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Cod with Codpieces- "Skill is NOT an unlock"
on October 26, 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. 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.