A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's main premise is the usual "good guys versus encroaching evil" concept. While some missions mention rescuing people trapped in the Gravemark, it's really more a matter of running into them while dungeon crawling. And even though there's a focus on adventuring with a party, outside of healing, there's not much reason to plan or even interact with teammates.
Positive Role Models
Although the various heroes have banded together against common foes, for most, it's more a simple matter of surviving long enough to fulfill their personal goals.
Ease of Play
The gameplay isn't terrible, but it leaves a lot to be desired. It's nearly impossible to accurately judge attack ranges. Often characters will swing an attack, clearly missing their target in an animation but somehow still registering a hit. Movement also feels clumsy due to the flat, 2D nature of the characters in a more 3D environment.
Violence & Scariness
Between comic cutscenes that feature disembowelment and decapitations and combat that shows enemies dismembered and cut in half, the game's filled with scenes of graphic violence and blood. But the gore disintegrates as soon as it hits the ground and is never onscreen for very long.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One cutscene features a partially covered bare breast strategically placed onscreen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blightbound is a dark fantasy action role-playing game available for download on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. Players choose from a selection of heroes and team with two others to travel deep into the dungeons of Gravemark, defeating evil creatures, collecting loot, and rescuing others in the process. Violence is constant, with plenty of blood and gore shown onscreen, though never for any extended period of time. There's a fair amount of micromanagement involved in character development. The controls can be a bit awkward and navigating the menus to start a game can be a chore as well.
Is It Any Good?
Some games have all the right pieces that, when put together, create a masterpiece of entertainment. And then there are games like Blightbound, which still has most of the right pieces, but never comes together as anymore than a jumbled mess. Visually, the game has the colorful look and style of a comic book panel brought to life. The animations are a bit quirky though, with movements looking almost like a marionette puppet show. The story's interesting and does a solid job of setting up the hows and whys of different heroes banding together in small parties to explore the no man's land of Gravemark. But after setting up this strong foundation, the game never builds anything on top of it. There's precious little in the way of any character or plot development.
The gameplay is the biggest place where Blightbound can't seem to pull itself together. For starters, the controls feel sluggish and unresponsive. One big issue that comes up regularly involves registering characters' attacks. Many attack animations look for all intents and purposes as it they've completely missed their targets, yet they still register as hits. Conversely, lack of depth in the flat 2D character models can make it look like you're hitting an enemy, only to be just slightly above or below them and missing completely. Finally, and most frustrating, the game seems to randomly struggle just to function. Just trying to play through the tutorial was an impossible task thanks to the game crashing out completely at random spots without warning. Thankfully this can be avoided by skipping the tutorial completely, but that defeats the purpose of even having a tutorial to begin with. The overall result of Blightbound is that it's a game that should be much stronger than the sum of its messy parts.
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