Mount and blade Warband, that awesome as friggin hell game, that is a also that special type of game, that a summary is a bit tougher compared to say, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto.
Calradia. War-torn. Brutal. Merciless. Living here ain't easy. For anyone. Even kings worry of attacks from any other kingdom will destroy them. Bandits ravage helpless villages when kingdoms are busy killing each other's armies, too busy killing each other to defend themselves from even common scum. But it's also a great place of opportunity. Bandits, warlords, mercenaries, warbands, all can make plenty of gold here, and gain even greater name. Life here is tough, but it certainly caters to certain individuals...
Build your own warband! Carve your way in history! Raise a kingdom! RAZE another! Villages at your mercy, you fucking parasite. Help the helpless from the bandits and ruthless lords raiding others. Make enemies in the open, make friends on the inside. Start rebellions in kingdoms and turn lord against liege! Or become a mercenary for other kingdoms in war, maybe earn yourself as vassal with your own village. Took a castle or town and your liege refuses to grant it to you? GIVE HIM THE BIRD! And take it in your own name, and appoint some vassals for yourself! Overturn lords from other kingdoms to your own.
Some other Features:
* Hardcore choices and consequences. Every choice you make in the game ends up coming back to either bite you in the ass or to reward you, or maybe something inbetween. You choose your destiny in the War-torn continent of Calradia, and in the end, when you finally retire, you better have set yourself good, or you're living the twilight years not so well.
* Truly dynamic AI in campaigns. Not so much in fighting (but it's still there) but the mechanics for battles makes up for it.
* Awesome backgrounds for special followers with equally special skills they specialize in to help you out on whatever the hell you feel like doing. As long as they don't mind or agree... otherwise they might be the ones saying "fuck off".
* Cavalry Archer and Infantry class of troops.
* Each kingdom has it's own unique army/troops.
* Everything you do may or may not interest lords, but rest-assured they know what happens in this hell-hole, and if you happen to meet them they'll mention it. They may even scorn you for it... or praise you. Maybe not even give a fuck, but hey, credit!
* Dynamic world. Nuff said really.
* There is a trial mode for singleplayer ingame game days. (or level) There is also online battles, that can have over 256 players at once.
And so on, it kind of keeps going. I digress so this is not just continuous listings.
The combat is especially special. Simple, but hard to master.
Basically, there are four modes of attacks.
Overhead smash/swing, left and right swing, and thrust. Damage is calculating by speed of swing (so going really fast when riding a horse and hitting someone does some serious damage) armor of opponent, and weapon base damage.
Defence is also the same. If you have a shield you need only raise it, but if you only have your weapon, you must parry according to their weapon direction. you must watch your enemies movements closely, and counter-attack when you see the chance.
So we have the basics. a video representing melee a good bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0UZjntT2w
Hmm... what now... Ah yes! Now for the mounted part! As I mentioned, speed of the horse determines extra damage as well. It's best to just show this with a video as well.
Mix of players online and NPCs commanded by other players as well.
CONCLUSION: This is a Semi-what realistic medieval War game full on, with much RTS and some browser game elements also included + A lot of RPG, all bundled perfectly packaged into one freaking game. This game will be extremely fun for anyone who likes RTS games, maybe add some spice for your browser type of players, and anyone who likes medieval or simply swordplay will absolutely jizz their pants at this game.
Also, it's good to mention this game is very mod-able with a very good community for it as well.
The game is also extremely PC Friendly. Suffice to say my computer is hardly up to par for most games today or even back in the day.
I know I can't really give a 10/10, because it still has issues, but damn, this has got to be one of the best PC games out on the market in almost every area currently. Don't even try to argue with me, I've already made up my mind.
I'll be doing reviews on the sequel and DLC add-on soon.