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. You start the game on a serene Skyrim esque hunting scene where Crom has just killed a deer and thrown it over his shoulder to carry home when he decides on a nap.
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. While I spent my first couple of hours somewhat impressed by Bloodforge , the experience quickly devolved into madness and eventually culminated in a roadblock - in the form of a cheap boss fight - about halfway through, resulting in weeks of frustration...
Excerpt: Crom is angry. He has murdered his family, apparently tricked into the act by the god known as Arawn; and he wants vengeance. It's a familiar setup to put it mildly, and a certain other enraged hero has famously charted a brutal and satisfying course to revenge against the gods. Alas, though Crom's path to revenge is brutal, it is anything but satisfying.
Pros: A few memorably hideous character designs
Cons: Tedious combat, Terrible, protracted boss battles, Underdeveloped world and characters, Distractingly wobbly camera, A number of minor technical problems
Excerpt: A world of darkness, populated by horrific beasts, berserk warriors and gods with their own agenda, Bloodforge bursts through them like an alien chestburster on heat, as its ruthless hero strives to revenge himself upon his enemies in a quest for I’m sorry I just can’t write a review for this game seriously.
Conclusion: Don’t be tempted into giving this a try. As a free game, it would be overpriced, but for 1200 MS Points, you’ll feel like a right mug. Bloodforge is a dated, boring, uninspiring, unimaginative offering that has no place in the frankly stunning line-up of games now available for the Xbox 360 – both boxed efforts and XBLA titles.
Conclusion: It’s all well and good producing a game that looks as good as any retail offering, but when that same game fails to stand up and deliver on the fundamentals – controls, character growth, gameplay - you can’t help but feel anything other than disillusioned and dissatisfied. Bloodforge manages that on a grand scale and, in short, it’s a bloody nightmare.
Excerpt: They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and there’s no doubt that development studio Climax has been inspired by Sony’s God of War series for Bloodforge . It’s not just the gameplay that’s strikingly familiar; even the story is reminiscent of Kratos’ revenge against the gods. The star of Bloodforge is a hulky mountain of muscle that wears a antler-bearing skull helm and goes by the name Crom. He’s angry because he was tricked by the Celtic god Arawn.
Summary: Crom was a warrior, killing thousands in relentless wars. Then he stopped fighting, maintaining his physique by slaughtering deer and feeding them to his loving wife. One day, he shares a vision with the rudest of the gods, who takes full-blown umbrage at the prophecy that Crom will be his undoing. One thing leads to another, and Crom finds himself newly single, and back on an endless blood-strewn warpath.
Pros: Some excellent enemy design
Cons: Sickening camera, Unsatisfying combat, Wearisome boss battles, "Blood Duel" is meaningless