Mount & Blade: Warband is an Action RPG developed by Tale Worlds and Published by Paradox Interactive.

Warband is the second game in the Mount & Blade series. Cast into the realm of Calradia your character is free to do what he or she wants to do. The game is very open ended but most of the time you will be gathering armies to conquer Calradia and enjoying the wonderful combat system.

Combat is similar to Oblivion, but with a few improvements. Combat involves striking from one of four different sides (top, down, left and right), it also involves blocking from one of these sides if you don’t have a shield. The speed and angle of your attacks can influence the damage you inflict on a opponent (Attacking the head will do much more damage than attacking the feet). Having a shield is advantageous in combat, not only does it allow you to block from all frontal attacks, it can also protect you from bolts and arrows from ranged units. Shields can also break, and if they do you will be left momentarily stunned which can lead to some fatal results, especially in multiplayer.

"I'm trying to make a point here!" -Guy in Red

Multiplayer is where most of the fun takes place. There are five different modes to play in. Whichever mode you play in, you will have the option to choose from one of three unit classes (Knight, Archer and Footman) each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Once a class is chosen, you can buy weapons and armour for your class to take into battle (If you die you lose your weapons and armour and have to repurchase them). Money is given after every round but more money can be earned through  kills and a team victory for the round. These mechanics help with the tactical feeling that the multiplayer experience brings, as you work with your fellow comrades to achieve victory. Unfortunately the lack of voice support sometimes leads to groups of players in third party voice programs, stacking one side and leaving the rest to fend for themselves. It’s a shame, hopefully this will be fixed in the next instalment to the series.

Warband is a wonderful single player experience, but the multiplayer will bring you back to this title for more fame and glory on the PvP battlefields. If you love the combat in Oblivion, I urge you to play M&B:Warband as you will fall in love with it almost immediately.

 

Pros

Fantastic combat system.

Many Mods to enhance the single and multiplayer,

Nice assortment of weapons and armour.

 

Cons

Single player is a bit lacking

No multiplayer voice support.

 

Features

  • Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
  • New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
  • Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege
  • A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals
  • The ability to upgrade your companions to vassals by granting them lands
  • The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery
  • Improved mechanics for soldier morale: Soldiers will break and run away if their morale gets too low
  • Pick any projectile off the battlefield for use as additional munitions
  • New motion-captured combat animations
  • Numerous improvements to the combat system: Your shield will still stop arrows even if you are not actively defending
  • The ability to play multiplayer matches on random maps as well as hand-designed ones
  • Multiplayer equipment system: Earn money by fighting opponents or accomplishing goals
  • The ability to use most throwing weapons in close combat: Switch to using a javelin as a short spear when the enemy gets close
  • Spend gold on more powerful equipment, using a carefully balanced system that will make combat more exciting without giving too much of an advantage to the leading team
  • System Requirements

 

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