After recommendations from Bill at Dubious Quality and Darren at Common Sense Gamer, I finally made some time to download and trout the Mount and Blade demo through Steam. Did I like it? Yes. How much? I started with the tutorial around 9:30 pm, after my wife and son went to bed. After the tutorial I started a game. I played for a bit: got some quests, failed one and completed others, gained a few levels, got captured once. I was having fun and then some part of my brain wondered, “What time is it?” It was 2 am, and I needed to get up in 5 hours for work. While this isn’t too out of the ordinary, I actually continued to play for another 30 minutes. Just had to finish one more thing.
So yeah, I’m really enjoying the game. I’ve since hit the level 7 limit of the demo and purchased the complete version.
I’m actually surprised I liked it so much. I’m a pretty shallow gamer. Graphics are a big part of games for me, enough so that I don’t usually play older games or indie games. Even when the gameplay is great, if the graphics aren’t good then I’m not interested.
My only complaint isn’t actually game realted. When I purchased the full version, Steam didn’t convert my existing installation but re-downloaded the full game again.
So if you like RPG’s go get it. It’s a little bit Oblivion and a little bit Total War.