Wild Blood – An Unreal Slash Fest From Gameloft

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Typical Gameloft fare | Plenty of action | Nice weapons & upgrade system | High quality 3D design

Typical Gameloft fare | Nothing that truly stands-out | Repetitive button mashing

Gameloft’s first Unreal Engine game has been a long time in the making, but now it’s finally available. Wild Blood is a deluxe 3D action adventure game using Epic’s graphical engine, and the game definitely looks great. It follows the story of Lancelot, with an alteration on the classic story. In this version Lancelot and Queen Guinevere are romantically involved to the point that King Arthur has gone mad. Arthur then relies on the sorceress Morgana to make them pay, but she opens Hell’s gate, and now you play as Lancelot battling all kinds of hellish creatures.

Lancelot has a huge sword at his disposal, and as you advance you unlock new weaponry including bow and twin axe, and there are tons of upgrades for your weapons and armor. The game provides 10 deluxe worlds to battle through from the village to the Hanging Gardens, and even King Arthur’s castle. Each environment is exquisitely designed in 3D, and it’s really nice to simply witness the surroundings. The game is all about battling though, and rather than just a series of head to head combat, you get an action adventure of battling multiple enemies at once.

The entire game is reminiscent of Hero of Sparta II from Gameloft, but with finer 3D graphics, and the Lancelot storyline. There’s the same set-up as you battle a few small enemies progressing through an environment until you come to a huge boss battle. The entire time there’s the repetitive nature of simply smashing the attack button continuously to dispose of the enemies. There are special attacks at your disposal, but there’s no shield to defend yourself, so it’s all about attacking with some dodges mixed in.

As great as the game looks, we have definitely seen better, and it doesn’t look all that different than the typical Gameloft 3D engine. In fact, you could say that N.O.V.A. 3 or Modern Combat 3 look even better. There are also some slow downs when there’s a lot of action on screen. No matter the graphics engine, any game comes down to gameplay, and there are hours of content to enjoy. The battle sequences are tedious at times especially due to the similarity. The game also seems lacking after the great experience of the action RPG Bastion, which makes the Wild Blood gameplay that much more mundane.

Wild Blood ($6.99, Universal) is worth picking up for those inclined to action adventure, and have enjoyed Gameloft games in the past. The game still leaves a bit to be desired because there’s so much potential, but overall the game is just more of the same we’ve seen across all kinds of games. There is some nice challenge once you reach the third world and on, and that’s what makes it worth the purchase over completely skipping it.


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One Comment on "Wild Blood – An Unreal Slash Fest From Gameloft"

  1. adp September 16, 2012 at 3:36 AM -

    the games good and all but needs more levels and weapons to buy and more different armour sets and all which i hope will be seen in upcoming updates

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