Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom Character Spotlight 2

Take a look at Celine and Curian, two star-crossed lovers you'll play as in Blueside's upcoming action game.

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Korean developer Blueside is currently applying the finishing touches to Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, a hack-and-slash action role-playing follow-up to its previously established action strategy series on the original Xbox. Recently, we gave you a look at Duane and Leinhart, two of the several playable characters available in Circle of Doom. Now, Microsoft has provided us with a similar spotlight on two more characters in the game, Celine and Curian. These two have a real history with each other; find out more below.

Background

Celine and Curian represent a pair or, in fact, a set of stories. We wanted to tell and resolve their love story in a calm, detached way. If you clear the game with Celine, about half of their background story will be told and you'll unlock Curian as a playable character. If you play as Curian, other hidden stories about their relationship will be revealed.

Celine


Celine is one of the Elven leaders and a protector of the Ancient Heart. To keep the sacred artifact from the Dark Legion, this seemingly fragile archer fought as one of the Xok Knights during the First War of Heroes. Originally appearing in Kingdom Under Fire as a non-playable character, her beauty and tragic story made her a memorable character.

Celine is the only female playable character in Circle of Doom.

Celine was made playable as a hero unit by popular demand in the expansion, Kingdom Under Fire: Gold, and magic arrow was one her renowned skills. With its superior range and great damage, it brought fear to many opponents, making her a substantial part of the Human Alliance during the Second War of Heroes.

In Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, you will be able to find out how she ended up in Encablossa's domain and what will come of her quest to save Curian's soul.

Armor Design

She is the only female in Circle of Doom and is full of mirth and sunshine. Because of these characteristics, her armor needed to be light and breezy. Her armor's texture changes from simple cloth to leaves, becoming lighter and gaining a more transparent, silky quality as it improves. This allows agile movements while still showing off a very feminine figure.

Curian


Right after birth, Curian was abandoned at the doorsteps of a monastery in Hironeiden and was raised by monks. The first Kingdom Under Fire followed his footsteps as the young wanderer became a war hero during the Second War of Heroes, leader of the Human Alliance, and eventually the King of Azilla.

As a hero unit on the Human Alliance side and armed with such powerful skills as Shift (a teleport move), Freeze (immobilizes surrounding enemies), and Energy Burst (shoots out electric charges from his sword), he could single-handedly reverse the tide of a battle.

You'll have to finish the game with Celine to unlock Curian--and the resolution of their story together.

In Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, this bygone savior of Bersia is now wandering in Encablossa's dark dimension, searching for a cure to the mutation that has befallen him. Where is it that he yearns so much to go? Will he ever be able to make it there?

Armor Design

Curian's equipment is probably the most authentic and realistic of all the character designs. It follows a standard fantasy guideline for generic appearances, so the typical "eather to scale to chain mail to plate to full plate progression was applied.

Discussion

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fairygirl116
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vain_spirit
vain_spirit

noxian makes a nice solid statement there.=) But I do think that "next-gen" means mostly, that it takes something old a step ahead, so making something a bit more innovative out of an already used idea. No need to be so critical as there really isn't that much room for originality, although some of the good ideas used in bad games, could be reused so they would be enjoyable. I do loathe public opinions, saying that it's old and used, and giving it a low score as such, even though it would be a good, solid package overall. And "Halo 3? no that was Halo 1 and 2 with prettier graphics (so no better than this game"-my favorite there, so true, but hardly people understand this.

noxian
noxian

and i'd ask the same thing i ask everyone that uses the tired "all they do is reuse last-gen gameplay" line (but few if any have ever managed to answer), can you clearly define what "next-gen" gameplay is? Halo 3? no that was Halo 1 and 2 with prettier graphics (so no better than this game). Lost Planet? no, that was pretty much just a pretty 3rd person shooter, with you getting in and out of mechs (something thats been done before) and with platforming elements to interest the japanese fanbase (which still doesn't equal new gameplay). Assassin's Creed? as cool as the fully contextual controls were, they didn't really make for NEW gameplay as it was still basically a stealth game, just the contextual controls allowed you to interact with the world more realistically ironically by taking control AWAY from you the gamer. Wii games? no, the only thing really different there is the controller which is a hardware issue not software, there's yet to be a wii game that really did anything that really goes "you couldn't do this with a controller" (except maybe metroid, but that was more a matter of being a better control system, not new gameplay; and keyboard/mouse is stil better). so what is "next-gen" gameplay? you hear tons of talk about realtime physics, better graphics, larger open worlds. but oh look, that's STILL just what we saw in "last-gen" gameplay, but done bigger. the problem with ppl that keep quoting the "last-gen gameplay" arguement is they keep crying for the result without knowing what that result actually is. "i want games to give me next gen gameplay!" but you can't define "next-gen", which basically means you don't really know what next-gen is. and if you don't know what you want, its pretty hard for devs to give it to you. devs end up stuck with 2 situations 1) they can base their decisions off sales, which means they give you sequels of what you keep buying and 2) they can do their best with what they got. which is hardware that gives them prettier graphics, better physics, and bigger worlds. in other words, "last-gen" done bigger

nate1222
nate1222

Raivon makes a good point. All this money (spent by gamers, no less) and rediculous production costs is just sprucing up the same old 'last-gen' game play. They (console manufacturers) charge all this cash for their hardware and charge developers a sh-- load of loot for creating games and all it's leading to is flashy rehashes. Theyre going to keep making it too expensive for little gain (for fans and developers) until the gaming industry crashes. And don't think it can't happen.

nate1222
nate1222

I think I'll pass. I'm probably getting a XBox 360; namely for ES4O and Mass Effect. Probably some good FPSs, too. But, turn based RPGs lost their luster after FFX on the PS2. FFX was the LAST great turn based RPG.

rosscero
rosscero

She looks nice, I like archers ^_^ DLC: more female chars...

merick365
merick365

so i live in WA right, i go to game crazy and they said this game comes out jan, 11th 08

Raivon
Raivon

This is not everyones type of game but its a above average game with a nice storyline . Kind of reminds me of Heavenly Sword in some areas . The next generation games are starting to show they are just an upgrade in graphic quality from the previous generation and not much else . Based on the demo I will like to know more about this game and the events from the previous game .

maxpower47
maxpower47

Just played it last week, okay graphics, stupid story line, constant repeatative fighting, not too much to upgrade. weak game.

DIMANICUS
DIMANICUS

Sorry but this game looks awful, not trolling, but after all I've seen, it's simply awful.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Can someone explain this game in a nutshell please? Is it like Oblivion? Is it turn based? Do you go on quests, or is it just fighting? ...It looks cool enough........

Doublxz
Doublxz

She has a name Its Lucretia Use it ' gosh Noobcakes lol jk Dont much care for the new system it really took away from the RTS genre but they are working on sequel for KUF The CrusadersWhich Will Be RTS *I personaly think hereos shuolda came out first i woulda loved all the back ground info on the acient heart deal* and they are making a sequel to this peice of crap which insults the KUF name

sputnjik
sputnjik

no Celine is the only playable chick in the game...

Xeiphyer
Xeiphyer

What about that crazy vampire chick with the chains? She should be in this game for sure =/

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

It seems promising game to me....Curian and Celine look very well but i don't think that you can basically play them and connect to them all the plot...

digitalgawd
digitalgawd

Is this game like Ninety Nine Nights? anyone know?

pito2k7
pito2k7

i mean for the time being it is okay game. till the real official game comes out i can live with this

hellhound1345
hellhound1345

Meh...this game isnt really that great, i dont like the combat, it feels really choppy oh well, other then that, its an ok game, i wouldnt buy it, so thats why i hired it.

xTriviumx
xTriviumx

This game looks great. Definitely going to get this when it comes out

sebs3
sebs3

Who is the developer of this game? Not that developers alone determine success as I have yet to be pleased by the "god-like" unity of Squaresoft and Enix.

GingeOnGinger
GingeOnGinger

KUF 2 was an incredibley hard-to-complete game...so much so, that I didn't...But what I could complete was fantastic. I hope this game will be too.

dinosha
dinosha

i got the game. Pretty neat but it's pretty tough to figure out all the possibilities of synthesis and trying to defeat certain end-level bosses all by yourself. You're better off being in a multiplayer campaign rather than going solo. btw, i'm still having a hard time at defeating mutant Curian at level 32.

LordLonewolf777
LordLonewolf777

bleh, looks cool, been waiting for a cool action fantasy rpg.

bswitch420
bswitch420

This is to all you fanboys out there which to be honest is irrelavent to the current subject at hand... I'm so tired of hearing arguments of opinion that are trying to be relayed as fact. Do all of you remember the war between playstation (the original) and nintendo 64? Every side had their story to sell but all points we're biased... Get a life. I loved both systems just like xbox360 and playstation3. The issue isnt in the game library or which system has more power, but in the question of for the games that were produced for each particular system which ones were enjoyable and which were not? I perfered playstation at the time because of the amount of games that were aimed at a more mature audience but nintendo64's mario 64 blew me away-- That game was awesome. Anyway, I just want you guys to stop hating on game just because of the system it was produced for. Yeah, I would have loved to see mario 64 on the playstation but it was just never going to happen seeing as how nintendo owns the right to the mario franchise. Its just as well though, mario 64 was an awesome game and well woth the money I spent getting a nintendo 64.

superbobo64
superbobo64

finaly the 360 will have a good co-op rpg i can't wait!

King_Wii
King_Wii

It looks good, I'll admit I wasnt a huge fan of the first KuF but this one (from the video) seems to have adressed most of my problems. I'll keep an eye on this one, and I hope it comes out great.

xcryonicx
xcryonicx

looks beautiful....this genre is exactly what the 360 needs more of.

sniper2k0
sniper2k0

Another would-be favourite for my 360. Bring it on!

snugglebear
snugglebear

I'm looking forward to this one, too. The character designs/progressions look great and it'll be nice to have a fantasy game thats not an turn-based RPG (as much as I enjoy them).

XChaosHawKX
XChaosHawKX

I gotta get this game , bout time xbox 360 got a great action rpg, i like fable 2 but im impatient.

xIronMaydenx
xIronMaydenx

looks cool. I really liked the first two games, although this one will be totoally different. With all the playable characters I hope this doesn't turn out to be a 8 hour action game with a few different characters to make the game seem bigger.

sputnjik
sputnjik

looks great and if the story should follow the visuals it's promissing

planetkyle
planetkyle

This very well may be the next hot RPG to buy for the 360. Need something to distract me from Oblivion and Mass Effect. Looks like the graphic engine was running smooooth.

dontcare5454
dontcare5454

hey darkness2393 were you blown away by the original rts on pc or the action strategy game for the original xbox Im not judging or trying to be jerk just wondering? I also liked the xbox title if thats what you were talking about. The pc rts was awful it was a cross between an rts and a rpg and it was unplayable to the point that I didn't know what to think about the xbox title until i played the demo. i hope this game does well they have some interesting concepts and an odd universe that i like its generic to a point of uniqueness if that makes any sense

DaRkNeSs2393
DaRkNeSs2393

I'm very happy. I was blown away by Kingdom Under Fire (original) and I hope this is as good. Also, is the troop controlling ability back? That's what made the early ones so memorable.

RadTad62
RadTad62

looks like someting 'ill spend money on

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game looks vary good

xPascal
xPascal

I hope this game is tight

aznguyen316
aznguyen316

you guys can D/L the DEMO from Korean Marketplace, I did, fun game! Create a hotmail acct, w/ Korea as your country, Seoul as city and I don't have a postal code on hand but google it. Then create a live acct on xboxlive.com import your e-mail address and get a silver acct on your xbox. go to marketplace, d/l the demo under "K" 1.2gb. then you can log out and play under your own Gamertag and it will be in English for ya! FUN FUN! looking forward to this game

NikokingNL
NikokingNL

circle of doom xbox360 exclusive hmmmmmmmmmm thats irony

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

I wonder if Curian'll be old or young, but it looks ace