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GF Rating
4.9

795 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

It's goooood.

posted by Justdawg08 (WAUSAU, WI) Oct 2, 2014

Member since Mar 2011

7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

Combat is challenging and you actually have to think, dodge, and counter. Plus platinuming takes careful planning. Too much for most gamers to handle it appears. The story is interesting and the combat is fun. The characters, especially female, grabbed my attention. Graphics are a combination of Skyrim and Borderlands, with a next gen shine. 7/10 easy a good game if you have the patience to learn the combat. But if you wanna hack your way easily through every enemy, don't bother. You'll just give the game a bad review because you're a bad gamer ;).

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Bound by Lame

posted by CWalker91 (HUNTINGDON, TN) Jun 12, 2014

Member since Jun 2014

6 out of 9 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

When a video game becomes a chore to play, especially within the first ten minutes, it's an early sign that it'll be bad. This is the case with Bound by Flame, an RPG-style game that borrows gameplay elements from several other--better--games such as Dragon Age, The Witcher, and God of War, and poorly executes them into its own painfully generic formula.

While there is character customization like most fantasy RPGs, it is embarrassingly limited, offering only choices of a name, face, and hair, and even these barely have ten different options. Even the main character himself is forgettable and unlikeable, fitting in well with the rest of the cast who suffer from horrific dialogue and voice acting.

Combat also has its flaws. Using the square and triangle buttons for both light and heavy attacks, you defeat a surprisingly diverse horde of enemies throughout the game. However, the combat is repetitive and the spells you acquire barely assist your attacks. It's easy to see the influence of Dark Souls, with the game's focus on difficult enemy encounters, but they come off as frustrating instead of a productive challenge that made Dark Souls so great.

Graphically the game is decent. Nothing flashy, but not a complete eyesore either. Despite this, gameplay is more important for an RPG, and every RPG element is wasted here. It's easy to tell this was a quick port from last-gen to the PS4; next-gen gaming, this is not.

Also, it's worth mentioning that if a game's main menu soundtrack causes the player to cringe, then it should be taken under advisement to proceed with caution.

The only redeemable quality this game has is the voice acting of the demon. He was actually bearable, unlike the other 21st-century voice acting that was present in an assumed fantasy game with swords and giant spiders.

Don't waste your time with this game. There are no redeemable qualities that should allow a sequel. Do not rent or purchase. Save your money as well as your time.

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GF Rating
7

Good

A little outdated but fun

posted by HandicapMan (HURRICANE, WV) Oct 2, 2014

Member since Aug 2014

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This game isn't up to the potential of the PS4 it would be more like a game for the PS2 but it tells an interesting story, and the game play is challenging if you choose a higher level. I like games dated in the days of dragons and mythical creatures. You can choose your own path to determine the outcome of the game. It was worth a once or twice around.

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