaging side-quests and a more than amply challenging progression.
  3. Sep 18, 2019
    70
    In general, the game offers interesting proposals finished off by a magnificent technical aspect, as well as a good story and some interesting exploration components. But these virtues end up being buried by the monotony of their playability and the superficiality of the meta-game.
  4. Oct 9, 2019
    70
    Vambrace: Cold Soul has amazing qualities about it, particularly the graphics, UI and combat. If someone were to ask me a week from now, I'd still recommend Vambrace: Cold Soul. The amount of detail is fascinating to me. I'm gonna get out of here before a Spook gets to me. See ya!
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 12, 2019
    60
    Stunning art direction can’t quite save Vambrace from RPG mediocrity. [Issue#183
  6. Oct 16, 2019
    50
    Vambrace: Cold Soul is not bad, but it quickly becomes a mindless, repetitive, grinding slog of the same battles that require very little strategy, not to mention the lack of any sort of enemy variety. Enemies come in different forms, but basically consist of similar attacks, with varying curses, and Lyric and her party members are hardly any better. The gameplay loop of exploring, fighting and healing only suffers due to the tedious battle system and the similar-looking dungeons. Beyond that, the story and lore of Icenair is a rich world that deserved better treatment, as the various codex entries enrich the world. Vambrace: Cold Soul had a lot of potential, and while it pulls off some things well, the mechanics hold back an experience of what could've been.
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  1. Sep 11, 2019
    7
    Vambrace: cold soul as an gripping 2D RPG with an extremely extensive story that is thrilling and captivating. the world of vambrace: coldVambrace: cold soul as an gripping 2D RPG with an extremely extensive story that is thrilling and captivating. the world of vambrace: cold soul has a very a engaging and interesting map design with almost all npc's having custom dialog for a certain area. i personally think a new player could be over-welled with the tutorial at the start of the game much like what i was due to how many controls there are. the tutorial also feels cramped and doesn't allow the player to do one thing multiple times to get used to that part of the controls. although the the tutorial is very condensed i do feel that the game has a well thought out story with lots of side quests and other types of content that all add up to the whole plot of the game. the art style is also amazing i can definitely tell that the artists took heavy inspiration from the Japanese art style of anime and put there own twist on the art style that makes it fell unique but yet very familiar. the combat in the game is quite easy to get the hang of when attacking but trying to heal while in combat can feel like a severe task because the controls for the inventory are quite confusing. in conclusion i would say that the controls are abut confusing at first but are some what manageable and this game has a very extensive plot that will surely grip any RPG fan. Expand