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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Edition: Standard
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. You may not get loads of kills at the start but reviving and damaging opponents will richly reward enough for progression to occur.
Graphics are decent enough, I'm not sure of requirements or benchmarks but I'm running a 965 @ stock with a 6870gpu and it runs smooth as silk @1080p on low medium settings. Of course it is a little rough round the edges visually and you may find the occassional glitch but as a multiplayer experience there is alot of fun and indeed many laughs to be had. Plenty of extra content is on the way and I'm happy to support an original, quirky and fun game thats not a point and click twitchathon for a change (I'm suffering from BF3 overload)
On a final note this is not a kids game. The graphic nature with which you can execute opponents is definitely not something you'll see in Glee or Skylanders. Morality wise you get more points for reviving teammates than offing bad guys but untimately crushing someones throat with your shield or repeatedly stabbing them in the throat and face with a dagger does have a shock value that puts this game in perspective.
In summary Cod-like in terms of fun, upgrades and unlocks, and plain LOL fun
Not cod-like in terms of much greater depth, tatics and skill required to really master it. Skill is not an unlock. Good thing is there's no waiting for a massive ticket count to deplete if domination is taking place...and there's no extra points for a team victory so if there's an organised squad of footsoldiers dominating its time to get out the bows and ping away and distance for points.

Just ro remind you there's only a single player training mode so this is for all intents and purposes a MP game.

Not as historically simmy as some would like but definitely fun. I agree 100% with earlier reviewer-"a rough diamond"

The bonus edition has some stuff in it you won't be needing. save $5 :)

EDIT- LOL@unhelpful rating...with no comment as to why. Obviously someone doesn't agree or can't play the game ho hum.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
Edition: StandardVerified 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
on February 23, 2013
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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
on December 11, 2012
Edition: Standard
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
on September 27, 2012
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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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on September 2, 2013
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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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on May 2, 2013
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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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on March 31, 2013
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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 game. No extra charge and no forcing you to buy it if you wanted to keep playing. This game can take some getting used to but it's a hell of a lot of fun. If you like call of duty and you like wailing on people with swords, buy this game.
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on March 28, 2013
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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. Stick with the dagger and keep upgrading it to max, nothing makes online play better than destroying people with the smallest weapon available.
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on March 26, 2013
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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. Although missing a single-player campaign and a few features found in the Mount and Blade series, War of the Roses delivers on multiplayer gameplay. The melee combat is brutal and the range combat is downright satisfying. The hit-registration and hit-box are excellent. For example, shooting an arrow through the cracks of an enemy helmet will deal high damage, as opposed to some other game which blocks the shoot. Elements such as squad spawn, heal, and revive are also included to highly value teamplay. It also provide a level-up system with many levels and items for purchase. The game will continue to update for new content, and it is an all round excellent game,
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