What’s up, gamers? Today, we have an updated Citadel: Forged with Fire review for anyone wondering whether it’s worth it to buy. We’re here to help you make that decision!
Along with the rise in virtual gaming, we’ve seen many new games come out in the past few years. Some games can reach insane heights of popularity, while others might spike and fizzle out after a few months. Other times, newly-released games don’t gain any traction. So, to save you the brunt work of researching the newest games and deciding what to invest your money in, we did the game testing ourselves.
After reading this Citadel: Forged with Fire review, you’ll know all our pros, cons, and valuable insights about the game.
Official Review of Citadel: Forged with Fire 2021
Before we get into the review, let’s talk a little bit about Citadel: Forged with Fire.
What is Citadel: Forged with Fire?
Citadel: Forged with Fire is an open-world, sandbox design, long-term survival game developed by notable company Blue Isle Studios. This game was primarily designed for those who prefer a more player-led adventure, though some storyline-oriented gamers.
The general atmosphere is medieval and enchanting, with the main activities including magic, building, and adventuring. You even get a wand to make the magic happen! This game reminds us of our favorite old Harry Potter PC games and updated graphics, and more player freedom.
Citadel: Forged with Fire multiplayer is supported as well, which is an excellent feature if you like to pursue and defeat bosses as a group with your friends.
This game was originally released in 2017 but has just recently entered 1.0 full launch. It’s had some time to develop, so later on, we’ll talk about how it’s held up throughout its beta testing.
More About Blue Isle Studios
Blue Isle Studios is a small game development company founded by Alex Tintor in 2010. Since then, it hasn’t produced many games but instead chooses to work on the quality of its few offerings.
There are currently only two other games that have been released by Blue Isle Studios, and they don’t relate much to Citadel: Forged with Fire in obvious ways. The first is Slender: Arrival, a horror game intended to be the sequel to the ever-popular Slender: The Eight Pages.
Their second game before Citadel was Valley, released in 2016. This game received a 9/10 among Steam users, and it is somewhat similar-looking in terms of graphics.
Overall, since the Citadel game hails from Blue Isle Studios, we went in with average-to-high expectations for it.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the official, Citadel: Forged with Fire review for 2021.
Citadel: Forged with Fire Review
So, we played the game and did all the research you’ll need before making your decision. To lay it all out for you, we’ve separated the review into 5 different categories: graphics, autonomy, construction, performance, and overall gameplay quality. In the end, we’ll combine the ratings of each category to complete our official review of the game.
So, the first category in our Citadel: Forged with Fire review is the graphics. A game’s graphics quality is impossible to overlook; we’ve seen many a game crash and burn because the storyline was great, but the quality didn’t match. It’s imperative that a good game has great visuals to complement its gameplay, or else it won’t hold up compared to others.
How are the graphics in Citadel: Forged with Fire? As you can tell by the 8/10 rating, we think very highly of the graphics. When you’re playing open-world games, there’s an incredible number of characters, environments, apparel, and more that need attention. In Citadel: Forged with Fire, the developers really paid attention to this department.
With beautiful landscapes, detailed characters, and intricate gear designs, the game’s graphics are sure to immerse you in the magic. While the graphics aren’t hyper-realistic, they’re close, and what’s not there in that respect is made up for in charm. Sometimes, graphics don’t need to look perfect to make you feel like you’re really a part of the game.
This category didn’t earn a 10/10 because while the graphics impress, some of the cutscene editing is a little bit choppy. This is not a dealbreaker, but it can be a bit jarring when you’re focusing hard on the storyline. Also, we’d agree that the devs spent more time on the environments than the characters’ graphics quality.
Overall, Citadel: Forged with Fire graphics are very strong. When you’re playing, they’ll be enough to transport you right into the game and inspire your imagination.
Player Autonomy: 10/10
Here, we’ll get into a more gameplay-oriented aspect of the game: how much freedom do you have as a player? Or, rather, how much storyline is there and how much time do you have to do your own thing?
Everyone has a different play style. Some players prefer a more guided experience, with lots of assisted story-oriented content. On the other hand, some skip all the cutscenes and like to jump right into the action. For Citadel: Forged with Fire, we’d say that the game is definitely geared more towards the latter type of gamer.
The autonomy you’ll have in Citadel is almost unmatched by other open-world games. While there are a few cutscenes and a basic storyline (boss fights, quests, etc.), the developers’ real aim was to let your imagination run free.
The building aspect and traveling mechanisms allow you to travel far and wide, setting up bases and figuring out the next loot-rich area to explore. There’s not much hand-holding when it comes to storyline, so once you’re familiar with the gameplay, you can do pretty much whatever you want.
Do you want to explore every area of the giant map? What about leveling up your character to get the best-looking gear? Well, it’s all up to you in Citadel.
Because of the astronomical amount of routes your character could take, in our Citadel: Forged with Fire review, we give Player Autonomy a firm 10/10.
Now, we’ll move on to the construction aspect of Citadel: Forged with Fire. This game was marketed as a sandbox-type game, where there are crazy building options that you can customize to fit your own style. For the most part, the game lives up to its main selling point.
The building aspect is one of the most prominent features of this game, so it only makes sense that lots of players have tried exploring its capabilities over the years. We think that the construction options in Citadel are extensive, versatile, and impressive. While most people typically make modest castles, you can make amazing creations if you really spend time on building.
Do you want to make a giant castle on a hill with an ocean view? Sure. Want to make a small base so that you can explore to your heart’s content? Go for it. Everything is your command in this game, including the building. There’s almost no limit to how you can customize your house to feel synchronous with your character’s style.
If you’re afraid of other players finding your base, there’s no need to worry. The best part about the construction in this game is that you can build your base literally anywhere. You can have it out in the open, powerful, or hidden away from others deep in the woods.
This is a really cool aspect because most open-world games don’t let you build just anywhere. The feature is almost unique to this game, so we gave it such a high rating of 8/10.
Performance Quality: 4/10
The next section of our Citadel: Forged with Fire review is the performance quality. As you can see by the lower rating, this game is not the best in this department. It’s surprising because the game itself doesn’t require much from your system in terms of specs. So, we rated it lower because it should run better but doesn’t.
It’s not that the game is too buggy to play. It just should be a little bit smoother. Some of Citadel’s animations are just plain erratic, and even on the high-end game systems, it can still seem unnatural when an AI character seems a little wonky.
This isn’t a dealbreaker either, but hopefully, the developers will spend a little more time on future updates on fixing a few performance issues. With the amount of time that Blue Isle Studios spends on their games, we are optimistic that this game aspect will improve a bit in the future.
For the reasons above, we gave Citadel: Forged with Fire only a 4/10 in the performance category.
Overall Gameplay: 7/10
Here’s one of the most important sections of our Citadel: Forged with Fire review: how is the gameplay overall, from both objective and experiential standpoints?
On the surface, this game offers you a lot to do in terms of gameplay. There’s single-player support, multiplayer functionality, and tons of options to develop your character. For example, you could spend days upgrading your character and developing their capabilities, and it could take months before it starts to get repetitive. There are tons of levels to go through, so it would take most players a crazy amount of time to reach the complete endgame.
Any game with multiplayer capability gets a boost in gameplay ratings; after all, playing with your friends can give a game much more longevity and allure. Paired with the creative freedom you get, playing with friends can never get old in this game.
From playing the game, we’d still rate the overall gameplay relatively high. It’s hard to argue about a game that seriously lets you choose your own adventure. For those that love to play games as lone wolves (at least in single-player), this game should provide hours upon hours of self-driven entertainment.
However, for anyone who likes a little bit more in terms of direction and storylines in their gameplay, this game won’t give much. There are a couple of loose ends in the story, not much direction, and a bit too much freedom if you’re not into it. We get it—sometimes the game is more fun when there’s a clear purpose, and it’s up for interpretation whether Citadel lives up to that.
Overall, we give the Citadel: Forged with Fire gameplay a respectable 7/10. It would be higher, but it’s debated whether the gameplay suits diverse audience play styles.
So, should I go ahead and buy it?
While this game gets a pretty good rating from us, the Steam community had only given it about a 6/10 when this article was written. On Google Reviews, it only gets a 2.8/5. This isn’t terrible, as gamers can be pretty unforgiving in certain categories, but you’ll want to be aware of players’ gripes before you shell out $40.
This price tag is a little bit hefty, but even so, we think it’s worth it if you’ve read the review and think it’s up your alley!
Overview of Citadel: Forged with Fire
Overall, once we average our categories’ ratings, we come out with an official Citadel: Forged with Fire review of 7.3/10. With its amazing versatility, solid graphics, and player autonomy, we think this is a great game for those with curious, adventurous minds.
Bonus points if you have friends who want to play, which can help immensely in terms of game longevity and overall experience! Since 2017, the game has improved a lot, and we’d say it’s still worth buying in 2021. Now that it’s in its full launch, previous bugs have been squashed, and it’s come out a more polished version of itself than before.
We hope that this review helped you decide whether to buy Citadel: Forged with Fire for PS4, Xbox, or PC.
Let us know what you think of the game if you’ve played it or have any questions about why we rated it the way we did. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you back here with more tech & gaming content in the coming days!