Bound by Flames is a RPG game that has been developed by Spider Studios. You play as a mercenary who has been possessed by a demon in flames. You must choose between your humanity or give in to the demon that is inside. So will it be a legendary game or go down in flames?
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Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Genre: RPG, Action
Release Date: 9 May 2014
CPU: AMD / Intel Dual-Core 2.2 Ghz
GPU: AMD 4850HD / Nvidia Equivalent
RAM: 2 GB
HDD: 6 GB
Role Playing Games for me tend to be a bit hit-and-miss. Yes I like the genre, but these days I don’t seem to get the time to play a full-on RPG. And then I heard Bound by Flames was an action RPG, so of courseI was intrigued as to how complex the game is and would it be the type of game that would be a gentle introduction to someone looking to get into Role Playing Games. When you first load the game you are presented with a character creation screen; you will find that you are not faced with a load of options to change everything but rather simple choices. Some might like this style of creation, while others might prefer the in-depth process of making a virtual representation of yourself.
After you have created your character you get the opening cutscene. This gives you the basic story of what has happened and why you are there. The perspective of the game is third-person, but the style reminds of an old action RPG called Silver, which was released back in 1999 by Infogrames. I like these types of Role Playing Games as I enjoy the hands-on experience when it comes to combat and running around the environment. The game uses a tutorial at the start so that you learn the controls doing an actual task. After these you are then thrown into the fight as the army you are a part off gets attacked by various creatures of the undead kind – not zombies, but skeletons and spiritual being that can walk through walls.
When it comes to the fight system there are three different skills set that you focus on. Use of the sneaky daggers as a Ranger, big, heavy weapons as a Fighter, or the mighty flame spells of the Pyromancer. Each one has their advantages and disadvantages; the ranger is good against bigger enemies as he can dodge quickly and get in close quick to deliver damage. You can switch the skills anytime you during the game using the RB on the Xbox Gamepad (or using the keyboard equivalent). As you progress you earn points that can be used to unlock new skills to each of the styles, so you must choose wisely when upgrading.
As you are playing the game you have to make choices. The biggest choices that you make are in regards to whether you let your inner demon out or you fight using your humanity. Fable used a similar system but it is not in the same league as Bound by Flames. When I played through I thought I be a bad-ass and let my inner demon free. By the time I got through to the end it suddenly dawned on me that most of my humanity was gone; I had markings on my body, horns growing and a voice that was very deep. You can also make choices that affect the storyline, though sometimes these are very subtle and you don’t realise you made the changes.
There are a few niggles with the game and one of them is that your companions are not much use in a battle. They often seem to struggle to kill the enemies which mean you must fight a lot. Sometimes you will notice that the transition from cutscene to game reveals inaccuracies; you will notice that characters just instantly disappear from one spot and end up in their game position in a blink of an eye. But visually the graphics look beautiful, detail is great and the framerate is spot on. The voice acting and script for the most part is good, but sometimes it is bad that you don’t actually get a feeling of caring for the character and the choices.
Bound by Flames is an action-RPG and it is a good one at that. While a lot of role playing gamers prefer the proper hardcore ones with maybe 40 – 50 hours and loads of options, some prefer a simpler game that is just pick up and play. Yes the game has a few bugs but overall if you like your RPG’s without the heavy options then Bound by Flames is worthy of your attention.