Action RPG Bound by Flame is officially out today. The game is developed by Spiders, the same studio that gave us the moderately successful Mars: War Logs last year. It’s being released for PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360.
Well, early reviews are in. Sadly, the game is getting more bad press than good. It’s being called generic, stale, and clunky.
Join me after the jump as I take a quick look at some of the top reviews of Bound by Flame by different gaming outlets.
When you invest the time to master the challenging combat and explore the world, Bound by Flame is a solid romp with rewarding tactical action supported by rewarding boss battles and plenty of ways to see your choices reflected in the world around you. (8/10) –Game Informer
Spiders wanted Bound By Flame to be their big breakout hit but penny-pinching on theirs or their publisher’s side will hold them back. The combat system works pretty well once you get over the lack of a roll button and it actually gets very satisfying as soon as you get used to it, as well as level up a bit. Despite the lack of a real resolution the story is pretty intriguing and compellingly bleak, although I wish there were more actual choices rather than “you’ve used magic too much, now you can’t wear helmets and your voice has broke”. The game looks pretty good and despite some dodgy translation issues the dialogue is written and spoken well too. None of this matters though because the entire game consists of running up and down corridors for 15 hours followed by an abrupt close-up of a tree! The entire war never appears and most consequences are forgotten. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, then don’t get it. Yes it did satisfy that a-bit-less-hard-than-Dark Souls-please RPG itch while I played it, but Bound By Flame is not a game I’ll be returning to. Shame. Make the corridors a bit wider next time please. (6.5/10) — Strategy Informer
Bound By Flame sounded promising every time we saw it… but so do most games. What we ended up with instead is an RPG trying to be as great as its inspiration but never coming close. Poor combat, poor story, and poor acting, all serve to make this “epic tale” one you’ll want to skip. Do not buy. (4.5/10) –MMORPG.com
I tried everything I could think of to get myself to care about Bound by Flame, but eventually I tired of doing all the heavy lifting myself. Between a stale plot that goes nowhere, poorly handled characters and a clunky, boring combat system, there was nothing left for me to hang onto, no momentum left to help propel me. Bound by Flame is worse than just generic; it’s a mess of a game pretending at greater ambitions. (4/10) –Polygon
Bound by Flame ruins its promising combat with a series of mind-boggling choices that suck out all the fun and turn battles into an aggravation. (4/10) –Gamespot
Bound by Flame doesn’t put too much weight on the important choices you think you’re making, but its rich customization options and smart combat system are sure to give you that power you’re looking for. (3.5/5) –Games Radar
Bound By Flame would be an immensely likable game, were it not for just how slipshod it ultimately feels. Its individual components are well crafted, but when brought together, the result is something that just isn’t quite right. (2.5/5) –The Escapist