Lichdom: Battlemage

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, fast-paced shooter that's violent, graphic, hard.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Mostly about exacting revenge against a cult; no positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play a character named Dragon; backstory changes somewhat depending on whether you play as a male or female. Still, because you’re killing many human, nonhuman enemies, protagonist isn't a good role model.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Still, only one difficulty level (and it gets pretty tough); sometimes up to 15, 20 minutes between checkpoints, so it could be tough for some.

Violence

You're a deadly mage who uses magical spells, abilities to kill enemies. Can use fire or ice, lightning strikes, energy blasts to kill humans, demons; often accompanied by cries of pain. Lots of bloody violence; some nonplayable cut scene sequences are graphic, such as a woman getting her throat slit, creature lying in a pool of blood.

Sex
Language

Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lichdom: Battlemage is an adventure game that's violent and bloody. While the player uses magic attacks opposed to realistic weapons, strikes with fireballs and lightning blasts kill human and demonic enemies. Apart from the graphic gameplay, some cut scenes also show murder and blood. Parents should also be aware the game contains strong profanity, with regular use of "s--t" and "f--k." While the game is easy to learn, the difficulty level and length between checkpoints can lead to some frustration for players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam Marrick October 21, 2018

This was quite a gem!

Purely fantasy violence. No gore. Cartoonish displays of blood with corruption spells, in painted cutscenes, on bodies in some areas. Very little profanity. The... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydogfaceboy December 2, 2016

Great spell system and over rated.

To me one of the game's greatest features is it's complex spell system, while it can take a bit of time to figure it out once you do you quickly reali... Continue reading

What's it about?

LICHDOM: BATTLEMAGE takes a different spin on the concept of a first-person shooters. Calling the game a "first-person caster," players use magic as their weapon while battling enemies around the kingdom of Lichdom. Gamers take on the role of a Mage named Dragon and unravel a story of revenge against a demonic cult -- with a backstory that unfolds differently based on whether you play as a male or female. Plus you're accompanied by a companion, Griffon, who aids in your epic journey. At the heart of combat are Sigil Powers, based on eight core elements that let you craft thousands of spell combinations. Near the beginning of the game you'll gain an understanding of your core abilities, such as shooting fireball projectiles and shielding from enemy attacks, but you will learn how to craft unique spells and modify them for battle scenarios.

Is it any good?

This bloody and violent adventure is a surprisingly fun and different kind of experience for mature action fans. You may not have heard of Lichdom: Battlemage, but it's a unique and gratifying experience, especially if you're used to first-person shooters. Once you get the hang of it, it's a blast to run around this magical world while mastering all the different crafts and spells. Many of the demonic enemies are smart, so you'll need to master the art of defense. Even better, the bosses aren't simply level fodder; they serve as an additional challenge to your spell-slinging skills. The level design can be hit or miss, but the ones that are well-crafted levels (pardon the pun) are memorable and very replayable; strafing between columns while exchanging fireballs with skeleton warriors is also inherently exciting -- especially with the lights off and speakers cranked. But be forewarned: The difficulty ramps up after an hour or two, making the game quite challenging; there's only one difficulty level in the game (more than one would have been ideal), with some save points that are too far and few in between, which is frustrating at times. At least the controls are smooth and easy to learn.

Visually speaking, the game is impressive. Big set pieces, fluid animation, high-resolution character models, and impressive lighting and special effects add to the overall atmosphere and immersion factor. The sound and music are also worth noting. It's too bad the game doesn't have any multiplayer, cooperative or competitive, as Lichdom: Battlemage would be a lot of fun with or against human-controlled players. Perhaps that'll come in the sequel? But even with this omission, mature fans of magic lore and first-person action games should give this game a spin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Although this game uses only magic for combat instead of classic weapons -- guns, swords, bombs -- did the developers have to make the gameplay (and the cut scene sequences) so graphic? Wouldn't the game appeal to a wider audience if it were family-friendly? Should we criticize the designer's creative expression?

  • Talk about conflict resolution. Should seeking revenge be the only way to resolve problems in media? Is it an effective storytelling device, or does it weaken the impact of decisions made by characters?

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