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This review is from: Mount & Blade: Warband - PC (Video Game)
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. Multiplayer is also very well balanced. Unlike most games on release, where several tactics or factions are strongly overpowered, all factions and classes are viable, without overpowering others. Multiplayer also allows for battles on a massive scale. Naturally, the game can have up to 64 players without any tweaks. However, I've heard of a server in Europe that has increased this to 244 players. Once better quality ISPs are made available, this could become the norm.
Much like the original, the game is also incredibly mod friendly. Players have already reported successful mods like the infamous return of the "Fish Mod" from the original M&B. Mods can now utilize Warband's multiplayer capabilities as well. Expect to see some total overhaul mods in the future. Its like buying one game and getting a dozen others for free.
That was the good.
Now here's the bad
-Some bugs still exist in the game, but Taleworlds is tirelessly trying to patch them up. >Most of the bugs that other reviewers have whined about are already fixed<
-Boxed version of the game will come with steam. If you aren't a fan of steam, you can still use your serial key to download the game off taleworld's website, and play steam free, but its a bit of an inconvenience.
Graphics are nothing to drool over, but will run incredibly well on all systems. Keeping the graphics low key was probably a smart move because the game is designed for massive scale battles (150 units on the field)
Very fun, easy to learn, and highly addicting. I've spent way too long playing the game already
Excellently done. Some small adjustments could be done (like 'sweet spots' in swing arks) but there are no Sagatts or "hammerdins" in this game. Every unit has a strength to be used and weakness to be exploited against.
Sound is a bit lacking, and very little voice acting done.
Online activation is a very non-intrusive form of stopping piracy. No root-kits or secuROM here! Would have rated 10/10 if steam had not been included in the boxed version. (NOTE: if you don't care for steam, you can use the downloaded version instead and be steam free)
Overall 9/10 (not an average)
Definitely a title to add to your collection and well worth the money. My friends and I have already dedicated 100s of hours playing this game.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2012 5:28:06 AM PDT
This review was very helpful I already have the original and now I've ordered Warband
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