Bound by flame review: cold as ice

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By Rowan Kaiser

It’s a good thing that Bound By Flame’s combat is its strongest point, because almost every major in-game conflict is resolved through violence. Structurally, it’s largely linear; though smaller maps and quests can be explored và completed in different orders, it’s always constrained by narrow corridors and a fairly rigid plot. Thankfully though, it strikes a harmony between its entertaining combat system và thoughtful role-playing progression, giving it a consistent forward momentum that held my attention despite its inconsistent story & writing.

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The role-playing systems that tư vấn the combat in Bound By Flame are simple, but quite effective sầu. Your character has three skill trees, labeled Warrior, Ranger, and Pyromancer, but effectively serving as a slow sword, fast daggers, và spells. Combat stances can be toggled on-the-fly mid-battle, with your selection of fire spells being available in both. I found I spent most of the early game in the defensive sầu Warrior stance, but finished the bulk of the using the speedy Ranger daggers. Every progression choice felt like a viable play-style though, allowing me to find what I liked, and exploit it to the fullest.With each màn chơi gained you can choose what appear lớn be minor buffs, like a higher critical rating on fireballs, or health regeneration in Warrior stance. Very few of these skill improvements read lượt thích they’re major enhancements on their own - this is not a game where you go from having 15 hit points lớn 1500 - but they cumulatively give sầu your character a great feeling of progression. Make enough smart choices, và even something lượt thích slightly increasing the chance of dagger attacks interrupting enemy actions can make your character feel lượt thích a combat god.Much of Bound By Flame’s combat is built around timing and precision, like when you face opponents who carry shields on their front and their back. You’ll need khổng lồ either hit them from their flanks with daggers, or best them with perfectly-timed blocks & counter-attacks. The notably responsive sầu controls are up to the task, conveying the rhythms of one-against-many combat surprisingly well. The same can’t be said for some of the single-opponent fights though, which can be either predictable and easy, or downright cheap, though those are happily quite rare.Bound By Flame creates a bleak fantasy world, which it attempts lớn fill with a grimy, cynical perspective & dark humor. Sadly, neither the writing or voice acting are strong enough khổng lồ quite pull off these ambitious storytelling goals. Its mercenaries are unsurprisingly profane and written khổng lồ be amusingly juvenile, but their bawdy insults và nasty jokes are only clever half the time.The other half they fall flat thanks to wildly inconsistent voice acting & writing, which often wind up being unintentionally amusing.
Bound By Flame also misses the mark with its much-touted ability khổng lồ choose how to lớn giảm giá khuyến mãi with the detháng that has possessed your body. The big choices you’re supposed lớn make often kết thúc up being immediately irrelevant. Will you decide to join the battle for a major thành phố, or earlsdaughter.comore it và follow the demon’s quest? Either way, you’re sent khổng lồ fight for the thành phố. Many other times you aren’t even given choices at all; the demon simply takes over & does what it wants anyway. This lack of consistency makes caring about Bound By Flame’s plot far too difficult lớn sustain.

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On the plus side, much of the rest of Bound By Flame’s presentation worked well. I quite liked most of the music, particularly some of the arrhythmic, drum-based tracks used during more demonic battles. The character models và animations are svào as well, particularly on the smooth-running PC version. However, I was disappointed by how jerky the frame rate got on PS4 when special lighting & water effects appeared on-screen.
Bound By Flame has one huge strength: the harmony between its entertaining combat và role-playing systems. Granted, its weak storytelling does weigh it down, and its performance on PS4 is a bit of a bummer, but the svào core of its gameplay powers it through to lớn transcover these flaws. Bound By Flame’s combination of progression và action ultimately make it greater than the sum of its parts.

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In the action/RPG Bound by Flame, you are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon. Choose between the powers offered by this evil or rejection of the demonic influence in order to develop heroic talents instead.