developer: Warhorse Studios
publisher: Deep Silver / Koch Media
Game mode: single player
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is the third major feature expansion to the acclaimed Kingdom Come: Deliverance RPG game, which was released in February 2018. Like the basic 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 cult Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven and its continuation from 2010).
The roads of the Rataje have become extremely dangerous - there are bandits circulating on the trails, which threaten travellers and residents of the surrounding villages. Sir Radzik Kobyla poses the problem by asking for the help of an old acquaintance - impoverished Baron Kuno from Rychwald, who is now at the head of the mercenary band. Henry - known from the basic version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance - plays the role of a guide. However, the task will be more difficult than it seems, because the mercenaries are eager to fight, and their cunning leader does not disguise in the means. In addition, deadly enemies of Sir Radzik appear in the area....
The gameplay in Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is no different from what we know from the basic version of the game. Observing the action from the perspective of the first person, 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 Sasawa valley).
Travelling we meet various NPCs, perform tasks and fight enemies with the use of extremely realistic shooting systems (shots surrender to the laws of physics - regular targeting requires 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 basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep), health, hygiene and equipment (for example, a perforated 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. Production 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 DLC after the end of the basic campaign.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Band of Bastards is a non-self-reliant add-on, which means that it requires a basic version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance to work. Enlargement does not introduce any changes in the audio-visual layer, but they are not necessary - Warhorse Studios, which uses the CryEngine 3 engine, presents itself perfectly, and the new plot is accompanied by a characteristic momentum and realism, thanks to which we have the impression of being in touch with 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