Online sandbox RPG Citadel: Forged With Fire from Blue Isle Studios is ready for you on PlayStation 4. Learn more about it in our Citadel: Forged With Fire review!
Citadel: Forged With Fire is a massive online sandbox RPG from the studio that’s given us horror game Slender: The Arrival, as well as colorful and charming Valley on PlayStation 4. As you can tell from the short description for the game, Citadel: Forged With Fire is an entirely different type of experience when compared to their other releases. For this one, you will take on the role of an apprentice of the magic arts, born from fire, setting out on an adventure through the land of Ignus – a huge 6 km x 6 km world for you to explore.
Before you begin your adventure, you will need to decide if you’re going to end up joining a PVE (Player Versus Environment) server, or a PVP (Player Vs. Player) server. Both offer the same overall experience, but if you go into a PVP server, other players in there can and will attack and damage you, which might be a bit too aggressive of an experience for those new to the genre.
The next step will be to create your character. You can either have the game build a random character for you, or you can go ahead and select between a male or a female character. After this, you can go with the default build or change the head type, size of the head, length and thickness of the neck, jaw size, hairstyle, shoulder width, chest depth, torso length and thickness, arm length and thickness, leg length and thickness, and the color of the skin, hair, nail, and eyes. When you’re all done, enter your character’s name, and you’re good to go.
You can walk with the left analog stick, moving the camera with the right stick. The X button is for jumping, and you can crouch by pressing in on the analog stick. Your main cast is the L2 button, and your secondary cast is set to the R2 button. You can swap weapons with the Square button, and swap trinkets by pressing up on the D-Pad. If you find any items, you can pick them up with the Square button to add them to your inventory, which can be opened by pressing down on the touchpad on the DualShock 4. You can set items to be consumed with the L1 and R1 buttons to aid you on your adventure. Oh, and if you’re feeling lost, you can always check your map by pressing down on the D-Pad.
As you level up, you will receive points you can allocate to your overall health, the damage you deal, your total mana count, and your carry capacity – how much stuff you can have on you at any time. You should balance your build since you never know when some extra health might save the day, or if being able to deal some extra damage could be the difference between having to respawn after being defeated in battle, or landing the killing blow that will allow you to reap the rewards.
Your character will have a knowledge table, from which it can learn new skills, as well as new recipes. You will need to collect a lot of materials to be able to craft some of the stuff available in the knowledge table, leveling up as you do so in order to unlock more and more options that will allow you to customize your character and your overall experience. You will need to craft weapons and armor that can help you stay alive. Weapons are split into melee, gauntlets, wands, and staff. Armor is split into cloth, leather, wild, and iron. You can also craft rings, bracelets, necklaces, and amulets.
A lot of your time with the game will be spent gathering resources so that you can craft weapons, armor, and other items. Your first quest in the game will ask that you collect some stones and pieces of wood so that you can level up and craft an axe. The more you gather, the more experience you will get, and the more you will level up. You will need to be of specific levels to be able to gain the knowledge required for you to craft better gear for your character. A melee weapon is a must since you could end up running out of mana when in battle, which can prove to be fatal. You could go down a path of a more magical nature later on, but at the start of the game, a melee weapon is going to be useful.
Spells won’t work with all of your weapons, so you’ll be learning as you go when crafting magical items to see which spells are a good match for your playing style – as well as for the challenges you’re going to face in the short term. Speaking of spells, one that will prove to be very useful is the Extract spell. As its name suggests, using it will allow you to extract resources from larger deposits, which will, in turn, allow you to craft better equipment after leveling up accordingly.
As for the game’s trophies, you’re going to be spending quite some time playing this one if you want to add a new Platinum trophy to your collection. There are trophies for killing 20 wolves, 20 bears, 20 boars, 30 orcs, 20 dragons, 20 trolls, and 10 sprites, crafting ten clothing items and ten weapons, picking up 250 items, for leveling up your character to levels 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60, for harvesting 1,000 pieces of wood, harvesting 1,000 pieces of stone, 1000 mana runes, for flying for a total of four hours of in-game time, and more.
Citadel: Forged With Fire is a fun RPG available at a budget $39.99, offering plenty of content at a low price. There’s plenty to do in this one, and other than how moving around the world of Ignus is too slow until you’ve managed to craft yourself an artifact that will allow you to zip here and there at a faster pace – not to mention the different fast travel spots you’ll unlock to make your time at Ignus an overall better experience. The game does tend to have some slow down during more crowded moments, but that’s about it as far as complaints are concerned. If you’re looking for a 3D action RPG with resource management and crafting elements, then be sure to check out Citadel: Forged With Fire!
This Citadel: Forged With Fire review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Blue Isle Studios.