Mount & Blade: Warband Reviews (Windows)
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Cyber Stratege (Aug 11, 2010)
Mount & Blade Warband s’avère un jeu détonnant et rafraichissant. Le petit studio Talesworlds nous offre même deux jeux en un avec une expérience vidéo ludique sensationnelle. A recommander absolument ! Peut-être qu’une faction à tendance asiatique nous sera offerte dans M&B2 ? Qui sait…
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 30, 2010)
Mount & Blade n’a pas attendu Warband pour être un grand jeu, mais une chose est sûre : avec cette extension stand-alone très réussie, il devrait marquer durablement les esprits. Finalement, peu importent les améliorations d’un rendu visuel dont beaucoup de joueurs avaient réussi à s’accommoder. Mais les nombreux petits ajouts dont s’enrichit le gameplay (l’arrivée d’une nouvelle faction, la possibilité de courtiser une dame ou de prétendre au trône...) renouvellent suffisamment l’expérience en attendant l’arrivée des premiers gros mods. Qui plus est, l’option multijoueur, tout aussi classique soit-elle, est une vraie bonne surprise car elle se révèle particulièrement accrocheuse. Il faut avoir vécu des batailles épiques opposant des dizaines de joueurs pour le comprendre. Pour moins de 30 euros, c’est donc la promesse de nombreuses heures de plaisir, sans compter celui – non négligeable – de soutenir un petit studio indépendant qui le mérite.
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (Sep 10, 2013)
Dejo cosas en el tintero, porque son pequeños arreglos de algún que otro bug, adición de datos o simplemente porque es maravilloso descubrir algunas de las novedades que introduce este título, pero valga como resumen que Warband es Mount & Blade 1.5, revisado y mejorado en (casi) todo. Si sólo puedes jugar a uno, elige Warband.
Games Finder (Aug 26, 2014)
Mount & Blade: Warband has plenty of improvements over the original game and since the core gameplay is essentially the same players that have yet to experience a Mount & Blade game should jump right into this one rather than trying the original.
Girl Gamers UK (Apr 12, 2010)
Mount & Blade: Warband is a game that really does not look good. But, if you can look beyond the uninspiring graphics, beneath that is a game that will simply take over your life. With its long lasting and involving campaign, and incredibly fun multiplayer modes, Mount & Blade: Warband will provide hours and hours of entertainment.
Hooked Gamers (Apr 09, 2010)
This game focuses on realism. It's not trying to be a thrilling joyride of medieval fantasy fun, it's trying to give its players as real of a depiction of medieval life as possible, and it succeeds very well in doing so. That is what sets this game in a completely different league then games like Heroes of Might and Magic V and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It's much more of a medieval combat simulator than a fantasy role-playing game, at least in the sense that we've become familiar with. The Character generation, customisation and skill trees are excellent and the game's combat engine is top-notch and definitely has me hooked! If you, dear reader, like action packed, realistic and brutal combat and don't mind riding a bit to get to it, I highly recommend this game to you. With the added multiplayer mode, you definitely won't regret it.
Game Watcher (Apr 13, 2010)
Warband is a huge improvement over the original game, but we'd have to wait for a sequel in order to see anything really new and exciting (aside from multiplayer I guess)... the only problem is though, is that this IS the sequel, apparently. It's slightly misleading, but then the description pretty much confirms it's the same game anyway. If you loved the original, you'll love this, and I'd recommend it to new audiences as well. A highly-addictive, realistic and immersive game for you to get involved with. Now all they need to do is fix the camera panning.
Gamers Daily News (Apr 27, 2010)
The sheer amount and variety of gameplay makes this well worth the price. The game is more historical than fantastic but that’s what makes it so unique in this age of space-based FPS and magic-heavy RPGs. Mount & Blade: Warband combines the best of both genres and sets it in a believable world with realistic weapons and action. It’s definitely a worthy game when you want to take a break from the run-of-the-mill offerings and never-changing franchises.
Gameswelt (May 05, 2010)
Wow, das war knapp! Auch wenn es um Haaresbreite nicht für den begehrten Award gereicht hat, so habe ich Warband auf jeden Fall bereits zu meinen persönlichen Spielefavoriten des Jahres 2010 hinzugefügt. Klar, es gibt genügend Zocker, die lieber lineare Missionen durchspielen. Doch wenn ihr gerne der eigenen Fantasie freien Lauf lasst und somit euer Spiel selbst gestaltet, dann solltet ihr Mount & Blade: Warband unbedingt eine Chance geben!
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews (Apr 09, 2010)
There is an active community supporting this game. There are lots of unique mods and enhancements available. Make sure you keep your game up to date; in order to play on the servers you have to have the same game version. The ability to export/import your character helps in the event of a patch rendering your game save unplayable. The try before you buy download is pretty nice. You can get the full version of the game for free, but there's a level cap unless you purchase it for $30. Mount & Blade: Warband is well worth it.
IGN (Apr 13, 2010)
Combining hardcore roleplaying with deep combat, and throwing in a Counterstrike-esque multiplayer mode, this sort-of-budget game has more longevity than most full-priced, big-name-studio games. If you can get past the ugly façade, Mount and Blade: Warband is well worth a look.
Gamereactor International (Apr 08, 2010)
Together with a vibrant mod-scene, due to the game's high modability and the way Tale Worlds take care of their modding community, Mount & Blade: Warband is just a second attempt for the devs to try to sweep you off your feet. It wouldn't stand much of a chance if one of the great AAA-studios decided to create a game like it, but the thing is that the big AAA-studios don't do games like this anymore. To that I take my hat off to both Tale Worlds and Paradox Interactive, because Mount & Blade - both this new one and the original - show that ambitious game projects created by smaller developers and publishers can be incredible; that they are needed in this era of HD-graphics and multi-million monster games.
Resolution Magazine (Apr 05, 2010)
It’s an exceptional title, with such strong foundations that the experience can only get better as the series matures. Only minor changes separate Warband’s main game from the original Mount & Blade, but for those wanting more of the same and a multiplayer experience it’s well worth the money. For those yet to try this series, you’ll find a title the revitalises a long-forgotten genre from yesteryear with contemporary design and features. This is one game you won’t be able to put down for a long time.
Gamer.no (Apr 15, 2010)
Kjærlighet kan få overraskende følger. Hvis du ikke har interesse av flerspillerdelen, og allerede eier Mount & Blade, er det litt vanskelig å anbefale et kjøp av Warband til fullpris. Forbedringene er absolutt til stede, og jeg kunne ikke tenke meg å gå tilbake til originalspillet nå som jeg har prøvd Warband, men samtidig er de ikke store nok til at jeg føler meg overbevist om at enspillerdelen i Warband er verdt investeringen alene. Likevel er det åpenbart mange som ikke har spilt Mount & Blade, og hvis du er en av disse vil jeg ikke nøle med å anbefale Warband. Du har gått glipp av et storslagent spill i Mount & Blade, men Warband gjør det superenkelt å rette opp den feilen. Dette er den beste versjonen av Mount & Blade så langt, og så lenge du kan overse visse skjønnhetsfeil i forhold til grafikk og brukergrensesnitt er det et spill du absolutt bør spille.
GameZone (Apr 29, 2010)
If you were a fan of the original Mount & Blade, then Warband might be worth a look if only for the solid multiplayer. However, if multiplayer isn’t your concern, Warband does little to expand the Mount & Blade universe, offering few upgrades over the original. The mechanics are still very complex and tough to master for newcomers, making it pretty tough to get into. Also, if you’re looking for a pretty action-RPG to show off your gaming rig, then your best bet is still Dragon Age: Origins. That said, Warband does a fine job of carrying the tradition of the original Mount & Blade, offering a great level of depth and complexity for hardcore fans of the RPG genre.
RPGFan (Jul 01, 2010)
All in all, Mount and Blade: Warband is a great game, even despite its flaws. The overall concept is satisfying, and with a more heavyweight publisher behind the team at TaleWorlds, this is one game that could be absolutely great. The graphical engine is simply passable, but given its indie roots, that isn't difficult to look past. Of course, one upside to the limited graphics is the fact the game has limited technical requirements, allowing you to achieve your virtual conquest on the go. As it stands, Mount & Blade strikes a somewhat balanced approach between RPG and RTT, and it successfully bundles hours of fun into a package of medieval slaughter and wanderlust. It may not be enough to really appeal to die-hards of either genre, but it certainly packs an entertaining punch if you are willing to forgive the game one or two shortcomings.
Alltern8.com (Apr 17, 2010)
Mount & Blade Warband has amazing potential as an incredibly strong multiplayer combat title and is already showing itself to be one of the best single player experiences you’ll have this year. It’s varied, replayable, challenging, rewarding and best of all it’s incredibly fun to play. If you can get over a few minor hiccups and immerse yourself despite the poor graphics, I can guarantee with 100% certainty that you won’t be playing anything else for quite some time.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Sep 18, 2010)
Although there is still room for improvement, Warband’s excellent combat system, respectable multiplayer and a lifespan that will prove to be a total timesink means that the game is well worth the USD$29.99 price tag on Steam. Fans of the action RPG genre and medieval games in general would do well to pick this one up.
GamersGlobal (Apr 15, 2010)
Trotz vieler Bugs und einiger Designmängel ein faszinierender Sandkasten für Strategie- und Rollenspieler. In immer neuen Schlachten, in denen ihr aktiv mitkämpft, vergrößert ihr euren Ruhm und euer Vermögen -- und irgendwann auch euer eigenes Königreich mitsamt Dörfern, Burgen, Städten und Vasallen. Dank der Weltsimulation und den sich aus dieser dynamisch ergebenden Situationen (Kriege, Krisen, Missionen) langfristig motivierend, auch wenn mit zunehmender Spielzeit die Zahl der Überraschungen stark abnimmt.
4Players.de (Apr 09, 2010)
Mount & Blade Warblade ist leider nicht ganz so genial wie ich erhofft hatte. Es ist im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ein zweischneidiges Schwert: Der Multiplayer bietet auf der einen Seite ein tolles Erlebnis, denn die mittelalterlichen Ritterschlachten mit bis zu 64 Mitsteitern sorgen für ein spannendes Mittendringefühl, wobei insbesondere die Belagerungen der Burgen trotz nicht ganz zeitgemäßer Grafik dramatisch verlaufen. Und das, obwohl die Kämpfe alles anders als fair sind, da die Cracks, die scheinbar immer da sind, bereits tolle Waffen haben - gerade zu Beginn beißt man sehr oft ins Gras. Aber man will es einfach schaffen, obwohl es leider keine Orden gibt und stattdessen schmucklos der Sieger verkündet wird. Auf der anderen Seite wirkt die Kampagne für Solisten unfertiger denn je: Hier muss man relevante Fortschritte mit der Lupe suchen muss, denn die Heirat oder der dynamische Handel sind nicht wirklich notwendig.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Apr 30, 2010)
M&B: Warband is een prima vervolg van de reeks en verdient het om opgemerkt te worden door de grote namen in de spelindustrie.
GameSpot (Apr 21, 2010)
Even if you don't bother with the single-player campaign, Warband is worth the buy for the outstanding multiplayer alone. The combat is addictive and exciting, with a good number of people crowding onto the servers. While the core of Mount & Blade is still relatively primitive due to its underdeveloped solo campaign and a few limitations with graphics, there is a lot of charm here. The simple fun of smashing skulls with a pike and charging into a gang of enemies atop a fine Arab charger really makes this game stand out in a world of cookie-cutter RPGs.
GamingEvolution (May 01, 2010)
Arguably, the best thing that Mount and Blade: Warband has going for it is longevity. The game is so multi-layered that I couldn't even cover it all above. In addition to the deep combat and freedom, there's a dynamic economy and political system; factions go to war, conquer territory, form treaties and alliances, and struggle internally with betrayals and uprisings with or without your influence. Hardcore RPG fans get numbers to crunch in the forms of basic stats, weapon proficiencies and various skills that range from the personal (stronger attacks, faster movement, persuasion, etc.) to the slightly more meta (treating your soldiers' wounds, training them for bonus experience, increased army size). Loot seekers and lovers of the paper-doll effect (seeing your avatar in shiny new clothes) will find a staggering amount of armor and clothing with which to customize you and your companions.
Mana Pool (Jan 28, 2011)
As you may have guessed by now, Mount&Blade: Warband is an incredibly open game. After starting off as a nobody, you and your army can go in a great many directions and there is an awful lot open to you. As you may have guessed, this is quite daunting, and there’s not much direction. If you like tracks to follow, or even just a quest marker here or there, Warband will feel a lot like going for a relaxing swim at the local pool and finding yourself with scuba gear on a boat off the barrier reef. Oh, and you need to put that gear on quickly, as you’re diving in 5 minutes, ready or not. This game is overwhelming, but if you persevere and it manages to grab you, you will reveal an extremely well made sand box game.
Legendra (May 14, 2010)
Mount & Blade: Warband se révèle être un jeu rafraichissant, immersif et très complet. Ses batailles vous feront frémir et la soif du pouvoir se fera sentir. On regrettera néanmoins que la multitude des possibilités réduise la complexité de certaines, et on attend fébrilement l'annonce d'un véritable Mount & Blade 2 qui saurait rendre le tout encore plus complet et riche.
Games On Net (Apr 12, 2010)
If this is your first foray into the Mount & Blade games, it's definitely the best place to start, and the price isn't exactly steep. The graphics are cleaner, the game is less buggy, and there's more for you to do than in the original. But if you did buy the original and were hoping for substantial improvements in what TaleWorld are generously calling a "sequel" then you might be slightly underwhelmed. It's more of a spit-polish on the single-player mode than anything else and the multiplayer mode, while fun, is a missed opportunity. Still, perhaps it is too harsh to berate a sequel for being too similar to the original, when the original is such fun. You get out of Mount & Blade what you put into it, so open your heart and show it a little love. If you can look past its quaint graphics, and grit your teeth through its repetitive quests, then you will be rewarded with a game which adores you and just wants to make you happy.
Bit-Tech (Apr 03, 2010)
Shining through all the UI flaws and problems is the nagging sensation that Mount & Blade is what PC gaming is really all about. Big, player-led adventures that balance out their problems with a bizarre, rough-edged charisma. It’s brilliant, even if it is slightly broken. Of course, that also breeds a few problems. Does Warband represent good value for money for those that already own the original? Probably not, unless you’re a stalwart of the multiplayer, frankly. Are we disappointed that Warband didn’t get some of the fixes it so desperately needed and are we annoyed at some of the incredibly basic oversights in it’s design? Yes to both and, yes, in many ways these ruin the game. But, is Warband a fun and addictive title that we think we’ll probably be playing for a long time to come regardless of these issues? Yes – a hundred times yes.
GameStar (Germany) (Apr 16, 2010)
Mount & Blade: Warband ist ein Wechselbad der Gefühle: Im Grunde bietet es zwei völlig unterschiedliche Spielerlebnisse. Einerseits motiviert mich die große spielerische Freiheit dazu, mir in Calradia einen Namen zu machen, andererseits sorgt die leblose Spielwelt regelmäßig für Enttäuschungen. Richtig gelungen, wenn auch nicht fehlerfrei, ist hingegen das Kampfsystem, weshalb der neue Mehrspielermodus auch Actionspielern großen Spaß machen kann.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Apr 16, 2010)
Even as I finish writing this, I am having trouble reconciling my list of complaints with a genuine fondness for Mount and Blade: Warband. Few other games of this kind really depict aspects of the Middle Ages in both a fun and reasonably accurate way. Yet the bugs and lack of work on the interface will no doubt alienate gamers who might otherwise enjoy playing it. There is a demo for you to try, but given the full game’s $29.95 retail price, I would advise those new to the series to wait until another patch comes out.