As far as singleplayer experiences go, Mount and Blade: Warband ranks up there with the best of them, simply due to its unique and interesting gameplay.
In Warband, the player starts off as a common mercenary, recruiting men from villages to assist lords and villagers in exchange for a few pieces of gold.
However, the player and their little band of recruits slowly grows and improves through combat and training, turning into a fierce fighting force.
Players become involved with the diplomacy of different kingdoms and can eventually serve under a king and own castles or villages, or even start their own kingdom.
The game consists of two gameplay arenas, the overland and arena modes.
While travelling, players move their warband across the map by simply clicking where they would like to move.
However, during battles and within castles or towns,the game switches to a third-person view, where the player directly controls their character.
This makes for addictive combat gameplay, as players control their character’s actions directly while issuing commands to their army via the number keys.
Mount and Blade: Warband is a bit of a hidden gem, although its popularity on Steam has risen greatly thanks to a few sales.
If you’re interested in a unique take on an RPG/RTS hybrid, Warband is worth its price tag, and could very well be discounted during the upcoming Steam Sale.
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