So, I just finished playing the newly released game Bound by Flame. What is there to say about a game like this? The first thought that I got into my head was that it felt a lot like The Witcher and that thought stuck with me through the entire game, just not the same epic story. It also had a sort of touch that reminded me of Dragon Age too somehow, that I can not explain however.
The game starts with you making your character. You can choose between male and female who is fully voiced but she/he’ll be named Vulcan even though you name them anything else, it’ll only show on your character stat page. There is some customizability but not much. Some different hairs, some faces and such. I think the female voice however is a bit too manly.
Details in this game made me smirk on occasion, like the fact that if you play as a female, she is not a damsel in distress. She is badmouthed, rough and overall ordinary. The armors are exactly the same, no naked asses or almost naked chests. Well except Edwen, the…almost naked mage companion.
The demon will change the armor part a bit as the story goes on, she’ll burn your skin, make you grow horns (can’t use helmets then) and let your skin burn around your shoulder that’ll ruin your armor. Yes, the armor won’t be covering the burning parts of you. Awesome!
The game will let you choose how you’ll play your character, what stance she’ll use, though she can use them all, and if you’ll go down the dark path of the demon that is presented early in the story or not. The stances varies between the strong warrior stance that lets you use a sword, axe or a hammer, the quick and agile ranger stance that uses dual daggers and of course the ability to use fire magic when you’ve gotten to that. It is a really smooth transition between changing the stances. You can also use a crossbow, its really usefull when you need to be range but lacks mana at that moment.
My own character, Lexxi I call her, is a master in both the ranger stance and the magic skills and dwelled deeply into the possession of the demon. She got greedy and looked damn good at the end.
The magic is “limited” to fire as the demon is fire based, and consists of fireballs (there will be more balls, the more you level it), a sort of fire shield, imbuing your weapons with flames and a force push of some sort (never really tried it out.) Everyone else in the game, that can use magic at all, is only using ice magic so you are kind of special. Or at least that is what I have seen.
The game is action packed, and in the beginning it can be rather bothersome to try and survive the first damn forest that isn’t merciful and will respawn just to mess with you time and time again when you explore. Good thing is that the companions isn’t far away. As you gain levels however, the enemies get easier. Some companions are however better than others, and I didn’t like Sybil one bit.
The npcs around the game is unique as well as all your companions, and the language that they all have is fun to listen to and so full of cursing.
The character designs are really nice looking, some of the monsters are actually looking rather badass, and the areas are just beautiful and varied. Day and night cycles is something that the game has as well, they go past rather quickly imo but if you want to speed it along, you can sleep in camps. That’ll raise your health and push the time forward.
The game also has some “perks” or small features that enables you to do things better/easier, get more health/mana or just to be able to carry more, find more things and so on.
Don’t forget to “customize” your armor as well, you have the skill to add buffs to it and things like that and it is needed in my opinion.
The “romance” however left me face planting the table. I got my elven man, yay! But the need to do just that one quest (that I missed… had to reload) to even get the companion to mention that he likes you, AND kiss is just sad. Shouldn’t even incorporate romance if all the player get is based on one quest and is that bad.
Music is something that the game sure isn’t lacking and it is really prominent, but not in the bothersome way. It just is there, perfectly playing as you go about your business, and what a soundtrack this game has. It’s wonderful. Overall it’s a good game, that truly deserves to be played. Not too much story, not too much character interaction but a lot of action, fire and cool enemies.
I saw on YouTube that some got nice endings, when Mathras explained things, guess I missed the quest to get that going as well. Yay, but the lack of a proper ending imo was just depressing. I felt that the story tricked me into thinking that there were more, but it wasn’t with no hope of a sequel. In the end I chose to stay and rule so that the land could rebuild itself, but when I made the choice, I just stood there, alone… and the game ended. What?