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
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.
Favourite Game Of All TimeDodec1 | May 9, 2014 | See all Dodec1's reviews »
This is the beast game I have played no questions asked, this has amazing combat with swords,crossbows and not to forget bows. When you first buy this game (Witch is worth any price in my book's) it's no stop fun. That amazing feeling you get when you get your first mounted troop, your first castle and when and if you take down a King! Plus the multilayer is amazing hundred's of people attacking a defending a castle. Get this game NAO!!!
The game I've played likely more than any.Shodex | April 25, 2014 | See all Shodex's reviews »
I've been a huge fan of Mount & Blade since the original one was in it's beta, and for years I've played it without ever getting bored. Mount & Blade: Warband is sort of a remake, or standalone expansion or the original Mount & Blade. It contains all the content of the original, with improved graphics, a new faction and items, and multiplayer. You don't have any need to buy or play the original Mount & Blade before trying Warband.
Now, what is Mount & Blade: Warband? At it's core it's an RPG set in a fictional medieval setting, it also has no magic or monsters. But the game goes so much deeper than that, there is so much going on and so much to do at any given point it's impossible for me to list everything in this review. So I'll try to just give you the basics.
You start the game more or less penniless, with nothing but a horse and something to defend yourself with. By the "end" you'll be a King (or Queen) storming castles with a host of two hundred hardened warriors at your back. You're thrust out into this vast continent where six factions fight for supremacy, this game has no storyline. The events are unscripted and the game's politics are different every time you play. Traveling around the map are dozens of lords, and each kingdom has a ruler. These AI rulers declare war on one another, sending out their lords in war parties to enemy lands to capture enemy lords and take over cities and castles. You'll be able to join one of these kingdoms and ride to war, maybe even becoming the ruler of your own kingdom if you're good enough.
The economy is all dynamic, merchants trade goods between cities and the wealth of cities and kingdoms during war will be very easily seen. A poor kingdom will be be using lame horses, and ratty armor, their people will be hungry, shops will lack inventory, etc. You can directly take part in this economy by purchasing businesses like a brewery in cities, or trading goods between them. You can also raise enemy villages, attack trading caravans and cut off the city's supply.
The game doesn't end, you simply struggle for more and more power and then struggle to keep it. It keeps going until you get bored. But there's so much to do before that happens it's staggering. You'll be defending your castles from attackers, sneaking into enemy cities and freeing your companions for dungeons, or fighting in tournaments for glory. You can ransom captured enemy lords, get married to a noble lady, and found your own kingdom and convince lords to follow your cause. The list just goes on.
I highly recommend playing the demo on Mount & Blade: Warband's website before buying, it's really the best way to get a feel for at least a small amount of the game.