Mount & Blade: Warband
"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
Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated sequel for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.
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!
Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege.
New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals.
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Amazing game!camkinz1 | May 16, 2013 | See all camkinz1's reviews »
This game has countless hours to be spent on it. Whether it's taking over a castle, or just stealing cattle from a village, this game is hard not to recommend to people. If you are looking for a great medieval game, look no further than Mount & Blade: Warband. You will be glad you picked this one up.
Amazing Open World ExperienceMr_Eazysteel | May 10, 2013 | See all Mr_Eazysteel's reviews »
This is one of the few games that never get bad, you have lots and I mean LOTS of replayability.
The singleplayer is a sandbox game, you can do what you want, but it is more or less built around achieving world domination. I say this in the way that you can be a trader or a mercenary throughout the whole game, but you would not get full satisfaction from it. It is somewhat like playing a Grand Theft Auto game as a racing game, it is sort of possible but it's obvious the game is not built around it. There are however a lot of things to do, and if you feel there is something missing I'm sure there is a mod that can fix it. It takes a fair amount of time to achieve your goal of world domination. So it will take a while to get through one playthrough, I personally find this fine and fun, but others might not. Due to the nearly infinite amount of ways to achieve world domination, the replayability is nearly infinite and once you get bored of that there are mods to fix that.
Multiplayer, is basically the combat part of the singleplayer. There are a variety of game modes, from FFA to TDM to Siege. The combat is very skill based, it takes time to get good at, there is not much of a random element. It is very intuitive and not too complicated. You want to attack from the right hand side, you left click + slide your mouse to the right and your character attacks from the right hand side. Reflexes play a big part in this, if you have slow reflexes you'll tend to die a lot. Ping can be an issue when it comes to this, seeing as how it is reflex based. The online community is great, you can join clans and fight in epic organized sieges and skirmishes.
-The modability is great you want to play the singleplayer with guns? You can find a mod for that. Want the multiplayer to be set during Roman times? You can find a mod for that. This greatly increases replayability.
-The graphics are pretty bad compared to modern standards. They are like Playstation 2 graphics.
Every gameplay aspect that is not combat related is somewhat simple and repetitive (Although there are mods to fix that). I'd rather have them do a few good aspects then a bunch of bad ones. Although the noncombat aspects are fine they could definitely be better.
Once you play and get good at multiplayer, the AI in singleplayer gets very easy to beat. You will end up fighting like a god in singleplayer.
The reason I give this a 90 and not a 100 is because of the graphics and a few minor things. Aside from that it is near perfect.
Welcome to the dark agesKsiqno | May 10, 2013 | See all Ksiqno's reviews »
I won't rate this game as a 100 because I don't think any game is completely perfect, although Warband has really fought to be so.
The combat system is great, for the first time you actually feel like you're a knight, or an archer. You feel the weight of your armor, your horse, your absurdly-long-great-axe.
The diplomatic aspect could be slightly improved, and the sieges can be repetitive sometimes but in that case you just need to go do another thing for a while.
One mostly relevant aspect is the modding community. There are plenty of mods, improving every single aspect of the game, so the player can be comfortable with the actual game state. Share
Amazing battle system, but not much elseAntix | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
This game offers, without a doubt, the most detailed melee fighting system in a video game. You control the arc of every swing of your weapon, and the damage you do takes momentum into account, along with where you strike and how heavily armored that area is. It is completely free-form and you are in total control. Nothing else quite like it. Unfortunately, outside of that, it doesn't offer much. You basically just go and kill things to become the leader of a warband from a nobody. Every other aspect of the game feels to be stuck in beta or even alpha. But what it does offer, is simply excellent. You can fight thousands of battles without ever getting bored and the character customization is deeper than most other action-RPGs. The multiplayer is the icing on the cake. If you ever wanted to take part in a medieval battle, this game is a must own.
Living Medievalaronater | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all aronater's reviews »
Mount and Blade: Warband truly is a gem of a game. The premise is simple enough; fight your way to the top of the land. The gameplay is anything but simple, however. Blending many different genres together, Warband manages to shine despite its disappointing graphics, because of one area; the combat. As tiring as it may be to run various fetch quests, and to constantly head to the nearest town or village to sell your inventory, there's nothing that gives such an adrenaline rush like thundering into battle on horseback at the head of a small army. A successful sword slash into an enemy while speeding past him, or a well placed arrow, is indescribably satisfying. Putting together your army was frustrating and tedious at times, but battle is when you reap the fruits of your labor.
So if you need the latest graphics and a linear, tightly paced story, then move on. But if you can overlook some flaws, and see the amazing combat that Warband has to offer, then do yourself a favor and try this game out. You will likely find the hours flying by, as you advance further and further up the ladder of medieval society.