Mount & Blade: Warband is set in medieval times and commonly billed as an action RPG placed in a third-person sandbox. This version is actually a standalone expansion pack that was released in 2010, preceding the original Mount & Blade that came out in in 2008.
The first Mount & Blade was designed only as a single-player experience for PC and MAC, whereas the Warband expansion added in multiplayer functionality for a PC release. Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment later ported the game to PS4 and XBOX One in 2016.
Mount & Blade: Warband is about starting from nothing in a medieval world, with the player being challenge to rise up inside of one of six factions and try to make theirs the most dominant in the realm. In the single player mode, players will need to combine bloody warfare with political guile if they are to triumph; the gameplay consists of both a strategic mode in which players move their warband (composed of hardened mercenaries) around a fictional map, and an actual 3D mode where players command and fight alongside their men.
Mount & Blade was one of the first games to introduce huge large-scale melee battles with dozens and sometimes, hundreds of combatants, all taking place on screen. Different add-ons brought more historic content to the game, like Napoleonic Wars and Viking Conquest.
The game itself is placed in a 3D sandbox where players control their character in third-person. Admittedly, the graphics appear a little dated, but then the original Mount & Blade was released in 2008.
From the outset, players create their character and choose a backstory that binds them to the game. Then it’s a matter of exploring the open world and seeking out characters with whom to forge alliances for large-scale battles.
Mount & Blade: Warband has attracted a hardcore audience ever since its initial release, with players really beginning to embrace the game once multiplayer functionality was integrated. In turn, this has led to Mount & Blade: Warband becoming an extremely popular option for competitive eSports tournaments.
Eventually, this led to Mount & Blade: Warband receiving its first-ever live tournament on 20 May 2017. Arranged by the Lithuanian eSports Federation, the best players in Europe were given the chance to compete for a $10,000 prize fund in the Battle of Bucharest. Alongside the team tournament, the organisers also planned one-on-one duels and a $1,000 prize for the winner.
Ultimately, the gameplay is the reason why so many people are playing Mount & Blade: Warband. The combining of character development, medieval warfare, team-based factions, and political decision-making is the reason why Mount & Blade: Warband is so appealing.
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