- Publisher: Koch Media , Prime Matter
- Release Date: Oct 25, 2022
- Also On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
The horns sound, the ravens gather. An empire is torn by civil war. Beyond its borders, new kingdoms rise. Gird on your sword, don your armour, summon your followers and ride forth to win glory on the battlefields of Calradia. Establish your hegemony and create a new world out of the ashesThe horns sound, the ravens gather. An empire is torn by civil war. Beyond its borders, new kingdoms rise. Gird on your sword, don your armour, summon your followers and ride forth to win glory on the battlefields of Calradia. Establish your hegemony and create a new world out of the ashes of the old.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is the eagerly awaited sequel to the acclaimed medieval combat simulator and role-playing game Mount & Blade: Warband. Set 200 years before, it expands both the detailed fighting system and the world of Calradia. Bombard mountain fastnesses with siege engines, establish secret criminal empires in the back alleys of cities, or charge into the thick of chaotic battles in your quest for power.… Expand
- Developer: Taleworlds Entertainment
- Genre(s): Role-Playing, Western-Style
- # of players: Up to 64
- Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Positive: 5 out of 6
Mixed: 1 out of 6
Negative: 0 out of 6
Oct 24, 2022Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord roundly excels because it lets players be whatever they want to be and rather than penalise those choices, instead makes players own those decisions and provide a peerless theatre for them to thrive. Though technically not perfect, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord invites players to weave their own tapestry of ambition and be whomever they like in their own Game of Thrones, letting them wage war, engage in diplomacy, fight in the arenas, trade illicit goods, be a town alderman and absolutely everything in between in one of the most ambitious PS5 games to date. If you'll let it, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord II will become your new obsession. And you should.
Nov 11, 2022For everyone else, there is nothing quite like Mount & Blade. This expansive, massive, deeply immersive blend of open world, open-ended RPG and medieval strategy might be the biggest time sink on the PlayStation 5, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. The stories of heroics and failures that you can write for yourself while playing this game are positively Shakesperean, and this is one of those rare times where failure is as entertaining as success, because there’s an excellent, emergent story in that.
Oct 31, 2022There is no other game like Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. It’s a fantastic experience, one unique in the gaming space. The constant grind to manage and progress with your kingdom is hard work – really hard work – but the payoff is spectacular. This is not a game for everyone but if this is your kind of thing, you’re going to love every blood-stained minute of it.
Nov 17, 2022Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord combines RPG mechanics with grand strategy and features battles so epic they can be overwhelming at times. It has some rough edges, and the interface can be unwieldy, but at its core lies a roleplaying experience that is virtually unrivalled in scope — especially on console.
Oct 24, 2022Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord takes us to fantasy in the medieval period. The story is simple and the graphics are definitely not the best. The gameplay covers everything bad that can be found because that is what it is about and on the other hand it is still a very good gaming experience.
Nov 22, 2022My return to Calradia wasn’t entirely jubilant, though Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord is a game I’ll likely stick with, simply due to my love of the original. A wealth of new systems and activities help this sandbox strategy sim feel more alive than ever, though the busywork required to get anywhere can feel like a grind. Overall, existing fans will rejoice while newcomers may look on unimpressed, unsure what all the fuss is about.
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Nov 5, 2022If you do not know the Mount & Blade formula, with its final version after so long in Early Access and its release on consoles is the best time to discover it. [Recommended]
Positive: 7 out of 8
Mixed: 1 out of 8
Negative: 0 out of 8
Oct 31, 2022One of the best strategy game on console. Anything you could ever want in a strategy game is in Bannerlord. You have a constant moving worldOne of the best strategy game on console. Anything you could ever want in a strategy game is in Bannerlord. You have a constant moving world that shapes around you, and it’s all done naturally with zero scripting. You can fight for or fight against anyone of your choosing. Create your own Kingdom and rule the world. Be a Merc for Hire. Be a traveling salesman. Be the commander of a massive army that you grow from the ground up, all by your own control. There are so many features and levels of depth to Bannerlord that I honestly can’t put it all into this tight review.
I’m just so impressed with what the developers have done with the console version. It feels very similar to the PC version, and it runs and performs SO smooth! There is a 120hz toggle in the option, and the game already runs at a silky 60fps for anyone who doesn’t have the 120hz support. If you have ever liked any strategy game like Total War or Civilization, and you want even more control than those games offer, plus the full scale wars that can take place, you have to get this game. I’m giving it a VERY strong 9.5/10.… Expand
Oct 26, 2022This game was always my favourite , it's a Masterpiece . But the developers mustn't end , the early and mid game is awesome but the late gameThis game was always my favourite , it's a Masterpiece . But the developers mustn't end , the early and mid game is awesome but the late game needs more mechanism. Thanks to taleworlds for such a great game and I hope developers continue.… Expand
Oct 28, 2022Great game, with great updates to come. The devs did a great job by importing pc to PS5. It runs smooth and the stability is awsome on PS5 onGreat game, with great updates to come. The devs did a great job by importing pc to PS5. It runs smooth and the stability is awsome on PS5 on performance mode. Keep it up :)… Expand
Oct 27, 20221 of a kind game on PS5. Great game, not perfect, but nearly. Like a lovechild of total war and dynasty warriors. Must buy as a medieval fan.
Dec 12, 2022The game is genuinely good on console, much better imo than warband was, purely from a content perspective, bannerlord has way more contentThe game is genuinely good on console, much better imo than warband was, purely from a content perspective, bannerlord has way more content and you can dump way more time into bannerlord on console than you ever could with vanilla warband on console
Of course, if you want the definitive experience you need to get the game on PC as modding will be the long term future of this game (as it was with warband) but there is hundreds of hours worth of content here and all of it is very good… Expand
Dec 19, 2022Recently I played Skyrim and realized Skyrim has certain differences and similarities to Bannerlord; which i can describe Bannerlord wellRecently I played Skyrim and realized Skyrim has certain differences and similarities to Bannerlord; which i can describe Bannerlord well through these. First and biggest difference is: The mentality of devs.
-Skyrim DOESN'T trying to be everything at first.
Skyrim chooses a general concept (Dragonborn), THEN tries to be everything.
Skyrim devs are making eveything 7 out of 10 level at this point.
-Bannerlord DOES trying to be everything at first.
Bannerlord doesn't choose a general concept (you can be a merchant, king, commander etc.) and tries to be everything, but it can't. Because:
1. There is lots of concepts (simply tries to handle more than Skyrim)
2. Devs are perfectionists. They are adding much less, but it's always 10/10 addings.
As if these weren't enough, I have one more bad news: Taleworlds (devs) has 4 times less employee than Bethesda. Combine this fact with the things above- now you understand why this game will took another 2,5 years to be completely finished, and why the updates are coming slowly.
Last words: The game is still good and immersive. I think it's a must buy. Just play with mods or wait until they finish their job.… Expand
Feb 25, 2023I wish I could give it a higher score but the things I dislike, I do so strongly.
After playing this game for a solid 20 hours and tryingI wish I could give it a higher score but the things I dislike, I do so strongly.
After playing this game for a solid 20 hours and trying to love it. I don't. While the graphics have been updated from PS3 to PS4 worthy, the controls and implementation are worse. There is a lot more to micromanage than what was in Warband, but the implementation is HORRID. This game is much worse than Warband. In fact, I went back to playing WB for a few hours. Why?
Controls are terrible. Whoever assigned the buttons lacks creativity. Block could be L2+Triangle, Square, Circle, X depending on direction. Attack could be the same without holding L2. This could help with a lot of camera plus swing direction issues. The 1st person toggle being on thumbstick is a bad idea, too. It should be on a D-pad button.
The lack of a reliable log function for scrolling info is just plain lazy.
Horse controls - See above. Polearm and Sword length are too short. You end up hitting the enemy with your horse or whiffing 80%. And target lock is not responsive on the R3. It doesn't click on and off easily and will cause your horse to stop in place.
Formation Controls - The old system was easier and actually saved your setup. This one is stubborn and you'll need to do it every battle. It makes a Tactics build on the console feel mandatory in my opinion.
Which bring me to a Tactics build... Why? Why force the player to grind out Tactics in micromanaged battles to even be able play this game moderately well in simulation mode? Simulations should also give Tactics XP. Duh. Or just make simulations depend on units, gear, renown, influence... just not a skill grind.
Captains/Party Roles - Love the idea, but hate how confusing it is and how very little guidance is given on the choices.
Graphics - Women look awful unless you make your own and they sound like men with hoarse voices. The graphics are dated.
Load times - Reloading is slow on a PS5. Even though the graphics are weak. Must be that data is not optimized.
The Economy - The economy in a single player game should not be this busted. Try running trade goods and the AI beats you there and crushes the purchase price. This is a huge waste of time and ends up losing you a ton of money. Problem is it happens constantly. How do you raise a skill without a working system? Back to Youtube for a outdated hack or someone recommending a Mod - wait, I can't use mods. Workshops are garbage and broken too. The only reliable way to make money is warmongering or farming tournaments. Again, they try to do too much and miss on the whole game.
Gameplay information. The game does not tell you much about skills, stats, etc. And Youtube creators have had to keep up with limited shared info and patch changes. So there is still a lot of unknown unless you want to scour the internet for clues.
In conclusion, for an Action/Strategy game it tries to do too much while not doing any one thing well. Its not worth its price tag and they are done updating it. Many PC players play with mods. That's not going to be the case on PS5. What we have is the best it will be.
Wait for it to come to gamepass. Give it a good run before falling in love with it too early.… Expand