Conclusion: It's like we said in our preview - Warband is a huge improvement over the original game, but we'd have to wait for a sequel in order to see anything really new and exciting (aside from multiplayer I guess)... the only problem is though, is that this IS the sequel, apparently.
Excerpt: If you have played any of the previous LEGO branded 3D platformers then you know what to expect here: Lush recreations of the movies where all of the people and vehicles, and anything else you can interact with, have been replaced by LEGO bricks and mini figures.
Excerpt: Mount & Blade:Warband is the long anticipated sequel to Mount & Blade. For those who enjoyed the single player campaign, you'll enjoy the bigger world map, new factions and the option to court and marry to expand your realm. The main addition to Warband is the new multiplayer mode.
Summary: Though problems and bugs persist, and though it’s still not the easiest game on newcomers, Mount & Blade Warband shows off the improvement that this series has taken over the past couple of years.
Excerpt: For the past decade or so, I have engulfed myself in a secret life. To my friends, I was simply Adam Tingle, mild mannered and easy going. However, little did they know that as night fell and we retreated back into our respective abodes, I transformed and I evolved.
Excerpt: Calradia revisited Warband takes place in the continent of Calradia, where five kingdoms are locked in an everlasting struggle amongst them. There, you’ll be called upon to carve your own destiny, either by choosing sides or fight for your own gain.
Conclusion: Arguably, the best thing that Mount and Blade: Warband has going for it is longevity. The game is so multi-layered that I couldn't even cover it all above. In addition to the deep combat and freedom, there's a dynamic economy and political system; factions go to war, conquer territory, form treaties...