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#4513609 - 03/30/20 09:27 PM Mount and Blade II Bannerlord  
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Out for early access. I loved Warband even if I could never quite get the hang of combat. You have to swing way earlier than you think you would. Anyway, it has the full campaign from grunt to king, but so far I have just had enough time to squeeze in some (terrible on my part) battles:

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#4513616 - 03/30/20 10:10 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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The first time I zoomed out...

Wow.

#4513618 - 03/30/20 10:12 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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I've been looking forward to this one too. How is it so far? What is performance like?

#4513623 - 03/30/20 10:21 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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I cannot wait to give this one a try this week. According to Steam, Warband was one of my most played games.

#4513633 - 03/30/20 11:34 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Coot]  
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Originally Posted by Coot
I've been looking forward to this one too. How is it so far? What is performance like?

I'm getting wrecked in the combat tutorials. I never could get the hang of blocking without a shield. Runs well so far at 2K with most details on high. Seems to be fewer factions than Warband and takes place 200 years earlier. I am not sure what is not in there for Early Access as I have not gotten much beyond the random battle generator but it has been a blast so far. Was always going to be a day 1 purchase for me anyway...

#4513655 - 03/31/20 04:43 AM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Here's a bit of the campaign near the beginning. These combats aren't too thrilling as I can't take on very much yet, but you can start to see some of the command overlay. Very familiar feel to it, much nicer visuals and experience overall, can't wait to delve deeper!

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That's looking pretty good. The music sounds nice too. I hope overall the world will feel more immersive with maybe some rpg mechanics or at least some better storytelling? That very much looks like M&B in mechanics but hopefully even better across the board including graphics presentation.

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Didn't do the previous M&B, but I loved Kingdom Come Deliverance, and as I like anything medieval or Roman/ancient etc, I might just have to get this at some point!

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So far it's a much improved version of Warband. It's mostly the same map, just much bigger and the names of the major towns are a bit similar. Combat seems a bit more difficult and faster. Animations, graphics, sound and music are all better. Skills, levels, and attributes all work differently.. There are more dialog options and several of the missions I did seemed to have a couple of ways of doing them with a variety of skill checks that got rolled against. Those missions involved tracking down a "kidnapped: daughter and uncovering a spy operating in a town. All the towns and villages are larger with many more NPCs wandering around them. Also, the default battle size can go up much higher without modding any of the .ini files. IIRC it goes up to 1000 on just the in game slider. I don't know how it runs with a thousand people fighting since I'm still way to early in the game for that. The old Warband would start chopping up as the two armies collided with a battle that large.

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Well, I bought it... Keen to get going, but twice now when getting started in the campaign, I get as far as doing the character selection and the back story, then it locks up... bit frustrating!
I'm validating files again and then will try to give it another go...

#4513739 - 03/31/20 04:37 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Trooper117]  
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Originally Posted by Trooper117
Didn't do the previous M&B, but I loved Kingdom Come Deliverance, and as I like anything medieval or Roman/ancient etc, I might just have to get this at some point!


Did you ever play Defender of the Crown?

Mount and Blade to me is a spiritual successor to that classic game.

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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman
Originally Posted by Trooper117
Didn't do the previous M&B, but I loved Kingdom Come Deliverance, and as I like anything medieval or Roman/ancient etc, I might just have to get this at some point!


Did you ever play Defender of the Crown?

Mount and Blade to me is a spiritual successor to that classic game.


Crikey that's an old one... but no, never played it!

#4513798 - 03/31/20 09:20 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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There's a lot of people complaining of technical issues, from lots of bugs, crashes, very long load times. I can't say I've had any crashes or problems yet (only about 7 hours total). Only minor bugs like cloaks clipping through a shield on your back. It does seem to be a resource hog and the fans on my PC turn up to 11 while playing more than about 5min, and that's just in the campaign map, sitting in towns and small skirmishes with looters.

Some other things that first looked like bugged missions were due to low stats. For instance, you try hunting down spies, the information you get may not be 100% reliable that you get from the townsfolk and it can make finding the right suspect nearly impossible at very low levels.

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I'm holding out for Mount and Blade 3 in VR, I love the idea of a realistic medieval combat game, but 3rd person view mouse clicking just doesn't do it justice IMO.

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Originally Posted by wormfood
There's a lot of people complaining of technical issues, from lots of bugs, crashes, very long load times. I can't say I've had any crashes or problems yet (only about 7 hours total). Only minor bugs like cloaks clipping through a shield on your back. It does seem to be a resource hog and the fans on my PC turn up to 11 while playing more than about 5min, and that's just in the campaign map, sitting in towns and small skirmishes with looters.

Some other things that first looked like bugged missions were due to low stats. For instance, you try hunting down spies, the information you get may not be 100% reliable that you get from the townsfolk and it can make finding the right suspect nearly impossible at very low levels.


Turn framerate cap down from 200 and that will help immensely with GPU usage. Set it to your monitor refresh rate.

#4513816 - 03/31/20 10:28 PM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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Originally Posted by Crane Hunter
I'm holding out for Mount and Blade 3 in VR, I love the idea of a realistic medieval combat game, but 3rd person view mouse clicking just doesn't do it justice IMO.


You can use first person view by pressing "r"

#4513829 - 04/01/20 01:04 AM Re: Mount and Blade II Bannerlord [Re: Mr_Blastman]  
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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman


You can use first person view by pressing "r"


That's even more limited IMO.

I would want to see something like a more refined version of the VR combat in Hellsplit: Arena.

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these games are so like exploit ridden... like if you press this and that.. with that or this you can bypass true combat ... the twitch kids learn all this 10 hours a day while we work 10 hours a day..


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Originally Posted by W-Molders
these games are so like exploit ridden... like if you press this and that.. with that or this you can bypass true combat ... the twitch kids learn all this 10 hours a day while we work 10 hours a day..



Yup. This is why I dumped head-to-head multiplayer gaming over 10 years ago.


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It doesn't matter what genre any game is... there is always a way to 'game the game', sadly...

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