Conclusion: I may try to start this game again from the beginning and do more dodges with the smaller enemies so as to conserve my potions. I love the game visually, the combat system itself is well done, though I would've liked being able to change the difficulty setting so I could get the chance to enjoy the...
Excerpt: It starts so well. Production values that crush the boundaries of what's possible in an XBLA game. A big, muscular angry man hacking other muscular angry men into pieces. Huge, screen-filling Cyclops. Witches who turn into Ravens.
Conclusion: If I’ve come across as harsh or bitchy in this review, that’s because the game genuinely angered me whilst playing it. Not only was it boring and a chore, badly written and animated, and full of glitches, but it just seems so lazy.
Family (n) - The Spouse and Children of One Person
13 May 2012
Excerpt: Bloodforge is the first game where I have utterly failed to come up with something positive to say about it. There's just so much about it that's not good, from the bugs to the level designs, to the repetitive, inconsistent combat, to the control scheme and the dialogue...
Pros: Crom's hilariously hammy Big No in the opening minutes of the game.
Excerpt: I was hopeful when I first witnessed Bloodforge, one of XBLA’s more recent entries. It appeared to be a lengthy title that would provide hours of classic beat-‘em-up gameplay intermixed with a potentially intriguing story.
Summary: Bloodforge fails at the basic fundamentals of an action-adventure game. It relies too much on the gore without the finesse of God of War’s combat. With a lot more polish, it could have been a great game; instead it’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Excerpt: Here at gamrReview, we have a very strict 'we don't review it until we've completed it' clause; it's a motto that all game reviewers should abide by, but there are some very rare instances when an exception can be made.
Excerpt: Crom wiped his bloodied sword on the cloak of the man lying dead before him and surveyed the scene. Although the battle had been short, it had been vicious and unmerciful. Various body parts littered the ground while blood and viscera decorated the area as if a paint factory had exploded.
Excerpt: Bloodforge is the 2nd in a series of 4 Arcade Next offerings and is distributed by Microsoft Studios and developed by Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Shattered Memories). It follows the story of Crom a hardy hunter with a gears of war bulk, fur boots and a deer’s skull as a hat.