Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Release Date: May 9, 2014
Platform: PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Genre: Action RPG
Bound By Flame is a charming action RPG that melds signature mechanics found in such fan favorite franchises as Dark Souls, The Witcher and Dragon Age, melding third-person sword-and-sorcery action with a deepening plot across a fantasy-infused world. Unfortunately the game does suffer from a series of drawbacks, many of which are noticeable in the first ten minutes of gameplay, including poor lip-syncing, a strange mix of 3-D and cell-shaded graphics, and awkward combat.
Rather than completely mire the game’s progress, these drawbacks can be overcome with perseverance–and it is only with dedication can we look past the more ugly elements and see the game shine.
Spiders isn’t about creating a sprawling fantasy universe complete with deep lore and myth; instead Bound By Flame tells a poignant story that only skirts the rim of deep high fantasy themes. It is undoubtedly a flawed experience, but these flaws somehow give the game more charm.
While Bound By Flame does emulate titles like The Witcher and Dark Souls in some ways, it doesn’t try to mirror them, instead setting forth its own crafty mix of RPG elements to become something all its own.