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Mount & Blade [Download]

by Paradox Interactive
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B003INESJK
  • Release Date: September 19, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download

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Mount and Blade

A Time of War, A Game of Legend

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, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior and wield the power to depose kings and crown new ones at a whim.

  • Free-form sandbox gameplay. Go anywhere and do anything in a world that has hundreds of unique locations.
  • Unique horseback combat. Attack your enemies on your horse, whether you’re swinging a sword, holding a lance or unleashing arrows.
  • Fight with an expansive variety of medieval weapons, each with their own unique characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Highly advanced and intuitive sword-fighting system.
  • Be anything from a lonesome adventurer to a commander of armies.
  • Challenging AI both in combat and in the strategic realm.
  • Freedom to interact with hundreds of characters.
System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: XP and Vista
Processor: N/A
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 700 MB
Video Card: Graphics card with at least 64 MB memory
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: N/A
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
265 of 279 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To be fair I have been playing M&B since it was in beta 0.610 or thereabouts. It was rough and unpolished then, but it was the first game of its kind, an incredibly immersive and fun steel-and-horses age combat simulator. I bought it immediately, and have never looked back.

This first thing that confuses people including off-the-cuff (Gamespot) reviewers is that this game is not Oblivion. Taleworlds went in a completely different direction, instead of rehashing the same formulaic crap that infests the game publishing world today, and they should be thanked for it. Instead, they get rated down for NOT being boring. This is not strictly speaking an RPG in the way that the industry thinks of RPGs. It is not strictly a strategy game. It is not a shooter. So what is it?

Mount & Blade is a great sandbox game, along the lines of Pirates!, but more interesting (to me, anyway). You get thrown into the game and from there can literally do whatever you want. The game does skew towards combat professions and goals, since its greatest strength is its combat engine, but you can be a merchant, a rebel, a vassal, a mercenary, even a tournament specialist. You can even do several of these things in sequence, defining the career of your character through your gameplay choices.

The combat engine is utterly magnificent. This is one of the rare games where you can come up with a solution to a problem by doing what you would do in the real world, and it works! On foot, you turn your body in the same direction as your weapon swing as you make contact, and you get an increase in damage. Duck in and out of striking range based on the actual length of the weapons you and your opponent are using.
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130 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, But Definitely a Niche Game. Please Read October 14, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences in recent memory. However, having siad that, this game is probably only for a certain audience. My favorite game genres are RPG and Strategy that occur in either a medieval or fantasy setting. This game combines good elements of both. If you enjoyed the character development and FPS elements of Elder Scrolls Oblivion, then you will like this game. If you like the strategic elements of Medieval II Total War, then you will like this game. Granted, M&B doesnt go nearly as in depth into strategy as MTWII or similar strat sims, and M&B isnt as visually pleasing as Oblivion or similar RPGs, but it is a happy combination of both. Wouldnt it be great to raise an army in Oblivion and assault the imperial city, or fight along side your troops in MTWII. This game allows you to do those things. It is the complete fantasy. You can be the great general and the great warrior all in one.
So, if this review didnt make you foam at the mouth in anticipation of playing this game, then it is probably not for you. But for the those of you that can appreciate the elements this game brings together, this will be an all time favourite.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You owe it to yourself to try this one September 21, 2008
By HLT
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Medieval Elite? Definitely. Also a chivalric 3D shooter/basher with party-based RPG elements and character development in a persistent world of competing factions. I got into it by downloading the trial version (various beta versions have been available for quite some time, allowing you to advance a character up to level 6, which is plenty of time to decide if you like the game) and was hooked from half-way through the tutorial -- from the moment I first mounted a horse, to be precise. I'm sure I had a huge grin on my face as I rode around the practice field!

The game is completely open-ended, with no central narrative. You find yourself in a land of competing kingdoms, starting start out as an independent adventurer, but as time goes on you'll want to build up your company of companions and hirelings, and eventually to join one of the warring factions (which has repercussions with the others of course, as well as opening up new paths and opportunities to you).

With other open-ended games (like the Sims or Port Royale) I've found myself getting bored after a few days, because there wasn't enough variety. Mount and Blade is holding up better so far, firstly because the combat is so much fun (similarly I keep returning to the Unreal Tournament series, also lacking in any story) and secondly because the quests and the chance for political advancement in the persistent world give you goals to strive for.

Another aspect that should help extend the life of the game is the difficulty sliders, which let you improve the combat AI among other things. I'm still playing it on the easiest level, but it's going to be interesting to see how much more challenging the game gets as I progress to higher settings.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Money I Ever Spent on a Game - Incredibly fun. September 21, 2008
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game several years ago on the developer's website, and have played it on and off for years. Over time it has only gotten better, and I can honestly say I haven't had so much fun for so long from any other game. Oh, and don't let Frodogorn on the box art drive you away - that was the publisher's doing, and the picture really doesn't relate to the game at all in my opinion. Frodogorn is what the forum community dubbed the character, due to its obvious resemblance to both Frodo and Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings movies. REAL M&B characters wouldn't be caught dead (or rather, they WOULD be dead) without a helmet in battle.

The combat is the best I have seen of its type, allowing your character to buy a variety of realistic medieval weaponry and use them on the field. Be it fighting defensively with a one handed weapon and shield, swinging away with a massive two handed weapon (maul, axe, sword, etc), or stabbing your foes at a distance with one of the many types of lances or spears, the combat is just downright FUN. You can use the mouse to swing left, right, down, or thrust - limited somewhat depending on the weapon. Parrying has the same directional movements. Blocking with a shield is easy, you just right click. But the shields break after absorbing so many hits (based on the type of shield, of course!), and parrying without one can require skill, depending on your game settings. You can either have it automatically detect the direction to parry, or require a mouse movement in the same way attacking does.

If melee combat isn't your cup of tea, get yourself some of the various ranged weaponry available.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If you have a laptop don't buy
One of the main controllers in this game is the scroll button on a mouse. You can adjust the setting but it makes it very awkward when playing
Published 2 months ago by Rebekah Ramsdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Game
You can get this game for FREE at moddb or Taleworlds.
Published 2 months ago by Robert L Griffith
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not user friendly at all.
Published 2 months ago by J. Sera
1.0 out of 5 stars so didn't live up to hype. bought all three ...
so didn't live up to hype. bought all three games only 1st will load and play, others load then nothing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven Boynton
5.0 out of 5 stars RPG Classic
purchased for my grandson who loves RPG games.
Wide range of adventure and conquest, fights and
strategy to win the day.
Published 6 months ago by denise brockmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
if you love strategy games you will love this game. graphics aren't great up game play is awesome! good buy
Published 7 months ago by Robert Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Warband is still better, but this one comes close.
Good game, graphics are a bit janky and the faces are scarier than oblivion, but still a very fun and deep game. If you play your cards right, you could rule the world!
Published 8 months ago by Geartrooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
The graphics aren't terrible, but are subpar to today's standards. However, this is just so much fun! Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Callicotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, even if your computer sucks
I'm fairly into gaming but hadn't really played many games on my PC just because my graphics care is awful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Lawate
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games of it's type.
It is a unique gaming experience. It is hard to describe but it a first person knight simulator a rts and very moddable.
Published 12 months ago by D. Hoffman
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