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Just my thoughts on MMO's, roleplaying, game companies, and the people that play these games.

Author: Teala

Mount and Blade - The best single player game that is screaming to be made into and MMORPG!!

Posted by Teala Wednesday August 27 2008 at 2:55PM
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Kristi:  "So have you heard of the game Mount and Blade?"
You:  "No."
Kristi:  "No!!!!!!!!!!   OMG...where have you been - living in a cave?"
You:  "No."
Kristi:  "Well let me tell you about this little known game called Mount and Blade."
You:  "Is it an MMORPG?"
Kristi:  "Ummm....no."
You:  "Oh...a single player game."
Kristi:  "Yea...unfortunately."
You:  "Hmmm...it's not an MMORPG, I don't like playing single player games."
Kristi:  "Yea I know...but this game you should really try."
You: "I don't play single player games though."
Kristi:  "But this game is so much fun!"
You:  "What is it about?"
Kristi: "Its about medieval warfare.  It has elements of an RPG mixed with RTS game play."
You:  "Is it a fantasy game?"
Kristi:  "No...it doesn't have orcs, wizards or goblins...but what it does have it does better than any other game I have ever played."
You:  "But you said it wasn't an MMORPG...so who cares?"
Kristi:  "I know...I know....but it kinda plays like one....sorta...well kinda..."
You:  " huh...?"
Kristi:  "This game maybe not an MMORPG(yet), but it is screaming to be turned into one!"

Seriously though....if you are reading this and have not played Mount and Blade yet...you're missing out on one of the best made games ever.   The developers behind the game Mount and Blade have gone to great lengths to make a game that brings all things medieval to life.  Things like fiefs, lords, kings and epic battles in in virtual world that comes to life inside your computer.   While you're playing, things in the game world are constantly in motion - just like an MMORPG.   Villages are pillaged half a world away, castles fall, a lords fief is crushed by his enemies and more.   Though Mount and Blade is not an MMORPG it has elements of one built into it.    So it is no stretch when I say this game is screaming to be turned into an MMORPG.  I know there are people that currently play it that say it cannot be done and to do so would ruin it....but I say...."Are you kidding me!  With just a few minor changes to the way the game plays this game would put all over MMORPG's to shame."   

First off the game has a great skill based character development system in place.   Though you do gain levels they are merely for show because your skills and stats are what make your character who it is...and it is totally done in the style of an FPS game.   Yep, that's right, the game uses FPS type combat...and you know what...it works...it works extremely well and the best thing about it is it is fun!   Though there is not the usual controls typical for an RPG in place like hot bars for skills, attacks and such...that doesn't matter.  The developers have done an excellent job programing in fluid combat unlike any game you've ever played before.   And those stats and skills your character has - do improve and do work to make your character smarter and fight better.   The marriage of FPS with elements of RPG character development in this game is what the MMORPG genre has needed.  No more button mashing, or queueing up your moves...everything is in real-time and the combat is addictive and fun.

Think of the game called Planetside with hundreds of players fighting it out in real time against one another, but instead of a futuristic setting it is set in a medieval world.   That is how this game would basically play only better if you take into consideration all the elements and game play that currently exist in the game.

Second, if you've ever played a game where players can take over castles and keeps like Dark Age of Camelot or Lineage II, then you'll know, once you've played Mount and Blade what I am talking about.   Imagine players creating guilds that over time gain a castle of their own, then a whole fief, and then perhaps a whole kingdom.    The players in playing the game would be able to have an impact on the game world unlike any MMORPG game we've seen to date.    The games content comes from the players themselves exploring, traveling, creating kingdoms, conquering lands, going to tournaments, battling hordes of NPC brigands and player controlled bandits, kings, lords and mercenaries.

Third, new game content could come from the developers(if the game was made into an MMORPG) in the way of more lands to explore and maybe new game play elements like the addition of some minor fantasy based content.  Maybe add wizardry and dragons and some mythical game play we like to have in MMORPG's for instance a good dungeon crawl.   The possibilities are endless and this game is as is is ripe to be converted to an MMORPG unlike anything we've ever seen or played before.

If ever there was a single player game that should be turned into an MMORPG,  Mount and Blade is it.   This game(once it is released) will go down in gaming history as an instant classic.   It has been in development for many years and though it is still in development and not yet officially released it is free to down load and play at the Mount and Blade website.   The current version that is available is the last version before the publisher releases it to the market - beta version 0.960.

   

The single player game currently has many modules available to change the game to mix it up and make a whole new game.   You can change it to play in a Star Wars setting, a Lord of the Rings world, or a historical setting from our own real history like the 100 Years War and medieval Japan and many, many, many more.  

I know the game is a single player game and not an MMORPG, but don't let that stop you from experiencing one of the best designed games to hit computer gaming in many years.  

The developers over at Tale Worlds should be commended for creating this wonderful game.   You can tell that they truly loved what they were doing by the amount of detail they put into their game.   Truly a work of love and it shows. 

So what are you waiting for?!   Stop reading this blog entry and go download the demo now! 

Mount & Blade   <<< get it here!

TsukieU writes:

Pass.

Wed Aug 27 2008 2:58PM Report
Teala writes:

TsukieU - have you even played it?  The game is really good and the best thing about it - OMG it is fun!

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:06PM Report
TsukieU writes:

Sorry, it just doesn't look all that fun to me.  Great you get to swing a sword and shoot a bow in a 3d setting...just like almost every other game out there.

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:08PM Report
TsukieU writes:

Also you are touting it as the best MMO that never was.  Not a very good selling point IMO.

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:09PM Report
Teala writes:

Cool...no biggy...just thought I would ask.  As for it not being an MMO...yea...that is the point of my blog - it should be!  LOL!  Anyway...game on friend! 

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:13PM Report
mike470 writes:

It's like the conversation we never had :D

I'll remember this, too.  If I ever need you, Teala, I'll just talk about Mount & Blade and you'll come back to the forums :)

Hehe

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:34PM Report
zonzai writes:

This game keeps coming up in threads all over the gaming community. I will have to give it a try.

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:35PM Report
Grunties writes:

I did the prepay about 6 months back and have been enjoying the 'beta' versions they release periodically. Now I'm just waiting for that 1.0 on the horizon. Its so close.

The combat was fantastic and is exactly where I am hoping mmo combat design gravitates towards as soon as the technology can handle it reliably. I don't think the non-combat part of the game is up to par with mmo's (not complaining, you can only ask so much of an indy developer). However the long and short of it is, it is still a great game and makes some very fun strides into uncharted territory. Everyone should at the very least try the demo IMO.

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:39PM Report
Teala writes:

Mike...awww....you miss me dontcha(miss u too).   Sad thing is this will be my last blog entry for some time to come - moving.    Iam getting the frak out of Minnesota once and for all and forever!   ::big grin::   In fact I will be out of here before the sun rises next Monday morning.  Yea!!!!!!!

Wed Aug 27 2008 3:41PM Report
mike470 writes:

Sounds good.  Best of luck on your travels; wherever you may go.  :)

I'll be here for awhile, I'll cya when you get back :D

Wed Aug 27 2008 4:04PM Report
PrinnySquad writes:

First, who hates single player games and only plays MMOs? Not a real gamer, maybe a non-gamer who switches between WoW and Yahoo! Games, I guess.

Second, not to knock it, as I've heard good things and it looks nice, but not my cup of tea. I don't like click-to-swing and twitch combat and things like that. I'm a big proponent of thinking over mouse-fu.

That said, for those I know that do like that kind of thing, I will suggest this game. Interesting read, thanks. :)

Wed Aug 27 2008 4:35PM Report
mumbled writes:

One of the best games for pc.Evryone who likes Elder Scroll should try it.And there are a lots of mods that improve the graphics,textures,gameplay and items.And if you like the trial,please,buy it!

Wed Aug 27 2008 4:42PM Report
somonekilwow writes:

if you want this to be made into a mmo it is because darkfall is basing their combat off of this

Wed Aug 27 2008 4:59PM Report
Axum writes:

It has a trial, so i am giving it a shot :D

ill give you my opinion on it in about 30 minutes

:)

Wed Aug 27 2008 5:21PM Report
Tolmo writes:

i also thought it was rediculous... but... it... is....  A W E S O M E!!!

 

(and very addictive)

Wed Aug 27 2008 6:07PM Report
Axum writes:

Seemed a tad clunky to me, but with a good gfx engine and some little control tweaks that could make for one crazy MMO.

I didn't think i would ever say it, but i am....

That fighting system could possibly beat the RvR masters (mythic) in their own game!

Wed Aug 27 2008 7:38PM Report
soponyai writes:

I've checked a few videos out before and the "shooting-from-horseback-raids" really caught my attention but when I went to their site I passed for some reason.
Now that you mentioned the conversions and mods (Medieval Japan \o/) however I'm giving it a chance

Thu Aug 28 2008 2:50AM Report
dethgar writes:

Very very addictive game, makes me want to do my own mod of it. Too bad there is no multiplayer :( Nice one Teala <3

Thu Aug 28 2008 3:15AM Report
Teala writes:

Thanks dethgar  :)

Thu Aug 28 2008 6:28PM Report
achellis writes:

i own the game and i think its great.

Tue Feb 10 2009 9:36AM Report
achellis writes:

i own the game and i think its great.

Tue Feb 10 2009 9:36AM Report
Finwolven writes:

I've been following M&B:s progress for around three years now, bought it then and played the early versions, which were so much fun.

I must say I've been really impressed in how TaleWorlds has been able to make constant improvements to the game far beyond the point where I would've called it 'ready' and shipped it out.

Seeing M&B on store shelves a few months ago was a real knock-out punch for me, 100% pure awesome that so strange indy game could actually get prime time shelf space!

Sat Mar 14 2009 2:02AM Report
SEANMCAD writes:

I am really critical of games but this one is awesome. I played the demo and was sold before the training was complete.

 

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