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  • Summary: Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an open world, action-adventure, role-playing game featuring blockbuster production values, a nonlinear story and revolutionary, first-person melee combat.
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. Feb 15, 2018
    98
    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Thankfully, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is not a landslide, a mix of game and reality. It may not capture the appeal of the overall mainstream, but that’s okay. Anyone willing to take a dive into the niche waters of the gaming world, and not afraid of games being unforgiving, should definitely check this out. I love this game. Open your eyes, give this game a try and see.
  2. Feb 25, 2018
    88
    One can't help but feel awe when considering Warhorse Studios' attention to historical detail in recreating 15th century Bohemia. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a truly unique and memorable experience from start to finish, but its hardcore mechanics (that sometimes border on pure LARPing) make it a game that is certainly not for everyone.
  3. Feb 14, 2018
    84
    Kingdom Come is a mess of bugs, and there’s the constant feeling that independent developer Warhorse is biting off more than it can chew. But there’s a charm to its scrappiness, and it does enough interesting stuff that I’m willing to tolerate the creaky framework struggling to prop everything up. It’s one of the most satisfying, rewarding role-playing experiences I’ve enjoyed on PC for a while, but the inconsistent performance and the game’s tendency to completely break does test my patience from time to time.
  4. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a huge first person GDR that can count on an higher level of immersion when compared with other similar productions. The combat system is amazing and, even if it will take you some hours to handle a sword correctly, all the time will spent will be worth it. A must-have for all fans of open-world RPGs in search of deeper gameplay mechanics.
  5. Feb 13, 2018
    75
    Great story and medieval atmosphere, but with some technical problems, like low frame-rate, graphic pop-ups and improvable artificial intelligence.
  6. Mar 4, 2018
    70
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a fantastic and absolutely frustrating experience. I was treated to a memorable lead character whose agency and development was largely wiped away with a twist late in the game and a collection of incredible gameplay mechanics and quests repeatedly stifled by bugs. Despite its downfalls, though, the good parts of the game are so good.
  7. Feb 13, 2018
    40
    If Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a ton of bug fixing to improve the performance drastically, it could be a hidden gem. It’s clear that the game, despite its grand ambitions, was simply not ready for public consumption. Shimmers of brilliance are there and had it seen more time in the oven, or set its expectations at a more reasonable level, it could have been brilliant and scored significantly higher as a result. Alas, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another cautionary tale rather than a trend setter.

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  1. Jun 28, 2018
    10
    Absolutely amazing, this is what RPGs are supposed to be. My choices matter, winning the game isn't a foregone conclusion, and the story is fantastic.
  2. Feb 19, 2018
    10
    Very good game from Warhorse. I´m about 6 hours in the game and I´m very satisfied so far
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    10
    This game is basically dream of every hardcore gamer.
    Its visuals and atmosphere are amazing, mechanics are truly unique and very realistic,
    This game is basically dream of every hardcore gamer.
    Its visuals and atmosphere are amazing, mechanics are truly unique and very realistic, and combat, while very very tough, will give you immense satisfaction once you get a grasp on it.
    Survival elements together with limited saves will always keep you tense and worried about your life, every encounter can be deadly, every action might have huge long and short term consequences.
    Its not for everyone though, if you expect handholding, power fantasy elements or completely frustration free experience you should stay off, be warned! This game will punish you, hard and often, but reward is so, so worth it, believe me.
    The game itself is worth it for its grounded based story of common man in hard times, and even though set in medieval times, there are many elements modern people can relate to, making it really captivating experience.
    There are definitely some technical issues so far, but I am certain they will get patched soon.

    Author was external tester with 80+ hours of gametime.
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  4. Feb 23, 2018
    9
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another one of the best RPGs I have ever played after Witcher 3. I hope Warhosre gives us expansions that have 10Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another one of the best RPGs I have ever played after Witcher 3. I hope Warhosre gives us expansions that have 10 hours or more of gameplay time just like CDPR did for Witcher 3.

    All NPCs you can kill, but the most important of the quest ones you can't I wish Warhorse did something to let em be killed and have something say you failed this part of the story or something.
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  5. rhe
    Feb 15, 2018
    8
    When playing this game the first thing that immediately comes to mind is just how split this game makes me feel. This really is an excellentWhen playing this game the first thing that immediately comes to mind is just how split this game makes me feel. This really is an excellent game with some really excellent and fun combat, a really interesting story, some realistic status effects like hunger, tiredness, dirtiness etc which make the game feel really interesting and realistic. The games cities and NPCs really do feel realistic, with NPCs all feeling like they have their own tasks that they are doing irrespective of your involvement, with them going to the bar during the night, working during the day, which adds its own layers of strategy in how you tackle quests.

    However, all of these positives are also shadowed by some serious flaws, one of the most niggling is the games bugs and crashes. During my play through so far I have already crashed on numerous occasions. While this can be overlooked based on the quality of the game, I do feel like the games save system exacerbates this problem, as you cannot simply save whenever you like and this means that you may have to retread a large amount of terrain to get back to your last area which can be extremely frustrating. Archery is also immensely frustrating early game as the game really does make an effort to say your character has really never held a bow before. However, this was unbelievably frustrating during a mission where I had to go out hunting firing at rabbits, as you can imagine the hit boxes for the rabbits is minuscule and it really doesn't help that at the time I could handle a bow about as well as a drunk person driving.

    In the end I guess that the best word to describe kingdom come deliverance is exactly that: frustrating. This game, when it runs smoothly, allows you to notice some of its excellent flourishes in game design and it really does feel like this is an incredible game and better than any other game in its genre from a purely gameplay perspective. However, when it crashes, when you experience an annoying or even game breaking bug, its frustrating because it ruins an otherwise incredible game. With this said I still come away really enjoying this game and wanting to jump into it again. It really is for me still an excellent game with these flaws. If you are sitting on the fence, however, I would certainly say that this is a game that will test your tolerance, if you have played other games (such as Skyrim) and have had no problem overlooking the flaws in those games then I would wholeheartedly recommend this game as it really is right up your alley and it shows that you are willing to accept certain game breaking moments as a given in games of this nature. However, if you could not tolerate Skyrims faults or if you were just barely okay with that games bugs, then I would probably suggest giving this game a pass, as its bugs and crashes are more numerous and feel just more noticeable, meaning that this will likely feel like a bad game to you as a gamer.

    Overall for me, this game is still an excellent game, even if frustrating but I feel that with time (6 months or so) and numerous patches, this game will mature and be a finished vision which will be the game it really deserves to be. But because at the end of the day this review is also subjective I would give the game an 8, because it really does do a lot right when it is running smoothly, but its numerous flaws really weigh the game down and stop it from being a 9 or perfect 10 for me and this game does have all the potential of being that.
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  6. Oct 23, 2020
    7
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance developed by Warhorse Studios and released in 2018 is the best game I'll never finish.
    In this review I'll be going
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance developed by Warhorse Studios and released in 2018 is the best game I'll never finish.
    In this review I'll be going over various topics such as story and characters; visuals, performances and sound design; side content and finally, gameplay and controls. Please enjoy. Hopefully you find this spoiler free review enlightening and helpful.

    I'll begin by prefacing, I didn't finish Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I'll get onto the reason why later in this review but just know I have sunk a mere twenty five hours into the game. I played the game on PS4.

    The storyline of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is really rather simple, here is a light summary.
    A young man, Henry, is thrust into the land of 15th century Bohemia when his village is attacked and his parents killed by a vengeful ruler and his barbaric army. Henry sets out to claim revenge against his parents murderer though that is certainly easier said than done.
    The concept is sound and compelling. It is a great example of how story can work hand in hand with gameplay in an immersive way. Henry begins the story as a talentless, cheeky trouble maker who can hardly pick up a blade, let along use one. Throughout the game Henry grows into a charismatic, deadly, cunning force who can cut down a bandit without breaking a sweat.
    His journey is rich, compelling and unpredictable and rarely drags. It is more than enough to keep you glued to the screen. It all feels positively grounded and realistic, because it literally is.
    The characters are defined and interesting and many have excellent arcs.

    Perhaps the greatest aspect of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the painstaking attention to historical accuracy. The world feels so alive like I'm stepping back in time. Peasants beg on the side of muddy roads hoping for even a lick of food, birds flock over dense forests sending their calls all through lush, sun-kissed valleys, its thousands of these little touches that make the land of Bohemia a joy to live in. It's a minor issue but the frequency of sun showers really irritated me, people who have played the game know what I mean. All in all one of the most immersive games I've ever played.
    The graphics are good. The lighting can, at a handful of times make the game near photorealistic however textures pop ins are ridiculously frequent as are other graphical glitches. Load times are extremely long bordering on three minutes occasionally. Now, allow me to highlight the greatest flaw of the game in my opinion GLITCHES BUGS GLITCHES EVERYWHERE!!!!!! This is what ultimately put me off Kingdom Come Deliverance. From small glitches like texture pop ins and clipping to catastrophic issues like whole quests glitching and extreme game crashes. Awful stuff, even two years after the game was released.
    Sound design is occasionally inconsistent but mostly authentic feeling and snappy especially in battle and in urban areas. Very present and immersive sound.
    The voice acting is off-putting at worst and serviceable at best. Major characters are voiced well enough but side characters often feel lazily voiced. I also noticed many of the same voices repeated across several NPCs.

    The side content for Kingdom Come Deliverance is actually pretty damn excellent. It contains a large amount of activities such as, gambling, hunting, exploring, looting as well as many traditional side quests allowing progression in many different ways. Time never really feels wasted no matter what you're doing. The side quests themselves are fun, lengthy and varied. They all have multiple ways to complete them and they can even be failed altogether. They feel as player driven and choice based as the main questline does.

    Now, onto gameplay. Combat can be tackled in a variety of ways. Keeping your distance with a bow (my personal favourite), charging in with a longsword or sneaking around slitting throats after a bit of pickpocketing of course. It is extremely grounded and realistic you don't have a reticule when aiming a bow for example, and it takes a lot of getting used to, but it does become quite a bit of fun when learnt. This is no fantasy CRPG where you have a million ways to spec your character, far from it. It is unforgiving and "hardcore", as much as I hate using that word, it seems fitting. Many people don't like the lockpicking minigame but it never bothered me, I found it extremely tough but fair, I didn't play the sneaky type though. I enjoyed all the mechanics revolving around speech as well.
    The controls are pretty awful. I hate games where you must hold circle to speed up and then have to awkwardly stretch your index finger over to the thumbstick to look around. Feinting, horse movement, locking on and general traversal feels awful.

    When Kingdom Come Deliverance is running on all cylinders it is an undeniable masterpiece of game design but at its lowest, darkest moments it is a buggy, fiddly catastrophe which is what ultimately what put me off.
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  7. Aug 9, 2020
    0
    An excellent game with a deep atmosphere, good storyline and interesting gameplay.

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