Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mount and Blade: Warband

There is plenty of hours of play to be found in this game and a massive amount of replayability.

There is a great variety of weapons ranging from:
  • Daggers
  • Spears
  • Swords
  • Axes
  • Crossbows
  • Bows
  • Polearms
  • Staves.
I extremely enjoyed how open worlded this game is the freedom you get.
The range of roles you can play in this game each affecting the world around you in different ways:
  • A Bandit: raiding villages and caravans and sneaking into forts to sell your goods. But remember the more bad things you do the lower your reputation (honour, trust) gets with villages and nations.
  • A Trader: looking at the stock exchange in different towns and then buying,transporting, and selling your goods at different towns for the most profit.
  • A Lord: recruiting and training great armies, joining a nation and invading your enemies to become owner of villages, forts and even cities.
  • Or combining all 3 into a combination of awsomeness.
Great thing about this game is that even if you decide to play like one of these 3 you aren't stuck with playing that you can always start training your units for sieging purposes or start trading or start being a meany and stealing from the poor - developing your character.

I had a great deal of fun improving my reputation with Lords and Villages over the land to the point where they would follow me into combat against my enemys and to the point were they would support me in gaining land

There is a good range of Battle scenarios:
  • Defending a village that is under attack;
  • Sneaking into a fortress to rescue random lords;
  • Fighting on an open battlefield with each battlefield being near unique depending where it is on the world map;
  • Invading a fort where you either have to climb ladders to enter the fort and fight on the walls until you have destroyed their forces. or have your soldiers push a large seige wagon which plants a walk bridge for you and your troops to use once it gets close enough to the walls.
  • And defending a fort which is pretty much the same as above but instead you are the ones on the walls and they are the ones pushing the seige wagon or climbing the ladders.
The graphics were ok for a game back in 2009 but definitely not the best from the year.

I was often encountering glitches with the world map after I left a town but this did not ruin the game for me just made it a bit annoying.

I definitely think that this game is worth the 30 dollars at Steam, even for the one play through.