Mount and Blade – Go Grab it

Nov 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Games

http://www.taleworlds.com

If you haven’t tried Mount and Blade go out and do so.. it is a great concept made by a great indie company that is addictive as hell.. The combat is the best in any fantasy game I have played, the strategy is fantastic, the entire gameplay setup is something that I have never experienced before.

Overall Game Experience

You start out as a lowly lord wandering the land.. The character creation is insanely in depth with every pixel of your face customizable. The important part about creating your character however your history.. From a plethora of options the combination of histories is many, all of them tweaking your character that much more.

Combat

All combat is in real time and twitch based. In a world of point and click Fantasy world combat this is such a refreshing change I cannot even tell you.. Gone are the days of telling your character to attack a monster and going to the fridge while you wait for it to be over. In Mount and Blade you yourself ride your horse into battle, either pull out your bow, crossbow, sword, battleaxe or lance and charge the enemy. Timing is everything in the game and once you gain the reflexes and real world skill the excitement of battle is truly exhillerating!!

Leadership

The true depth of the game comes not from you single handedly mowing down enemies but from leading men into battle. Starting off with a rag tag bunch of soldiers they gain experience along side you and before you know it you have legions of heavily armed knights on their warhorse ready to kill and be killed in the name of their lord.. You! The game builds complexity in the battles as your army grows from a handful of thugs into 100’s of fully trained soldiers from all disciplines. Archers, horse archers, cavalry, footman, all need to be organised and given orders in real time. In the end it is your skill and strategy that will determine the battle, as well as your skill with a blade

Your Kingdom

Once you have proven your worth and sworn allegiance to one of the many kings of the land you will be granted a small village to protect and maintain. You need to ensure the prosperity and safety of your town.. Protecting it from bandits and guiding it’s expansion through funding building projects that aid it’s growth.

Siege Warfare

On top of open warfare when your army is powerful enough you will lead full siege campaigns against enemy strongholds. Hopefully you have recruited some engineers into your army as their skills in creating and operating catapults and building ladders will be essential in taking over these fortresses.

War has come down on Calradia and war attracts its own bunch of misfits. Mercenaries, cutthroats, knights and adventurers flood into the land looking for adventure, fortune and glory. But war is a harsh master. It gives away death and grief to the lot, fortune to a chosen few, and glory, wise men say, to none. Still, men ride to war, for one or other reason. Some because they are looking for thrill and excitement, some because they are desperate and know no other way. Some because they are so bitter and hateful that they are willing to unleash doom on earth… And yet some, because they are the very heroes who will step forward to stop that…

Combining a sophisticated,dynamic game world and intense medieval swordfighting action, Mount&Blade strives to create a game experience never seen before. Playing Mount&Blade, you will venture through a world filled with daring enemies as well as friendly groups that will come to your aid or need yours. In a land torn by constant danger, raids and skirmishes, you will raise and lead your own war band, commanding dozens of hardened soldiers. You will hunt down your enemies following the tracks they leave behind. And you will fight epic battles where arrows cut the air with deadly hisses, axes and swords hack with fury, and horses and men clash into a violent melee.

Go out and grab it today for FREE, you will be amazed at what you’ve been missing out on!


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4 Comments to “Mount and Blade – Go Grab it”

  1. Doug Alder says:

    I went to their site Ryan but all I saw were what look like Windows executables – have you got it working in Ubuntu (I’m using Hardy Heron)

  2. admin says:

    Doug,
    Yep it runs with with Wine although from what I recall it took me a few minutes to really figure it out, but it runs.. Now I am not sure if the performance issues I had were due to my slow core (3200+) and that the game relies too heavily on the CPU over the GPU(8800 GT) or because of WINE.. I know all of my windows friends report phenomenal frame rates but then again their cpu’s are much newer than mine 🙁

  3. Doug Alder says:

    Ah well if it requires that forget it 🙂 I’m not ready to screw around with Wine – and this is only a 1.6GHz core 2 laptop (Latitude D620)- it would have abysmal frame rates on this.

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