game language: English
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Mount & Blade is a game that combines strategy with action-based combat and strong RPG elements. This is a debut project of an independent Turkish developer TaleWorlds.
The player assumes the role of an adventurer that arrives to the realm of Calradia, divided into several rivaling kingdoms. Such cumulation of independent nations sharing one land sparks regular conflicts and heated wars. As a result, the once mighty, prosperous Calradia, now after decades of inner struggle, stands on the verge of collapse. However, Mount & Blade does not offer a story campaign. Instead, it gives the player full freedom of shaping the adventures.
Mount & Blade combines elements of action game, RPG, and strategy. Gamepley is two-fold: you journey around the world in the map view, but when you enter towns and villages or fight battles, the game goes into TPP/FPP action view, in which you have direct control of your character. The party that fights along you in battles can be recruited from among villagers or hired mercenaries, whom you can find in city taverns.
Army management is an important aspect of Mount & Blade gameplay. You have to take care of logistics and finances, as well as decide whether to attack an enemy army at the moment or run away, thus saving your menís lives. Unlike other games of the genre, combat in Mount & Blade is based on reflexes and timing. In order to make the game more realistic the developers did not include healing potions or anything of the kind. It takes just a couple of well-aimed strikes by an enemy sword to take you down, therefore an essential move in combat is blocking incoming strikes. Like in actual medieval combat, a horse rider has an advantage over a foot soldier. Besides, the game features equally realistic archery Ė you can even shoot from horseback.
Combat is the heart and soul of Mount & Blade, but the game does not end there. You can also talk to denizens of Calradia, trade with merchants in cities, or take various assignments. As you progress in the game, both your hero and his soldiers gain experience and learn new skills.
Mount & Blade features 3D graphics, however, its quality and level of detail never was the gameís strength. The atmosphere of a medieval world is enhanced by apt music.
Game score 7.885 / 10 calculated out of 3886 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium 4 2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 64 MB (GeForce 4 Ti4200 or better), 700 MB RAM, Windows XP