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- Mount & Blade offers a realistic world, where some quests are resolved through the world's own dynamics.
- A demanding game with a high degree of concentration and user involvement.
- Innovative battles take place with your character on the horseback.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game but I hate using Steam. Continueously lose my account password and email.Published 10 days ago by Richard Castaneda
Great game, well made. Love it. Highly recommend this one and it's sequelsPublished 3 months ago by Aaron David
Confusing gameplay and buggy makes it not worth the time and effort considering many other games that one could spend time with that do work.Published 7 months ago by Evan Williams
I can't truthfully give a review of this game as I've never gotten it to work. I installed as directed and nothing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good game if you are just interested in the action of participating in the fights on a battlefield. The only problem is that this game pretty much has no story at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dylan P
Out of all the RPG games that I have played..this is the one I most often go back to ! Always entertaining..always a challenge in combat... Read morePublished 15 months ago by David King
Much cheaper on amazon then in stores. Great value for the money.Published 16 months ago by Brandon Cross