Review – Lords of the Fallen (mobile)
Lords of the Fallen debuted on home consoles a few years back, and the action-role playing game now makes the jump to iOS and Android platforms, bringing a quite different feel to the new franchise.
Where the console version felt similar to the Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls games, the mobile version owes more to Infinity Blade. Detailed environments and creepy looking enemies provide a nice backdrop for what’s a fairly by-the-books gameplay experience. Instead of rolling around hacking and slashing like the console version, mobile gamers find themselves dodging left and right, blocking by holding the shield icon, and slashing madly at enemies whenever an opening presents itself.
There’s a magic system that allows the casting of an offensive spell, a damage buff, or a shield, and each spell can be enhanced to be more effective as Harkyn, the game’s main character, levels up. Once gamers have some time into the game, they’ll also unlock two other characters to try out – each offering a slightly different experience. Yetka, for example, uses twin blades that become poisoned when she casts her buff spell and inflict damage over time on the enemy combatant.
There’s also a crafting system for making new elixirs to restore health or buff attack power and shield strength. Equipment can also be forged, to an extent, merging duplicate items to make them more powerful and unlocking new swords and armour to wield in battle.
All in all, there’s a considerable amount of content here, with some new additions to the Infinity Blade formula, including having to roll around avoiding attacks should the player be knocked down, but it’s nothing revolutionary. Unfortunately the gameplay quickly loses its luster, with combos being repetitive right/left/right style affairs and easily recognizable patterns to enemy’s attacks lowering the difficulty. The controls aren’t as precise as I’d have liked, occasionally making it a chore to get a simple two-hit combo pulled off, but most enemies can be beaten by random swiping in any case.