Posted: April 12
Wont be talking about Mods,DLCs and MPSandbox at its finest,limited,but great
Pick your backstory,grab your gear and go on an adventure in which you will lead a small group of bandits or big armies,choice is all yours.
Join a faction and fight for it,capturing castles and towns.Fights
There are 3 kind of fights: Open field,siege and close quarter.Open Field
are the place where the game shines. Both army get spawned on a field(though field maps are quite limited and depend on the zone but so far noticed like 3 kind of battlefields per zone) and charge at each other,unless you order something else to your troops - you can tell them to charge,hold position,stand their ground or move forward/backwards a bit. Sadly you have to be at the point you want to put them so expect quite a lot of running around.
Limit of the map is 150 units total and reinforcments will spawn up to 3 times per fight(once one of the sides lose all their units you either continue the fight with rest of the troops or win/lose) . Siege
is a bit lacking : the attacking army got 1 siege tower/ladder(rarely you may see 2 ladders) to get up the walls and defeat the defenders . So the fight mostly turns into breaking/defending the choke point .Close quarter
varies quite a lot: bandit camps,capturing castle/town, arenas ,ambushes. Basicly you are spawned with few of your units(5-7, or in ambushes you are alone) and have to clean the area of enemies - there are no reinforcments for you and you dont have access to your horse(only in arenas if it given to you).Units
Each faction got their own units(starting from farmers up to knights and the like) . Each faction is specialized in different aspects of combat: cavalry,archery, heavy/light infantry,etc . On the other hand you can also hire mercenaries . To upgrade your units they need to gain experience through combat or daily training. Each units got its stats so you have to pick carefuly.Combat
Combat is quite simple(especially if you played Skyrim) - you have mounted and unmounted combat with both of them got their own pros/cons but both ways the execution is made really well and chance to have issues is quite low(at least from my PoV) Weapons
Game got quite big variety of weapons to use : 1h/2h swords, crossbow, bows, javelins, axes, maces, polearms, pikes, clubs, throwing weapons,shields.You can specilize in each of them but can carry up to 4 weapons at a time(bolts and arrows require a slot). Shields got durability and after it deplete they break(for the fight only). During the fights you can pick weapons from the ground in which case you either drop your currently equiped weapon(unless you have a free slot).RPG elements
While fighting you will gain levels which gives you points towards weapons specialization, different skills(personal(affects only you), party(stacking bonus that affects the party) and leader(takes the highest lvl from the party). In the game you can hire "heroes" that lvl up just like you and you can pick what skills to improve and what equipment to use. You can equip helmet,armor,boots,gloves,horse and 4 weapons. Also you have to feed your army which leads to buying quite a lot of food. After each win you can loot part of the gear dropped by the enemy.Stuff to do in the game
Since the game is a sand box you have to set your own goals but there are quite a lot of things to do . You can get different tasks:collecting taxes for a lord,destroy a bandit's camp,take care of bandits attacking a village,train peasants to defend,collect goods for a town,kill a wanted man or deliver a msg to a lord. If you join a faction you get some war-related quests: scout locations,capture units/lord, defend a location,siege a location,follow the war master, bring cattle to the siege camp. You can join a faction as mercenary(getting paid weekly depending on your army) or as lord(getting your own castle and village to take care of) .
Still there are quite a lot of ways to improve it(aka check the mods) and may get boring quite fast if you are looking for depth.
The game offers quite a lot of hours of enjoyment if you are into big fights(like Total War series but you want to make it a bit more personal) .