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  1. Nov 18, 2017
    9
    It may not look like much when you see it in videos/photos for the first time but let me tell you that Mount & Blade is a game like no other; Innovative in many aspects.

    In short you start of as a lone commoner with whatever backstory you choose in a open medieval world. You are now free to do as you wish. Most likely you'll want to find some type of goal that reflects the backstory you
    It may not look like much when you see it in videos/photos for the first time but let me tell you that Mount & Blade is a game like no other; Innovative in many aspects.

    In short you start of as a lone commoner with whatever backstory you choose in a open medieval world. You are now free to do as you wish. Most likely you'll want to find some type of goal that reflects the backstory you chose in the character creation. And then you just work your way up in whatever way you want towards that goal. In most scenarios you'll want to recruit people for your cause.

    Whether it is simply being a gladiator in tournaments; or leading a band of pirates and preying on farmers and pillaging villages, ships, etc; or if you want to serve under a king as a lord - commanding hundreds of soldiers on the battlefield as you take part in sieges or whatever political agendas are involved - M&B offers all of it. Or hell; even start your own kingdom where you command other lords. Gaining reputation and being persuasive and charismatic can be just as important, if not more so, as pure combat and strategic skills in this game, depending on what you want to do.

    I think all the different skills highlights how fun and complex this seemingly simple game is. There are skills for how well you engineer stuff (for your own villages, castles, etc.). There are skills governing your leadership ability (how many troops you're able to command, their loyalty to you, how well your army or fleet navigates terrain and seas and tracks other armies, etc.). There are skills on how well you can manage inventory, trade, treat wounds, handle prisoners, etc. Not to mention all your personal skills such as persuasion, riding, endurance, accuracy at bows/crossbows and throwing weapons and how well you do so at horseback, shielding, brute force, athletics, etc. and even how well your recruits learn these abilities from you when you spar with them.

    I have spent countless hours in this game for many years and can't wait of M&B2. And with awesome mods like L'Aigle and battlesize changer you're gonna have some insane battles. 500vs500 infantrymen with muskets is a sight to behold ;)

    The only con to this is that the graphics are pretty bad and of course there's no voice acting... Change that and this game would be a 10/10.
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  2. Oct 30, 2017
    8
    Warband is an ambitious project that earns the highest marks on its foundation. The scope is perfect, the mechanics are generally well-designed, and I find myself immensely satisfied with both success and failure in the campaign. Unfortunately, almost none of the foundation is fully realized. As you reach kingdom-scale gameplay, weapon skills, management of minutia (grocery shopping,Warband is an ambitious project that earns the highest marks on its foundation. The scope is perfect, the mechanics are generally well-designed, and I find myself immensely satisfied with both success and failure in the campaign. Unfortunately, almost none of the foundation is fully realized. As you reach kingdom-scale gameplay, weapon skills, management of minutia (grocery shopping, personally recruiting, etc), and relationship management fizzle into chores and meaningless numbers. The visuals are admittedly atrocious, but the game inspires enough imagination to fill in the blanks.

    I just want to hand the design docs to a AAA studio; every part of this game is on the right track, but just needs more attention.
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  3. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    I love this game. It's so open and you can do almost anything. The modding community is fantastic and are always creating something great and new. You will spend hundreds of hours playing this game.
  4. Sep 14, 2017
    10
    this is not one of the best madiavel game this is best mediavel game.there is a lot of people play this games single player over 1000 hour ı only play 200 hour because ı dont like mods ı want to bannerlord.
  5. Jul 31, 2017
    9
    I love this game as much as I did many other games, it's packed full of excitement, happiness and even frustration. Yes this game can truly make you cry if you did the wrong decision and you lose half your men to some filthy bandits. It's beeing played in the medieval century where you have a little choice of what kind of past you had, for example: a peasent who then served as an assistentI love this game as much as I did many other games, it's packed full of excitement, happiness and even frustration. Yes this game can truly make you cry if you did the wrong decision and you lose half your men to some filthy bandits. It's beeing played in the medieval century where you have a little choice of what kind of past you had, for example: a peasent who then served as an assistent in on a market or a noble boy who then got to be a squire. You start of with nothing more than: a horse, sword, shield, crossbow, armor and a bit of gold. Expand
  6. Jun 1, 2017
    9
    I have 250 hours. This game is really good but could be much better. Cities and castles must be better. People are very insensitive. I hope Bannerlord will be better.
  7. May 20, 2017
    9
    I am embarrassed to admit the number of hours I've sunk into this game. It scratches a nice itch for medieval simulation, even if the simulation aspects are a little superficial and the available mods don't expand on it much. Also, lacking a structured narrative can throw you a bit. Nonetheless, the mix of first person melee, real-time tactics, and strategic level micromanagement will keepI am embarrassed to admit the number of hours I've sunk into this game. It scratches a nice itch for medieval simulation, even if the simulation aspects are a little superficial and the available mods don't expand on it much. Also, lacking a structured narrative can throw you a bit. Nonetheless, the mix of first person melee, real-time tactics, and strategic level micromanagement will keep you engrossed for months. Expand
  8. May 16, 2017
    9
    Mount & Blade: Warband - шикарная игра.

    Я бы назвал её одной из лучших в этом жанре, и есть за что. Положительные стороны - Шикарная боевая система, одна из лучших в играх данного жанра (только направление ударов считаю не очень удобным); - Мультиплеер до 200 человек. Спустя 7 лет он живее всех живых. Со скорым выходом второй части упадёт, но не умрёт уж точно; - Большой мир
    Mount & Blade: Warband - шикарная игра.

    Я бы назвал её одной из лучших в этом жанре, и есть за что.

    Положительные стороны
    - Шикарная боевая система, одна из лучших в играх данного жанра (только направление ударов считаю не очень удобным);
    - Мультиплеер до 200 человек. Спустя 7 лет он живее всех живых. Со скорым выходом второй части упадёт, но не умрёт уж точно;
    - Большой мир одиночной игры, простор для фриплея;
    - Рыцарские турниры;
    - Коняшки;
    - Осады замков и куча гринда, который по необъяснимым причинам не надоедает;
    - Каждое изображение в достижениях претендует на выставку в галерее, не видел такого отношения к ним в играх;
    - Больше сотни полноценных модов с поддержкой Workshop'а от мира Властелина Колец до Звёздных Войн.

    Отрицательны стороны
    - Высокий порог вхождения, игра не обучает ничему (кр. боёвки). Хотя исследование этих моментов можно назвать интересным.
    - Стоит ли относить сюда графику? - спорно, т.к. игра, очевидно, старая, но для любителей текстурок запишу.
    - В игре нет режима, где есть сюжет с рассказываемой Вам историей. Всё познаётся в фриплее и всё решаете Вы. Мне не хватило историй и "ведения за ручку", но что почитать Вы обязательно найдёте.

    8,5/10
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  9. Apr 27, 2017
    10
    One of my favorite games of all times, 7 years old and still has over 5k players, just shows its play ability, have over 700 hours of gameplay, a must buy for me.
  10. Apr 6, 2017
    10
    30 years of gaming,countless games played, no game has ever been as addictive, fun or replayable as M&B Warband! Heroin for gamers, so it should come with a warning. Wonderful moddingcommunity for the game also, really gives it years more of replay-value (and I am the kind of guy who plays a game, finishes it one time, and move on to the next.

    It is many games in one, but the two main
    30 years of gaming,countless games played, no game has ever been as addictive, fun or replayable as M&B Warband! Heroin for gamers, so it should come with a warning. Wonderful moddingcommunity for the game also, really gives it years more of replay-value (and I am the kind of guy who plays a game, finishes it one time, and move on to the next.

    It is many games in one, but the two main "games" is the overlay map where you travel, do diplomacy and manage your army/property. Few compareable games for this part really, at least that has nailed that same wonderful of sense of neverending neverrepeating gameplay, maybe Sid Meiers Pirates had some of it.

    The other part is the battlefield, which is really just an awesome knight-generator.

    Stay away from this game if you value the rest of your sparetime, or stuff like friends, family and loved ones, and career ... Still, just try it once... You'll manage to quit, I promise ;)
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  11. Mar 24, 2017
    9
    Mount & Blade Warband... I have no other words for this game then ''Masterpiece" this game is everything a medieval fan can dream of. It so deep and you never get bored! i gave it a 9/10 instead of a 10/10 because of the lack of gore/graphics but try to ignore the graphics, you will have so much fun playing this its also been released on consoles i bought it and loved on console aswel sameMount & Blade Warband... I have no other words for this game then ''Masterpiece" this game is everything a medieval fan can dream of. It so deep and you never get bored! i gave it a 9/10 instead of a 10/10 because of the lack of gore/graphics but try to ignore the graphics, you will have so much fun playing this its also been released on consoles i bought it and loved on console aswel same M&B feel! Alot of people say ''Download mods to get the real expierince" While i find my self playing the standard game the most? I suggest playing Native first and then start with the mods, anyway great game! would recommend! Expand
  12. Feb 14, 2017
    10
    Gameplay 20/10
    Graphics (2010) 6/10
    Sounds 8/10
    Voice acting (for that miniscule amount) 10/10 (LESS TALKING, MORE RAIDING)
    Story n/a
    Multiplayer 8/10

    9/11 would join King Harlaus again.
  13. Feb 3, 2017
    1
    Horrible game. The combat is complete garbage and makes no sense. Mounted enemies are impossible to outrun and are unkillable no matter how many times you hit them. Crossbows are so bad that they should just be removed from the game. Overall this is a very horribly made game and it's not fun at all.
  14. Jan 1, 2017
    0
    Mais qu'est-ce que c'est que ce "truc" ? un jeu de rôle, ça ? une (mauvaise) blague, ouais !

    Passons sur les graphismes datés, certes vilains au possible mais là n'est pas l'essentiel. Parlons plutôt du système de sauvegarde -unique- qui ne permet de sauvegarder que lorsqu'on quitte le jeu (!), une hérésie dans tout jeu de rôle qui se respecte. Or, clairement Mount and machin ne se
    Mais qu'est-ce que c'est que ce "truc" ? un jeu de rôle, ça ? une (mauvaise) blague, ouais !

    Passons sur les graphismes datés, certes vilains au possible mais là n'est pas l'essentiel. Parlons plutôt du système de sauvegarde -unique- qui ne permet de sauvegarder que lorsqu'on quitte le jeu (!), une hérésie dans tout jeu de rôle qui se respecte. Or, clairement Mount and machin ne se respecte pas, y compris dans son interface tout droit sortie d'une poubelle. Les menus sont atroces et l'ergonomie la plus élémentaire n'est même pas respectée.

    La maniabilité est tout sauf maniable, les contrôles sont une plaie et la jouabilité est aux abonnées absentes : "Madame Jouabilité est actuellement indisponible, veuillez ré-essayer ultérieurement, et accessoirement, allez vous faire foutre."

    Tout est à l'avenant dans cet erzatz de jeu programmé avec le fion (même le menu des options est buggué sa mère et la moitié des dialogues sont en anglais... lol !). Cette erreur de la nature a été conçu par une (war) bande de trisomiques. On se croirait revenu 15 ans en arrière. Et encore.

    Une grosse merde infernale comme on en voit (heureusement) assez peu... mais là c'est le pompon !
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  15. Dec 15, 2016
    10
    Perhaps the best game I have played. Great features and gives the player a choice of what to be; a merchant, a warrior, an adventurer, among others.
    NOTE: I highly recommend playing with mods when the game starts getting boring. Mods add a whole new flavor to the game.
  16. Dec 13, 2016
    9
    Excellent game on the gameplay side, thanks to modders (Native Expansion is a must have). Worth buying, worth playing. Let's hope Mount and Blade 2 will be better on the visual side, along with enhancements in combat, siege attack and defense.
  17. Nov 4, 2016
    10
    Maybe the best role-playing game ever made.

    It may sound strange, but the main reason for it being such a brilliant is an uncountable number of of fan-made mods, which makes the game better every day. Gamers are telling myths that even now, while you are reading something, for example, this review, a new mod is being released. The fact that you can always find something new in the
    Maybe the best role-playing game ever made.

    It may sound strange, but the main reason for it being such a brilliant is an uncountable number of of fan-made mods, which makes the game better every day. Gamers are telling myths that even now, while you are reading something, for example, this review, a new mod is being released.

    The fact that you can always find something new in the game, made many years ago, makes it really special. Or you can make your own by your self if you want! You really can do your own universe from it!

    Too much good to say about it. You should just try it if you haven't yet.

    Hope the Bannerlord will be even better. The first trailers and reviews are telling that it is so. After playing this numerous mods of M&B you can say that it's possible.
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  18. Oct 5, 2016
    8
    Mount and blade is the ultimate medieval life sim! You start as a lowly peasant or a lowborn outcast noble and try to make a name for yourself. You can become a mercenary for a kingdom or a outlaw. You can become a lord or a king! There is really nothing you cannot do.

    The only con to this game is that it is lacking in diplomacy and court affairs...If they added a bit more to scheming
    Mount and blade is the ultimate medieval life sim! You start as a lowly peasant or a lowborn outcast noble and try to make a name for yourself. You can become a mercenary for a kingdom or a outlaw. You can become a lord or a king! There is really nothing you cannot do.

    The only con to this game is that it is lacking in diplomacy and court affairs...If they added a bit more to scheming with other nobles or planning a coup it would be perfect.
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  19. Sep 13, 2016
    10
    This is single-handily the best purchase I have ever made. This Game is still greatly active till this day and offers a modding community found only on Warband. This game has ENDLESS replay ability, myself have only scratched the surface with mods,(I have over 2000 hours on this game,its DLC Napoleonic Wars, and its mods.) playing around 30-35 different mods, less than a quarter than allThis is single-handily the best purchase I have ever made. This Game is still greatly active till this day and offers a modding community found only on Warband. This game has ENDLESS replay ability, myself have only scratched the surface with mods,(I have over 2000 hours on this game,its DLC Napoleonic Wars, and its mods.) playing around 30-35 different mods, less than a quarter than all the major and active mods.Greatest purchase you can make! Expand
  20. Aug 3, 2016
    7
    This is a weird one. The concept here is great and some of the execution is pretty good, too, but unfortunately the game lacks polish in many areas and comes off as a bit too ambitious for its own good. Most of the game feels like a very bare-bones experience. The music isn't particularly memorable or even enjoyable (this is actually one of the few games where I prefer to turn off theThis is a weird one. The concept here is great and some of the execution is pretty good, too, but unfortunately the game lacks polish in many areas and comes off as a bit too ambitious for its own good. Most of the game feels like a very bare-bones experience. The music isn't particularly memorable or even enjoyable (this is actually one of the few games where I prefer to turn off the in-game music and play something else in the background), NPCs keep repeating the same dialogue over and over again and there isn't any proper voice acting either. The quests are just copy/paste stuff and hardly anything surprising happens anymore after the first 20 hours. There isn't any expansive lore or interesting, well-rounded characters. It's just you and your army trying to become more and more powerful. That's literally the story of this game, so don't buy this if you're looking for a narratively driven experience. The land of Calradia looks and feels dull, you'll be spending a lot of time just traversing around the map without anything to keep you interested. None of the kingdoms have any real personality to them, making it hard to feel invested if you decide to fight for one of them.

    Would I still recommend the game, though? Surprisingly, yes. Like I said, the concept here is great and there aren't many games out there like this. I love the idea of starting from nothing and slowly becoming more and more powerful and influential. The combat system is one of the highlights of the game, even though the mostly bad AI sometimes tries its best to ruin the experience (lance fights in the arena, anyone?). It's also easier to forgive many of the flaws when taking into consideration that it's not an expensive game, currently just 20€ on Steam.

    Overall, I think this is a good game, something that will take up a lot of your time and keep you entertained for quite a while. The modding scene is also very vibrant, lot of good stuff there. This game just could be a whole lot better.
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  21. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    The best game I have ever played! The graphics are old and ugly but thast not a problem for me. Everything else is great. 10/10. You can easily play it for hundrets of hours. Just buy it ;D
  22. May 22, 2016
    10
    Mount & Blade: Warband is an EXCELLENT game. It takes place in a medieval setting, in the fictional world of Calradia (though the different kingdoms have obvious real world counterparts). Basically if you've ever fantasized about being a knight, or a lord, or even a king, this is the game for you. It's a sandbox where you can choose to do whatever you want. You can recruit new units toMount & Blade: Warband is an EXCELLENT game. It takes place in a medieval setting, in the fictional world of Calradia (though the different kingdoms have obvious real world counterparts). Basically if you've ever fantasized about being a knight, or a lord, or even a king, this is the game for you. It's a sandbox where you can choose to do whatever you want. You can recruit new units to your party at villages, win big money in tournaments, join up with a kingdom and lay waste to their enemies, or become a bandit yourself and burn down any village you choose. Your character in the game is created and customized by you, and he (or she) levels up through killing enemies and completing quests given by lords, guild masters, or village elders. When you level up you give points to your attributes, your skills, and your weapon proficiencies. Obviously one of the highlights of Warband is the ability to form your own kingdom and be a king yourself, although you will usually need to put many hours into the game, building up your army and your relationship with other lords to make them allies, to do this successfully.

    This game has no real story, character development, or any ending at all, which may turn off some. But for me the all the things you can do in the game are well worth the current $20 price on Steam. Now, Warband is basically an updated version of the original Mount & Blade, and it contains some new features (such as marriage), so I recommend skipping the original and just getting this. There's also another game, titled Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, which takes place farther in the future with guns and all that, but I never really got into it. However, there is a real sequel coming later this year which I am very excited for called Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.

    The last things I would like to mention are the two DLC modules for this game, Napoleonic Wars, a very good multiplayer mod I would highly recommend, and Viking Conquest, which switches the game to a viking setting and actually has a plot to it, which is very cool. Also, there is a TON of mods that have been released for this game, so for $20, you really are getting a lot. In conclusion, I would say Warband is near perfect (though one negative I can mention is that the graphics are a bit dated), and it's well worth it's price and more.
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  23. Apr 15, 2016
    5
    Well, i've come to conclusion that undeveloped games can get positive feedback unless expectations are high. But they weren't, mount and blade was very weak game, thus people got excited for improvements. Still, this game doesn't fulfill MY expectations, graphic is horrible, AI is nearly as much bad, whole game is full of elements that weren't taken care of in production. It deserves aWell, i've come to conclusion that undeveloped games can get positive feedback unless expectations are high. But they weren't, mount and blade was very weak game, thus people got excited for improvements. Still, this game doesn't fulfill MY expectations, graphic is horrible, AI is nearly as much bad, whole game is full of elements that weren't taken care of in production. It deserves a weak 5 for good fight feeling and interesting solutions like isometric view combined with map walking. Expand
  24. Mar 18, 2016
    10
    Five years i've had this, keep going back to it when other games bore me. There's so many complete overhaul mods that you're basically getting 100 games for the price of one. Please release bannerlord soon so I can throw money at you!
  25. Mar 1, 2016
    9
    Mount and Blade Warband is the standalone expansion to the Mount and Blade game. The game is a medieval sandbox game with heavy emphasis on first and third person combat in tactical-level battles, featuring up to several hundred units simultaneously.

    The single player mode features you creating a character by selecting a few preset options to generate your characters statistics and
    Mount and Blade Warband is the standalone expansion to the Mount and Blade game. The game is a medieval sandbox game with heavy emphasis on first and third person combat in tactical-level battles, featuring up to several hundred units simultaneously.

    The single player mode features you creating a character by selecting a few preset options to generate your characters statistics and starting position and gear. From there, you are free to roam the world and discover what lays within. Whether that be winning over a kingdom's loyalty and leading their armies into battle or becoming a highway bandit, robbing farmers and traders of their goods.

    The combat system has a Final Fantasy-esque quality to it. While roaming on the over world, you will bump into other characters which usually starts a dialog. Battles then can take place, playing you in first or third person, either mounted or afoot. From there, you will lead your soldiers into battle, issue commands and forming lines.

    The greatest downfall of Mount and Blade Warband is the AI, particularly the path finding which is rather predictive and very easy to exploit. Siege battles are very little more than many people trying to zerg their way up a ladder or siege tower and into a meat grinder. For these reasons, I have deducted a point from the game.

    Moving onto the multiplayer; the system features game modes such as Battle, where everyone on each side only respawns at the beginning of the battle and the game is over when one side has eliminated the other, death match, duel and siege. The online multiplayer, a feature of the Warband expansion, is a great experience and can allow players to hone their skills

    Probably the most requested feature for multiplayer is a multiplayer campaign, which is sadly not available. The multiplayer is purely arena-like with no continuity from map to map or server to server.

    Overall, Mount and Blade Warband is a very entertaining Medieval combat game that continue to provide hours of fun for even seasoned players.
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  26. Jan 3, 2016
    0
    Good Ideas, but man are the trailers, screenshots and positive fanboy-reviews misleading!

    This "game" just doesn't work at all! It doesn't work on a "simulation"-Level and it doesn't work as a "open world"-RPG-RTS. It's just a clunky mess of half-a**** ideas and bad implemented everything! But let me start at the beginning: The (optional) tutorial is pretty useless, since it
    Good Ideas, but man are the trailers, screenshots and positive fanboy-reviews misleading!

    This "game" just doesn't work at all! It doesn't work on a "simulation"-Level and it doesn't work as a "open world"-RPG-RTS.
    It's just a clunky mess of half-a**** ideas and bad implemented everything!

    But let me start at the beginning:
    The (optional) tutorial is pretty useless, since it doesn't explain most important basics to you.
    Yes you learn "fight" with different weapons, cope with a unresponsive control-system that was clearly designed with a motion-control in mind or a not-thought-through-idea of ... erm... "realism" in mind.
    But it doesn't introduce you to so many important points like commanding your troops, cope with multiple enemies, give you feedback ... nada!

    If you expect combat-mechanics like in Skyrim with a mix of Dark Messiah of M&M or Chivalry, put your expectations far away!
    You are in for a unresponsive and buggy mess.
    Arrows can go just through your enemies without even hurting them, hit-detection of your melee-weapons is right off buggy and you can't even run!
    Since there is no gore you just have to rely on a little text that tells you how much damage you actually deal.
    This buggy mess tries to give you the impression of a medi eval-battle-sim, and can't even manage to add gore by default!
    Prepare to get backstabbed a lot.

    You are NOT travelling through a huge world like trailers and screenshots might suggest. No! You are just slowly moving on an overwold map, clicking with your mouse and waiting sometimes for a response.
    The (often random) battles are fought in a relatively small area with invisible walls everywhere!

    The OST. A mess like everything else in this game. The most random, unepic and generic "medi-eval"-songs shoved into low-quality .ogg files, you can imagine.(Hell! They even put in a Hallelujah-Chorus! WTF?!) Looped of course!
    No way getting mods for music replacements!

    ("Dialogues" are presented in an ugly interface and are at least interesting to read, but your choices are totally irellevant, since yourt options often give you random answers.
    For example: A Guy at the bar talks to me about joining my army. Why would I ask hima bout a kidnapping I never even heard of before in response?! ANd man, why isn't it at least half-way voiced - like BG managed years ago?!)

    It's a shame you are expected to pay 20 bucks for this unpolished waste of time (and 20 another bucks for a DLC with guns...)!
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  27. Jan 2, 2016
    4
    A terrible tutorial, or lack there of. Caused me to waste so many hours and I am no where up to speed. Great idea with some terrible execution. Unless you enjoy wasting 20 (unenjoyable) hours learning, find a different game.
  28. Dec 24, 2015
    10
    This is a truly amazing game. Me being a sucker for medieval setting, I doubt I have ever had anything more satisfying in terms of core gameplay in that theme. Boy have I dreamed of something like this for ages, with no spells and magical creatures and grand battles where you are just one of the soldiers. Too bad it's lacking story mode, but I suppose it would be fixed in the sequel,This is a truly amazing game. Me being a sucker for medieval setting, I doubt I have ever had anything more satisfying in terms of core gameplay in that theme. Boy have I dreamed of something like this for ages, with no spells and magical creatures and grand battles where you are just one of the soldiers. Too bad it's lacking story mode, but I suppose it would be fixed in the sequel, besides it also has Vikings DLC which seems to have story mode which I'm yet to discover as I purchase it right now. Expand
  29. Dec 18, 2015
    8
    I would recommend this game if you're interested in a novel RPG or historic experience and have patience, but otherwise not.

    PROS: - Rather unique game design - Relatively unique combat system - High amount of unscripted but emergent content - no FMVs, no story save for what the simulation provides, which is 95% of a game with hundreds of hours of gameplay - Decent amount of
    I would recommend this game if you're interested in a novel RPG or historic experience and have patience, but otherwise not.

    PROS:
    - Rather unique game design
    - Relatively unique combat system
    - High amount of unscripted but emergent content - no FMVs, no story save for what the simulation provides, which is 95% of a game with hundreds of hours of gameplay
    - Decent amount of character customization and variation
    - Music will get stuck in your head
    - Sex actually matters and is treated with some gravitas instead of pretending it's more progressive to suggest men and women are the same and are treated the same - perhaps the first game to make me feel good about demolishing a smug chauvinist man (I'm male)
    - Optional hardcore difficulty settings
    - Your choices matter in shaping the world
    - If you don't like something about the native game mode, there has probably been a free mod released by the community fixing it effectively like it's the 90s again
    - Dozens of free awesome total conversion mods, including one of Sengoku Japan called Gekokujo (my personal favorite), a War of the Fifth Coalition one, a Middle Earth one, a Crusades one, and a future-of-native-scenario one, plus the paid expansions by the developers which are also great

    CONS:
    - Graphics look straight out of 2000 with DirectX features sprinkled on top; mediocre graphical art assets do this no favors
    - Occasionally frustrating game mechanics like the randomness of tournaments, the obviously team-based "melee" with enemies dropping out of the sky instead of all starting simultaneously, being unable to besiege a castle without first declaring war via an enemy noble, some castle sieges have excruciatingly slow siege tower pushes, many Khergit units are simultaneously useless and yet impossible to kill or capture, and so on
    - Some bugs that will befuddle you, but probably not crash the game, like your units being immobilized in the air after standing on a siege tower
    - "It's all there in the manual," would take hundreds of hours to learn if you don't Wiki the game, though it is possible
    - Questionable design choices like AIs that can block perfectly with their weapons, which just so happen to be indestructible unlike their shields, or the kick which is almost useless in the singleplayer campaign
    - 9 save slots per module, very strange for a game that is otherwise so strongly PC-centric
    - Some skills are actually useless even though there's no indication: throwing weapons are basically terrible in every way except that they can be used with a shield so power throw is folly, iron flesh does very little to help you (though the description may clue you in to this), the bonus from trade is rather small (the description does not clue you in to this), prisoner management is basically pointless after one or two points, and tactics requires an insane investment for almost no reward
    - Occasional lapses in pacing can make the game appear overall boring to newcomers

    If you ever said that the combat in Skyrim is boring, if you ever thought knights or mamelukes or Mongol warriors were awesome, if you liked Dynasty Warriors or Dark Souls but wanted something less Japanese, if you played AoE 2 and wanted it to be a strategy/action RPG instead of a RTS, if you liked Total War but wanted more engaging combat, or if you're one of these SCA or HEMA types, I'd be rather surprised if you haven't played this game already because it's likely up your alley.

    If you're not big into indie games, need a game that reliably requires only a small investment of learning or time, or don't have the hand-eye coordination, reflexes, or grit to at least order a dozen troops around a battlefield in real time if not partake in somewhat realistically timed medieval combat, then you might want to skip this one. Also, if you're new to games and you start out with this it's going to make you cynical for the rest of your life because you're going to see just how banal and derivative most games are, so beware of that also.

    Personally, I bought the game on a whim in the 23rd or 24th year of playing video games in my life, and I was rather pleased.
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  30. Nov 27, 2015
    10
    Amazing game you should buy. I played this game 390 hours
    You might ask yourself whether Warband is worth its money. The answer to that are your personal preferences, since there are a lot of great things in the game, but also things that will anger you till you tilt, especially because you will - at that point - know that the game has a huge potential which seems to be not used. The PROs
    Amazing game you should buy. I played this game 390 hours
    You might ask yourself whether Warband is worth its money. The answer to that are your personal preferences, since there are a lot of great things in the game, but also things that will anger you till you tilt, especially because you will - at that point - know that the game has a huge potential which seems to be not used. The PROs include The best fighting system there is. You are in control of your attacks and blocks, the direction, the timing, the distance and the speed. The fights are intense.
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  31. Nov 14, 2015
    10
    Hidden gem. When you stop playing, you will keep thinking about it..
    The developer has created something unique and very special. Blend of sandbox RPG, tactical world map with a great 3rd person combat system to compliment it. Immersive in so many ways!
    Add this one to your collection guys. A must buy
  32. Nov 3, 2015
    9
    Mount and Blade: Warband is easily one of the best medieval war game out there in the gaming universe. Caution: Highly addictive. ------ Everybody, charge! *war cry*
  33. Oct 31, 2015
    10
    Great game no flaws. Started playing the original (indi game) and has been great. Needs more publicity i think. Also great modding community behind it. Diplomacy for example is a great add on. (and free of charge)
  34. Oct 24, 2015
    9
    This is by far the best low budget game I have ever played and it will work well even for potato PCs. The Napoleonic Wars DLC could be better though. Its worth much more than the current $20 price tag since I have clocked over 100 hours on this game. WARNING: THIS IS THE ONLY GOOD M&B GAME
  35. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    Amazing game buy this.
    There is endless re-play-ability
    the sheer amount of mods would be able to fit in at least 400+ hours(Done By Self)
    There is a pre-alpha The Walking Dead Mod that i can recommend
    Love the game (Also a Persistant World mod that will allow you to play Open World In MP)
  36. Sep 21, 2015
    10
    This (indie) game is quite unique and should be considered by many game developers who want to improve their products in terms of gameplay and fun. However, let's get to the point:

    What's good about Warband: + Freedom of a sandbox game + Great, addictive gameplay (battle tactics, swordplay, map mode, etc.) + It's easily moddable + Tons of good or even great mods that make this game
    This (indie) game is quite unique and should be considered by many game developers who want to improve their products in terms of gameplay and fun. However, let's get to the point:

    What's good about Warband:
    + Freedom of a sandbox game
    + Great, addictive gameplay (battle tactics, swordplay, map mode, etc.)
    + It's easily moddable
    + Tons of good or even great mods that make this game 10/10
    + Very competitive, skill-based MP
    + Can be fun for hundreds of hours

    What's bad about Warband:
    - Mediocre, outdated graphics (remedied by some mods) and clunky animations
    - Average AI (esp. when it comes to path finding)
    - Repetitiveness of tasks after a certain time
    - Some bugs (but nothing serious)

    But! If you are not satisfied with the Native version, you SHOULD check other options, like Floris Expanded, A Clash of Kings, Prophesy of Pendor, A New Dawn, Gekokujo, Brytenwalda or Viking Conquest mods (for singleplayer), not to mention some interesting mods for multiplayer (like Persistent World or Napoleonic Wars). They usually add to the game so much that it’s twice as good. You can also adapt them to your own preferences using TweakMB, MB/WFAS Editor or other modding tools – all of them are available for free! Just google it!

    My final verdict: 7/10 (native), 10/10 (with mods)
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  37. Sep 8, 2015
    10
    One of my favourite games, really. A great game using some rpg aspects and its a really good medieval simulator but on a fantasy continent: "Calradia". Lords, Kingdoms, Wars, Great battles, different troops and a loooot of mods, game of thrones mods, strategy mods, europe mods... Try it, what are you waiting for?
  38. Sep 6, 2015
    10
    I cannot write what is great in this game, because you have to experience it yourself. This is one of my most favorite games. And i played it for endless hours. If you like an open game, where you can develop yourself without leading story, you are right with this game.
  39. Aug 26, 2015
    10
    I must have lived off the grid , not buying this game till recently. What a masterpiece of gaming goodness. I rated it ten, but really a 9.8 for lack of gore, but it such a minor gig that it really doesn't matter. This game is endless amounts of fun.
  40. Aug 15, 2015
    9
    A very good game that I can easily recommend that recreates the medieval world of the feudal system. Has a good modding community that lets you improve on or step outside that time period. There's literally hundreds of hours of gameplay awaiting you with this title when you get into it
  41. Jul 14, 2015
    10
    Do i need to say more? Buy it.

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  42. Jul 2, 2015
    10
    Over the years, I looked at this game a hundred times on steam without knowing what it really is all about. I finally bought it in late 2014. Wow! I am glad that I did. I have never played a game that does what this game does. Would you like to rise from a nobody to a Lord over your own kingdom, all played out in a light rpg/strategy/tactical/kindgond management setting? If yes, this gameOver the years, I looked at this game a hundred times on steam without knowing what it really is all about. I finally bought it in late 2014. Wow! I am glad that I did. I have never played a game that does what this game does. Would you like to rise from a nobody to a Lord over your own kingdom, all played out in a light rpg/strategy/tactical/kindgond management setting? If yes, this game is for you. Buy and find the Prophecy of Pendor Mod for the game. It will provide scores of hours of fun. You will be basically writing your own novel and living it as you play this game. Dont get turned off by the outdated graphics. The battle scenes still look decent. This game is all about the journey. Take time to learn the unintutative interface. you wont be sorry! Expand
  43. Jun 26, 2015
    9
    Mount and blade does everything wrong. And does it right.

    In a world of triple A games shelling out the same thing each year with minimal change this game goes against the conventions that have been set as of late. It's a refreshing change of pace to everything else out there because there isn't anything out there that does this. The game is a medieval sandbox where you start out as
    Mount and blade does everything wrong. And does it right.

    In a world of triple A games shelling out the same thing each year with minimal change this game goes against the conventions that have been set as of late. It's a refreshing change of pace to everything else out there because there isn't anything out there that does this.

    The game is a medieval sandbox where you start out as a peasant with nothing but the clothes on his/her back and a sword or other assorted pointy object. The world is is chaos. The isolated kingdom of Calradia is in a state of civil war and everyone wants the throne. You do as you want in this world. Hunt bandits, be a mercenary in the war, a merchant establishing a global monopoly on bread or if you have a taste for that sort of thing try to sneakily establish yourself as one of the major power players in the war with the possible final goal of taking the throne for yourself.

    The games graphics are not special. In fact they're down right awful but it doesn't really get in the way of gameplay which is quite the acheivement.

    Combat isn't very complex but it can be quite difficult to master.

    And the thing that really makes this game that good is... mods. The moddabillity of this game is astounding. it's so easy that with no idea about programming even I was able to get into the files (and promptly create a rouge race of supersoldiers...oops.). This is reflected in the community with some mods being so large they are bigger than the base game. One in fact landed getting sold as DLC by the developers.

    The multiplayer. I don't normally do multiplayer. In fact I didn't even enjoy this multiplayer section of the game yet it must be said that it exists and for many is the main attraction of the game. The battles can be huge and chaotic and an all round blast if you can get into it. However I didn't manage too for very long due to being squashed by seemingly everyone (obviously I suck at this game). The DLC adds a lot to the multiplayer and if that's why you're buying the game I suggest picking them up.

    Final verdict; 9 out of 10 (with mods)
    This game seemed to scratch an itch I didn't know I had and will go down in my favorite game list no doubt. There isn't much else to say other than it's ridiculously cheap and if you're feeling like... scratch that whatever you're feeling mods probably have it covered. Without mods it would have probably only scored a 7 out of ten so make sure to get them. (especially the 1000 man battle mod because that stuff is crazy)
    Go buy this game.
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  44. May 19, 2015
    9
    To the Guy who gave the game a zero, please stop writing reviews. No game is a zero. I gave this game a 9 because it captivated my attention for over a month and rewarded my time with a really engrossing RPG experience. It is not perfect, graphics are not great and for beginning players you can feel really lost and I could see some dropping out because of this. But for those who stickTo the Guy who gave the game a zero, please stop writing reviews. No game is a zero. I gave this game a 9 because it captivated my attention for over a month and rewarded my time with a really engrossing RPG experience. It is not perfect, graphics are not great and for beginning players you can feel really lost and I could see some dropping out because of this. But for those who stick around and give it a go, it is very rewarding. I actually stopped playing because I realized how much more time was required to make it to the next steps of actually becoming a major player in the game. I will go back though, that is for certain. just after my GTA 5 addiction subsides...... Expand
  45. May 13, 2015
    9
    Very late to reviewing this, but been playing for years. The most-played game on my PC! Lots of mods keep you coming back. While the graphics are rudimentary and some of the gameplay can get a little repetitive or annoying, overall it's easily the best ever cheap indie game. I bemoan the fact that so many (or no) newer AAA titles don't have gameplay as good as Warband. The combat andVery late to reviewing this, but been playing for years. The most-played game on my PC! Lots of mods keep you coming back. While the graphics are rudimentary and some of the gameplay can get a little repetitive or annoying, overall it's easily the best ever cheap indie game. I bemoan the fact that so many (or no) newer AAA titles don't have gameplay as good as Warband. The combat and battle part should have been copied by every other sword-slashing game out there! The mods enrich it further. We as PC gamers deserve a AAA title with gorgeous graphics and voice acting but the mod-enriched gameplay of Warband. Name another game where you might fall over if you walk backwards. Where you horse slows down if it gets wounded. Where your shield might break. Where your block only works if you block in the right direction. Where your soldiers start deserting if you don't pay them or run out of food. Where you have to take a break from swinging your own axe to give your soldiers a new command. Where a lance charge takes out almost everything first time. Where you have to steer your horse, control its speed and also time and angle the swing of your sword at the same time. Where if you've got the wrong equipment in a battle or run out of arrows you can go back to your camp and get more or change weapons. Where you can catch and ride a riderless enemy mount. Where you ride at fleeing enemies, firing arrows into their backs from your horse - choosing the elevation and power in your bow draw (but not aiming for too long or else your arms get tired and you lose accuracy). Compare that to combat in Dragon Age Inquisition where simply holding the mouse button down and standing still is a viable strategy! Expand
  46. Mar 30, 2015
    3
    Worse than its predecessor, better graphics and more options to do in RP, but worse combat and AI. Fancy combat moves which have no place and mostly wont hit, like mounted attack right into horses head. Rubber horses are back, even in my favourite mod Brytenwalda. I still like first game most of all M&B's.
  47. Mar 29, 2015
    6
    Hated this game at first not at all amazing to me, just seems like a rather terrible game. Not sure why so many people like this game. It's a sort of ok game.

    The graphics look ugly like something from 2005 or older not such a big deal if the gameplay was good, but the combat feels horrible and clunky moving a mouse in a direction then pressing left click feels awkward. I really suck at
    Hated this game at first not at all amazing to me, just seems like a rather terrible game. Not sure why so many people like this game. It's a sort of ok game.

    The graphics look ugly like something from 2005 or older not such a big deal if the gameplay was good, but the combat feels horrible and clunky moving a mouse in a direction then pressing left click feels awkward. I really suck at the combat and keep dying all the time.
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  48. Mar 4, 2015
    8
    While the graphics aren't exceptional, this game is great overall. Multiplayer 9/10. Singleplayer 6/10. The one problem with singleplayer mode is that there is nothing that really grabs you, the quests and main plotlines aren't interesting enough to keep you playing for more than a few hours (at least for me). I did enjoy the open world, though, and the weapons and armors are really cool.While the graphics aren't exceptional, this game is great overall. Multiplayer 9/10. Singleplayer 6/10. The one problem with singleplayer mode is that there is nothing that really grabs you, the quests and main plotlines aren't interesting enough to keep you playing for more than a few hours (at least for me). I did enjoy the open world, though, and the weapons and armors are really cool. Multiplayer is the BEST part of this game (IMO), and I have spent countless hours playing online (my favorite mode is siege). I would DEFINITELY recommend this game, if only for the multiplayer, believe me, it's worth it... Expand
  49. Mar 3, 2015
    10
    It's one of the best games I ever played aside of Kerbal Space Program and Euro Truck Simulator 2. Sadly i discovered it just now in Feb 2015. I like the total genre mix of RPG, economy simulation/trade game, diplomacy, conquer the world game thingamabob. It has quite some depth and takes a while to fully learn to handle all aspects. Aside of the base game there are quite a few good modsIt's one of the best games I ever played aside of Kerbal Space Program and Euro Truck Simulator 2. Sadly i discovered it just now in Feb 2015. I like the total genre mix of RPG, economy simulation/trade game, diplomacy, conquer the world game thingamabob. It has quite some depth and takes a while to fully learn to handle all aspects. Aside of the base game there are quite a few good mods out there now, maybe the most prominent being Brytenwalda mod (Great Britain around AD 600 and some). It's definitly in my top 10 of all times, and i play since 1985! Expand
  50. Feb 14, 2015
    9
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  51. Feb 11, 2015
    10
    Warband is one of the best games I've ever played and I play games since the early 90's. As long as you have half a brain I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Get also the mod 'Anno Domini 1257' coz this one even made performance in larger battles perfect (somehow?) while I was struggling with FPS in Vanillia.
  52. Feb 4, 2015
    10
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  53. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    Bought it in 2010, still playing. That says something, especially if you have a gaming PC which can run any other game too. This **** has such an addicting multiplayer
  54. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    GOG you got me..........free Mount and Blade download.....played for 10 hours and absolutely hooked. "Had " to buy Warband because it was better...........well played.....this is what they do to kids....give the kids the drugs for free...and then boom they are hooked.....

    Amazing game. Two hours into the game Tundra Bandits stole my horse. Fifteen hours later and over 300 bandits
    GOG you got me..........free Mount and Blade download.....played for 10 hours and absolutely hooked. "Had " to buy Warband because it was better...........well played.....this is what they do to kids....give the kids the drugs for free...and then boom they are hooked.....

    Amazing game.

    Two hours into the game Tundra Bandits stole my horse. Fifteen hours later and over 300 bandits sold to the Ransom broker.....still no sign of my horse.

    What I Love:
    If I get swarmed by two or more enemies I get killed.
    Two javelins to the face and I am out.
    Made a bad decision and lost my horse and weapon....all I had left was my bow and some dried meat. It took me close to four hours to get back to where I was.
    Decisions....who do I help....who can I trust.....how much can I afford......
    Fighting mechanics....directional blocking and hitting......
    The sound effects when I make contact with my two handed ax from my horse.
    Helping villagers.
    Caring about my Warband and all the time I put into training them.
    Reading a book takes longer than just pushing a button.
    Weapon skills are advanced by using them.
    The emotions of seeing a village you helped getting looted by a 200+ army and not being able to do anything about it.
    Feeding my Warband butter.
    Not going on a game wiki and discovering new things....
    On going destruction and sense of despair....smoke rising from looted villages.

    My first battle with 7 new recruits against 12 bandits....pure mayhem!!!! We got slaughtered.....
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  55. Nov 17, 2014
    9
    Got the game with all DLCs and expansions for €20 off steam, definitely worth it, probably the best medieval game i have played after AOE2. Played over 15 hours and just become a vassal and got 2 castles, as a normal mercenary doing the tasks was fun but had to run away from big armies, now Im capturing forts without aid, Amazing
  56. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    i like this game except the repetitive quest and battles and some map bugs. Really unique from all other medieval or rpg games i played. There are still work to be done in strategic aspects. Like in Crusader Kings II where you have many choices that can impact the outcome of your dynasty and not repetitive quests and battles.
  57. Oct 29, 2014
    5
    Mount & Blade: Warband is frustrating game because at the heart it has a great idea, but in practice it is poorly implemented. The game reminds me a bit of that old game Lords of Midnight, that combined role play game aspects with a war game mechanism.
    At first the game looks promising. You start out with only a few weapons, a horse and some money and you take it from there. You do some
    Mount & Blade: Warband is frustrating game because at the heart it has a great idea, but in practice it is poorly implemented. The game reminds me a bit of that old game Lords of Midnight, that combined role play game aspects with a war game mechanism.
    At first the game looks promising. You start out with only a few weapons, a horse and some money and you take it from there. You do some quests, recruit some troops, invite some npc heroes and slowly improve your small army.
    A first you are involved in dealing with brigands, ruffians, looters and deserters. Nothing that would bring down the wrath of some local lord on you. Eventually you join one side or another as a mercenary so you have an idea of how combat with regular troops works.
    Once you have done some battles you will be eventually involved in a siege.. either as the assaulting party or as the defending party.
    It is all exciting at first.
    At first..
    But after a while this game starts to bore. It bores because it doesn't offer much more than this,
    There is no story line. Conversations with characters have at the best three options and are quickly explored. Once you start your own empire you find out that diplomacy has only four options: declare war, ask for a truce, submit to an adversary or say hello.
    Handling the affairs of you own empire is equally rudimentary implemented. Taxes you have no control over. Handling your lords comes down to giving them a fief, which will increase your influence with them, but decreases your influence with all your other lords. This limits the amount of lord you actually can handle to below ten.
    There is a kind of romance system, which I didn't explore.
    There is a rudimentary trade system, which is useless. Useless because it involves you in buying goods at town a to sell them at town b for a small profit. But given the limited inventory, the limited amount of goods at town a and the fact that town b always is at the other side of the map and thus takes a long time to travel to, it hardly makes give you enough profit to even cover the expense of the army you need to protect you.
    The only other economical thing you can do is buying a factory.. only one per city. The factory brings in money and you have almost no control over the production.
    And that is about it.
    The game then excels in boring repetition.
    Sieges are probably the worst aspect in the game. You can't let the AI handle them as your losses will increase tenfold, so you have to do every siege of every castle and town yourself. These sieges come down to shooting matches which go on until the enemy has no more people left of so few you can ask them to surrender. Which only happens when you have around five time the troops. Consider this: at the max you have around 150 men. The usual castle has around 150 to 200 men. To get them to surrender you have to kill around 130 to 170 men.
    Cities are even worst, some have like 400 men and even more if a lord is also defending that city.
    What is even worse is that these lords regenerate troops very fast. I once had to assault a town containing 5 lords.. and when I marched off to get new troops I found upon returning that they had regenerated fifty troops.. including some elite troops.
    The fact that things look refreshing from a 1st/3rd person view at first and that each castle and city seem to be unique doesn't make the boring tedious sieges any better to bear.
    Recruiting is another woefully boring part in the game. You will be needing a lot of troops to man your castles and towns and you get most of them by recruiting them from the villages. This involves you in travelling around the map recruiting villagers and then transport them to a town or castle to garrison them. Since the amount of villagers you can recruit is limited you will be doing a lot travelling around the map. The game has no automated mechanism to handle recruiting.
    The AI also never gives up. Once you have conquered almost all the cities and castles of an enemy you might think he will surrender, but no way. They all go on until you have capture everything he owns.
    So the game thus boils down to doing sieges and more sieges and even more sieges. Perhaps do some battles in between before doing more sieges and even more sieges. And once you have captured enough castles you have to recruit and recruit and recruit to collect a garrison to protect them.

    So if you like to sit through dozens upon dozens of battles and sieges, most of which are totally irrelevant but which you have to do yourself because the AI is to inept to handle things well, than this is the game for you.
    If you are looking for a game with a good story line, interesting conversations and a involved background - the things that you associate with a good role play game- than this is definitely not the game for you.
    All in all a mediocre warfare game that gets boring fast.
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  58. Oct 25, 2014
    10
    Mount & Blade: Warband is by far the best medieval battle simulator. It is not like other battle simulators where you command a bunch of minions to attack eachother and watch closely how your troops die. No, it is not. You will actually be fighting yourself. Take a bow, sword, pike, crossbow; mount yourself to a horse or fight on foot; command your troops to attack with you or stay backMount & Blade: Warband is by far the best medieval battle simulator. It is not like other battle simulators where you command a bunch of minions to attack eachother and watch closely how your troops die. No, it is not. You will actually be fighting yourself. Take a bow, sword, pike, crossbow; mount yourself to a horse or fight on foot; command your troops to attack with you or stay back while you will be the hero. All of this is possible in this wonderful game. But that's not all; it is not just about fighting. You can recruit your own swordsmen, mercenaries, archers, pikemen - level them up, garrison them into your freshly won castle, or even a town. Ride around the Calradia, be a part of politics, trade commodities, look for the love of your life, and eventually marry her. Yes, you can even marry in this game.
    And if you get bored of slaughtering your enemies alone, you could join one of the many multiplayer servers. The skill cap is insanely high and you will always be able to get even better. Also there are many mods with multiplayer features also to keep you entertained.
    So, what are you waiting for, GO and get that game. You won't regret it!
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  59. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Good rpg for novice in this grade. But I think there is not enough things to do for longer play. So game is exciting for first 20 hours, later you must download mods or get fun on cheats.
  60. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    This game is a bit rough around the edges, but this kind of gameplay is something I really haven't found with anything else. A fitting description for this game might be "Medieval simulator" or something like that. It is EXTREMELY addictive and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon despite my already countless hours. Would highly recommend to any strategy or Medieval lover.
  61. Vel
    Aug 31, 2014
    8
    This game is a prime example of how a good idea and solid gameplay can trump graphics and polish. It's basically a combination of strategy/RPG. You start out by yourself, but will quickly recruit an army and travel from town to town, performing various quests, fighting bandits, etc. The world map is huge, with a variety of towns, villages, and castles.

    The good: - An open world truly
    This game is a prime example of how a good idea and solid gameplay can trump graphics and polish. It's basically a combination of strategy/RPG. You start out by yourself, but will quickly recruit an army and travel from town to town, performing various quests, fighting bandits, etc. The world map is huge, with a variety of towns, villages, and castles.

    The good:
    - An open world truly gives you the ability to do just about anything (although some activities are encouraged over others)
    - Troops you recruit are fairly unique, and can be upgraded to different classes
    - There is a real sense of accomplishment, with the ability to go from a random guy with a sword to lord of a town and some surrounding villages

    The not so good:
    - The graphics are a bit dated, and some of the combat can be a bit repetitive
    - The menu's and options are a little haphazard in their layout.
    - Unfortunately, creating your own kingdom can be a real nightmare, and absorb way too much time.

    Overall, definitely worth getting if you enjoy RPG's and medieval combat.
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  62. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    I've managed to play over 600 hours on this game getting all the single player steam achievements. I highly recommend using Diplomacy Mod or any other mod with Diplomacy built in. I sucked hard at low levels, but kept at it until I ruled all Calradia. This has been one of the few games I've bought recently where I know I got my money's worth.
  63. Jul 26, 2014
    6
    The amount of attention a game like Mount and Blade has received has been both positive and negative, but strangely, even years after its release, its still positive. Having barely attempted the Multiplayer aspect or many of the overhaul gameplay mods available, I strictly turn my attention over to "vanilla" Mount & Blade: Warband and its singleplayer campaign- if you can honestly call itThe amount of attention a game like Mount and Blade has received has been both positive and negative, but strangely, even years after its release, its still positive. Having barely attempted the Multiplayer aspect or many of the overhaul gameplay mods available, I strictly turn my attention over to "vanilla" Mount & Blade: Warband and its singleplayer campaign- if you can honestly call it that. You are dumped in a world known as "Calradia", and after a rather brief role playing game configuration character screen, you'll pick skills that will effect how you'll play, how you'll fight, or how you'll manipulate the economy or control your band of would-be-rent-a-warriors throughout the experience. Trouble is, their is only but so much you actually need to get through Warband as far as the actual "game" is concerned. Strictly speaking, you should either be a melee character i.e. swords and shields, an archer i.e. crossbows or bows, or an intelligent merciless mercenary i.e. medic skills or being (at times hard to believe) immensely influential over various NPC's- which is apparently a skill a person can "level up" as well. First things first, if you don't trade, build enterprises or loot, you will be fighting all manner of bandits till the end of time. Nord bandits make the most money, hand out the most experience, and ultimately produce the most valuable loot to sell off to various city markets. You can easily a quire ten or so Knights from any faction (aside from the Nords and Rhodoks) and commence this endless harvest of Denars, (the games term for "gold" or money) experience and some of the best armor and weapons in what I'd like the call "the mid-game" period. After this, you simply become a mercenary for a faction, help out here and there and "poof" you can join up and become a semi-permanent addition to a kingdom. This is where the game crawls to a halt. If you're not at war, you will be scavenging for money and loot, if you are at war you will be scavenging for villages to plunder and enemy lords to battle. If you're not doing any of those things, than it means you were trying to protect the many fiefs, Castles or cities that have suddenly been given to by your King for likely being such an awesome person or maybe he just thinks your a swell guy/ gal for having more renown and honor than any other lord in his cabinet. Politics aside, Mount & Blade is fun. Its "simulation" fun, its "babysit army" fun, its tedious battle fun, but it has a combat system not seen since "Dark Souls" and it does having a learning curve. That's more than a lot of titles can claim these days. However, once you've effectively broken the game, this skill ceiling literally collapses under the weight of an antiquated engine, terrible artificial intelligence, and a random sequence of events that can suddenly cause two even three kingdoms to declare war on yours and wreck everything you've been working towards in a matter of weeks. To "break" this game, all you need are all the major medic skills and your intelligence up to 30, once this is complete, you can commence leveling up your Charisma and begin to drag around hundreds of men to do whatever you need at that point. After this, battles become a breeze (even your armies configuration hardly matters) and near one hundred Swadian Knights, for instance, suddenly become your best friends in all the world. This strategy also works with Rhodoks infamous "Sharpshooter" crossbow infantry. Who, as long as they have a hill to perch upon or any elevation whatsoever, are practically invincible and tear apart armies double yours. The true failing of the game, is that after awhile, money stops mattering, skills you once thought about investing in become pointless as you already have enough men to fight without you ever being involved. It eventually does become "babysitting" and no their isn't a better way of putting it. Their is supposedly an automated battle system that is very poorly programmed and tends to output miserable losses on your side, so it best not ever be used unless you have no choice obviously. However this brings up an even worse problem for when you have the ability to heal your army in a matter of half a day the NPC lords are suddenly not particularly scary. Even if you "lose" and "leave" a battle, but take no losses of your own you can march right back up that same enemy army and annihilate them as they've been unable to recover from their losses as quickly as you've been able to. This works for Castle sieges, 2-1 battles, and even looting villages. I understand the game is old, but the developers need to consider putting more effort into a singleplayer experience that is actually fun, not tedious or repetitive and ultimately easily abused. Its a shame, as most of the game is quite well designed even for not having an actual goal to work towards or a story to follow. 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  64. Jul 24, 2014
    10
    Jogo bom não pega em nenhuma aspecto, quem não gosta é porque não sabe jogar, sinto falta apenas de poder criar um reino, mas de resto acho muito bom.
  65. Jul 14, 2014
    3
    It's annoying that some of these reviewers are rating the game 10/10, when they even admit that there are some pretty bad flaws in this game. Yes, the game has huge potential. Does it live up to that? No.
    Mount and Blade: Warband is what you would get if you mixed a crappy version of Dragon Age Origins with an even more crappy version of Skyrim, and then threw in a broken version of
    It's annoying that some of these reviewers are rating the game 10/10, when they even admit that there are some pretty bad flaws in this game. Yes, the game has huge potential. Does it live up to that? No.
    Mount and Blade: Warband is what you would get if you mixed a crappy version of Dragon Age Origins with an even more crappy version of Skyrim, and then threw in a broken version of Chivalry. Map movement is slow and bland. Combat is broken and stiff. Movement is yawn worthy. Overall gameplay is weak. The only saving grace is that it's addicting, but even then, you just hate yourself for being addicted to this broken mess of a game.
    There's a lot of potential with this game, but it ultimately went to waste when the developers decided to take a huge **** all over their game.
    I'd normally give it a weak 6/10, but since people here are exaggerating their positive reviews, I'm evening the field with 3/10 . . . and that's not even a far stretch.
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  66. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    One of the best medieval fighting games ever made. Multiplayer is addiktive and gives more feel and options than most bigger titles. Single player is fine too with so many mods, Mount & Blade series allways had huge and great modding community.

    Ever dreamed of playing multiplayer map defending helm's deep against horde of individual enemies? Then this is your game. Mount and Blade
    One of the best medieval fighting games ever made. Multiplayer is addiktive and gives more feel and options than most bigger titles. Single player is fine too with so many mods, Mount & Blade series allways had huge and great modding community.

    Ever dreamed of playing multiplayer map defending helm's deep against horde of individual enemies? Then this is your game.

    Mount and Blade (2): Bannerlord, Im waiting you!
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  67. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    Mount & Blade: Warband - WOW, was my first reaction playing this game. Although the graphics are not awesome, it doesn't even mind. It's the "most sandbox" game I've ever played. True, you cannot run through cities and visit bars, clubs etc., cause it's medieval game.
    You start as a yourself-created person looking for a new life in a land called Calradia. I'm not gonna tell you what you
    Mount & Blade: Warband - WOW, was my first reaction playing this game. Although the graphics are not awesome, it doesn't even mind. It's the "most sandbox" game I've ever played. True, you cannot run through cities and visit bars, clubs etc., cause it's medieval game.
    You start as a yourself-created person looking for a new life in a land called Calradia. I'm not gonna tell you what you can do in this game, because you can do everything. Here are at least the main aspects:
    •RPG System - As you fight, complete quests you earn experience which helps you to wear new armor, weapons, horses, allows you to lead bigger army and MANY other advantages.
    •Battles - The fighting system and horse riding is incredibly fun and awesome. It's very realistic so it mostly depends on your skill. You can even defeat many enemies self if you are skilled enough.
    •Factions - You may help one faction to earn respect, improve your relationships (which is very important) or help other factions as well, fight against enemy lords, help villagers, get married etc. Later you can also create own faction and possibly conquer other factions and the whole Calradia!

    Problem is, the game is easy to learn, OK, but very Very VEry VERy VERY HARD to master.

    9/10 - Warning! Game might ruin your life.
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  68. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    This game is a little bland on its own, it doesn't have much in the way of story, but for a medieval world game, it hits spot on with the gameplay, the controls can be a bit hard to get used to, but once you do the game is very enjoyable, it just lacks a decent story.

    Luckily the modding community have managed to make some truly great mods for it. I am currently playing a mod based on
    This game is a little bland on its own, it doesn't have much in the way of story, but for a medieval world game, it hits spot on with the gameplay, the controls can be a bit hard to get used to, but once you do the game is very enjoyable, it just lacks a decent story.

    Luckily the modding community have managed to make some truly great mods for it. I am currently playing a mod based on the George R. R. Martin book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" called "A clash of kings", the title of the second book in the series. And I am having a hard time stopping sometimes.

    If the game had the story that some of the mods provide in the unmodded game, it would be a solid 10 for me, but even without it it is still a great game, and the mods are available, just difficult to find sometimes.
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  69. Jun 5, 2014
    7
    An awesome game that is unfortunately quite ruined thanks to an very unrealistic and crude political system whereas monarchs won't "recognize" you or even sue for peace when they are inches away from dying because you lack a magical "Right to Rule" stat.. Which is gained from doing stuff like making peace.

    Multiplayer has also unfortunately turned into a "Who can spin around and swing
    An awesome game that is unfortunately quite ruined thanks to an very unrealistic and crude political system whereas monarchs won't "recognize" you or even sue for peace when they are inches away from dying because you lack a magical "Right to Rule" stat.. Which is gained from doing stuff like making peace.

    Multiplayer has also unfortunately turned into a "Who can spin around and swing abuse the most". But still singleplayer is great fun with some mods.
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  70. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    best game i've played, good graphics when you are in very high settings, good playability, good sounds but no speaking characters, there is no history, but you can create you own story.
  71. May 28, 2014
    8
    Not bad, not bad at all. You get a decent combat animation thing, a whole lot of decisions that could either bring about good things or bad, and not too easy.
  72. May 17, 2014
    9
    Truly great game, will definitely go down as a classic.
    From a great battle engine that allows you to engage in combat realistically, to use of differing items such as horses, shields, bows, swords etc., you really do get a great feel for the game and the kit you buy/capture.
    This is far superior to the shambles that is Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, as you get used to attacking and
    Truly great game, will definitely go down as a classic.
    From a great battle engine that allows you to engage in combat realistically, to use of differing items such as horses, shields, bows, swords etc., you really do get a great feel for the game and the kit you buy/capture.
    This is far superior to the shambles that is Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, as you get used to attacking and defending with different weapons, and it actually works rather well; you will become accustomed to timing in a more intuitive way.
    The map is impressive, whilst the missions make up for some entertaining outcomes!
    This game had the feel of Elite (to all those old 80's/90's gamers!), open ended, and allowing you to progress at your own rate.
    What made this game particularly special though, were the sheer amount of modded gaming engines available to download. I played the Roma Bellum mod, and the only description I can give is superb.
    Makes not for hours of play, but weeks and months, as the open ended nature of the game allows you to tackle your goals in any way you desire.
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  73. Mar 20, 2014
    10
    By itself, a solid 8/10 game that will provide numerous good hours of entertainment.

    But what really makes this game great is the outstanding mod community and DLC. The Napoleonic Wars DLC in particular is worth every penny (especially with its challenging yet legitimately rewarding melee combat system). Get it, join a regiment (one of the numerous player clans that have banded
    By itself, a solid 8/10 game that will provide numerous good hours of entertainment.

    But what really makes this game great is the outstanding mod community and DLC.

    The Napoleonic Wars DLC in particular is worth every penny (especially with its challenging yet legitimately rewarding melee combat system). Get it, join a regiment (one of the numerous player clans that have banded together and host numerous amazing events ranging from fun period-style linebattles to epic sieges all with up to 200 players in game).

    If you want it, there's a mod for it. Ranging from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones to feudal Japan, there's countless mods to fit your needs/desires. The modding community for this game is simply outstanding.
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  74. Mar 18, 2014
    0
    the graphics are **** controls suck...and for the love of god there is no voice acting. Its 2014 I shouldn't have to read every thing an NPC says in a game....
  75. Mar 7, 2014
    8
    Mount & Blade: Warband is an extremely entertaining game. While starting off as an adventurer, and being able to work yourself up to higher than a king. The game allows you to do things your way and doesn't set a specific path for you to follow. I have played for over 50 hours on this game, and am still playing it quite commonly.
  76. Feb 27, 2014
    9
    A really great game. The graphic (real-time-battles) isn't very good, but the battles are epic and fast and so it doesn't matter. The graphic of the "strategic" map is also not very good, but good enough for a map and after all very detailed. Every other things in M&B Warband are just awesome, The RPG-part is very deep and you have a lot of different ways of skilling your char. the battlesA really great game. The graphic (real-time-battles) isn't very good, but the battles are epic and fast and so it doesn't matter. The graphic of the "strategic" map is also not very good, but good enough for a map and after all very detailed. Every other things in M&B Warband are just awesome, The RPG-part is very deep and you have a lot of different ways of skilling your char. the battles are just epic. a lot of Units, massive cavalry attack, archers, everything that a medieval-game Needs. And there are hundreds of items, from Food to weapons, nearly everything. you can Play as a Bandit, an Lord or king or as a merchant, and every way is funny and difficult. and you can Play this game hundreds of hours and Play it again and again, every single start is unique. Expand
  77. Feb 19, 2014
    10
    Well, this game pretty much changed my life. I'd say it has better replay value than Tetris and Smash Brothers put together. The multiplayer mods are amazing and the game can be challenging and funny if you want it to be.
  78. Feb 7, 2014
    10
    Fantastic!

    Mount and Blade Warband is a precious hidden diamond. Along with some of the best mods, it becomes simply irresistible. One of the most addictive games ever. I am talking about hundreds of hours of game-play, that's most certain.
  79. Feb 2, 2014
    0
    Тупое дерьмо, эта игра сосет член.Мне дали квест пойти и освободить сына одного пиздюка и я тихо пробрался в замок подхожу к темнице ну и там стоит стражник его надо уебать и взять ключи, но у него меч и броня пиздатая,а у меня палка и броня и олений кожи,а все потому что в замок с крутой броней и мечом нельзя зайти потому что тебя с палят ну и этот пиздюк тебя убивает все время.Тупое дерьмо, эта игра сосет член.Мне дали квест пойти и освободить сына одного пиздюка и я тихо пробрался в замок подхожу к темнице ну и там стоит стражник его надо уебать и взять ключи, но у него меч и броня пиздатая,а у меня палка и броня и олений кожи,а все потому что в замок с крутой броней и мечом нельзя зайти потому что тебя с палят ну и этот пиздюк тебя убивает все время.
  80. Jan 29, 2014
    10
    This is the best single player game I've played in the last 10 years.

    If you struggle with complex games in which proficiency takes time, you may not enjoy this like I did. After a few hours, you'll say "this is pretty good". After 10 hours, you'll say "this is really good". After 20 hours, you'll say "I am only just now beginning to see the true brilliance of this game." Just
    This is the best single player game I've played in the last 10 years.

    If you struggle with complex games in which proficiency takes time, you may not enjoy this like I did.

    After a few hours, you'll say "this is pretty good". After 10 hours, you'll say "this is really good". After 20 hours, you'll say "I am only just now beginning to see the true brilliance of this game."

    Just check the /played time on steam reviews. There isn't another game in the catalog that CLOSE to compares with how devoted players are to this game.

    TLDR: If you're a hopelessly mainstream gamer with a short attention span - don't bother. If you tend to enjoy games that take effort and learning and reward that effort, you'll love this.

    Suggestion: Once you've played the vanilla game, play some mods. My personal favorite is Prophecy of Pendor.
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  81. Jan 27, 2014
    9
    Brillant game, one of my favorites, recommendable. Wonderful multiplayer, great community of players, nice maps, a lot of fun. Real medieval times, no dragons, no magic. Of course fractions are imaginary but based on real. We have a lot of mods, I recommend Floris Mod Pack - significantly expands game for single player, game gets even better and more extensive.
  82. Jan 7, 2014
    10
    It's not an RPG basically it's a different type of ingaming and I naming it now as "Medieval Whirlwind".
    First you really cannot find that fighting system anywhere and any game and the fighting and warfare ,s really pretty and it seems they going to improve it in Taleworlds' sequel to Warband: Mount&Blade Bannerlord.
  83. Jan 6, 2014
    10
    This game amazing. Epic and engaging multiplayer with a addicting single player. Amazing combat with a sense of fulfilment when you start to get good at it. Almost as good as Cory in the house.
  84. Dec 29, 2013
    10
    One of my favourite games of all time. There is no other game anything like this. This game is unique. The combat requires skill. Great singleplayer mode, great multiplayer. I have spent hundreds of hours playing this game.
  85. Dec 17, 2013
    8
    Good sand Box game in medieval setting. What really makes it shine is the replay value in the many fan made mods. Game play tweaks as well as total Conversions. How does being a noble holding fief for King Robb of the North sound? Well before the red wedding I may add.
  86. Dec 5, 2013
    7
    Mount & Blade Warband is a positive experience, one that I routinely go back too, even if just for a battle.

    The singleplayer experience is quite fun, but, being a pure sandbox game, gets boring and very repetitive quite fast. To best enjoy the singleplayer sandbox one has to play without exploiting the numerous exploit possibilities, otherwise instead of becoming a challenging
    Mount & Blade Warband is a positive experience, one that I routinely go back too, even if just for a battle.

    The singleplayer experience is quite fun, but, being a pure sandbox game, gets boring and very repetitive quite fast. To best enjoy the singleplayer sandbox one has to play without exploiting the numerous exploit possibilities, otherwise instead of becoming a challenging experience it turns into repetitive grinding and soon after unbearable boredom. So I would say that this game is better when you set some rules for your game. For example, when a warband loses a battle and I your player is made prisoner, the game setback is to remove a few ingame money from your purse and sometimes one item from your inventory, what I do in my games is to remove randomly 50% of my gear so that defeat has a big impact, this keeps my sandbox experience alive and challenging for a longer time.

    The mutiplayer experience is fun, but be prepared to run against players who know all the exploits and tricks, making the game far from the "realistic" setting you may hope for.

    Finally, there's lots of amazing mods, both multiplayer and singleplayer mods, some are very detailed and open lots of possibilities, others are simple and change some game mechanics, this mods keep the game alive for much longer and they get to the point they are much better than the vanilla game, much better.

    Emotionally I would give this game a 9, but I don't believe I can rate a game just for the good moments it provided me, so taking into account the repetitive and boring nature of it after a while, some bugs and some game mechanics I don't think are particularly very well done, I think a 7 is a good score, but keep in mind, this game will give you lots of remarkable moments, totally worth it.
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  87. Dec 3, 2013
    9
    Quite simply one of the best games I've ever played. The graphics leave a lot to be desired and the learning curve is steep, but the combat and rpg elements are exceptional, and if you set goals and roleplay you'll find yourself completely immersed in a narrative you created yourself.
  88. Nov 26, 2013
    7
    An unique experience unlike any other that is available. If you're looking for a medieval combat simulator, there is simply no other choice. It's a huge and imaginative game that is well worth the money. Unfortunately it has numerous glaring flaws. The graphics are not good. They get the job done, but they aren't nice to look at, especially the campaign map. Serious works needs to be doneAn unique experience unlike any other that is available. If you're looking for a medieval combat simulator, there is simply no other choice. It's a huge and imaginative game that is well worth the money. Unfortunately it has numerous glaring flaws. The graphics are not good. They get the job done, but they aren't nice to look at, especially the campaign map. Serious works needs to be done to fix the graphics in a sequel. The AI is terrible. They will often ignore you or leave themselves wide open to be attacked. During siege battles you will often see enemies simply standing in place staring into oblivion for no reason. The diplomacy and relations part of the game is very poorly fleshed out. As a ruler, it is impossible to stay in good standing with your vassals. There are like a million ways to lose relation, but only about 3 ways to gain it. These flaws are huge, but they don't prevent the game from being a enjoyable experience. Expand
  89. Nov 26, 2013
    7
    The idea of this game is really great. Real-time first-view medieval fight, exciting. And you can play it with joy for a while. Then it starts to get boring. The main problem: 1. No plots. Because that's something which can keep you playing. 2. Repeated wars, fights, duals with no new things coming up. 3. The graphics... 4. I don't see a new version of this game coming...
  90. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    It is one of the best games i have ever played.
    I liked the Singleplayer because of building an empire and don't be bound to follow a storyline and because you can do what you want.
    But most of the time playing Mount and Blade iam playing the Multiplayer because i like this medieval setting and this action based combat mechanics. I think this is the best opportunity for people who like
    It is one of the best games i have ever played.
    I liked the Singleplayer because of building an empire and don't be bound to follow a storyline and because you can do what you want.
    But most of the time playing Mount and Blade iam playing the Multiplayer because i like this medieval setting and this action based combat mechanics.
    I think this is the best opportunity for people who like this genre.
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  91. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    This game is just amazing. It has a large island with different kingdoms. Each kingdom has relations with each other, resulting in wars and alliances. You can mess with this system, or ignore it and make money alone. You can become whoever you want, be a lone traveler, be a merchant, be a leader of an army, or be a notorious bandit. The combat system and commands for your party makes thisThis game is just amazing. It has a large island with different kingdoms. Each kingdom has relations with each other, resulting in wars and alliances. You can mess with this system, or ignore it and make money alone. You can become whoever you want, be a lone traveler, be a merchant, be a leader of an army, or be a notorious bandit. The combat system and commands for your party makes this feel even better, and alone is enough to justify the fairly dated visuals. Expand
  92. Nov 1, 2013
    9
    Warband added some cool things, and some not cool things. The first thing I have to point out is that they destroyed the charge system on horseback. In some scenarious I am trying to poke an enemy with a lance or spear but fail to do so because of the horrible charge timing(how fast the player swings), it might just be my skill, but the original game play on horseback(charging etc.)wasWarband added some cool things, and some not cool things. The first thing I have to point out is that they destroyed the charge system on horseback. In some scenarious I am trying to poke an enemy with a lance or spear but fail to do so because of the horrible charge timing(how fast the player swings), it might just be my skill, but the original game play on horseback(charging etc.)was better. I like that there are a little more units. I don't like that whenever I am in a arena, everyone charges at me. The enemies could be running next to each other, but they are running at me. I feels like 2 guys are just constantly spamming hits at you, you really just die at that point. Expand
  93. Oct 30, 2013
    9
    This is a fantastic, fantasy sandbox game. Emphasis on the sandbox. PROs: the modding community is absolutely fantastic, it's what makes the game so great. Fun combat, very immersive, distinct factions, cool battles and sieges, mounted combat. Graphics are ok. There are patches that really make them great. CONs: it's sandbox, you have to largely make your own adventure which some peopleThis is a fantastic, fantasy sandbox game. Emphasis on the sandbox. PROs: the modding community is absolutely fantastic, it's what makes the game so great. Fun combat, very immersive, distinct factions, cool battles and sieges, mounted combat. Graphics are ok. There are patches that really make them great. CONs: it's sandbox, you have to largely make your own adventure which some people might find difficult. Starting out your guy is pretty weak and you have to play a while to be able to field a large army. Its a great game and its on sale often. Go grab it. Expand
  94. Oct 30, 2013
    0
    Game is totally broken. No servers load so I can't play. I tried to fix it by turning off firewall and changing the ini but nothing works. Don't buy this broken game you will be wasting your money, it's broken and unplayable.
  95. Oct 28, 2013
    10
    Better game that I thought it would be and even better with the best mods in place. I played it for about 50 hours without mods before finally giving in to see what it would be like with them... and wow I've already spent close to 200 hours in this game (and I've yet to conquer all of Calradia haha, and in my defense, it's harder than it first seems). So much variety in what to do and withBetter game that I thought it would be and even better with the best mods in place. I played it for about 50 hours without mods before finally giving in to see what it would be like with them... and wow I've already spent close to 200 hours in this game (and I've yet to conquer all of Calradia haha, and in my defense, it's harder than it first seems). So much variety in what to do and with what happens based on what you do. Also a good amount of units, tactics, and equipment.

    I honestly am not a big fan of the fighting aspect because its rather rough and could use more polish and fluidity in my opinion. Again, mods help improve this aspect of the game along with most other gripes I originally had (such as more variety in towns/taverns/castles maps since in vanilla they're mostly carbon-copies of one another)

    Without mods this would be a 9/10 for me, but with mods it's definitely 10/10.

    Literally a choose-your-own destiny type of game that gives you the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. Recommended!
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  96. Oct 22, 2013
    10
    It could be said that the game doesn't add a lot to the original Mount & Blade.

    There are some minor graphical changes, a new faction, a marriage system and multiplayer. Though I played a lot of the original Mount & Blade and gave it a 10/10, I've barely touched single player since I bought Warband. Multiplayer is a huge addition and a completely new and different experience,
    It could be said that the game doesn't add a lot to the original Mount & Blade.

    There are some minor graphical changes, a new faction, a marriage system and multiplayer.

    Though I played a lot of the original Mount & Blade and gave it a 10/10, I've barely touched single player since I bought Warband. Multiplayer is a huge addition and a completely new and different experience, showcasing the beautiful combat system that could be largely ignored in the original.

    There are a lot of ways to play and while many of them have a steep learning curve, it's easy to be competitive with just the basics.
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  97. Oct 21, 2013
    9
    While the game may not be the prettiest one around, it still one of the games with the most variety. You can make your character go from a lowly street beggar to the king of the continent. The game allows you to do whatever you want whenever you want, sure it may not have an intense story like TES but the game play is just wonderful.
  98. Oct 12, 2013
    9
    mount and blade warband would be a 10 if it was a little more polished with a few bugs but other than that if you are patient, like RTS/ACTION/MEDIEVAL types of games then this is a definite pickup i would pay for this game three times over
  99. Sep 27, 2013
    10
    best game I have played in years, bought it for £5 in a steam sale, played nearly 200hrs in just over a month, no other game since UT2k4 have I played for hours on end and not been bored or sick of it at all.

    So many good mods, mount and musket, c-rpg, vikingr etc. always full servers, literally the best game around atm
  100. Sep 23, 2013
    8
    Dated and a little rough/frustrating at times, but totally compelling. Superb combat mechanics, massive sandbox, infinitely moddable. A reliance on pointers in modern games can blind newer players to the level of agency they have in the world, there are no quest markers or breadcrumbs (just like the old days!) The often cited "lack of direction" the game has to offer is down to the lack ofDated and a little rough/frustrating at times, but totally compelling. Superb combat mechanics, massive sandbox, infinitely moddable. A reliance on pointers in modern games can blind newer players to the level of agency they have in the world, there are no quest markers or breadcrumbs (just like the old days!) The often cited "lack of direction" the game has to offer is down to the lack of imagination on the part of the player, simply put; Calradia is your oyster. Expand
  101. Duh
    Sep 29, 2010
    10
    You might ask yourself whether Warband is worth its money. The answer to that are your personal preferences, since there are a lot of great things in the game, but also things that will anger you till you tilt, especially because you will - at that point - know that the game has a huge potential which seems to be not used. The PROs include The best fighting system there is. You are inYou might ask yourself whether Warband is worth its money. The answer to that are your personal preferences, since there are a lot of great things in the game, but also things that will anger you till you tilt, especially because you will - at that point - know that the game has a huge potential which seems to be not used. The PROs include The best fighting system there is. You are in control of your attacks and blocks, the direction, the timing, the distance and the speed. The fights are intense.
    Amazing battles sizes not only in the singleplayer, but also on the multiplayer. No not only 64 as falsely proclaimed in many reviews, there are servers that offer room for up to 222 players. The Singleplayer mode is in Vanilla limited to 150, but by using the MBW Battle Resizer the only limitation is your hardware. I play with a battle size of 700.
    The SP world. Kingdoms rise and fall with or without your doing. This war-torn country of Calradia does not need a player to function :-D.
    The multiplayer. You will hate it for crushing you (I have no clue how so many people can be so good). You will love it for the excitement, the rush of adrenaline when being faced by a group of enemies, the joy of making a kill - finally, and the tactical thinking.
    A great community. It is a must for anybody buying this game, to use the forum. Otherwise you will never get the full potential out of this game. The Mods are the true jewels here. More on that later.
    The developers put a lot of effort into fixing bugs and improving the game. Since the release in March there have been 6(!) official patches i know of, that fixed bugs, rebalanced weapons, added new game features, etc. . The game was playable from the beginning, it just got better.

    The CONs
    The singleplayer lacks a tutorial. The game is very complex and especially the character creation is too complex for newbies. Later on you will be happy for the amount of choices tho. A mission to start off with was added, which helps a little on getting into the game.
    No big questline. You can roleplay the squat out of this game, but you will have to create your story yourself.
    At some point the game becomes repetative. Its after getting started, gaining power and before starting your own kingdom. Overall the Vanilla Singleplayer is missing something to keep it interesting.
    Sieges are the biggest flaw in Vanilla SP. The AI sucks here and the possible choices - really opposing the general game theme - are basically nonexistent. It is a pity that the multiplayer siege options werent implemented into the SP.

    The conclusion:

    The Vanilla game has highs and lows. 30 Bucks is acceptable for it, but its not a great deal.

    HOWEVER Mount and Blade: Warband is a long term investment. This is due to the huge modding community of the game (Forum!). You dont like the graphics? Get Polished Landscapes. You dont like the Battlesize? Get a Resizer. You dont like time period? Download a total conversion, which plays in the Renaissance or WW2. There are even mods solely dedicated to the Multiplayer. F.E. You dont like to always have to choose from the same troops and equipment? You want to customize your character? You want to change your skills? Get the CRPG mod and play it on their servers, which hold up to 120 spots for players. This ever growing amount of mods add amazing things to the Multiplayer and the Singleplayer and thats why the game is in my opinion worth the buy. You will get not only 1 game, but you will get a growing number of games. Therefore a tip of my hat to Taleworlds and their modding community.
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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 80
    Although there is still room for improvement, Warband's excellent combat system, respectable multiplayer and a lifespan that will prove to be a total timesink means that the game is well worth the USD$29.99 price tag on Steam. Fans of the action RPG genre and medieval games in general would do well to pick this one up.
  2. 80
    All in all, Mount and Blade: Warband is a great game, even despite its flaws. The overall concept is satisfying, and with a more heavyweight publisher behind the team at TaleWorlds, this is one game that could be absolutely great.
  3. On the one hand, there are the open world and the freedom to do what you want to do, on the other hand, the world is lifeless. It's a great game for some people, but the opposite for most.