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Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
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  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. Mar 17, 2018
    90
    Warhorse delivers a completely fresh experience, being the first time an open world RPG is set in a truly authentic and grounded medieval setting. The adventure of the likable Henry is filled with unique and expansive quests, with a truly commendable variety in both their objectives and approaching strategies, giving urgency and purpose to the beautifully vibrant and troubled world of Kingdom Come’s Bohemia.
  3. Mar 17, 2018
    90
    Despite some bugs and technical issues at the launch, this game will offer you almost 100 hours of pure historical RPG joy.
  4. Feb 13, 2018
    90
    Kingdom Come will break you down. It will humble you. It will remind you that you’ve got a lot to learn. Whether that means making your fingers do more WASD gymnastics than you’ve ever done in a first-person game, or giving you the down and dirty as to the extended services provided in the bath house. It acknowledges what a thorough hell it is for women living under a complete patriarchy. It’ll also give you a feel for what it was like to walk through the streets of the Late Middle Ages, with its still-primitive technologies and its utter lack of plumbing.
  5. Feb 13, 2018
    90
    If you want a bug-free experience, don't get Kingdom Come. If you want an excellent, open-world RPG that feels like a hardcore version of an Elder Scrolls game, then don't hesitate...Warhorse did a magnificent job crafting Kingdom Come: Deliverance with only a fraction of the funding that an Elder Scrolls game would receive, and I can't wait to see how it supports this game and what its future titles have in store for us.
  6. Feb 13, 2018
    90
    In Kingdom Come: Deliverance you're just a small cog in a reasonably big world, but your actions feel like they have worth and impact. You'll prove yourself to be helpful many a time, but often you'll have to rely on others for assistance, or to even do the job for you. It goes a long way to make the land of Bohemia a living, breathing place rather than just your personal playground, and I admire that. It's by no means free of frustration, but Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a special game. It's a game that isn't afraid of being different - of not holding the player's hand every step of their adventure - and for that, it's an experience to be treasured.
  7. Feb 13, 2018
    89
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance works as a whole, less in its single mechanics. It is not easy to explain how a game can be unforgettable and flawed at the same time, but sooner or later the world of video games will have to start to deal with the philosophical truth that perfection is sterile.
  8. 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.
  9. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 20, 2018
    87
    Kingdom Come isn’t perfect, but it’s unique. If its deliberately slow pace doesn’t click with you – skip it, the storyline here isn’t something to suffer gameplay for. But, if it does click, you’re guaranteed to spend dozens of hours in virtual Bohemia, poaching hares and stalking bandits through the woods. [Issue#227, p.36]
  10. Feb 26, 2018
    86
    Though there are several annoying glitches, Kingdom Come: Deliverance still can be considered as a masterpiece. It is somewhat like an uncut diamond, which oozes wild but soul-shaking charms.
  11. Feb 13, 2018
    86
    It's almost impossible not to compare Kingdom Come: Deliverance with the Witcher series: there's absolutely no fantasy in the Warhorse production, but it boasts a strong character, an enormous quantity of content, choices that matter, and an adult and mature storyline. You can't expect the same visual quality or a comparable level of polish (pun intended), but the battles are like nothing you've ever seen, and the depth of the simulation really drags the player into a beautiful medieval novel.
  12. CD-Action
    May 16, 2018
    85
    Upon the release the PC version is the only reasonable way to enjoy Kingdom Come. And there’s a lot to enjoy, because historically accurate Middle Ages are an awesome setting. The beginning of the game might not be spectacular, but give Deliverance a chance and it will develop into a unique, deep, gripping experience. [04/2018, p.42]
  13. Mar 1, 2018
    85
    Despite its technical imperfection, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the best collection of unique and mostly believable medieval stories.
  14. Feb 21, 2018
    85
    A flawed gem, but a gem nonetheless. Fantastic world building and stellar mission design for an ambitious and really interesting game that only needs an extra month of polish.
  15. 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.
  16. Feb 23, 2018
    83
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an unusual success story that leaves us with an important message: in this day and age, a large amount of players can —and will enjoy— a complex game that doesn’t hold you back. We loved every second: getting lost in Bohemia sprawling forests, riding horseback on green prairies, bleedin in the thick of combat and getting stuck between some odd bushes. Kingdom Come: Deliverance it’s a game we can recommend, with caution due its numerous rough edges.
  17. Feb 15, 2018
    81
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is quite the enjoyable epic journey, warts and all. When realism is the aim, it’s hard not to notice imperfections. We do live in the real world, so it’s hard not to compare. But all the little imperfections don’t keep this from being one heck of a great ride. The story alone is 50-hours of gameplay and overall there are around 100 hours of quests to complete. There is a lot there. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the first time I played Elder Scrolls: Arena 20+ years ago. The sense of scale, that awe of something you were not expecting to be so grand.
  18. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 24, 2018
    80
    A robust RPG deserves your attention not only for its domestic origin. You will easily forgive its smaller mistakes because of a great narration and a complex gameplay. [Issue#283]
  19. Apr 24, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a different kind. It's incredibly absorbing in its pace, it amazes with a manically detailed medieval era features and a totally true atmosphere, a series of skillfully built quests and, and when you get used to it, a fantastic combat system. There is a one-too-much cliché in the story arc, but the main problem lies in the technical issues. The game is, however, such a remarkable, huge, different and fresh experience that the occasional bug can be simply ignored.
  20. Mar 5, 2018
    80
    While I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with Kingdom Come: Deliverance though, I have ultimately bounced off for now due to crippling performance issues that I’m suffering. If there’s the slightest doubt that your PC is going to struggle to run Kingdom Come: Deliverance at playable frame rates then I have to recommend you take a wait and see approach in order to see how it’s patched over the coming months.
  21. Feb 23, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come is nothing short of awe-inspiring, with its flaws and all. I hope we see many more games like this from Warhorse.
  22. Feb 20, 2018
    80
    Even with these issues in mind, anyone who can appreciate the down-and-dirty nature of history should play Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It's an impressive and unflinching look at the medieval era that transports you inside the compelling story of a real person caught in the middle of a civil war.
  23. Feb 19, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come Deliverance is an ambitious and unique role playing game that has a lot of things to improve on. The middle ages are very real and there is lots of freedom, but the bugs and the story are in the way of this being an instant classic.
  24. Feb 16, 2018
    80
    There’s a shining suit of mail underneath Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s authentically medieval grime. Strong characters and storytelling, one of my favorite first-person melee combat systems ever, and special attention given to building moment-to-moment immersion come together as a mighty alloy that ranks among the most unique, memorable RPGs I’ve played in years.
  25. Feb 15, 2018
    80
    Though has some evident flaws, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a very different RPG: great historical accuracy, well-crafted combat system, a stunning world, with some brilliant ideas and a few awful Skyrim-esque gameplay flaws.
  26. Feb 15, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a brutal medieval RPG full of war, vengeance and beautiful environments. There are great ideas inside Warhorse Studios’ work, but the problem comes from the fact that is a very irregular game, with a few annoying bugs and a weak AI.
  27. Feb 14, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come is as stubborn as it is embracing, making for a potentially tumultuous relationship between player and game. But it is a relationship I absolutely feel compelled to nurture.
  28. Feb 14, 2018
    80
    Despite its technical issues and many bugs, Kingdom Come Deliverance is an excellent and really unique RPG. Its system reaches depths that has never been seen before, and assumes its diehard historical aspect at the risk of cutting itself off from a big part of the public. Here is a true ode to the European medieval period, and eventually the typical game that you will love or hate with passion.
  29. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a very good and immersive title, but it suffers from technical issues and some surprisingly misguided design decisions. I was completely enthralled by the first three hours of the game, but the more I explored its systems, the more grating they became. It never stopped it from being a great title – and it occasionally recaptured that magical immersion from the first few hours – but its issues are so severe that they effectively ruined my enjoyment of what is an otherwise very good game.
  30. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    I’m still surprised with how well the drama is acted and how the script effortlessly transports you into a Medieval Europe frame of mind without too many anachronisms to ruin the flow. You don’t see very many video games like this and even though there’s still more game to play, I find the whole thing very cool. Kingdom Come: Deliverance requires a whole lot of patience, reading, studying, and analyzing how things work. Beyond these hurdles lies a fine piece of interactive historical fiction.
  31. 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.
  32. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a surprising, unique and precious experience, whose imperfections disappear in the embrace of a world in which you will leave a small part of yourself.
  33. Feb 13, 2018
    77
    Kingdom Come offers an impressively atmospheric medieval world, which now works a lot better technically after a few patches.
  34. Feb 26, 2018
    75
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance deserves a lot of credit for succeeding in its highly ambitious and original realism-driven approach to role-playing game design, though the amount of broken quests and general lack of polish in combination with an ill-conceived save system bring down the experience significantly.
  35. Feb 25, 2018
    75
    An ambitious, beautiful and rewarding experience with great atmosphere and enjoyable quests, if you can overlook some of its questionable design choices and technical shortcomings.
  36. Feb 20, 2018
    75
    Kingdom Come: Deliverance guarantees excellent fun. It truly is a unique RPG that has all the qualities needed to become a cult classic among the fans of more hardcore games. The world, the story and the urge to explore are superb. Unfortunately, some technical issues and a controversial saving system can taint the overall impression.
  37. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the most ambitious games we have seen in recent years. Despite its bugs and issues, it has huge potential. Warhorse has successfully delivered a game for which gamers have waiting a very long time.
  38. 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.
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  1. Feb 20, 2018
    Instead of challenging the Dark Age it reinterprets 615 years later, the game seems to delight in it. Instead of seeing notes in the margin of a history book, we get what feels like a glossy pamphlet advertising an escape into an oddly romanticised past. And it's that, ultimately, which makes me too uneasy about Warhorse's work to be able to recommend it.
  2. Feb 13, 2018
    It’s safe to say that I’m absolutely blown away by what Warhorse has put together. I’m 26 hours into the game, and the skills hit “Mastery” at level 15, so by my guess I’m roughly half way through. Stay tuned for the full review, but take this as my full recommendation in advance.
  3. Mar 14, 2018
    I’m not angry at Kingdom Come, I’m just… disappointed. It was touted as this grand historical representation, an abandonment of fantasy for a true medieval setting, a game that would let us live the middle ages. But the game we got is just this busted, inconsistently ambitious RPG that shines in points, but falls apart in most others.
  4. Feb 13, 2018
    Jank aside, I think it’s a pretty incredible undertaking though. Kingdom Come’s flaws arise from its depth, from ambition, from its unique aesthetic and ideas, and I’d rather deal with its problems than play an ultra-polished experience that simply retreads old ground.
  5. The measure of an open world is ultimately not the story it tells but whether you’re happy to kill time within it, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers plenty of ways to do that, even if a lot of them will, in fact, get you slaughtered. It isn’t the departure I was hoping for, thanks to a shortage of character to set against the nuance of its historical sandbox, but the grubby realism is a pleasant shock next to the tales of elves and dragons that are its nearest competition.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2015 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. 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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  2. Feb 13, 2018
    10
    First of All. Kingdom Come Deliverance is not an Triple-A Game. Warhorse Studios done a great Job with the possibilities they have and it isFirst of All. Kingdom Come Deliverance is not an Triple-A Game. Warhorse Studios done a great Job with the possibilities they have and it is beautiful. It is something new and fresh. KCD tries to be something different and the almost of time it works. I know the game is pretty buggy and the combats are unfair and tricky, but that is the game. And it isn‘t a problem that can‘t be solved with a Patch.
    10 POINTS FROM ME. Great Game.
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  3. Feb 13, 2018
    10
    Excellent game AWESOME! this game is so great with the historical content from europe. witch the great graphics and really good story!!!!!