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: 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.
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Lush recreations of the movies where all of the people and vehicles, and anything else you can interact with, have been replaced by LEGO bricks and mini figures.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: When I reviewed Mount & Blade at the end of 2008, I said “the target audience for Mount & Blade is rather small, but for that group of gamers it scratches an itch that has been around for years, and does so in a very satisfying way.
Pros: Excellent mounted combat; Solid combat system in general; Immersive environments; Budget Price
Cons: Story still not very compelling; Graphics lack variety; Indistinct soundtrack
Excerpt: Many players choose to focus on mounted combat because they enjoy the thrill of crashing into enemy hordes. Mount & Blade: Warband gives players the long-awaited chance to test their mettle against other heroes.
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.
Conclusion: Like I've stated before, the game has had its graphics over-hauled but still leaves much to be desired when it comes to its looks. The diplomacy system in the single-player campaign has also been revised and seems to make a lot more sense now.