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Bound by Flame

You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Dead-Army. In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity. Freely develop your abilities and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer. Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in real-time epic battles based on tactics and reaction.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☐ Good
☑ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS
---{ Gameplay }---
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't
---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☐ Good
☑ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
---{ Audience }---
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☐ Grandma
---{ PC Requirements }---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☑ Potato
☐ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{ Grind }---
☐ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☑ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second live for grinding
---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☑ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☐ It'll replace your life
---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☑ Average
☐ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☐ Worth the price
☑ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{ Bugs }---
☐ Never heard of
☑ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs
---{ ? / 10 }---
☐ 1
☐ 2
☐ 3
☐ 4
☐ 5
☑ 6
☐ 7
☐ 8
☐ 9
☐ 10

Review from Steam

A Brief Song of Ice and Fire
Bound by Flame is a decent DLC expansion for a Witcher game that does not exist.
Look, this game is not great, the lore is forgettable, the aesthetics are generic copper and silver, and many parts of this game are just okay.
The combat system is very basic (parry counter and not much else), and can be tedious at times, making these intense battle moments seems a bit stiff. Multiple enemy encounters are not exactly graceful either.
The game is fairly easy until the last boss battle, even on default difficulty.
But
There are details that I like here hidden in this game, and I'm just gonna list them down:
- I kinda like Vulcan (the MC, especially the female version) she's just a random everyman who just wanna stay out of trouble. Whatever personality she has somehow works well enough to be engaging throughout the game.
- I adore the gear customization, holy hell. You can customize individual parts of the gears you find. You'll be changing the blade or the pommel of your sword and adding extra piece of armor on your arms quite frequently. It's like modding your guns in an FPS. Customization that actually matters visually instead of just seeing big numbers go up. And the gears' design are not half bad either.
I need more games that do this. Such a neat little system.
- The idea for the melee combat and the stealth element are pretty interesting on paper. If they just tinker with the damage distribution just a little bit, that would make the combat and stealth encounters much more enjoyable.
- There is a Dishonored-esque semi morality system in this game. I chose the evil path. Gradually, my version of Vulcan grew a pair of horns and the horns got bigger as the story progressed. So the best part of this is I couldn't equip any helmet on her because her horns were in the way. EXCELLENT! GOOD SHIT! HELL YEA
- There's like one funny character interaction due to one of the characters' immortality
Tips for future players: upgrade your trap crafting skills. The explosive trap helps quite a lot during boss fights, especially the final one.
So yeah, it's Witcher 1.5: A Pyromancer Menace
It's a fine little western fantasy RPG that acts as a prologue for bigger conflicts and expansive world that we'll probably never see because only twelve people played this game.
I'll recommend this to anyone who wants to see the gear customization system. That's it.
Edwen's fine, I guess.

Review from Steam

A Note For Linux Players: Please don’t bother with the native Linux port. I appreciate the effort developers put into making it, but it has flaws. While none of them are game-breaking problems, they certainly affect the quality of your overall comfort while playing the game. - I would suggest using Proton. I must also note that Linux saves and Proton saves WILL NOT be compatible and moving the save files crashes the game. So, if you’ve just played for a couple of hours, you might want to start over.
Recently, I’ve set myself up to play some Spiders games that I’ve been delaying for years. I’ve started with Mars: War Logs and I liked it. It’s an almost a decade old Science Fiction RPG that had very interesting gameplay mechanics. Bound By Flame, however, is a mechanically superior game that was made on an improved Silk Engine with more budget from the developer’s side. But, as you may know, it’s not a particularly well-received title by itself. I, obviously, beg to differ. Yet, I do understand the reasoning behind it. Science Fiction players and Fantasy players, while there are a lot of people who like both, expect different things. Bound By Flame might not have covered those grounds well.
When I said mechanically superior, I meant it. Bound By Flame is exactly an improvement upon Mars: War Logs on the engine-side and Equipment Management, while still annoying to some degree, is a better version of what was. I’m not a fan of the combat system, however I do like finding myself preparing before every set of battle sequences. Stances are a great way of making the player change combat style and pyromancy is just a blessing. There’s not much to it, really, it’s just what you expect from a combat system. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s fine. Target soft-lock works okay. It feels great to deal critical damage to your foes, it’s satisfying to lay traps and watch enemies blow-up. And coming from Mars: War Logs, it's excellent to have companions that aren’t just practice dummies stalling enemies while you’re spamming on others. They actually do stuff. Though, they aren’t “that” intelligent. Overall, an alright experience.
While lacking in quantity, music is quite alright; Sound is exactly what you would’ve expected; Voice-acting is great at times and not so great at others. Though, I believe this is a problem with dialogue writing. They obviously wanted to have some awkward moments with the main character being a savage mercenary. I mean, you’re a brute. You’re careless and forced to be responsible about your surroundings and yourself. Your selflessness could cause the demise of others at a certain moment of your life, because of what happened to you during the prologue.
This leads me to the Story. I don’t believe the story itself is anything extraordinary, I do agree that it’s a decent setting with enough world-building for the purposes of this game. However, writing is difficult at times. I understand that it’s a relatively small game, but the writing is all over the place. Not trying to say that it’s bad. It’s quite enjoyable at times, however there are sequences that are very unnecessary. For instance, Mathras is a great character. The voice-acting did do justice to it. But why do I fight Mathras? Why is my character acting like a child at times and not so vulgar later? There are some inconsistencies here and there like this and some story related sequences feel just awkward at best. Yet, it’s not bad story-telling; it’s just weird. Rushed. There isn’t much development to justify things. - I did enjoy the game so far, I’m not going to be nitpicky about it. It’s a fine story with decent development.
Still, I have a few problems with the game. But they all are quite situational. For starters, your companions can get stuck if there’s an obstacle just next to the door you’ve passed through. You can get this during Act II. It’s a mild inconvenience and can easily be fixed by either pulling a couple of enemies or just leaving and re-enter to the zone you’re in. One other inconvenience is Enter. Under unexplained situations, whenever I hit Enter while in dialogue, the game switched between Fullscreen and Windowed Mode. Now, this could be a problem with how the game window is handled under X11. I say X11, because Wayland will get you stuck on Intro movies whenever you launch the game, basically FPS drop on Intro movies will make you wait for minutes until it finishes the launch sequence. If there’s a way to disable Intro movies, I would do that if I were to play it on Wayland. However I’m on KDE, right now. But there shouldn’t be a performance impact.
Overall, I like Bound By Flame. I bought it on a discount and I’m still enjoying it. Though, there are times when I really hate the mechanics because of how unfair things could easily become. However, once I figure out how to fight back in certain situations, I feel good about how I won. And I believe that’s a good thing.
Should you buy this game? If you’re a fan of old-school RPG titles, why not? I think it’s a great title to buy at a discounted price and I believe it’s a quality time spent. Sure, you might get frustrated with certain mechanics or options. However, the fact that I deeply felt to keep playing this thing is an indicator, for me, that there’s value in it.
.edit: typo.

Review from Steam

I recently discovered this game, Bound by Flame, and the developer, Spiders, after playing (and being blown away by) Greedfall.
Greedfall was such an amazing game that I was suddenly interested in playing all RPGs developed by Spiders. I found 3 additional RPGs made by Spiders (Bound By Flame, Mars: War Logs, and The Technomancer) and I sat down and played all of them.
I played on the hardest difficulty (Captain) and the combat is PUNISHING on that difficulty, especially the final boss.
The voice acting for this game can be atrocious at times. The voice acting for the main character is absolutely terrible, but it seems like the voice acting is pretty good for most of the supporting characters.
I enjoyed the combat system and story. The combat is basically hack and slash, but there is an interesting crafting system, you can set traps and cast fire spells, and you also have a crossbow.
Overall, I enjoyed this game, but it is the later Spiders RPGs (The Technomancer and Greedfall) where Spiders really hit their stride and managed to create true masterpieces.

Review from Steam

Decent little Dragon Age wanna be.

Review from Steam

Bound by Flame walked so that Greedfall could run. Its a serviceable RPG by Spiders. Its strengths lie in it world building, mature, fantasy design, and amazing sound track. The voice actors do a great job with what they are given. The main character dialogue however was sometimes hard to get through. The game takes itself serious but the things he says just felt disjointed and out of place to the point of annoyance (I played as male Vulcan) pretty much until I merged with the demon. The combat system is not good per say, but its not totally trash. It has its moments where you can see it shine through but play on harder difficulty levels and it will leave you frustrated and angry most of the time due to the enemy AI being relentless and unforgiving (I played on the hardest difficulty, Captain). The game feels like when you watch a movie that it more invested in setting up a sequel but never gets one. Its a damn shame because there are great ideas here, its just the execution and budget didn't allow for the dev's to fully realize all they had planned out. However given all that I said I would still give this game a try especially if its on sale or cheap.

Review from Steam

My first buy at steam and its worth it. Takes time to adjust with the combat, but when you do, its fun