Lords of the Fallen recently came out and it’s already drawing some attention due to the gameplay being closely related to Dark Souls. And how could it not? Well, after doing a fair share of playing the game, Lords of the Fallen is decent for what it is, just don’t come in expecting a full-on Souls experience and everything will be dandy.
The first thing to note here is that unlike Dark Souls, Lords of the Fallen offers a straight-forward and linear narrative. There’s little to explore outside of a few offside paths in some levels, so roaming where curiosity takes you is not an option. You also have a set character, Harkyn, rather than being allowed to create your own character. I feel that an opportunity was missed here, especially since one never becomes emotionally invested into Harkyn. Such a shame.
The final qualm about Lords of the Fallen is how restrictive and similar all three of its classes play. You have the option to select a Warrior, Cleric, and Rogue class. Each class specializes in a specific set of weapons and magic, and that’s where another opportunity seems to have been wasted. There is no option for those that prefer to be a pure spell-caster or an archer and because of that, Lords of the Fallen is strictly melee focused.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have a focus on a combat style, but with so many games offering you a choice, regardless of effectiveness, it comes off limited and lacking. All of that said, Lords of the Fallen still provides an entertaining time. Yes, you read that correctly. After all the griping, I’m enjoying my time hacking, slashing, and smashing through Lords of the Fallen.
If you are a fan of the Dark Souls-type action and want a decent filler while you await Bloodborne, Lords of the Fallen IS that game. Sure, the story is rather bland, the environments are linear, and the combat is limited in options, but it is damn fun to take a giant hammer and pummel opponents to a bloody pulp.
Is Lords of the Fallen a game you should pay full price on? Nah. Purchase it at a discount or wait for the price to lower, then consider picking it up if you can nab it at around $40. Even though Twitch Fan doesn’t deal with arbitrary scores as far as reviews are concerned, we approve Lords of the Fallen as a worthwhile game.