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Lords of the Fallen shows a lot of promise


11:30 AM on 06.19.2013
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Action role-playing games are usually hit-or-miss in the way that they're received. The slightest deviancy in mechanics can turn a thrilling affair into a mundane and unexciting one. For the past few years, From Software's Demon's Souls and Dark Souls have perfected this formula and championed the genre.

After seeing a hands-off demo at E3, I wouldn't be surprised if Deck13's Lords of the Fallen gives From Software a run for its money. If this happens, it's because Lords of the Fallen looks like it'll strike that exact same chord with players -- tough as nails, but doable once you slow down and figure out your approach.

The demo displayed the combat's overarching strategy component to a tee. Lords will rarely throw more than a handful of enemies at you at once, but that doesn't mean that they're pushovers. Each enemy requires methodical dissection to best; rushing in with a hack-and-slash technique will lead to nothing more than certain failure.

One boss was shown, and he exemplified the necessary play style. The developer that was leading the demo let it strike a few times to simulate the player "learning" where the gaps in its attacks were. Once these were understood, he jumped in at every apt opportunity, slowly chipping away at its health until it was bested. As long as he remained patient and didn't get greedy, the boss was definitely beatable.

Lords of the Fallen takes place in a medieval fantasy setting where the gods have failed mankind. Some sort of "unstoppable supernatural force" has taken over, and Harkyn, our protagonist, is called upon to save the land. The developers didn't go into too much detail regarding the plot, opting instead to focus on the game's core mechanics.

As Lords begins, the player must choose to play as a Warrior, Rogue, or Cleric. However, this decision only affects the weapon and armor sets that the player starts with. Later in the game, players can effectively switch classes by using different equipment. Further, skill points can be put into any combination of three trees. This all keeps the class role very dynamic and never locks the player into one specific direction.

Lords of the Fallen is aiming for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and won't release until sometime in 2014. There's still a ton to learn about this title, but what's been shown looks really promising. Right now, it's shaping up to be one of the games on a short list that action-RPG fans adore.





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1:00 PM on 08.21.2014
Feast your eyes on 20 minutes of Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a action-RPG in the veil of Demon/Dark Souls. Instead of the constant hack and slash of the old action-RPG days, Lords of the Fallen continues the tradition of Dark Souls by focusing on smaller-scale t...more



3:15 PM on 07.24.2014
Lords of the Fallen trailer: Lustful women and a moody CCR cover

Lords of the Fallen sits somewhere between Darksiders (#darksiders2) and Dark Souls. The trailer, with the God of War-styled heavy petting foursome, leans toward the former.  With the trailer comes the announcement that those who pre-order get bumped up to a Limited Edition, which just means some weapons, The Monk's Decipher DLC, and a soundtrack.more



4:15 PM on 07.09.2014
Celebrate Halloween inside safe from psychopaths with Lords of the Fallen this October

Lords of the Fallen is poised to bring its brand of dark fantasy melded with action-RPG to a console or PC near you this October, just in time for Halloween. North America can get in on the action on October 28, while Europe ...more



1:00 PM on 06.12.2014
First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen

Where some E3 meetings have PR people hovering or hands-off slide shows to watch, the meeting with CI Games for Lords of the Fallen was on the other end of the spectrum. There was no briefing or helpful tips, just a station s...more



11:00 PM on 04.23.2014
Lords of the Fallen dev faces challenges with 1080p on Xbox One

The struggle of next-gen developers seems to be that of “Should it be smooth, or pretty?” CI Games executive producer Tomasz Gop has stated that with Lords of the Fallen, he's confident that his team will be able ...more



2:15 PM on 04.22.2014
Lords of the Fallen challenge trailer takes a mulligan, kicks in doors

It turns out that when a hulking behemoth charges at you as fast as it can, you might want to get out of the way. If that wasn't common sense, the first 40 seconds of this new Lords of the Fallen trailer expertly convey...more



10:30 AM on 04.22.2014
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen

Thousands of years ago, people defeated god. They believed evil could be excised from humanity. Sinners were marked with tattoos and exiled. People also believe vaccinations lead to autism and that How I Met Your Mother is a ...more



7:30 PM on 02.11.2014
Lords of the Fallen finally shows off some gameplay

Lords of the Fallen has been an intriguing action RPG for the better part of the last year, but we've only seen trailers and screenshots. Hamza complained about the latter last month, asking for some gameplay, finally. Well,...more



11:00 AM on 01.30.2014
Lords of the Fallen won't be a walk in the park

A couple of weeks ago I wrote up this little story asking for CI Games to show us some real gameplay footage of Lords of the Fallen. Well, there's still no footage but at the very least I got to see the game in action earlier...more



9:00 AM on 01.16.2014
Hey Lords of the Fallen, show us actual gameplay already

Hey City Interactive, I'm really interested in Lords of the Fallen but enough with just releasing screenshots like the two new ones in our gallery. Yeah, you released a neat looking teaser, but where's some actual gameplay fo...more




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