Lords of the Fallen Xbox One Review
Lords of the Fallen is a fantasy action RPG set in a harsh world where humanity has defeated its God. When his army starts to re-emerge from its demonic realm, led by the formidable Lords, humanity turns to an unlikely defender for help. Lords of the Fallen offers a deep and satisfying melee combat system with weapons, armour and skills influencing speed, power and agility. Every fight is both a challenge and a meaningful victory. Powerful and spectacular magic complete the arsenal. Embark on an epic journey of combat, exploration and discovery to become the world’s salvation… or doom.
It's easy to see why everyone is calling Lords of the Fallen, Dark Souls Lite but that's really not fair when Square Enix and CI Games have injected quite a little bit of love into this medievil style romp. While the claustaphobic corridors never make way for open world expanse, the views are nicely crafted and the pathways are littered with challenges that will have you smashing your palms into the controller.
This is a hack and slash with RPG values at heart. Swords and sorcery are the name of the game here with combinations opening up a wealth of damage on the foes that await and there are plenty. The realms you traverse are out to kill you on every level, you are alone, an anti hero who must face the horrors of his reality one agonising step at a time.
You will die but as the game progresses the upgrades on offer will make you almost god like which in a way does take away from the moderate challenge that Lords of the Fallen offers up.
Your death does have consequences though, to add risk and reward to the game you must return to where you died within a certain period of time to collect the XP you lost when you were last evicerated!
The story? stop asking about the story! The story is a little lack luster, our anti heroes tale is never really explained, his purpose never really realised and his reason for being just seems to be to upgrade weapons and kill! Not that killing and maiming the demons of Lords of the Fallen is not fun, the majority of the weapons on offer are slow and cumbersome, they even have real advantages or disadvantages. A broadsword can do a great deal of damage but takes a fair amount of time to hit its target, it's a heavy weapon and without proper timing can leave you in peril!
Lords of The Fallen offers some great visuals and some fun adventures but for us it was a little slow when it came to the combat, rolling in and out of danger is fun the first 30 times but can become repetitive. That and the weapons while looking awesome just take so long to hit their mark but for power the speed is the sacrifice as you'll find with many combinations as you hurtle through this 20 hour game.
Lords of the Fallen definately has its flaws but overall it's finer qualities outweigh those in spades. Be ready to fight for your life in this balls to the wall fantasy adventure.