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Mount & Blade (PC) review


"I ran across this game about a year ago on another game website. I noticed it was made a few years ago and it was a bit of an "Indie" hit. while it intrigued me I didn't want to pay for what was reviewed as an "almost but not quite" type of game. A couple months ago I tried the Demo. "



I ran across this game about a year ago on another game website. I noticed it was made a few years ago and it was a bit of an "Indie" hit. while it intrigued me I didn't want to pay for what was reviewed as an "almost but not quite" type of game. A couple months ago I tried the Demo.

I missed a year of excellent gaming. This game is just plain fun. Most reviews are for an early version, which is nearly unrecognizeable now. The current game is well worth a try. The many excellent mods only add to the appeal.

Graphics are a bit dated. However, that means it works on older computers. Additionally there are mods that enhance the graphics. Frankly it looks pretty darn good on my quad core. It works well on my dual core laptop and my old single core can handle it as well. Perfect.

The sound is quite good as well, the clash of steel, whizzing arrows, hoof beats, smashing horses into a wall of men. Good stuff. Speaking of charging warhorses...

Gameplay is where this game accelerates, and runs down the competition in a flurry of iron shod hoves and splintering lances. This is a sandbox type game, so there is little in the way of a story. The story, young squire, is you and your adventures. Join a faction, or don't, strike out on your own, be a bandit, be a mercenary, whatever. Use your bloody imagination eh? Strategically you move on a world map, and then engage in real time battles on the small battle maps which are all well done. You can siege castles, defend your own castles, capture enemy lords and raise massive armies. You can also hire several heroes which will level up and it is up to you to design them as you want. This game mechanic adds hugely to the gameplay. There are many weapons and armors, which keeps you very busy trying to improve your equipment. Best of all you can eventually own a fief (castles and towns).

Combat is the cornerstone of this game, and the mounted mayhem delivers big time. the first time you gallop at a line of enemy infantry and start waylaying them you will be hooked on this game. Good luck getting some sleep.

Bottom Line, don't believe the knocks (or more importantly don't worry about them) on the graphics, don't worry about the lack of a story line, and be prepared to find one of those games that you will remember for a very long time.

Rating: 9/10

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Community review by jsgx3 (July 12, 2009)

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