Pubblicata: 25 giugno
There are quite many shooters out there - shooters that resemble Counter-Strike. They are fast-paced, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master, full of achievements and various challenges and the ability to create your own levels or certain mods can only increase their almost neverending shelf life.
Now, if - by any chance - you feel a tiny bit bored and tell yourself "hey, let's look for something else" then Chivalry is a game for you. Fast-paced? Yes. Has tons of achievements? Yes. You can look for custom-made levels and server only offering modded stages? Yes. Is it challenging? Yes: while you can quickly pick up the pace mastering a class or one of its weapons takes time.
While many characteristics are similar to other games Chivalry requires you to use melee combat. Well, 3 classes out of 4 are knights or knight-like soldiers and the 4th one is the archer (I guess he is Chivalry's very own sniper!). These guys differ from each other in strength and speed. For instance, a knight is massive in size, is full of armor and due to its strength only he can wield a warhammer. Now, a Man-At-Arms may be smaller, but he is a tough fellow to fight as he can dodge your attacks and while he certainly takes his time to off a knight he uses his spear faster and with longer reach.
As you make progress and collect experience points more and more weapons are unlocked. Too bad some require to be bought and the same goes for some of the customisation options which are pretty much useless (i.e. they do not have a game changing role, they really are just cosmetics).
But then again the loadout has its variations: you can pick secondary and tertiary weapons if you will. A knight can have throwable, smaller axes with him or can be aided by a shield. Different loadouts offer different tactics. You may find a completely different set which makes you realise that, again, you need to devote time to master the very same class!
But this is not a problem as Chivalry is a lot of fun! Heads roll, limbs fly away - all realistically thanks to the Unreal engine which is also an indication of the decent graphics you have for this game. The epic medieval battle score accompanying the action can only make you stay longer.
Some of the game modes are easy to recognise: the good old free-for-all or deathmatch or capture-the-flag. But then we have duels so that friends can test how good their skills are and we also have objective-based missions. These always require one faction to complete various tasks while attacking the enemy: kill the peasants in the nearby village, burn the granary and the wheat fields, move a bomb cart to the castle front door and in the end you just might be asked to behead the king once and for all.
As for the community? The same old story exists here as does elsewhere: votekicks are regularly initiated. At first, you think you've been kicked out for no apparent reason. But then you realise Chivalry does have friendly fire - be careful when you swing your recently earned Messer sword as it can cost your teammates' lives! On the upside, though: with great team comes great cooperation and nothing feels better when you set an enemy on fire with your oil pot while your teammate decapitates the running / burning / howling / soon-to-be-enraged gamer.
Chivalry enjoys a regular discount of 90% which means it will only cost you 1.5 euros. It is a really good price for a game with this many levels and game modes. It is an almost 3-year old game - yet, it delivers. With dedication, patience and time you can get the necessary finesse to become a Chivalry knight!