Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword Disappoints

There’s no real denying it, I’m disappointed. With Fire and Sword is more like a mod for the original game than a whole new title. Here’s a link to my Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword review.

So what’s wrong? In short — they’ve cut the character set up, the guns are like slow crossbows but much more deadly, especially at close range, the background history just isn’t what I’m into and it looks chaotic and weird. You can’t recruit peasants from villages anymore, there’s less freedom in the progression because they’ve created more of a narrative. The jousting tournaments have gone but there’s no replacement and the early single player game is just a case of repeating familiar missions from the original and Warband with a slight repaint. The more I play it the more I want to fire up Warband again and play that instead.

The original was so super addictive but this just isn’t hooking me. The move towards guns and explosives is just wrong, the thing I always loved about M&B was in the name – mount and blade. I’d also like to see more depth in the missions. Maybe some real character development (there are some nice new characters in WFaS to be fair but the interaction feels too familiar). I have high hopes this is just a small mis-step in the series, I’m sure Tale Worlds will return to form.

About Simon Hill

I'm addicted to gaming and have been since I was a wee boy. Worked in the industry as a tester, designer and producer. I'm now a full time freelance writer and editor.