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  • Summary: Calradia is a land at war, a land offering great riches and even greater dangers to the adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With unerring courage and a strong sword, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior. Raise a band of hardened soldiers, become the lord of several towns and castles, and perhaps one day you may wield the power to depose kings and crown new ones at a whim. Free-form sandbox gameplay. You are free to go anywhere and do anything you choose in a world that has more than a hundred unique locations, including villages, castles and towns. Unique horseback combat. You are able to attack your enemies on your horse, whether you’re swinging a sword, holding a lance or unleashing arrows. Highly advanced, sophisticated and intuitive sword-fighting system. Fight on horseback and on foot using an expansive variety of medieval weapons, each with their own unique characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Be anything from a lonesome adventurer to a commander of armies or an owner of villages, castles or towns. Sophisticated AI that will provide a challenge both in combat and in the strategic realm. Freedom to interact with hundreds of characters, including kings, lords, ladies, commoners as well as heroes you can take on as companions, each with their own personality. [Paradox Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 100
    For a game with such a heavy emphasis on medieval combat, Mount & Blade is just shy of perfection.
  2. A Medieval action RPG with a great battle system, and there are many ways you can play the game. The game doesn't have a storyline, which is why it becomes a bit boring and pointless after a while, but it does have many good mods and they will keep the game fresh. [Sept 2008]
  3. Medieval warfare just got even trendier and, despite several major deficiencies, Mount & Blade has just too many memorable moments of glory to ignore; the price tag is worth it for the sunsets alone.
  4. Considering its lackluster visuals, Mount and Blade is suprisingly addictive. The combination of exhilarating mounted combat and an open sandbox world will keep players coming back for more.
  5. 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. A decent ride until you get off. [Dec 2008, p.72]
  7. The most exciting feature is the mounted battle, because it is demanding and fast. Release the mouse button at the right moment to hit an enemy. If you ride faster, you will do more damage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 129
  1. RobertD.
    Sep 24, 2008
    Great Game, Must play and possibly the best StrategyRPG of the year!
  2. KelR.
    Sep 20, 2008
    I love the game! Thank You TaleWorlds for making a medieval RPG without: magic, witches, warlocks, dragons, trolls, elves, fairies, goblins, ghouls, and all that GARBAGE. I've waited 20 years for someone to make this game and it's finally hear! Bravo, community SUPPORT THIS GAME! Expand
  3. MiroslavLulic
    Feb 12, 2009
    This game is the best indie game i have seen. The community works and adds so much to the game. With additional tweaking and mods you can get a beautiful game that looks great in 1680x1050 and has great depth. The best game ever for $20. Give it a chance Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2011
    Like the majority of users, i dont think this game is half-assed atall. Its momentum based combat system is fast paced and unique, there is a large variety of things to do, if you actually try to raise an army and I dont see the seige mode as a huge problem, because if their archers are taking your men out as they climb the ladder, put it upon yourself to kill them with a bow, and if you dont have a ranged weapon with you, then why are you even seiging a castle? Duhhhhhhh, theres gona be nooooo archers guarding the walls. Get an f'ing clue retards, the game does have many flaws, I admit, but some of the accused flaws are not the games, they are yours. Learn to play. Expand
  5. BrendanH.
    Feb 28, 2009
    I really love this game, its got great combat systems. also I love owning your own cities and armies, its great. The only reason that i didnt give this game a 10 is that I dont have fun playing as anyone but a commander, i find everything else boring. but commanding is great, you can really affect the way things turn out in the big picture. And when it comes to graphics, they are adequate, but graphics dont matter as much as gameplayy Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2013
    just recently discovered this diamond amongst indie games and i love it. The by far best mounted combat sim (not RPG) i have ever seen. Don't expect pretty graphics or a compelling storyline, but if you're into realistic medieval combat this is the Game you are looking for.
    I would give it a 10/10 but M&B:Warband is even better and i'm missing a multiplayer mode which allows you not only to play the combat but also a campaign in coop.
  7. Hexxer
    Sep 27, 2008
    Do yourself a favor, don't buy this game. The developers of this game seem to think that making a game is simply to create a simple engine without deep thoughts into the details which are so important. Ever seen horsemen climb steep rocky mountain terrain before? Here you will. Ever seen how developers get lazy at listening to your own ideas of a game you'd want to play and slack off when releasing an unfinished game? Here you will. If you never played a single game in your life, you might like this game because you have zero experience in game. If you've been a gamer for most of your life, you'll find that Mount and Blade just plain sucks. It does not deliver what it promises. Expand

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