Bound By Flame
Developed by Spiders
Published by Focus Home Interactive
*Get Ready, Vulcan*
In Bound By Flame; You play as Vulcan, The victim of Demonic Possession who must decide whether to embrace his new demonic side or to fight the demon inside to accomplish heroic deeds in his quest to vanquish a growing evil from the world. As he continues on his journey; The enemies & challenges in his way will get tougher as he embarks on his quest but will Vulcan choose to embrace his demonic side to make things easier or will he nut up and shut up? Thats entirely up to you.
Bound By Flame is an Action RPG that bares a lot of similarities to The Witcher series in terms of its exploration and RPG elements. Like many games such as inFamous for example; You can choose different actions to determine the overall outcome of the game. As mentioned before Bound By Flame plays very similar to the Witcher series in that you can lay traps, use different types of weapons and equip different kinds of armor, there are also three styles of play available to you such as the Warrior, Ranger and Pyromancer, these styles don’t play too differently but you can switch between them on the fly in combat which is a nice addition for me. Combat in Bound By Flame is a lot slower than most Action RPG’s, and is also quite difficult, you cant simply rush in and mow down enemy’s like a Badass instead you have to take it cautiously and plan out your attacks, even with a follower helping you out it still is a challenge getting out of most fights in one piece. As with most RPG’s you can level up choose different skills but one of the problems with that is that the skills are all passive and don’t seem to effect the outcome of a battle very well.
Bound By Flame is a disappointment sound-wise as the soundtrack never seemed to rise above the sounds of Vulcan and the monsters fighting maybe it was my sound settings but apart from the title screen I never heard any music whatsoever. Voice acting is also a problem, I don’t think it’s down to the voice actors themselves but rather the script they were given it all sounds very cliche and generic sounding especially with Vulcan who tries to make himself out to be some sort of Badass but never seems to get that to be believable.
Bound By Flame is a mixed bag of sorts in that the Graphics are very colorful and vibrant but the models are just not up to snuff especially with this being on a next gen console, as a small note I will add that I like the monster design and the level design in general.
The Lasting Appeal:
Bound By Flame by RPG standards isn’t very long the game is about 10 hours long if you do most of the quests and really there is no reason to return to the game other than the combat system.
Overall Bound By Flame isn’t the best RPG in the world but it’s not the worst either, the combat system while slow and difficult is incredibly well thought out and the story while pretty cliche is still decent but the Graphics and Sound are just unacceptable and the games length is too short.
My Score = 6.5/10
- The Combat System
- Decent characters
- Good Story
- Unacceptable Graphics
- Poor Soundtrack
- Terrible Length
Bound By Flame is available now from all good retailers. Thanks go to Koch Media for supplying the game & assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review By Jonnie Dixon