Oct 23, 2007
When Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom releases, we'll bet that some critics will tear into it, criticizing the game for its mind-numbing button mashing and its Dynasty Warriors-like repetitiveness. But wouldn't that be a bit harsh? You might as well fault Halo 3 or Half Life 2: Episode 2 for being just another "me too" shooter about a mute holding a gun in front of his face.
Although Circle of Doom promises to add some RPG elements to its RTS/action formula, it does look like there'll be a lot of button mashing. But that's what these sorts of games do best, and sometimes you want a game where it's just you and a sea of enemies to kill with many X-button presses. Sometimes games don't need to reinvent the wheel to be fun, and while it's a too soon to pass judgment, at the very least, Circle of Doom does look like it'll have some of the grossest, and most verbally-challenged monsters you've ever seen.
Above: Balrog's had a rough career with more losses than wins. Today, he's got a new look and is training hard to kick your ass in Circle of Doom
Balrog has had a long and troubled history. After failing to win the Street Fighter II tournament, he went on to fight - and lose - against Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. Despite his depressing losing streak, Balrog refuses to throw in the towel. He's traded in his boxing gloves and totally lame flame whip for a rock hard suit of body armor in Circle of Doom. Prepare to fight him in hot and cramped caves.