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
Best Medieval Sim Ever!!Bytrine | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
This game is fantastic. If you dislike the story, you'll definitely love the multiplayer gameplay! For the story, you choose your background, what you look like, and where you begin your story. Immediately you get a quest and can start creating an army of mercenaries to pillage and burn villages, or decimate armies. Ever wanted a Total War game where you control your army AND have your own avatar fighting alongside your troops? This game has it. There are many factions in this game whom you can choose to align yourself with, or you can become your own King by establishing a whole separate kingdom. However, people react to you differently depending on your back story and gender. Whether you're a Noble Man, woman, or peasant, it affects your story greatly. Multiplayer is definitely M&B's strong point. Not only can servers hold up to 200 people, there are so many game types. You are plunged into a battle of 200 soldiers and fighting to win, where everything can change in an instant. A unique feature in this game is it's fighting style. This isn't simply press a button and you make a special attack or anything. You choose which way to attack and block such as left, right, stab, or upper attacks. Which gets very difficult! You also have to block this way and anticipate which direction an enemy will attack from. If you thought this was all, you're wrong! This game has a VERY, VERY, active modding community. There are hundreds of mods to choose from, each with it's own flavor, and you're bound to find one you'll enjoy. Buy it! It's worth it!
Best Medieval Sandbox Ever!!!northernwatch | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all northernwatch's reviews »
This game is basically one of the greatest sandbox game ever created by paradox Inc.
although it may seem near impossible but this is the realism of war where theres hundreds of units lining up to meet you
The only thing lacking in the game are the background effects ie catapults firing from around the castle whenever theres a siege going on and flames burning the house, sadly its just a basic graphically game.
The game is even better when played with mods but most of the mods doesn't quite balance the game, some makes it even harder to play while some is just made for the pure fun of a frenzy Battle.
Limited options in the game since the main concept is too much of a grinding, you earn money, train recruits and gather better equipment.
overall the game is not too bad although it needs a better made sequel unlike fire and sword that just plummeted the game.
I expect a Modern Combat of this one in the future Paradox, like a Battlefield version.
game for everyoneruttenmurf | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all ruttenmurf's reviews »
Mount & blade warband is one of the best games i have played so far. It makes a game that I wanted for a very long time and I only recently discovered it existed. An rpg where you can control your army while you are fighting the soldiers yourself. A common question is why should you buy M&B warband and not just the original… . You can install a lot of mods with the expansion and there are a lot of good mods out there. Also I love the game variety and that you start out as a poor trader in my case and you can end up as a king. Everyone should have tried this game because I do not think it is a very known game and it should be. So if you have heard of the game go and buy it.
A truly open world sandbow RPG!Swishiest | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all Swishiest's reviews »
This game may not have the breathtaking graphics of others and it may be surprisingly limited in it's scope, but the hours you can sink into it, trying to become King of the land or whatever you so choose, are well worth the out of date graphics.
You start off as an adventurer, male or female, outside of one of the major cities in Calradia, the world of Mount & Blade. And this world is yours to explore and live in. Perhaps you will become a bandit, raiding caravans and pillaging villages for your profit. Or maybe a merchant travelling to all the cities selling your goods. Or maybe you aspire to become King of your own Empire. All of this is possible though it can take tons of time, the world moves slowly and money isn't always easy to come buy.
Truly though, the wealth of this game lies in the mods available. Ranging from fantasy and history to graphics and gameplay, there isn't one aspect that hasn't been touched by the mod community. In one game I can explore the Roman Empire and then effortlessly switch to the 1800's and use muskets.
There is also a multiplayer component that can be quite frustrating but quite fun at the same time. There's few things like storming a castle with your friends or fighting to the death in an epic one versus one fight.
This is an amazing game.
Amazing game, Endless hours of play timeindoom1 | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all indoom1's reviews »
It was not long ago that i would play RTS games and go, Hey, I really like controlling armies, But wouldn't it be cool if i were a general actually ON the field, and along came this series.. The ways you play this game are totally up to you, do you wish to be a maurading bandit with your scores of men pillaging? Or do you wish to be a knight of one of the factions, Leading your men in conquest...
But maybe you get bored of vanilla, we'll BAM a fully supported mod community with extremely easy to download mods, The mods are great, they add extra flavor to an already amazing game.
As with every game, There comes a few downsides, The graphics and mechanics arent very much pretty, but they do the job, sieging castles can be tedious if you have only a ladder, 2x2 space where you easily fall off and have to climb up again, Other then the few minor glitches, mods fix most of this, But it doesnt totally break vanilla.