Mount & Blade PC

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. A fantastic game. It's hampered by a few problems, but nothing major. It provides ground breaking gameplay that I am sure will be imitated by others.
  2. 70
    I can appreciate developers wanting to add more realistic touches to games, but to me realism does not always equate to fun.
  3. Mount & Blade's strong RPG elements, in-depth army management aspects, and amazingly addictive combat system balance out its mediocre quests and half-baked sandbox gameplay.
  4. Total PC Gaming
    70
    An intriguing concept. [Issue#13, p.66]
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Vast world with working economic model, excellent mounted fight is degraded by a weak engine presentation. Only hardcore gamers can enjoy this game in the state it's in. [Dec 2008]
  6. PC Gamer UK
    69
    A decent ride until you get off. [Dec 2008, p.72]
  7. PC Zone UK
    62
    An anorexic "Oblivion" set in a budget version of Tolkien's Rohan. [Nov 2008, p.65]
  8. This may be an ambitious project of an even more ambitious programmer couple, but the lack of budget that game suffered is unfortunately very easy to notice. What remains is an average game with awful graphics and buggy controls.
  9. Mount & Blade has some innovative ideas, but still needs a lot of work.
  10. Lousy graphics and bad accessibility hinder Mount & Blade’s way to a better grade. Yet, this game will make enthusiasts happy.
  11. PC Format
    54
    Rough enough around the edges to replace sandpaper. [Jan 2009, p.100]
  12. There are foundations here for something really quite special, but in its current state the game is nowhere close to delivering on its promises.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 467 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 131
  1. RobertD.
    Sep 24, 2008
    10
    Great Game, Must play and possibly the best StrategyRPG of the year!
  2. GergelyB
    Dec 8, 2009
    8
    As many have said it, this game can be bland at times (towns / villages / castles / quests after a while get really repetitive), there are As many have said it, this game can be bland at times (towns / villages / castles / quests after a while get really repetitive), there are small problems with the engine (collision bugs, and the famous "mountain-climbing horsemen") However, the combat system still really shines. The excitement of riding into battle knowing that all it takes are 2 or 3 "lucky" hits from your opponents to take you out is unparalelled. The castle siege is bland, indeed. I mean, who in their right mind would attack a castle with just one siege tower or ladder? To the complaints about this however. You call yourself gamers, but can't adapt to a simple challenge that a game offers to you? Maybe try using your head a bit. You know, charging up that ladder headlessly isn't the only option - here's a tip: get a force weighted towards archers, tell them to hold position, get a crossbow / bow yourself, shoot down most of the defending army's archery force and THEN storm the walls. I guarantee, you won't be slaughtered like ducks then. I reckon most of those who gave this game a bad review didn't even try to work around it's flaws, while it's entirely possible. I recommend! Full Review »
  3. JetLi
    Mar 30, 2009
    6
    The game came out as a barebone; bland without salt n pepper. I'd have loved it with fish sauce and more chili sauce to it, but alas. It The game came out as a barebone; bland without salt n pepper. I'd have loved it with fish sauce and more chili sauce to it, but alas. It lacks several important things such as diplomacy which is very weak, story which is almost nonexistent, good graphics which is aging, multiplayer which has none of that for a strategy game or even roleplay. The most frustrating area of this game is the sieging process. Helplessly getting slaughtered and butchered while trying to fight at the wall on a one ladder is no amusement. The only strength of the game lies with its cavalry gameplay, but still, the excitement fades rather quickly. For an indie, it offers a well deserved entertainment to the new player, but for us more experienced gamers, little. Credits should go to the well talented modders NOT the makers as the game strongly relies itself to the modding phase. Full Review »