Summary: The War of the Roses was a big old 15th Century dynastic squabble between two Plantagenet houses, York and Lancaster, for the throne of England. It ended in a Lancastrian victory, the reconciliation of the two houses, and the creation of House Tudor. Most importantly, it involved a lot of battles filled with armored chaps beating the living daylights out of each other. Fatshark's War of the Roses is all about those fellows, and their bloody clashes.
Review: War of the Roses offers up medieval brutality at its finest with a steep learning curve
25 October 2012
Excerpt: For years now, we’ve played war games that put you in the shoes of famous generals in historical eras, most notably in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms era in Dynasty Warriors . But very rarely does a game put you in the shoes of the footsoldier and attempt to paint a picture of what combat was really like in medieval times.
Excerpt: I think most gamers are like me in that we like all things medieval. Even the good old Dungeon and Dragons we grew up playing was basically a medieval world, although one filled with monsters and dragons, and quite a few fair maidens who needed saving. But we are probably in love with the idyllic version of the medieval world, the Renaissance Festival version where everyone gets a turkey leg, a cold ale and a seat with the king at the joust.
Conclusion: But at the end of the day, you get out of this game what you put in – Skill Is not an unlock, is the motto the guys are going with at the moment. In a way, this game could turn out to be more skill-orientated than Counter-Strike. It’s definitely going to be punishing to casual players or people who simply aren’t that good, but if you do manage to get to grips with it, it’s very rewarding.
Conclusion: The graphics engine of War of the Roses gets choppy on the highest settings, even on powerful machines that do not flinch when running Battlefield 3 on the highest settings in Full HD. The game also suffers from some technical issues and the game crashed three times during my time with it. During battles, I kept hearing complaints from other players about spawning and falling through the ground.
Pros: Satisfying action, great weapon customisation options.
Excerpt: Developer Fatshark’s War of the Roses brings a unique multiplayer experience that puts you in the armor of a knight in the Middle Ages. Playing a match in War of the Roses is like hopping into a third-person shooter--perks, load outs, squads, and all--but then swapping out the rifles and grenades for battle axes, two-handed swords, and crossbows. The culmination results in a surprisingly entertaining online experience.
Pros: Nailing the perfect attack, The robust customization options, Testing new loadouts
Cons: Steep learning curve, Feeling underpowered at the beginning, Limited game modes
Excerpt: Paradox is no stranger to historical games. From games based on World War I, down to the Warring States of Japan, they have a game for just about any history buff that wants to try their hand at managing a country and its resources. War of the Roses is a different beast entirely. This time, the focus is shifted from being a strategy game, into a third person action game that is heavily focused on multiplayer.