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Mount & Blade: Warband - PC

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Platform: PC
Edition: Standard
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  • A mod friendly gameplay environment where players can introduce all manner of original content that allows for the altering of character appearance, advanced customization, differing rule/game types and more.
  • A standalone expansion game set in the medieval centric Mount & Blade universe that does not require the original game in the series.
  • Engrossing RPG play in single player mode that enables players to fight their way, by themselves or with AI companions, through medieval battle fields and environments to become king by their own hand.
  • Large-scale multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege.
  • State-of-the-art rendering technologies combine with a more informative interface, allowing new and advanced players alike to enjoy an unprecedented level of immersion.


Product Details

Platform: PC | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002XNW6T0
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,192 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

Product Description

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 expansion pack for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system. warband key features: 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 ladys 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. 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. the ability to use most throwing weapons in close combat: switch to using a javelin as a short spear when the enemy gets close system requirements: operating system: windows 2000/me/xp/vista/windows 7 processor: 2.1ghz or higher memory: 1 gb hard disk space: 900 mb video: gra...

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Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated standalone expansion to the original PC role-playing game (RPG), Mount & Blade. Revolving around true-to-life medieval combat, action in Warband utilizes realistic mounted combat and era specific weapons and armor, not magic. It also features a detailed fighting system, user generated content and mods, the ability to command units in single player and multiplayer, up to 64-player support online and multiple online multiplayer modes.

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Rise from conqueror to king.
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Weapons upgrade screen from Mount & Blade: Warband
Classic RPG elements.
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Weapons and armor detail of calvary unit as seen from behind in Mount & Blade: Warband
Amazing in-game detail.
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Commanding a Swadian infantry unit in Mount & Blade: Warband
Command yourself and entire units in single player and multiplayer.
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Calvalry unit dominating infantry in Mount & Blade: Warband
Medieval specific combat.
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Story
In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. In Mount & Blade: Warband, you lead your men into battle, expand your realm within the land of Calradia. Calradia is a land at war, a land offering great riches and even greater dangers to the adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With unerring courage and a strong sword, a warrior can make a name as for himself here and more. Raise a band of hardened soldiers, become the lord of several towns and castles, and perhaps one day you may wield the power to depose kings and perhaps take their thrones for yourself.

Gameplay
Mount & Blade: Warband is an action RPG that utilizes medieval weapons, units, combat techniques—especially cavalry—and strategy exclusively. It does not feature magic. It is a standalone expansion of the original game's universe and play mechanics, meaning that the original Mount & Blade game is not necessary for play. In single player mode players create a character, align themselves with one of the five fictional, yet historically realistic, factions existing in the gameworld and set off to carve out a realm for themselves is the kingdom of Calradia. Along the way they will meet units of other factions on the field of battle and with continued success against them gain experience and level up their character, and units. Along with being able to control their character, players are able to command and control their units in a real-time strategy (RTS) like capacity. Unlike the original game, in Warband players are afforded more diplomatic tools and strategies—such as political marriages—which can ultimately allow them to move beyond simply overthrowing a monarch, instead allowing them to take the throne themselves and even install vassals.

Multiplayer Options
Again, setting itself apart from the original single player game, Mount & Blade: Warband allows for a wide variety of online multiplayer scenarios. These range from near massive multiplayer online conflicts that support up to 64 players, to more organized smaller skirmishes. Modes available online include: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege. Within select online multiplayer modes units can be commanded in the RTS fashion available in single player. In this players take control of a set number of bot units in all out competition against all other players, or gather their controlled units together within a single faction splitting battlefield responsibilities in their fight against others. In this, Mount & Blade: Warband allows players to unleash both their individual character's skill at arms, as well as their overall ability to strategize on the battlefield in live play.

Key Game Features

  • A standalone expansion game set in the Mount & Blade universe that does not require the original game in the series.
  • Engrossing RPG play in single player mode that enables players to fight their way, by themselves or with AI companions, through medieval battle fields and environments to become king by their own hand.
  • The ability both in single player and select multiplayer modes to command forces in RTS like combat.
  • Large-scale multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege.
  • State-of-the-art rendering technologies combine with a more informative interface, allowing new and advanced players alike to enjoy an unprecedented level of immersion.
  • New diplomatic abilities like 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.
  • Groundbreaking mounted combat and realistic medieval specific RPG play.
  • A mod friendly gameplay environment where players can introduce all manner of original content that allows for the altering of character appearance, advanced customization, differing rule/game types and more.

System Requirements

Minimum
OS: Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista/7
Processor: 2.1Ghz or higher
RAM: 1GB
Disc Drive: DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive: 900MB
Video Card: Graphics card with 128MB+ vRAM
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Input Device: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
Other: Internet connection required for multiplayer and online activation

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Skip to the bottom of the review for a summary of things I thought were good and bad about Warband. The update I posted before has been moved to the DRM section.

Mount and Blade: Warband is a standalone expansion to Mount and Blade. It adds several new features, such as a multiplayer mode and some changes to the singleplayer mode. As such, I think it would be a good idea for you to wait until the price drops if you bought the first Mount and Blade, and you aren't interested in Warband's multiplayer. If you didn't get the first M&B, I recommend that you buy Warband.

Graphics: Warband's graphics are like M&B's graphics. However, there are added options (such as antialiasing) that improves Warband's appearance. Character animations have been redone. I like the new animations, as they seem smoother. Attacks while on cavalry no longer go right through your horse's head. However, the attack animations don't look as forceful as the animations in the first M&B.
Certain old meshes, like the horrible looking bandit vest, are still present in the game.

General Additions/Changes: The gameplay has been improved with additional features to spice things up. For example, players can now kick enemies, making their foes open to an attack. Throwing weapons can be switched to melee weapons with the press of a button. Enemies are more difficult to hit because the hitboxes were changed to be more accurate. Lancing now has the option of being like it was in the first M&B, or it can be made more difficult to use. The new faction, the Sarrinid Sultanate, have a very unique and interesting feel to them. There is a much larger variety of banners to choose as well.

Singleplayer: The singleplayer mode has been improved quite a bit.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely addicting April 19, 2010
By Rob Wie
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is purely addicting. The game delivers raw intuitive gameplay and provides an interesting mix of strategy, RPG elements, and first/third person combat. If you played the original, you are already aware of this fact.

Warband delivers a much needed update. Not only has Taleworlds completely redrawn the map of Calradia from scratch, but they've added a ton of features. The game will play a lot like the original M&B, but with a lot of added features. The biggest feature is the idea of marriage. Players can establish political connections by taking a wife or husband. This adds a new element to the game, and actually makes the player's sex an interesting factor in the game. Male characters will start off more liked by the nobles and have an easier time getting established with the lords, but the female characters will have a huge advantage late game by being able to marry a warlord.

Other features include jailbreaks, which, while currently a bit buggy, add a new level of difficulty to the game. When your companions are captured after you lose a battle, your forced to sneak into an enemy castle and bust them out. To add icing on the cake, you need to do wearing nothing more than regular clothes and a walking stick. Once you fight your way into the jail, your companions will help fight their way out. Its a cool feature, but unfortunately there's a bug where your companions don't listen to your commands at the moment.

Multiplayer is a whole new game in itself. Once you think you've gotten good at M&B, you sign online and get your bum handed to you in a hand basket. Player vs player fights are immensely challenging, and very well balanced at the moment. Multiplayer really goes to show that, although the game is intuitive and easy to learn, there is a lot to master.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Mount & Blade April 3, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is for fans of the first game that wanted a little more in the game. It is basically an improvement of the first Mount & Blade. If you haven't played the first one then you should definetly try this out. This game is amazing when compared to what else is out there. There is so much to this game and it is really immersive. Here's a couple of the cool things about this game...

-You actually fight the battles out instead of just letting your armies go at it like in other games
-You can become many things including a lord, a sword for hire, merchant, etc...and none of the options is ever closed off to your character.
-You not only fight roving bandits, deserters, and other armies but you can actually lay seige to castles and ACTUALLY BE A PART OF THE SEIGE. This means that you build the seige weapons and utilize them during the attack on the castle.
-The combat is more responsive than the first game but you may have to change a couple of the options to make it work like you want it to.
-You set the pace of the game. If you like to play slowly and be more strategic then you can do that by slowing down the combat and spending your time in the world building up your army, then send your army into combat without you. Or you can travel around known areas for raiders and be in constant battle and even declare your sword for another lord right off and go toe to toe with other armies and spend the game taking cities and castles.

If you haven't played the first game then I would give this a five star rating. Otherwise, this is mostly the same great game with some improvements (basically an expansion).
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