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.
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: 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.
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Lush recreations of the movies where all of the people and vehicles, and anything else you can interact with, have been replaced by LEGO bricks and mini figures.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: 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. From my squeaky reclining leather chair and in the glow of my monitor, I directed, dictated and commanded.
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.
Excerpt: Mount & Blade is starting to deliver on its promise. The open-world role-playing game that was a little rough and ready for a mainstream audience when it arrived in 2008 has taken a leap forward with the stand-alone Warband expansion. New multiplayer modes supporting frenzied mob battles are the big draw here, along with a few refinements to the solo experience that include such goodies as a new faction and overhauled graphics.
Pros: All-new multiplayer modes featuring massive battles on horseback, Extra career paths and quests in the solo campaign, Slightly improved visuals
Cons: Solo campaign world is still too wide open to easily get into, Dated presentation