Mount and Blade Warband: Napoleonic Wars – PC Game Review
1 June 2012
Excerpt: As you march toward the enemies of the French Empire, shells begin exploding nearby. However, the reassuring tune of the fife and drum corps gives you the spirit to continue advancing. A few moments later, the man next to you is killed by a jager our commander orders a bayonet attack and you surge towards the Prussians, fueled by a mixture of hate, fear, and love for the Emperor Napoleon!
Pros: Wide variety of units, abilities, game modes
Excerpt: I have been a fan of the story-less Mount & Blade series since it first came out. I liked how you could do whatever you wanted to make money and thrive in the medieval time period. The Napoleonic Wars DLC expansion takes place in the 19th century, and offers many new features to the multiplayer battlefields. Several new weapons and artillery have been added, but the swords are still there for stubborn gamers like me.
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.
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. For those unfamiliar with award-winning independent game, Mount & Blade and the new Warband expansion focus on the fictional medieval world of Calradia.
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! .
Conclusion: Considering its lackluster visuals, Mount and Blade is suprisingly addictive. The combination of exhilarating mounted combat and an open sandbox world will keep players coming back for more.
Excerpt: Enter the realms of Calradia! In Mount & Blade, the player is called upon to create his/her character and venture forth in the continent of Calradia. A place ravaged by war and conflict among five kingdoms offering promises of rich, fame and fortune. Surprisingly enough, there isn’t a background story in Mount & Blade, meaning that it’s an open world game.
Pros: Compelling combat mechanics, intuitive interface, the most accurate horseback combat, very good sound effects, compelling soundtrack, limitless replayability, modding community.
Cons: Dated graphics, absense of voice-acting, a few glitches here and there.