Citadel: Forged With Fire is the latest in the long run of crafting/survival games that have taken the gaming community by storm since the release of Minecraft. Coming into a genre that is overcrowded with the same gameplay mechanics, does Citadel do anything unique enough to set it apart from the likes of Conan: Exiles and ARK: Survival Evolved?
At the beginning of Citadel, after creating your character with some basic options, you’re literally born in fire as a new wizard in the land of Ignus. Choosing your starting location from one of three “towns" – really just an almost empty safe zone castle – you’re free to either speak to one of the few non-monster NPC’s that fill out the world for an introductory tutorial or just to spelunk you’re way into the wild and figure it out as you go along, a couple of wiki searches notwithstanding.
If this sounds familiar to you then congratulations, you know exactly what you’re in for as Citadel does very little to change up the gameplay formula of these crafting/survival games.
As with ARK and Conan, you can choose to play the game solo, in which you can customise the experience to your liking, or jump online to either play the game in PVP or PVE mode. Going into solo mode the first time you play is the best idea as you’ll learn the games mechanics before attempting one of the many PVE or daunting PVP servers. Solo mode, though, is nowhere near as customisable as ARK, for instance. You can increase your XP gains per action, removing the need for resources to build and up your damage output, but you can’t change the enemy damage or time to tame, for instance. Meaning that even in solo mode, enemies do the same damage as you would find on one of the games official servers.
Running on the Unreal Engine 4, Citadel is easily the best looking crafting game I’ve played so far.
Unlike most crafting games that provide some form of world story through journals and the like, Citadel has nothing.
...you can craft yourself a broomstick and fly around like Harry Potter and his mates.
Even on a packed PVE server, I found myself wandering the empty landscape by myself...
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Blue Isle Studios
Blue Isle Studios, Virtual Basement
PS4, Xbox One
29 November 2019
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