TaleWorlds’ Mount & Blade II Bannerlord Early Access

Raise the banners! Rally the troops! Let’s march towards the victory!

The long anticipated Mount & Blade II Bannerlord is finally here. Calradia has returned in Early Access, and lets see what the developers of Tale Worlds have been cooking in their “kitchen.” Let’s take a quick look if 7 years of waiting was worth it.

First of all I have to say that the game is still in early access which means bunch of bugs, crashes and many in-perfections so please keep it in mind.

Travelers

Gameplay

If you are fan of the Mount & Blade series, than gameplay as it is will definitely not surprise you. Basic controls are almost identical to the previous titles. However, there are some changes while you are on the campaign map and interact with the different characters. An example is no more training field where you could train your troops and come back with full rank soldiers. In Bannerlord your only option is to just simply fight. A little tip: your soldiers have a higher chance of leveling up while you let them fight without you which is basically auto-resolve where you are not present on the battlefield.

Wall

Story & Quests

Now here I would say the game is falling behind little bit. It is shame that Caldaria is such vast world yet with very little. The main story is pretty much non-existent, and it feels like it is in the game just to have something. In nutshell it is series of quests “Find this guy and talk to him about this and that.” The reward to these unnecessary long quests is basically premise of the whole game: Build your own kingdom, became a absolute ruler of everything that’s in your sight. Then we have side quests which after all I have to say are not that bad yet they are repetitive and kind of boring. However, I always keeping in mind that quests or main stories are not the reason why I play this game. Unfortunately it is really big shame and unused potential in the whole game, these quests could have made this game way more than it is at its current state.

City View

Graphics & Performance

Now here comes the biggest issue that might most of the people drive away from buying this game. The graphics do look good without a doubt, it is not the best looking game but you can still take beautiful pictures and screenshots. However, the performance is the biggest problem. Even when I kept in mind that it is Early Access, the differences that are between a high-end computer setup and a medium or low range is just mind bugling. First of all, I have to say that if you are owner of a high-end computer you will have no problems at all. Some people reported crashes but that is pretty much normal in this stage.

Unfortunately if you are owner of a low-end or medium PC you will most likely have stuttering, frame drops and much more with battles counting hundreds of soldiers in each army. That is very big shame despite the fact that minimum requirements are set pretty low yet with such a PC the game is hardly playable and you will have big difficulties with already mentioned frame drops and stuttering.

Horse archers

Verdict

Bannerlord is really fun, if you are a fan of medieval games that this one is for you. It will keep you stuck to the monitor for long hours and you will enjoy every battle, every fight, and every single piece of the game. But the game is in Early Access and is far from done so many bugs, vRam leaks, stuttering and other things might drive you away especially if your PC is not as good and is older. In that case I have advise you to wait with full release. Also, I have to thank the developers of Tale Worlds for working very hard on the game releasing patches and fixes almost everyday. So overall the game is definitely not bad and it is actually good and very fun to play and there is nothing more satisfying than sit down and have a beer in local tavern after massive battle.

Riders

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Mount & Blade II Bannerlord

7.5

Score

7.5/10

Pros

  • Mount & Blade baby
  • Very fun and addictive
  • Very original concept

Cons

  • Early Access
  • Bugs, Stutters, Crashes
  • Quests feels empty
  • Not for low-end computers
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