I’m way late to this party but I really want to let you guys know that if you haven’t given Mount&Blade Warband a try then you need to. It plays like Pirates Vikings and Knights (half life mod) mixed with Darkfall. There are servers with up to 222 players and various game modes. I haven’t played the same map twice yet and all of them have a different look to them. There are several factions each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses; Mongolian types get to shoot their bows while mounted or the Nordic types have better axes, etc.
My favorite gameplay mode so far is Siege where one team defends and the other attacks. This is where this game really shines. Depending on the map, the defenders could actually have a castle and the opposing team has to infiltrate it. It plays out exactly how I wish Darkfall would have with an actual feeling of organized sieging. It’s like the old Dark Age of Camelot Keep sieges in a way. The Archers will all be up on the walls shooting out and the guys with shields will be watching the walls to attack those who climb ladders.
Other maps include opportunities for you to form shield walls or mount up with lances and joust. It’s really a great mix of gameplay in a realistic medieval setting. In a way, it’s like the Medieval Battlefield game I wish DICE would make. There are bows/xbows, swords, axes, lances, maces, darts, halberds, javelins, and just about every weapon you would want. You can block certain directions, counter, swing different directions, and really engage enemies in combat. There is a slight learning curve though.
I don’t want to always be that guy saying “I wish we had a MMO like this”, but it’s a real shame we don’t. Regardless, it’s solid on its own merits and definitely worth the $15 on Steam.
Check out the video that my friend made for a solid look at what the game plays like. It definitely runs smooth and looks good too. I highly recommend it.