developer: Warhorse Studios
publisher: Deep Silver / Koch Media
Game mode: single player
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is the third major story expansion to the acclaimed RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which was released in February 2018. Like the base version of the game, the DLC was developed by the Czech company Warhorse Studios, founded by Daniel Vávra and other former employees of the Czech branch of 2K, previously known as Illusion Softworks (creators of the iconic Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven and its continuation from 2010).
The roads of Rattay have become extremely dangerous - there are bandits roaming the trails, threatening travellers and residents of the surrounding villages. Sir Radzig Kobyla decides to solve the problem by asking for the help of an old acquaintance - impoverished Kuno, Baron Rychwald, who is now leading a mercenary band. Henry - known from the base version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance - plays the role of his guide. However, the task will be more difficult than it seems, because the mercenaries are eager to fight, and their cunning leader who wants to get rid of the bandits by crook or by hook. In addition, deadly enemies of Sir Radzig alo appear in the area...
The gameplay in Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is no different from what we know from the base version of the game. Observing the action from FPP, we explore a large (a total of several square kilometres) open world, which is an authentic, small fragment of the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia (more specifically, the area of the so-called Sasau valley).
On our travels we meet various NPCs, complete quests and fight enemies with the use of extremely realistic archery systems (arrows are subject to the laws of physics - regular hitting requires a long training and a great sense of a particular bow) and hand-to-hand combat (it is based on directional attacks, which we have to lead and pairing by properly positioning the weapon).
As the game progresses, we develop our hero's skills and acquire new equipment. It is also necessary to take care of their basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep), health, hygiene and equipment (for example, a damaged armour quickly loses its effectiveness, and walking in bloodstained clothes will cause people to react to Henry with disgust or horror).
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards does not introduce any new game modes. The expansion offers a single player campaign only. We gain access to new tasks only after reaching a specific point in the main plot. It is also possible to play the DLC after the end of the base campaign.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is a non-standalone add-on, which means that it requires the base version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance to work. The expansion does not introduce any changes in the audio-visual layer, but they are not necessary - the game from arhorse Studios, powered by CryEngine 3, looks splendid, and the new plot is accompanied by a characteristic momentum and realism, thanks to which we have the impression of being in touch with a historical film.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 12 GB RAM, graphic card 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 8 GB Radeon RX 580, Windows 7/8 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7870 or better, Windows 7/8 64-bit