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: The “God of War clone” descriptor gets thrown around too liberally these days, often haphazardly used to classify any third-person combat game not involving guns. We understand how diluted its meaning has become, and yet, we can’t help apply it to Bloodforge (though to be fair, Bloodforge is based on Celtic mythology as opposed to ancient Greek).
Pros: How gore-geous it is, You can get 400 Achievement points instead of 200, Never being confused by the simple plot
Cons: Unforgivably clunky combat, A manic camera, The squandered potential
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
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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Rapakon takana tavataan sanoa, että imitointi on imartelun vilpittömin muoto. Jos tämä pitäisi paikkansa, olisivat Sonyn Santa Monica Studion pojat ja tytöt varmasti pakahtumaisillaan ylpeydestä, sillä taannoinen Xbox Live Arcade -julkaisu, Bloodforge, on God of War -imitaatiota puhtaimmillaan.
Pros: + Graafiset tehosteet miellyttävät silmää
Cons: - Temppuileva kamera, - Taistelu liian yksitoikkoista, - Tympeä tasosuunnittelu, - Rytmityksessä menty metsään