Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Review

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is the newest addition to this already popular and long-standing franchise. Let’s see what brings us new

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is the latest in this franchise, considering that its latest installment is more than ten years old now. In this game we will have to take control of an aspiring mercenary, who little by little makes his way in an army until he achieves a very high command. This will lead to many battles between many soldiers and of course, from time to time you will be involved in a role-playing game. It is a very addictive concept that can easily engage players for hundreds of hours. However, it’s also a concept that’s started to show its age recently, which is where Bannerlord comes in.

This game is a mixture of everything, you command your army towards the enemy line, but you must be very careful, because their archers are on the prowl and they can cause you a lot, a lot of damage. In the same way you can involve yourself in the battle, using swords and shields made by yourself. Definitely, this game is full of adrenaline, but you must also have a lot of patience and be a good strategist.

Definitely Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has made a fairly significant change at the graphics level. Regularly these games have had very, very bad graphics. This one definitely doesn’t have the best graphics, in my opinion the graphics are still borderline mediocre. But still, I can say that the graphics do not prevent you from playing and enjoying the game, which was much more complicated before. So even with the not-so-great graphics, this is a big win for the franchise.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

This sentiment I can say also applies to the story of the game. In Bannerlord, players are tasked with speaking with a group of nobles so they can find their brother and rebuild their clan. It’s not exactly The Silmarillion, but given that previous entries in the franchise didn’t have a story to speak of, it’s definitely a very nice addition that gives gamers looking for some direction or something to do. Towards the end, the story also ties into the realm mechanics of the game, which is nice, even if it’s not necessarily necessary.

I can say that this new entry remains very faithful to its origins, here you are going to fight, and a lot. The battles are fast, but very intense and brutal. You must take into account what you use, because each armor, each weapon, will have effects. You can slow down. And well, the one-on-one combat, for me, is one of the most satisfying things in the game, it feels very, very polished.

On the other hand, directing battles is also a very good and rewarding experience. Players can accurately command troops on the battlefield and can use real-world tactics to outwit their enemies. Both friendly and enemy troops move fast enough to allow all of this to happen, which avoids the common problem in strategy games where cavalry units decimate everyone before battle begins, this was definitely very well thought out. This results in perfectly paced battles that are highly enjoyable from any aspect of the game.

The battles are favored by the simple management of the group between them. Almost everything that can be done in a player’s party is done within a single menu screen and most interactions only require a button press to complete. Everything from executing prisoners to allocating perk points is done within the party menu which makes performing non-combat tasks very easy and this is something I really like, well no It requires such a time investment to learn the basics of the game.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

The other thing that causes us to get even more involved in the game. Mount & Blade is known for its great battles, but the sieges in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord are some of the best things players will experience in any game. They are massive fights of no more than 15 minutes in length which involve battering rams and siege towers. These are going to put players’ armies to the test and, when completed, award the best rewards in the game.

Occasionally FPS can drop into the single digits during big battles, but outside of these the game runs smoothly. Except for some loading time issues, one or another bug and FPS drops.

I can also say that bandit camps often feel lopsided, and I in particular had to take a long time to get my army to the size needed to start mounting sieges on their own.

The sound effects and voice dubbing are the most consistent, definitely in this section I have no complaints.

In conclusion

The overall experience is amazing. Featuring fun one-on-one combat, the engaging sieges are my favorite part of the game. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is borderline fantasy for those interested in the medieval period. The story is simple and the graphics are definitely not the best. But I understand this does not harm anyone a very good gaming experience.

This review was made thanks to a copy for PS5 provided by Taleworlds Entertainment

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Review

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