So let’s move on to the actual game itself shall we? So, as I was saying. The game kicks-off with you taking on a band of warriors, as you need to take back what has been stolen from you.
After that, you are in charge of your (and your group’s) faith, fame and fortune on the battlefield.
I would also like to mention that just like the aforementioned “Omen” game, “Forged of Blood” also features a sort of visual novel section between battles. However, in “Forged of Blood” it’s rather primitive, and at one point crashed the game…
Gameplay-wise, “Forged of Blood” is pretty much like most RPG games out there. Simply put, you have a given number of characters which are used to carry out your objectives. Each character takes it in turn to move and, optionally attack an enemy.
Once done, the computer-controlled enemy AI do the same. Each side takes it in turns to move and attack until either side as won. So far, “Forged of Blood” is pretty much the same as any other given RPG title out there (for good and bad).
So does “Forged of Blood” do anything different at all? No, not really. I mean, whilst there are both close combat and ranged weaponry, as well as magic (which affects an area and not a character). So there isn’t really all that much which separate this game from all the others.
Movement is simple enough in the game. As you’re effectively shown how much energy it takes to move to a particular spot, and once done.
You may have enough energy left to attack someone else, and once you’ve run out of energy. It’s simply time for you to move onto the next character in-line.
Other than that, characters can swap weapons, but that takes up a turn. Attacking works in the same way as moving and your selected character will either cause damage to a selected enemy or miss.
As for voice acting and whatnot. Well, the game’s characters say a short and repetitive phrase before moving or attacking, which are more amusing than they should be really.
Even so, one thing that this game does have is very nicely animated graphics (although that is mainly confined to the backgrounds).
Here’s a fair warning though. Whilst all the characters are nicely drawn, and move very well (it’s nice to see them jump up and down obstacles). You can’t help feeling that more effort was put into the scenery.
However, thanks to the adjustable movement speeds. You don’t have to watch all the animation to complete a turn, which can be handy.
It’s also worth pointing out that each character has traits that can be upgraded. Weapons and magic can also be upgraded, and swapped around as you see fit. However, whilst there are two slots for main and secondary weapons, you generally can’t dual-weld.
So most of the time the second slot for each weapon is left empty. It’s also not always obvious which weapons are allowed in which weapon slots either.
Upgrades are simple enough to do though, but only become active once you okay them, which means if you flit between characters without activating them. So you have to re-do it when you move back to the starting character…
At the end of the day though. “Forged of Blood” is a nice looking fantasy turn-based RPG that could have been so much more if it hadn’t been for a handful of down sides.
Furthermore “Forged of Blood” also struggle to stand out from the RPG crowd with no doubt. Even so, “Forged of Blood” is still worth giving a try if you’re into fantasy turn-based RPG’s as there are a lot of fun to be had nevertheless.
+ Graphics, especially the backgrounds are nice.
+ Not lacking in statistics and information.
+ Turns can be sped up if needed.
+ Music and sound are okay.
– Bit buggy – crashed to desktop during the “visual novel” part.
– Map background flashes.
– Speech is nice to have, but gets repetitive.
– Perhaps the inventory/spell casting screens could be a bit more intuitive.
– The game’s text parts are pretty darn small in font size.
Sound and music: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
Aside from the rather complicated inventory system and the somewhat fantasy setting, “Forged Of Blood” got very really little to differentiate itself from earlier released turn-based games….
So just like so many other titles before “Forged Of Blood”. The graphics are nice and things work. So it’s neither bad nor great, and doesn’t have enough to make it really stand out.
Even so, “Forged Of Blood” might still be worthy of your time and money if you’re into fantasy-themed turn-based RPGs.
Title: Forged Of Blood
Developer: Critical Forge
Genre: Turn-based fantasy role-playing
Release date: 2019-08-01
Spent time: + 2 hours
Average grade internationally: N/A Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: +12
Price: 26.90 Euros via Steam
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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