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.

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2 thoughts on “Mount and Blade

  • February 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I guess there are several mods for it to improve the beauty of the game. Shawn “Certis” Andrich mentioned on the Gamers With Jobs Conference Call that there were some really great mods for it. There is actually a pretty big thread over on discussing the game.

    You should check it out.

    • February 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      I’ll do that. I’d heard there was a good Lord of the Rings mod, which I definitely want to check out. I also saved a column from PC Gamer a few months back which talked about some good Mount and Blade mods although I don’t remember the details.

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