Mount & Blade: Warband
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"Combining hardcore roleplaying with deep combat, and throwing in a Counterstrike-esque multiplayer mode, this sort-of-budget game has more longevity than most full-priced, big-name-studio games." - IGN.com
"Exciting multiplayer battles make Mount & Blade: Warband a strong addition to the open-world role-playing game." - GameSpot.com
In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated stand alone expansion pack for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.
Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege
A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals
The ability to upgrade your companions to vassals by granting them lands
The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery
Improved mechanics for soldier morale: Soldiers will break and run away if their morale gets too low
Pick any projectile off the battlefield for use as additional munitions
New motion-captured combat animations
Numerous improvements to the combat system: Your shield will still stop arrows even if you are not actively defending
The ability to play multiplayer matches on random maps as well as hand-designed ones
Multiplayer equipment system: Earn money by fighting opponents or accomplishing goals
The ability to use most throwing weapons in close combat: Switch to using a javelin as a short spear when the enemy gets close
Spend gold on more powerful equipment, using a carefully balanced system that will make combat more exciting without giving too much of an advantage to the leading team
Hack and Slash on horseback or in the courtsZaggeta | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »
A dated but highly entertaining sandbox medieval RPG.
Warband is a game you can truly play in a variety of ways. Not just a petty choice between stealth or action but rather in setting your goals for yourself. It isn’t about conquering the land, but you can do that if you want to – but at the same time you can also be a merchant, a bandit or even a travelling lover.
Warband is a game about choice but unlike other choice-centred games, you seldom need to worry about the consequences. Warband’s medieval combat, especially mounted, is in a league of its own – only contested by huge triple A titles such as Dark Messiah – what it trumps everything at is the scale of its battles, with conflicts scaling into the hundreds.
The game can be really immersive but often breaks the player out of that immersion with unconvincing and repetitive characters who are merely there as chess pieces. This can be easily overlooked, however. Ultimately, a decent game for fans of RPGs, action or even strategy.
So much funAmehmo | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Amehmo's reviews »
I have always been a fan of games set in the past, to be more specific, games that represented war during that time. If you enjoyed any of total war games, i want you to imagine, what if, whilst controlling your army, you also had the option to become one of the troops and control them from third person. That is the best way i can explain this game. It is non stop fun, the only reason i would not give it a score above 90 is because combat is not the best, do not mistake me as it is still very GOOD. But compared with a combat system like that of chivalry games, it is slightly more clunky. Overall, well worth the money.
Who doesnt like medieval fights and tactics?barrera77 | July 15, 2014 | See all barrera77's reviews »
Well although M & B: Warband might not be the prettiest game around, but indeed is still a very fun and addictive gam;e I found the first version on gametap, and once I started, it was probably the only game I was playing from the inventory.
Singleplayer is extremely funand gameplay complexity is just amazing, for example, the game's combat system where each weapon deals a different kind of damage, and most of them can be used in different ways on your feet or from a horseback, and both ways have different effects; per say one of my favorites the voulge works only as thrusting-weapon from horse back, but once you are on your feet, you can deal a lot more damage. Not to mention that the damage can also be affected depending whether or not you're moving, the direction you're moving to, the distance between you and the enemies and so on. So considering all this factors and learn a few tricks to make your attacks more effective will definitely maximize the damage.
I definitely can go on with all the details I have noticed so far but it would be pointless if you don’t have M&B: Warband, so go ahead and buy it; and I’ll leave the rest for you to learn it, use it and HAVE FUN!!!
Possibly One of the Best PC Game of All Timeminoru09 | June 14, 2014 | See all minoru09's reviews »
M&B Warband is a sandbox role-playing game set in medieval time, where you can be anyone you wanted to be. Whether you want to be a jerk who command your army to ransack nearby village, an honest trader, or a knight who's aiming to be a king someday, the game allows you to do so. The combat is really great, the multiplayer is alive and kicking and there are so many mods to install after you finish your first playthrough. Honestly a PC game couldn't be better than this.
A Game to Add to Your favoritesmik660 | May 10, 2014 | See all mik660's reviews »
The Mount & Blade games have always been among my favorite games, this game is one of the best. The reason why this game is loved so much is because of the freedom that only Mount & Blade offers, there is literally an infinite number of ways you can play this game. From notorious raider, to beloved noble you chose what path you take in this highly detailed medieval game. Alone this game has at the very least 70+ hours of game play with a high number of mods that can be easily downloaded to add to your experience, you will be drawn in to this game for a very long time.