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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: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    75
    Thanks to its deep simulation and strategic features, Mount & Blade: Warband is a great game for every lover of the medieval age, provided that you're willing to create your own story as the game won't provide any.
  2. Sep 16, 2016
    75
    While Mount & Blade: Warband hasn't really gained a whole lot in the jump from PC to console, it's great that such a deep and sprawling game has found a home on new platforms after so many years. It looks dreadful, but scratch beneath the surface, and Warband is an enormously rewarding RPG/strategy/medieval warfare sim-type thing that's becomes more and more compelling the more you play.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 1, 2016
    70
    The sweeping world map is brilliant, but married by subpar presentation and frustrating AI. [Dec 2016, p.91]
  4. Sep 17, 2016
    50
    Mount & Blade: Warband features some innovative ideas that many other games in the genre haven't explored. The focus on the political nature of warring countries as well as the actual combat gives players multiple ways to play. It is unfortunate that many of these features are left largely unexplained, though, and they require more than a small amount of trial and error to figure out exactly how to proceed. The steep learning curve and low production values may put many people off, although its open-endedness offers players far more replayability than many other games in the genre.
  5. Oct 7, 2016
    50
    Mount & Blade: Warband isn't supremely polished and swanky, but it is enjoyable, and there is enough intrigue to keep anyone entertained if they can see beyond its datedness. The fighting mechanics and the horse-riding need overhauling entirely for it to be a great game, but in the meantime, Warband is a good game to spend a few hours at a time in.
  6. Sep 19, 2016
    40
    Releasing a six-year old port onto the Xbox One without reworking the graphics will probably keep this title from any hope of success and the control scheme shows that this game still feels at home on PC, especially while on horseback.
  7. Sep 23, 2016
    30
    I can’t overlook all the issues for the console versions of this game. It feels like very little was done to make it a more streamlined console version. From menus, to font size, controls, and more. It looks extremely dated, like something that somehow got shelved in the early 90’s. It’s got a lot of depth, at least more than expected for a game of this visual style and setting. Just everything that tries to shine is muddied with everything else.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Sep 16, 2016
    10
    This game is in my top 5 games of all-time, and I have played it extensively on PC for years before it was released on consoles. That beingThis game is in my top 5 games of all-time, and I have played it extensively on PC for years before it was released on consoles. That being said, the console adaptation is a great way for newcomers to get into it, and at $20 (average price on Steam and most other places), I'd say it's well worth the measly 20 bucks.

    The only gripe I have so far is that issuing commands to units is kinda clunky, but after more time sunk into it, I'm sure I'll begin to memorize the patterns like I did on a keyboard. The combat is spot on though, maybe even better, and that's really where M&B Warband shines.
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  2. Dec 17, 2016
    10
    Highly desirable game. This is one of those games that has features you would want in every game, rpg elements, a world that has prestige andHighly desirable game. This is one of those games that has features you would want in every game, rpg elements, a world that has prestige and world events, battle simulations that have tactics in it and a hardcore grinding element. Its hard to learn to play as nothing is handed to you, personally that is the way I like it. I highly recommend this in the arsenal of every PC gamer. Can't wait for Mount and Blade II. Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2017
    10
    The graphics are terrible. The controls are even worse. The combat mechanics are abysmal. The menu is from the 90'S. The politics isThe graphics are terrible. The controls are even worse. The combat mechanics are abysmal. The menu is from the 90'S. The politics is frustrating. Then why can't I stop playing it?! Expand
  4. Oct 6, 2016
    9
    Always loved Mount and Blade series. Awesome to see them on consoles. Controls were something to get used to, but not bad. Being a brigand isAlways loved Mount and Blade series. Awesome to see them on consoles. Controls were something to get used to, but not bad. Being a brigand is exciting af! Been hated by every kingdom. Don't understand how critics have bashed this game so much?!?! Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    9
    It's hard to explain Mount & Blade to someone who doesn't know it at all.

    You have a medieval realistic open world, in which you move
    It's hard to explain Mount & Blade to someone who doesn't know it at all.

    You have a medieval realistic open world, in which you move through a map. When it comes to battles or visiting locations such villages and cities, then it swtiches to a more immersive third person view.

    Your character develop skills and levels up (by completing random quests and fighting). You can build up your army, that you have to mantain with gold. Luckily, you don't have to worry about skills and equipment of your recruits.

    Battles can be both small and big scaled, and there are castle sieges too (which may lead you to conquer a castle).

    The game is a sandbox, there isn't a story but there is a living world with its factions, wars, allegiance and random events. There is a reputation system and a relationship score between different lords of the realm. You can even marry yourself.

    There are a ton of things to do in this game, like trading or starting enterprises.

    What i like about it is that there isn't frustrating micro-management. You can actually choose to do what you like the most, and have fun crushing armies around the world.
    And in spite of outdated graphics and the absence of cinematics, Mount & Blade is A LOT immersive.
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  6. Sep 20, 2016
    8
    Amazing game. How do these reviewers dog a 20 dollar game for not redoing the visuals for a console release? Do classic games that getAmazing game. How do these reviewers dog a 20 dollar game for not redoing the visuals for a console release? Do classic games that get released on new generation consoles get the same treatment? They actually did up the visuals from the pc game.

    You can spend hundreds of hours on this game...there is just nothing like it in console. Yes it looks dated...it's a 7 year old game, but if you are willing to learn the mechanics of combat, economy, politics and war you will be rewarded with a game like no other.

    Controls take some getting used to. Feels kinda wonky until you get it down. But it was just as hard to learn on the pc to be honest.

    Multiplayer is a hoot. Watch some videos of people who actually play the game and decide if it's something you would be into. Not these half baked "official" reviews.
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  7. May 29, 2017
    3
    Whilst browsing through possible games to download on Xbox Live, I was surprised to come across this ''gem;'' Rated four stars, only 2GB inWhilst browsing through possible games to download on Xbox Live, I was surprised to come across this ''gem;'' Rated four stars, only 2GB in size and cheap? Bargain, I thought. WRONG...
    The presentation of the Warband is simple, but enticing. The rather epic medieval music and simple character creation screens are nothing new, but certainly raise anticipation levels. As does the rather creatively and brilliantly designed game map, which looks beautiful and lets you choose what quest to undertake at any time and any place, and also shows what is going on in the kingdom.
    Sadly none of these things can rescue what is ultimately a dreadful game, which even for it's low price tag, is a rip off.
    Though the backdrops to the game are bright and scroll by neatly, character animations are awful. Speech samples are also few and far between, and pretty basic, and non-existent in the character interaction screens (reading through text soon becomes pretty tiresome).
    Worst of all is the control system; Inconsistent, sometimes unresponsive and always extremely slow. The challenge level is also high, but ally this to the outdated and flawed control dynamics and you have one extremely frustrating and unfair game.
    Fans of the old PC game will undoubtedly get something out of the remake, but as far as modern Xbox One Technology is concerned, this old fossil belongs in the dark ages.
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