I’ve played a lot of RPGs over the years. Some of them very different from each other. For example. I consider The elder scrolls series quite different from games like Baldur’s Gate or Pillars of eternity. Also, they obviously have different settings, but for the most part it has been sci-fi or a high fantasy setting. This game however, brings something fresh to the table, by trying to focus on a realistic medieval setting. Very few games have tried this over the years. I think Darklands tried in the early 90s. Mount & Blade sort of does (in With Fire and Sword), but none of them really succeeds. This game however manages to capture an atmosphere and immersion that I haven’t experienced in any other game. I can’t put my finger on what it is. Maybe it’s jsut the historical setting combined with the (for the most part) focus on authenticity, or maybe it’s just the fact that they’ve managed to make an interesting RPG without magic. I don’t know. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. Another reason might be that you don’t start out as a super here that’s destined to save the world from all evil. If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m in love with this game. Both as an RPG fan, and a history nerd. From a history perspective, it isn’t perfect if you dig deeper, but it’s the best I’ve seen in both moves and games set in this period. The first problem that comes to mind is the lack of crossbows in the game, because as far as I know. The region where this game is set (early 15th century Bohemia) used a lot of crossbows. There’s other issues, but I won’t go into them here. There’s some good YouTube videos on the subject.
The graphics range from great to fantastic. The enviroments are very detailed and has high graphical quality. It probably requires a decent PC for the best experience. I like the graphics in this game, not only for it’s quality, but for the great attention to detail.
Sound effects are great, and voice overs are for the most part ok.
The user interface can feel a bit clunky at times. For example the inventory system. Replacing gear, something I do quite often, can be a bit tedius.
This is a first person RPG. If you’ve played games like SKyrim, you’ll feel quite at home, except that the combat system is very different (much better IMHO). You start out as a Blacksmiths’ son, without much combat experience, and it’ll take some time before you learn to fight properly. ALso fighting with different weapons feel quite different. The addition of notrition, the need to sleep and repairs is also nice. Ranged combat is even more difficult than melee before you get used to it. I also usually go to an archery range whenever I switch to a new bow to try a few shots.
Well, if you haven’t noticed already, I’m totally in love with this game. This might turn out to be my favorite RPG of all time. If you want a historical RPG, or just something fresh. Get this game right now!