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.
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
Excerpt: Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword brought to us by Paradox Interactive and Talesworlds Entertainment is a role playing game that will consume the rest of your days, well for at least a month …
Pros: Addition of firearms lends a new tactical dimension to battles, More involved historical campaign, Financial and trade caravan tweaks make it easier to earn money, Great team deathmatch multiplayer
Cons: Guns tone down the pure mayhem of battles, Low-end visuals
Excerpt: I won't blame you if you've gotten this far without having heard of Mount & Blade . It's like the independent game for those sick of "mainstream" independent games, and while the franchise has been around for years, its simplistic graphics and unguided sandbox style of play make it one of the more hardcore PC games around.
Excerpt: . It's like the independent game for those sick of "mainstream" independent games, and while the franchise has been around for years, its simplistic graphics and unguided sandbox style of play make it one of the more hardcore PC games around.
Excerpt: Often branded as strategy games or simulations, sandbox games featuring an open world with addicting excuses to spend dozens of hours roaming them used to be a PC staple. This type of game includes nearly anything with "tycoon" or "sim" in the title, as well as one of the highlights of PC gaming's past, Pirates! .
Excerpt: This takes me back. Remember the days of isometric, third-person, top-down, dungeon-crawl, old-school role-playing games? Avadon revisits this genre, but with the added bonus of modern high resolution displays. This gives you what amounts to more area on-screen and items you can actually sometimes make out before you pick them up.