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.
Excerpt: Set in a turbulent depiction of 15th century England, War of the Roses thrusts players into the heart of a bloody civil war which became the focus of Shakespearean classic, Richard III. In a nutshell, the campaign was fought between the influential houses of York and Lancaster, eventually giving rise to the Tudor dynasty thirty years after the Richard’s forces met King Henry’s at the battle of St. Albans.
Pros: Fluid, visceral combat that will have you gritting your teeth., A good balance between melee/long-range fighters., Looks great even on mid to low settings., Plenty of potential to expand.
Cons: Only two game modes (at present.), Imbalance between high and lower level players., Could do with more appearance customisation options., Over-priced for what the game currently has to offer.
Excerpt: Every child in Britain would have at some point during their pre-pubescent, odourous and otherwise rainy school experience come across the character of Henry VIII, the fifteenth century equivalent to the perfect candidate for mail-order brides, in their history class. He would’ve been taught alongside the likes of Roman armies; the strongest land force since the bar that’s holding Justin Bieber’s closet shut, and the American WW2 army; which according to most Hollywood...
War Of The Roses Review | Fifteenth Century Battlefield
26 September 2012
Conclusion: The Short Version: War Of The Roses is a viable alternative or accompaniment to this year's FPS offerings, a gloriously chaotic 64-player experience predicated on pure skill and brutal swordplay. If you're looking for a fresh, exciting, and emphatically skill-based multiplayer arena, you'll find a new home on the fifteenth century battlefield.
Pros: Chaotic yet skilful combat for up to 64 players, Impeccable hit detection and edge modelling rewards skill and experience, Versatile customisation and addictive progression
Cons: Needs more modes, levels and unlockable weapons/customisation options, Uninspiring visuals, some stiff animations, Steep learning curve despite a few concessions to accessibility