Mount and Blade Warband Overview
A short and brief review on the sandbox RPG Mount and Blade Warband.
1. First Impressions
When you start the game you first see the menu and the background is a picture of battle, from there you can choose to either start a new game, load a previous game, change your options, or go into multiplayer. Mount and Blade Warband is a great game and an amazing adventure, you start off by picking your back story. When picking your back story you have so many options to choose from you would be amazed! You can choose from being raised in the court of a nobleman and learning all the skills that go with it, to being the child of a hunter, who was a thief in their childhood and a poacher in their adolescence. Once you get out of there you get to customize your what your characters facial features are, choose a name for him or her, and add to the stats that you already started with.
In the game there are a variety of skills all of which are governed by a base attribute, of which there are 4. The base attributes are Strength, Agility, Intelligence, and Charisma. The skills are placed under a logical base attribute, meaning that with a higher level in Strength you can upgrade your power strike skill which allows you to hit harder, or when you level up your Charisma you can upgrade your leadership skill which makes it so that you pay less money to your troops, and so that you can have more troops at one time. Along with these skills are weapon proficiencies. There is a separate weapon proficiency for each type of weapons these types being one handed, two handed, polearm, bow, crossbow, and throwing. These proficiencies make it so that with say a higher one handed proficiency, when wielding a one handed sword the sword will swing faster and hit a little harder. You gain proficiency by either using that certain type of weapon and gaining some or, when you level up you get a small amount (10 points) to add to whichever one you want, but as you get a higher proficiency it takes more and more points to level up one proficiency point.
3. On the Map
Before we move on it is important that I tell you that in Warband there are six different factions the Kingdom of Swadia, the Sarranid Sultanate, the Kingdom of the Vegirs, the Khergit Khantanate, the Kingdom of the Rhodoks and the Kingdom of the Nords. All of these factions are based on a different historic culture. After you finish making your character and adding those first few skill points you will be given a list of cities and you get to choose from which one you would like to start you career in Warband. It does not really matter which city you select as there really is no difference between them except for which faction owns each city. After you do that you get your first taste of combat and then you can go onto the world map.