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War of the Roses [Online Game Code]

by Paradox Interactive
Windows 7 / Vista
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 73 / 100

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  • Release Date: August 24, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,836 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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From the Manufacturer

War of the Roses is a team based third person action game set in 15th century England. Two rival branches of the Royal House of Plantagenet - the house of Lancaster (the reds) and the house of York (the whites) – fight over the throne, and the player is thrown into the fray.

The years of 1455-1485 in England is an extraordinary setting filled with conflict, treachery and bloodshed. In the wake of the “death of chivalry” at Agincourt in 1415 and the introduction of gunpowder, warfare changed; the gloves came off, so to speak. The old and the new clashed on the battlefield while personal vendettas persistently motivated the desire for war.

War of The Roses sees players go toe-to-toe with their opponents using authentic and visceral weapons of the time period including broad swords, long bows and battle-axes.


  • Over 30 authentic weapons across 10 weapon categories. Everything from Billhooks to Bastard swords, Longbows to Lances!
  • Customize your gear: choose fighting style, blade type, metal type, and much more!
  • Over a dozen customizable helmets. Paint your helmet, attach crests, plumes, coifs and visors for greater fashion or function.
  • Choose armor from 3 different types; light, medium, and heavy. All with their own unique consequences and benefits.
  • Over 30 play-style changing perks that let you create truly unique characters with special abilities like eagle eye or shield bash.
  • Groundbreaking Mounted Gameplay! Melee combat will never be the same, mount up and experience new tactical and visceral thrills.
  • Create your own coat of arms with near limitless combinations as you choose your division, ordinary, charge, and crest.
  • Experience a deep leveling system as you rise through the ranks, gaining new titles, weapons, gear, and much more!
  • Battle online through 7 historically inspired war zones as you experience the conflict between Lancaster & York first hand.
  • Vicious 64 player competition in both Team Death Match and Conquest modes
System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Windows 7 and Vista
Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz processors
Hard Drive:5 GB
Video Card:Video Card: Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 9800, AMD Radeon 4830)
Additional Info:Onboard Integrated Video Card: Not Supported

Steam account required for game activation and installation.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cod with Codpieces- "Skill is NOT an unlock" October 25, 2012
Very worthwhile multiplayer only, medieval slash and twang. The perfect antedote to modern fps overload.

I took the plunge and acquired this game digitally and have not been disppointed. Its a really novel take on multiplayer conquest and tdm with respect that executing a decent blow requires more skill than line up and press or should I say "point in general direction of enemy and hose them down".

The game revolves currently around tdm and conquest with up to 64p. In a nutshell melee combat is handled with a mouse click and slight movement to initiate a swing/stab/chop depending on the direction the mouse and a slight delay on releasing the mouse button adds a bit of heft as opposed to a quick slice. The same orientation rules apply to parrying and therein lies a really deep and complex melee system thats relatively simple to access (there's offline training modes)but will vary enormously depending on your playstyle, movement, loadout, perks (yup-this is the cod connection) character class and indeed terrain (e.g. take a huge swing in a narrow corridor and you'll be redecorating rather than winning).
Skill plays a big part, and spam will rarely win out. What can help is the chaos of battle to level the odds.
Character classes range from footsoldiers (ranging from light skirmishers and pikemen to heavily armoured two handed sword swingers), longbowmen, crossbowmen and cavalary who also get to fight on foot when someone(inevitably) puts Dobbin down. Ranged and lance combat also have their subtleties that will allow you to pick up the basics quickly but have extensive possibilities for refinement. Be assured that there's enough opportunities to acquire xp and gold as a n00b to allow some progression.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i expect it will get better with time October 9, 2012
Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
This game is quite fun, but i feel like it will only get better with time. Seems to need some more work with getting server latency down, but when you get into a good server things run fine. Some crashing occurs when servers switch maps, which break up the action and can be a bit annoying, but once you get the game up and running its really fun and entertaining. I just need to learn the fine touches of how to play better. Its a good game with a lot of content and a full team dedicated to improving the experience. Paradox interactive announced a war of the roses permanent team to improve the game, so i think the rocky start will be improved soon. Executions are epic even if your the one being taken out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun with one major flaw February 22, 2013
By JonnyJ
Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I've heard allot about this game and at $5 why not.

Well that's until i booted up the game and saw only 4-5 servers with people in them. Beyond that seems like a pretty fun game and if it had an active community i would say buy it but its hard to recommend a multiplayer game with no one left to play with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval Combat Sim December 10, 2012
War of the Roses is my favorite game from 2012 as I will likely be playing it years from now (assuming there are still servers).

If you've played Mount & Blade you'll understand the combat physics of this game and why it is superior to any other PvP-arcade-combat style game. If you haven't played Mount & Blade, and you enjoy gaming, you owe it to yourself to at least try the free demo.

War of the Roses has great graphics, sounds, lighting effects and, of course, gore. But what it really offers is the engine and how it handles collision detection. There is a wide variety of weapons and each one works vastly different than the others. This is because the engine takes into consideration things like the length of the weapon, where the cutting edge of it is, and of course velocity. You'll find yourself pushing your mouse to one side of the keyboard, then slamming rapidly to the other as you swing, as that will increase your velocity and therefore your armor penetration and damage.

It's a breath of fresh air from a market stagnant with point-and-click-you're-dead shooters that we keep seeing tired sequels of.

The downside is that there aren't that many servers to connect to with a decent ping. That said, I've always managed to get into a game within 30 seconds, it's just not always under 100 ping. Each match only lasts about 20 minutes max so the servers are constantly shuffling people in and out. The game did suffer from quite a few crashing bugs, but since the last patch I haven't crashed at all, and they do patch regularly - including adding an entire new armor type and several new weapons recently.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game September 27, 2012
By Erik
Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Some may say its buggys or low quality. But it is a diamond. I may be a little rough but with some polish it could be one of the greatest (and original) multiplayer experiences around. Don't get if your looking for single player. There is none. (The offline training mode is a tutorial not a true single player.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay graphics, but... September 1, 2013
By Elias
Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
The first time I played it was so glitchy that I was unable to finish the tutorial.

Second time I loaded it up and selected a different map and was able to finish the tutorial, however the gameplay was uninspiring.
Multiplayer is likely much better, however my interest in the game was totally killed by what I had experienced.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea But Failed Execution May 1, 2013
Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Bought this for $5. For that price it's not bad but I didn't enjoy this game as much as Chivalry. Everything looked so robotic and stuttered in this game. People always charging their swings so their arms are always raised up and behind them so it looks every player is doing that during fighting and not actually swinging their weapon.

Overall I'm still playing Chivalry despite all it's bugs and slow release patches. And it looks great too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
That's about all I can ask for. I haven't played much. I did get roped into paying $5 for credits (game was only like $3) so I could get a horse and some stuff. Read more
Published on April 28, 2013 by Slabba
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, great developers.
I bought this about a month back while it was on sale and I got a hell of a deal. When the expansion came out the developers decided to just give it to people who already owned the... Read more
Published on March 31, 2013 by Joshua Cornaglia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price.
A good game, decent to mid level graphics. You have to play with the weapons to get used to them. Overall not the best but definitely not the worst game I have played. Read more
Published on March 28, 2013 by Kevin L. Pullin
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best medival combat simulator
This is easily one of the best medival combat simualtor. It is not very noob-friendly so it will take new users some time to get used to. Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by George
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Playing
Going from Chivalry to this game is like going from Duke Nukem 3D to Zero Hour. I picked it up for virtually nothing and it wasn't even worth the time nor the few dollars. Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by Aim
3.0 out of 5 stars Skill is not unlock - but gear still is
Basically this game's claim to fame is that it takes skill - or at least that's what they'd like you to believe. Read more
Published on March 7, 2013 by Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly addictive multiplayer after you get over the "hump"
This game gets compared a lot to Chivalry. I ended up playing this game more than Chivalry and enjoying it more. Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by totally dude
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but fails to be anything great.
The concept of this game is fantastic, but unfortunately it's realization fell somewhere short. I've been waiting for a multiplayer competitive medieval game like this for years,... Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by Nathan and Kira Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable use of the Mount & Blade engine.
Sometimes you just want to come home from a stressful day at work and get medieval on some people's a$$es. That is what this game is good for. Read more
Published on December 29, 2012 by Neil K. Stephenson
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