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. It's slightly misleading, but then the description pretty much confirms it's the same game anyway. If you loved the original, you'll love this, and I'd recommend it to new audiences as well.
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. In the multiplayer mode, you can besiege castles, fight duels or engage in massive battles with up to sixty-four people.
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. TaleWorlds have done a great job of simultaneously working the kinks out of their product involving the community in a way that only a small, independent developer can.
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Lush recreations of the movies where all of the people and vehicles, and anything else you can interact with, have been replaced by LEGO bricks and mini figures. You take control of the charming little plastic caricatures of the protagonists, swapping between them as required and then run through the six most important scenes in each film, blowing up as much of the...
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. This add-on increases the number of factions by one adding the Sarranid Sultanate, a kingdom similar to Arab warriors of North Africa.
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 and alliances, and struggle internally with betrayals and uprisings with or without your influence.
Meet hideous friends with beards, bash them on the head, and steal their gear!
10 April 2010
Excerpt: Mount and Blade: Warband is the eagerly-awaited sequel to possibly my all-time favourite medieval combat game. Armagan and Ipek Yavuz, the Turkish husband and wife team who gave us the original ground-breaking M&B game have made a few changes to the original single-player game. Graphics are improved dramatically over the slightly gritty look of the original. There is a new faction, Sarranids, a desert-dwelling race in the South. The map of Calradia has changed.