X360 Sunday, October 14, 2007 | 6:53 PM

Preview: Kingdom under Fire: CoD

Preview: Kingdom under Fire: CoD

Microsoft sent us a preview build of Kingdom under Fire: Circle of Doom a few days ago, and after a few hours of gameplay I'm still not sure what exactly Blueside wanted to do with this game. On one side there is a very good customization system for the character and the weapons, and on the other some mindblowingly boring and repetitive fights. If you've played Ninety Nine Nights, imagine the last level in the forest, without the invisible walls bugs thankfully, and you mostly get what I played so far. Of course it's a preview, so some things can still hopefully change, and one can hope they'll fix the tearing too.
Enjoy this first video, with more to come today.
Update: Second video online. The third and last one will be up sometimes tonight.
Update 2: Last video online, showing a level with some quite gross enemies, along with an equally gross boss fight.

Preview part 1
Preview part 2
Preview part 3

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Commented on 2007-10-14 14:19:44
looks nice, i guess. but being compared to ninety nine nights, doesnt really get me pumped.
Commented on 2007-10-14 14:23:36
Just watched the streaminvideo, and from what you have writen above BliBlim, it's exactly what you described. It's just a boring hack n' slash, a shame, it looked very promising....
Commented on 2007-10-14 16:08:04
The graphics looks very good...thats about it, and the ambitent music is very nice as well.

I think the OST and the graphics are the things I like about this game.
Commented on 2007-10-14 16:28:53
noooo! the forest level in N3 was really boring
Commented on 2007-10-14 17:13:18
nice graphics, the facial animation and lip sync is hilariously bad tho. its like old ps2 game sort of bad with only 1 point of articulation, giving him the awesome flapping jaw syndrome.

from the start i've always thought the game was a bit...meh...so im not really shocked to hear that it actually IS. mindless hack and slash games just arnt very good really.
Commented on 2007-10-14 17:29:57
I actually liked what I saw I have to say. I enjoyed Ninety nine Night very very much and given the level of customization here and the online component, this is a buy for me for sure
Commented on 2007-10-14 17:49:29
u enjoyed N3...how...but...how?
Commented on 2007-10-14 17:59:21
Liked N3 a lot to, but not sure I would wanna play this one thought. It looks very boring slow paced as well, you should show of some other characters to, and hopefully something more then this forest thats been showed off everywhere.
Commented on 2007-10-14 18:19:55
That looks boring, and no, graphics are nothing to talk about.
Commented on 2007-10-14 18:44:19
wow, looks great, more footage please

i guess i am getting to old for this hack/slash games, but you get a free lesson in Budishm, so i might reconsider

kickass music
Commented on 2007-10-14 18:49:26
I like the armor designs, and is that buddha?
Commented on 2007-10-14 19:04:56
Well this definitely looks like a day 1 purchase, unless of course too human comes out around the same time.

While I am not too fond of mass N3 enemy rush style of combat, the customization, loot gathering and skills seem pretty cool, which is of course the entire point of an aRPG. I liked how the game integrated the kill quests as requirements for skill acquisition. That is a pretty nice way to kill two birds with 1 stone, assuming that it doesn' become over-done.

Blim - can you comment about how the customization and character building progresses as the game advances? Are different builds of the same character possible? Do the skills have dependences or are all of the requirements level based?
Commented on 2007-10-14 20:36:15
Doesn't this supposed to have 4 player co-op that could make it more interesting.

Looks quite good to me.
Commented on 2007-10-14 20:54:01
Atleast Too Human have a better shot of being good because of the art, voice overs, visuals and story!

Even N3 looked better than this. They should have combined the fast paced action with its original RPG concept, that wpuld atleast give us something to think about.

I was looking forward to this game long time ago, but now with more gameplay I don't want it at all.
Commented on 2007-10-14 22:37:16
Gameplay and animation-wise, this looks better than Too Human.
Commented on 2007-10-14 22:42:17 In reply to vspectra06
Posted by vspectra06
Gameplay and animation-wise, this looks better than Too Human.
yes, in fact it has the look which i wanted in too human
Commented on 2007-10-15 00:21:07
gorgeous music but yeah, everything else looks a tad boring.
Commented on 2007-10-15 02:13:23
This is actually the only 360 game I care about this season.
Commented on 2007-10-15 02:13:32
in terms of speed and gameplay i think (and i thought everyone got the same impression, but who knows) CoD is supposed to be more like Diablo
so if you came into the game expecting Ninja Gaiden, well... don't know what to tell ya
Commented on 2007-10-15 03:42:27
well the music is nice
Commented on 2007-10-15 04:52:20
too bad, i was playing nearly all other parts, alot dynasty warriors and N3 BUT this here... BORING! Like conan! BOOORING :/
Commented on 2007-10-15 08:54:10
This game has 4 player coop right?

Abit sad they took out the strategy element...but oh well, i will still buy it.
Commented on 2007-10-15 17:54:57
combat is 2 slow for a hack and slash..
Commented on 2007-10-15 22:04:29
I really like this one. Remember Diablo... =)
Commented on 2007-10-16 05:03:20
im not into hack n slash,but i enjoyed the video.graphics is not heavenly sword level,but still fun to watch.
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