Posted on June 21, 2007,

Hands On with Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire


D3 Publisher recently treated us to a preview of their upcoming Wii exclusive Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire. Written by award winning author Richard Knakk (DragonLance, Diablo, Age of Conan) and developed by LAND HO!, Dragon Blade gives gamers the chance to play the hero and battle enemies using a mystical sword that holds the very soul of a dragon. With each boss kill you are granted additional powers and abilities that give you the ability to defeat even greater foes. Looking at Dragon Blade I quickly assumed that it was simply another arcade-adventure with a linear delivery and nothing new. What a found however was a blessing in disguise.

Dragon_Blade_SnakeDragon Blade’s story unravels in a linear fashion â$” a tactic that usually limits the fun factor of a game. In this case however, it allows the developers to tightly focus the player on the action and removes the random wandering issues that often plague open world action games. Moving the Wiimote during combat slashes your sword the same way. Unlike other games that force you to learn complex directional combos, your attacks in Wrath of Fire are automatically chained. This really gives you the chance to fight “your way” making combat feel more flexible and less rigid. The ability to create combos on-the-fly is made more impressive when used with special abilities like the Dragon Claws. Activating this ability lets you forget about the sword and instead use two molten hands that extend beyond your own. The Wiimote and Nunchuck control their respective hand and allow you to smack the hell out of your would be foes.

Special abilities are obtained in the usual fashion; beating bosses. The boss battles are presented in 3 phases that are separated by a quick cut-scene. The cut-scene itself helps drive the encounter by offering those that opt to watch a hint at how to complete the next phase of the encounter. Success means addition special abilities which when coupled with the custom attack strings give you a large variety of attack options and keeps combat from getting stale.Dragon_Blade_warrior

Graphically Dragon Blade wasn’t stellar, but this was an early build. The developers told us that there are still numerous graphics tweaks in the works. Little things like the heat waves rising off the molten Dragon’s Claws should offer a hint at the level of detail we can expect around release time.

Although the demo was limited I think Dragon Blade bears further watching. The combat system, use of the unique Wii controls and overall presentation seemed very promising. I could see myself taking a few minutes break at work to beat some monsters with my giant molten fists. Smashing virtual idiots might just save the real ones I work with from a massive amount of pain.

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33 Comments on Hands On with Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire


On September 30, 2007 at 9:24 am

I love dragon!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:


On November 5, 2007 at 5:50 am

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On November 18, 2007 at 4:51 am

dragon rock hard core :!: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :cool: :smile: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:


On November 23, 2007 at 9:34 am

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On November 27, 2007 at 1:18 pm

My,my. My two favorite things: dragons and swordfighting…. And setting fire to things in combat makes three.


On December 23, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Totally cool! :cool: Amazing effects!!!!!!!!! :wink: :mrgreen:


On January 1, 2008 at 10:17 am

CRAP!!! :neutral: :mrgreen: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :!: :!: :?: :?: :?: :mrgreen: ^^


On January 9, 2008 at 9:55 am

I love your Warth of Fire :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


On January 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm

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On January 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

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On February 4, 2008 at 2:17 pm

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :oops: :oops: :lol: :oops: :oops: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
Dragons are the best

ellie morton

On February 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

i love dragons and i might make a cub !!!
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


On February 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

it’s so cool picture about dragon. it’s my favortie dragon! :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :!: :!: :!:


On February 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

Y’all know that i’m skill draw about dragon. i’m swaer!


On February 13, 2008 at 5:38 am

Great stuff thanks for sharing. :smile:


On March 4, 2008 at 11:01 am

I love dragons!!!! :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile:
They are very,very,very,very nice!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


On March 7, 2008 at 11:26 am

:oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: sweet i love dragons


On March 13, 2008 at 11:07 am

Your picture is awsome. On of the best I use it in my dragon colages all the time its my favourite.


On March 19, 2008 at 1:35 pm

very cool :smile:


On March 20, 2008 at 2:05 am

I love dragon :!: :grin:


On March 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

THEY R SO CUTE!!! :lol:


On March 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

:mrgreen: its so kool they live everywhere :mrgreen: :!: :!: :!
:oops: opps :oops: opps :oops: opps :oops: opps :oops: opps :oops:


On March 28, 2008 at 3:50 pm

:mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :arrow: :shock: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :!: :?: :oops: opps :oops: opps


On April 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

Dragons are so freakin awesome im so excited about them…..yea right you guys are all NERDS!!! :evil:


On April 10, 2008 at 10:39 am

like omg!
dragons are soooooo not real!
honestly people!!!!!!!
im real!!
NOT dragons!!!


On April 10, 2008 at 10:42 am

Chelsea says that you “dragon lovers” need to get a life!!!!

a real one!!!

der der der der der der der :lol:


On April 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm

you morons that keep dissing dragons are just jelous
cuz dragons are so awsome. and chelsea you need to take
your own advice and get a life, if you dont like dragons
why are you reading something about them? der der der :lol:
anyway dragons rock and i definetly plan to get this game.

kyle the expert of dragons

On April 25, 2008 at 4:44 am

plss read this. and bealive. if the moon is orange or red look at the moon 1 hour. and then if it is done look at the moon 5 dragons are eating the moon :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: you will be a numb like me i am dieing and then i sleep in the hospital the 5 dragon say . you will awakin know . try your best its a tue many die

jayla tan

On April 26, 2008 at 6:19 am

dragonz COOL!!they are the coolest thing in my live!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool: :cool:


On April 26, 2008 at 6:24 am

hei the fake eragon..just dont pretend that you are the ERAGON!!the real ERAGON is better than you more a million time!!!!!!!!!!! :cool: :cool: but lets just say the truth,dragonz is really the coolest thing in my live!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool: :cool:

dude (the coolest)

On May 19, 2008 at 5:48 pm

no im the coolest dragons suck :?:


On November 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

dragons are cool if I ded not have them I wood pe my pans


On November 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

I am making a dragons book yor pisher is in it.