Citadel: Forged with Fire is an open-world role-playing game along the lines of Conan Exiles. Due to its online nature, you can play with dozens of other players in this sandbox adventure, but you can also enjoy the title on your own if you don’t like aggressive player vs. player interactions. While Conan Exiles focuses on melee combat, Citadel: Forged with Fire introduces magic and spellcasting into the mix. You can always equip swords and axes, but wands and staffs do the most damage.
Explore the world
- Massive open world
- Small download size
- Great Xbox One X support
- Great flying mechanics
- Poor animations
- Unclear endgame
- Slight performance issues
- Prolonged texture pop-in
Citadel: Forged with Fire exploration and quests
There are a number of quest givers you can find scattered throughout the world. They’re marked with a giant exclamation mark on the map. If you like a more structured narrative, then you can follow this path. However, the quests mostly revolve around killing a few enemies or collecting items. This can get repetitive and boring after a while.
Citadel: Forged with Fire performance and visuals
For the majority of the game, you’ll be fighting bears, boars, and orcs. However, later on, you encounter dragons and other mythical beasts that are quite challenging to overcome. It would’ve been nice to see some more polish when it comes to the way enemies move because that requires the most amount of work. Sometimes, dragons just run around in circles when you’re attacking them from a distance. What should be a harrowing encounter becomes almost comical because the artificial intelligence is so poor.
Citadel: Forged with Fire gameplay mechanics
Citadel: Forged with Fire also features great building mechanics, but a lot of the best structures are locked behind a slow progression system. The same applies to weapons and armor. Fighting enemies, crafting items, foraging, and other activities give you experience which unlocks all of these items. Just like Conan Exiles, you need to gather lots of resources to craft everything, and you’ll spend dozens of hours unlocking the complex technology trees.
Citadel: Forged with Fire requires a lot of dedication to master. However, if you play a single-player world, you can tweak the settings to make it more rewarding. For example, you can increase the amount of experience and resources gained by picking up wood or stone. If you don’t have others helping you out, this is a great way to make the title less frustrating on your own.
Citadel: Forged with Fire endgame issues
Aside from exploration, taming animals is a great way to move around the map and take on foes. However, it takes a while to unlock all of the items required to subdue a beast. There are a lot of confusing mechanics in Citadel: Forged with Fire, and you’ll probably want to look at a lot of YouTube videos to learn them all. It may not be a supremely polished game, but it’s definitely complex.
Citadel: Forged with Fire final thoughts
If you love games like Conan Exiles, be sure to check this one out. However, don’t expect the title to be completely polished. The asking price is also a little steep for this experience, in my opinion.
Conan Exiles meets Skyrim
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