A scathing review of a scathing review...
I've only been playing this game for 4 or 5 months, 4 or 5 MONTHS!! No game has held my attention that long since Oblivion! Some of the people playing this game have been playing it 2 or so YEARS since it's inception!
It's the kind of game that takes you out to dinner and a movie before making it's move at the end of the night. When I first started to play the demo I thought along the same lines as the reviewer but as I played on I found I couldn't stop. It's like gamer crack!
Since starting the game I've done numerous quests, owned and managed a fife and a castle, defended villages from bandits, created whole armies from farmers and peasants, helped form a rebellion and taken over a nation (and gained several fifes, castles and towns in the process), and more recently become a trader and a merchant. You just have to use your imagination and set out to make your mark.
The core of this game IS its battle engine. There is no doubt about that. There is nothing like the sound of 30 horses at your back as you lead a charge into battle! Fighting with melee weapons will have your heart pounding and the sweat pouring.
Each time a new version of this game came out it got a little better. The final version seems to have addressed most issues I might have had and has again added to the game in many ways, better sound effects, a slicker presentation outside of the battlefield. There are numorous mods for this game and many more in the works.
Mount & Blade has a strong following of very loyal supporters (That should be your first clue!).
This game comes from a small independent, which is almost unheard of in this age so presentation might not be as slick as you might get from a larger developer,
but the GAME is there if you're BRAVE enough...