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
Close to Perfectionxiluxpain | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
For those who know the predecessor or successor titles, it is clear to say Mount & Blade: Warband is the game that makes the series.
What makes Warband a great title, nearly perfect a game at that, is their simple concept that offers a full experience. The difficulty of Warband will require hours and hours, easily adding to days worth of game play to even accomplish one full unification. And by unification, I mean the complete and absolute unification of a faction. Over 200 hours, and I have not completed that goal once, still ongoing.
To start, you are a random wanderer who is assaulted by a thug. After you defend yourself, a local merchant comes to offer you a quest for your talent. This starts you off to your first quest, and official battle.
Following that mini optional quest, you will find yourself in a world split between the Khergit Khanate, Kingdom of Nords, Kingdom of Rhodoks, Kingdom of Swadia, Kingdom of Vaegirs, or the Sarranid Sultanate. Each faction has their unit units that split into several trees, further diversifying troop types.
You will find yourself encountering many elements in the game. From the best features to least, you encounter random hero units who never die in combat, get a chance to win a lady's heart and obtain a bride, join a faction and their conquest of the lands, and choose your route of becoming a man of justice, or one of betrayal and deceit.
There are many methods of playing this game. You may find yourself as a wandering, trading merchant, a traveling mercenary for hire, a journeying tournament combatant, a loyal member of a faction, a tactician for a claimant fighting for their rightful throne, or the ambitious king of your own faction.
The only downside is that this game does scale to your level and experience. Eventually, you find yourself fighting a map full of bandits and pillaging that ravage your villages. Regardless, this game is a must try for all strategists and adventurers alike.
Best of the seriesGeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »
Mount & Blade: Warband is the best of the series in my opinion, improving on the original with added items, quests, characters etc, but keeping the same strong gameplay that made the original so good. The graphics haven't changed all that much, but the simple style is all that's needed, once again there is no main story, the game allowing you to choose your own path, which can at times feel a little empty, but if you manage to attach yourself to one of the nations, trying to become a knight or even King then it takes on a little more structure.
If you enjoyed the original then you'll definitely love this, if you've not played one before but like the sound of an RPG sandbox game with some strategy elements and a solid mix of long ranged and melee combat then this game is for you!
IF YOU LIKE REALISTIC MEDIEVAL FIGHTS, BUY THIS GAME NOWUnbenannte | Jan. 6, 2014 | See all Unbenannte's reviews »
I don’t like that much to play game stories, but when I do is because I know that I’ll be able to do whatever I want on it, like righting your own story, yet in a bigger storyline, this game is exactly that, you make your own destiny. Lots of fun and you could be hours playing by yourself trying to conquer the “world”. I’d like overall to say that the multiplayer is amazing, since I have brothers we have 3 copies of this game to play online or local, you really feel like you are fighting other people, you need to have real skill to be able to attack and defend, it’s not just another slash and run game, you must train to be good, if you like medieval fights, this is pretty much one of the best games out there. And it’s even better because this game it’s totally worth like 20$, but GMG has a discount right now on it, SO YEAH BUY IT, and if I’m not wrong every now and then they have good deals on this title. There is also like a complete collection with discount (because there is M&B and M&BW), and an expansion, so check that. Of course we are waiting on Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord. Hope this is useful.
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.