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  • Summary: The first expansion pack for Mount & Blade introduces an array of brand-new features, highlighted by a multiplayer capability that allows up to 32 players to battle it out in team-deathmatch-style combat on a single map.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 27, 2016
    90
    Mount & Blade: Warband is one of the most unique experiences available on PS4. It's a game that people will overlook due to the slightly out dated graphics, but for those that do take the plunge, a polished and addictive gem awaits them.
  2. 80
    A true curio in the most literal sense, Mount and Blade: Warband will sharply divide PS4 players according to the premium that they place on aesthetics. For those who can look past such failings though, hundreds upon hundreds of hours of play awaits with a game that combines medieval combat, strategy and role-playing quite unlike any other. Just don’t stare at it eh? It’s rude.
  3. Dec 13, 2016
    80
    Any player with a taste for a medieval warlord’s life and a tolerance for dated graphics shouldn’t pass up the chance to sink their teeth into Mount and Blade: Warband. Though the PC version may be a bit easier to recommend thanks to the prevalence of mods and a more established community, folks without that option will do just fine on consoles.
  4. Sep 16, 2016
    70
    Mount & Blade: Warband is an awesome "Middle Age simulator". If you are not afraid of an hard initial approach and love roguelike mechanics, this game could give you a lot of hours of pure fun. The translation on console has however some defects, like the less approachable combat system on pad, the strategic component that is more difficult to use and no mod support.
  5. Jan 20, 2017
    60
    I have to be honest, after only a few hours of playing the game, I got bored and lost motivation to keep playing.
  6. Sep 28, 2016
    60
    Bewildering at first, but with time you can discover a surprising amount of depth and originality. Sadly this PS4 version is rather unnecessary with poorly optimised controls and no mod support.
  7. Sep 26, 2016
    40
    Better late than never? I disagree. The visuals are outdated and although there are some interesting control schemes at work, the appeal that the pc version generated a few years ago just isn’t there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Jun 22, 2020
    10
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  2. Apr 6, 2020
    10
    I played this game on PC first, then I transferred to PS4, and Warband was one of my first games. And I am still playing it till this day.I played this game on PC first, then I transferred to PS4, and Warband was one of my first games. And I am still playing it till this day. Multiplayer is not played as much it should, but this is primarily singleplayer game. Campaign will entertain you for a long time. game mechanics are really good, but could be better. But if you look it's game from 2010, I think it deserves some recognition for what it really is. Masterpiece! Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2017
    9
    With the last of my PSN credit, i saw this on sale for £7.99. i watched a review on youtube, from a very obese geeky looking man expressing aWith the last of my PSN credit, i saw this on sale for £7.99. i watched a review on youtube, from a very obese geeky looking man expressing a deep love for Mount & Blade on the PS4.
    This has been the most unexpected delight of my festive season purchases. I have been averaging 5 hours a day in one of the most challenging unique campaigns of any game, ever.
    Warband is in effect a sandbox realm of some 20 cities, dozens of castles and all with villages. Trade, fraction wars, deception, betrayal, crime pillaging and kidnapping, all happens all the time.
    To start, expect a grind. You start off as a nobody, free to wonder, but vunerable to looters and bandits on the roads. There is no right way of playing Warband. You can aim to be the hand of a king, who will lead other nobles under the fraction to besiege enemy castles or towns. Then, you may be chosen as lord of that castle etc. Earning rent to fund a larger army, or businesses in towns. Or, you could work as a mercenery for a kingdom, battling for a weekly wage. Or you could master coin and just make endless cash trading and questing for towns and villages.
    But the option i tend to sway to is to become a king and crush all the other fractions.
    My current play through, i am some 1000 days in. Ive 9 cities and some very powerful lords under me. I own businesses in all the towns in the realm and im at peace with all other fractions. Its taken years to gain the Right To Rule, so that other kings no longer see me as a warlord. I have a high honour rating and some 5k elite troops amongst my towns to defend. It doesnt sound a lot, but its a constant challenge dealing with the egos of the nobles beneath me, and here lies the genius in warlord. Its about managing nobles and ensuring you have as little betrayal as possible. This open ended gameplay and relationships i can really control makes this an endless stategic minefield.

    Battles are chaos. You will get odd glitches, but they tend to favour you. Such as enemies running into trees on horseback and taking a little time to wedge out. I found it essential to get a good mount and armour early on, as keeping mounted in battle makes it a hell of a lot easier to keep alive. Once levelled to 20 or so, your character should be strong enough to take on a group whilst mounted. It becomes a block and slash game. The graphics are very weak for ps4, but the 100 troop battles rarely have much FR drops and whilst somewhat last decade now, its still satisfying to be at the top of a ladder slashing at enemies, getting splattered red in their blood. The sounds are sometimes very satisfying when you charge an enemy mounted and slash their.throat on passing. Its not probably gory enough, but its addictive.
    The depth of mechanics going on all the time is really something unlike any other ps4 title, be it a caravan being raided meaning raw materials have increased in price, impacting your profits, or, be it you letting a defeated lord go free after battle gaining his favour and honour, or be it recruiting a companion you can level up how you like, the game keeps you endlessly on your toes. The grind is from the off to build reputation, but once youve got enough you can do as you please.
    Ive introduced Warband to a number of gamer-mates, non of whom have looked at all interested. This is a very solititude experience and not a game to watch someone grind through. Its always rewarding. Sometimes i would spend 60 days in game raising elite troops and befriending villages nearby a town i was plotting to.attack to help wirh enlisting new troops if i was successful in my attack and had to defend the inevitable strike back. Some of the most entertaining battles in game were being 230 men vs an epic 1300 or so. But on the walls, tactics and grouping makes a huge difference and even on harder game settings can be won. I wont lie though, warband is hard. Even on the easiest setting, auto saves mean you must expect to occassionally be captured by the enemy. Those troops you raised from bandits, dead. Having towns or castles helps tackle this loss by allowimg you to put whatever troops you like in there, at a cost.
    Overall, ive played about 10 years in game between a few play throughs. Taken 100+ hours and find myself dipping back into it over a number of AAA titles. I couldnt recomend this enough if youre a fan of sandbox games with huge freedom, this is still a bargain even at full price £29.99
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  4. Sep 4, 2017
    8
    This game is a homage to all the LAN parties from like 18 years ago. This game looks crappy, almost everythign from combat to controls, horsesThis game is a homage to all the LAN parties from like 18 years ago. This game looks crappy, almost everythign from combat to controls, horses feels clunky. BUT it is soooo hilarious to play. Having a medieval team death match or laying siege to a castle. I had so many laughs.

    You got several swords, axes, bows, crossbows, hammers, falchions, whatever, twohanders, shields, throwing dars, javelins, polearms. A really nice repertoire.

    If you want to have total chaotic mayhem and even like a little bit of teamkilling (oh yes you can do that en mass there) this is your thing.

    Now excuse me I have to take down horse riders with my doublehanded axe while being only in loinclothes, then I have to kick my teammate of the castle wall.

    If you see that game for
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  5. Jan 13, 2020
    8
    Je conseille ce jeu c’est un très bon jeu stratégique et médiéval Seul problème c’est qu’il manque énormément de fonctionnalités par rapportJe conseille ce jeu c’est un très bon jeu stratégique et médiéval Seul problème c’est qu’il manque énormément de fonctionnalités par rapport au PC :( Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2019
    6
    (Bad things)
    Graphics are horrible, at least pixel games like terraria can be pretty, this is just ugly.
    Movement in general is a bit slow
    (Bad things)
    Graphics are horrible, at least pixel games like terraria can be pretty, this is just ugly.
    Movement in general is a bit slow and clunky.
    Stay away from the multiplayer! It's horrible.
    Combat is mediocre.
    It can get repetitive.

    (Good things)
    The ability to lead an army of your own is great.
    There are several mostly customizable followers.
    Followers stats can passively affect the rest of your troops, as long as they are in your army.
    Building your own kingdom is fun.
    Fighting in the wars is fun, especially when you have your own kingdom.
    There's some strategy to the combat.
    You get to join your army in first/third person battles, leading them from the battlefield.

    (Side-notes)

    I recommend getting this game on the PC instead if you can, the PC version has mods that make the game much better, the controls, and the multiplayer on PC are also somewhat better.
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  7. Sep 21, 2016
    0
    There is one severe flaw that makes this game virtually unplayable.

    The directional blocking and swing controls are connected to the R3
    There is one severe flaw that makes this game virtually unplayable.

    The directional blocking and swing controls are connected to the R3 stick which controls the camera. As well, pushing the R3 toggles the camera to a close view which is very sensitive and the camera constantly moves in and out during battle.

    Readjusting the camera while in battle makes the game very frustrating.

    I was so excited when I saw this game on PS4 and bought it the second I got home from work. However I stopped playing due to frustration.

    Please add an option to use the L3 stick for battle and I will start playing this game again.
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