Calradia is a land at war, offering great riches and even greater dangers to adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With courage and a strong sword, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior. Free-form sand-box gameplay.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,209 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 16, 2008

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Includes 5 items: Mount & Blade, Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars, Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest, Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword

 

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February 23

Simplified Chinese Added!

Hello all, just a little update to let you know that the small update you received was to add Simplified Chinese to the game, which you can select from the game's "Properties". Shouldn't affect anything else, so don't worry about it if you're not interested in Chinese :).

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About This Game

Calradia is a land at war, offering great riches and even greater dangers to adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With courage and a strong sword, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior.
  • Free-form sand-box gameplay. You are free to go anywhere in a world with more than a hundred unique locations including villages, castles and towns.
  • Groundbreaking horseback combat.
  • Highly advanced and intuitive sword-fighting systems.
  • Fight on horseback and foot using a vast variety of medieval weapons, each with unique characteristics.
  • You can be anything from a lonesome adventurer to a commander of armies or an owner of villages, castles or towns.
  • Sophisticated AI will challenge you in combat and in your strategic plans.
  • Freedom to interact with hundreds of characters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Memory: 512 MB of RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with at least 64 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB of hard disk space.
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50 of 64 people (78%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Got game. Upped difficulty to 50%. Died. Downed to 30%.
Day 1. Army is up to 30, no one will fight me now, time to kill caravans. First, lets get a cow.
Day 2. Stole a cow, Lords chasing me around this mountain, we are the same speed, I cant escape.
Day 3. Surrendered, he had 100 more soldiers than me, I escaped, apparently kept my pony, lost my armor. Then I got murdered by villagers from the town I had stolen the cow from
Day 4. Dead
Day 5. I didnt come back to life, quit reading
10/10 would be a prisoner walrus again.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
10/10 Best mailman simulator.
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130 of 218 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
313.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I dropped a lot of hours into this game, despite its flaws. But don't buy this, buy M&B Warband. It's exactly the same, but with better mechanics, animations, combat, and more options. There's nothing in M&B that isn't also in M&B Warband, and the improvements are huge.

That said, this game is fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of the 300 hours I spent playing it. I would give it a 9 for 10 (there are flaws in it, after all). Its my favorite game out there, with the very notable exception of Warband.

So don't buy this game. But definitely buy Warband.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I was able to recruit 100 pesants(Without upgrading them) and take over all of the kingdoms. 10/10
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
A fantastic sandbox RPG, just as good as it's successor, Mount and Blade: Warband. Endless replayability value, and a game that you can easily put 100 hours into. Buy it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
275.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
I've been gaming for 30+ years and over that time I've played a lot of games. From my experience, Mount & Blade offers a unique gaming experience. Not quite like anything else I've ever played. There are some similarities to familiar games, such as shades of the Total War series, but stark enough differences that they really cannot be compared. Mount & Blade in my opinion is fairly easy to learn, but does take some skill with action type fighting to be mastered. If you enjoy strategy games with a turn based feel, mixed with real time combat, in a non-linear world; then Mount & Blade may just well be your cup of tea.

I was looking for a somewhat decent strategy game that would run on my gutless business laptop and I have to say I was not expecting as good of a game as it turned out to truly be. It's got enough meat in the vanilla campaign to keep most people busy for at least 100 hours I would speculate, though I personally have already invested 200 hours into my first vanilla campaign and can see it dragging out another 100-200 easily.

Beyond the vanilla game, there are apparently many mods made for this game as well. Some appear to be quite promising and I will surely be giving at least a few a spin. All in all I would highly recommend this game. I bought it on sale and was skepticle, but having now played it, I would have paid the full price and not felt shorted in any way. Well worth the money imho.

+ Cheap.
+ Very low system requirements - should run well on most machines.
+ Time consuming single player campaign (I'm not interested in a game if it can be beaten in less then 48 hours of actual gameplay).
+ Easy to learn, yet unique combat system that is both fun and requires skill to master.
+ High replayability due to massive amount of community mods available.

- AI is not the greatest and can be stomped fight after fight once you learn it's flaws. I'm talking I have decimated a larger opposing army almost by myself. Siege AI is almost worse, you can take any city with 10 men once you have learned their flaws. They don't fare any better trying to take a city from you either. 10 men could hold off thousands if you know what you're doing.

OVERALL 9/10 AND I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO ANY TRUE STRATEGY FAN.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I would really only buy this game if you want the Star Wars Mod. That's the only reason why I bought it. If you don't want that mod, then get Warband. I still recommend the game because the Star Wars mod is fantastic.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
163.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
I have spent many hours playing this shining treasure of a game over the last 4 years or so, and it has been one of the single greatest games I have ever played. The first time I played it, I thought to myself that I would never get anywhere in this mass-scale, fast-paced simulator of medieval combat. However, I now have eliminated the entire faction of my arch-enemy, The Kingodm of Swadia, and have full control over what used to be their lands. The Swadian king and his trusted vassels now rot in my vast dungeons like the pigs they are. And any who I have failed to capture, have been murdered by my most trusted allies, the Vaegir.

All in all, this is one of the best games known to mankind, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone.

8/8 It's Gr8 M8
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Before i start my review i enjoyed the game but if your looking for more content and more things to do I would get Mount & Blade warband.. Reason has more things to do, fixed a lot of bugs on mount & blade and a lot more mods. Trust me and go purchase it. Its literally identical than this one..

Mount & Blade is a really interesting game. You start off as a nobody and you work your way up, including your army. While you hire people for your army, you must have weapons and food for them. If no food they will leave you.You can do quest by doing small things around town and delievering messages from kings to other kings. You can always siege castles and villages if you want to get supplies.

Pros
Big battles
Attack villages and castles
Nice inventory system

Cons
bus
no multiplayer
Not Many mods
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
158.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Take over castles, kill thousands of men, manage your own army, relations with lords/kings/cities/towns/factions, pillage and burn (looting, my favorite), and a huge map with 5 different factions that you choose to join. You can either be a jerk and chase down peasants and slaughter them, or you can drive bandits out of small towns or stop the enemy lord from pillaging the neighboring town. Be involved in battles for cities or castles with hundreds, maybe even thousands if u want to (i have). Now you have to start off right because i have 1 good character and 3 other bad ones. so dont fool around and get captured by bandits or a mean lord. When you get to my level (which is probably real bad compared to some hardcore mount and blade fan out there), you can battle bandits all by yourself, and just bow them down as they come at you. its a great game with neverending places to capture and people to kill (there's a limit of places, but the people just keep comin! how many babies have to be born with the fact i have killed 35k people)! Worth the money too, trust me, I am a stickler for buying games for any kind of money. This better persuade you to get this, or i will have to send my army of 650 men at you ( would be more troops but they are quite expensive, and i start losing money fast if i go for any more. 112k monies. i do love my money.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
If you like huge, expansive games that combine the strategy and patience elements of an RTS and the skill of a third person medieval combat game, you will love Mount & Blade. Starting out as a lone mercenary and slowly gaining your army by completing quests, killing/capturing enemy patrols, etc you eventually can conquer the entire map under your flag. This game takes A LOT of patience, but is incredibly fun and the replay value is incredibly high.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
this game is very good if you like medieval 1st or 3rd person view combat
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I have more friends on this then i have in real life ;(
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Pretty neat, but Mount and Blade: Warband is bigger, better, and has more mods to go with it. Get that instead.

Still a "yes" for a good game though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
225.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
One of the best games of all time. This is a great game and i love building my army up to help or kill my leige. Ive played 225 or more and a person whose played that much is obviously happy with the result of this game

11/10
"first person fantasy"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
a very nice mix of strategy - rpg - fantasy games that ended up as a mounted charge simulator. a must try.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Well its a crappier version of Mount and Blade: Warband but is still pretty good. I love the fact that you can be a old man in his 80's and still manage to battle a army of young men in a arena and beat all of the young men.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This BASIS of this game is good but believe me when I tell you there is a whole crap ton on which this game could be improved. The ONLY reason I play this game is because of it's concepts and stuff you can do. The combat and graphics can only be described with one word: Choppy. I have a harder time killing peasant farmer than I do Sea Raiders...And then there's the fact that there is no in between when it come to high level fights and low level fights. You either take on the extemely powerful lords that take everything you own and leave you in the dust or fight the low level Sea Raiders or other enemies that you only rarely get to fight because they're too busy running away from you in terror. There is nothing in between those. My main diagnosis is that the developers are extremly talented people with great imagination that somewhere along the line of this game just gave up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Very in depth medieval style hack and slash but with far more precision and detail than most games, very enjoyable but very hard, takes skill and tactics to survive, i'd recommend buying the collection.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
196.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Here's the deal with Mount & Blade. When it was released it was epic. Seriously one of the best RPGs you could find. Simple enough to grasp the concepts quickly and yet with enough depth to surprise you after even 30 hours played. Everyon who played it, loved it.
Then Taleworld released M&B Warband. And everyone felt a little cheated. Reason being it revealed that the original M&B was essentially a Beta. Warband had all the little things that M&B was missing. Starting your own nation, getting married for political purposes, even a health meter for your horse.
Then came Fire and Sword. Bleh.
Warband is the game I would recomend, especially if your going un-modded or just small mods.
But my real recomendation is that you buy M&B and then get the LOTR mod overhaul. This is the best mod ever. Complete Lord of The Rings overhaul. the guys who made this spent 4 years on it. Incredible. Well worth the $10 bucks you'd spend on this game.
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