With FROM Software’s Bloodborne only out next year, and Dark Souls 2 a steaming pile of badly copied-and-pasted turd, fans of that sort of anguish have little to do other than play through their favourite Souls game for the millionth time. There’s some sort of reprieve, coming by way of Lords of the Fallen, a more Eurocentric take on the formula that wears its inspiration very much on its sleeve. so much so, that it could perhaps be seen as a clone. That’s fine, if it’s been done well. Has Deck13 managed to make a good souls game?
It seems they may well have. Here’s what critics have to say:
Lords of the Fallen is a surprisingly solid title that wasn’t even on my radar. While it borrows heavily from the Souls franchise, it’s done well and with its own signature flair. I highly recommend this game to anyone that enjoys that series, and if you haven’t gone down that road before, it might be a more forgiving entry point into the action RPG.
…even in the face of near-game-ending bugs, my time with Lords of the Fallen wasn’t ruined. It largely succeeds in both imitation and with its strong variations on the formula.Lords of the Fallen is derivative; there’s no doubt about that. But it’s also a surprising show of skill and hopefully a sign of much brighter things to come.
Lords of the Fallen delivers entertaining hack-and-slash combat centered on combos and spells, but its risk-based reward system seems slightly out of place in a world where its hero so easily achieves great power and defense and makes risk obsolete. It achieves its goal of creating a more accessible Dark Souls-style experience, but unfortunately it goes a step or two too far.
In the end, the more straightforward design of Lords of the Fallen puts more focus on combat than building an interesting world. Players may be less likely to get lost, but the game lacks a sense of wonder and isn’t helped by its dull narrative and recycled enemies. Still, the solid mechanics are a step in the right direction. Anyone looking for a diversion until Bloodborne may want to give it a try.
For those who’re eagerly waiting for Bloodborne, this could be just the distraction you’re waiting for. If you;re new to Souls-styled games, this could be a great entry point, offering the same sort of game, albeit a little more forgiving.
Last Updated: October 28, 2014