Excerpt: Mount & Blade had been under independent development (and available for beta purchase) for several years by a Turkish man and wife. Their concept is simple, letting you experience fantasies of medieval grandeur while successfully encompassing a range of game mechanics. Role playing, strategy and action elements seamlessly blend into a sandbox world, though the [...] . . .
Conclusion: The series, as a whole, has a unique style of gameplay. The combat is fluid and excellent, the battles are exciting and huge, and the campaign is extremely loose and open. It’s technically an action RPG, but the series as a whole almost defies classification. If you only pick one entry in the series, go with Warband , but With Fire and Sword is undoubtedly worth a look for the unique twist, and the mod support for the vanilla Mount & Blade extends the gameplay to almost...
Conclusion: There is unfortunately a fair bit of wasted potential in this game, but that's not to say that Mount & Blade isn't good. For those who are more into the 'Indie' PC Gaming scene, then this is probably one of the better titles out there. Even those who are more a general PC game, this is well worth the try. Its fresh and dynamic view on medieval gameplay, as well as the fantasy setting (minus the clichéd elves and magic) make it a true gem.
Conclusion: Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword is as engaging, addictive and fun as the previous games. Unless you really don't like firearms, it will appeal to fans of the series, and even newcomers might appreciate the improved degree of direction you're given at the beginning. Had we not got this free for review purposes however, we're not sure if we would have bought this title or not.
Conclusion: While fighting for these factions, players will also be able to recruit mercenaries to help them out. This opens the door to yet more options, as these units will be highly customizable. Players will be able to choose what kind of equipment they wear, what kind of weapons they use, and so forth.
Summary: Avadon: The Black Fortress isn’t a great game, but it’s definitely a good one. It flings you forward into a new fantasy realm rife with political intrigue that feels unlike most others on offer, and gives you the opportunity to carve your own choices out of this somewhat non-linear role-playing experience.
Is there still enough Sword to put out the proverbial Fire?
6 June 2011
Excerpt: The Mount & Blade series is a medieval open-ended action roleplaying game with hints of real-time strategy thrown in, and like the description suggests it is a chaotic yet completely unique experience and there really is not much to compare it too. The game is developed by a small independent studio and unfortunately this does create a lasting impression on the game that you will no doubt feel upon playing, that gives a sometimes unfinished sense about it.
Pros: Huge Replay Value, Very Unique Game, Fun Multiplayer
Conclusion: While its linearity might seem to detract in today’s games, the fact that almost every choice you make has real and present changes on the world around you is extremely important. Unlike the Mass Effects and Dragon Ages, decisions made today will affect the world today as well as tomorrow. Each action will carry ripples of its effects throughout the world, and that adds so much flavour and freshness that it is easy to overlook said linearity.
Pros: A truly compelling narrative that will keep players engaged from start to finish. Makes Baldur’s Gate look basic.
Cons: Repetitive soundbytes and slight Interface issues can be frustrating at times. Lack of true diplomatic options is also irritating.