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Release Date: Oct 2, 2012

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Buy War of the Roses: Kingmaker

War of the Roses: Kingmaker includes arsenal and armor updates, three new maps and two additional gameplay modes, including the Assault Mode.

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Buy Vikings & Roses - Unleash the War Pack

Includes 4 items: War of the Roses Novel, War of the Roses: Kingmaker, War of the Vikings, War of the Vikings E-book: Berserker King

 

Reviews

"It’s competitive, skill-based, I suck at it, and I know I'll be playing it tonight"
80/100 - Destructoid

“a game that you won't want to miss”
80/100 - GamesRadar

“a game that will truly test your mettle as a gamer”
75/100 - GameZone

About This Content

War of the Roses: Kingmaker is a team based third person action game set in 15th century England. Two rival branches of the Royal House of Plantagenet - the house of Lancaster (the reds) and the house of York (the whites) – fight over the throne, and the player is thrown into the fray.

War of the Roses: Kingmaker arms players with a wide variety of arsenal and armor from the Knights Hospitaller, Gallowglass Mercenary, Winter Has Arrived, and Outside the Law updates. Three new maps and two additional gameplay modes, including the Assault Mode released specifically for this version of the multiplayer action title are also included. War of the Roses: Kingmaker will separate the nobles from the rabble and put knights on the fast-track to glory, ready to fight and die for York or Lancaster – and go down in history as true heroes.

Key Features:


  • Customize Your Warrior - Choose your fighting style and select from over 30 play-style changing perks that let you create truly unique characters with special abilities like eagle eye or shield bash.
  • Choose Your Gear – Make your selection from over 30 authentic weapons across 10 weapon categories with your choice of blade type and metal type. More than a dozen customizable helmets and various armor types to choose from. Even create your own coat of arms with near limitless combinations as you choose your division, ordinary, charge, and crest.
  • Design Your Coat of Arms – Show your allegiance, or just design something cool in the extensive Coat of Arms editor with millions of possible combinations.
  • Groundbreaking Mounted Gameplay - Melee combat will never be the same, mount up and experience new tactical and visceral thrills.
  • Train to be the Ultimate Knight - Experience a deep leveling system as you rise through the ranks, gain weapons, gear, and much more.
  • Expand the Mass Devastation – Take the up to 64 player competition to the next level on two additional modes, Pitched Battle & Assault! These bring the grand scale of war to the next level and challenge the most harden Knights!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 9800, AMD Radeon 4830)
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Onboard Video Card Not Supported
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:Quad Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (recommended: Nvidia GeForce 460, AMD Radeon 5870)
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Onboard Video Card Not Supported
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Overall:
Mixed (177 reviews)
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Abusive Bisuketto
Posted: May 22
Dead game nobody plays it and the devs are lazy ♥♥♥♥s
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☭Россия☭
Posted: April 16
Even now, when the game is nearly dead - I still believe it is worth buying - WHEN discounted. It has a solid 4 servers always up with 20-30 people consistantly in no matter what the time is. But as I said, its nearly dead - and its a shame they abandoned it as well as War of the Vikings.
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RodZilla
Posted: February 22
Such a great game, too bad it never caught on.
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[52nd]KingMoogoe
Posted: February 9
Great Game, Very fun, dont let the community bring you down, if you are haveing trouble fighting get for help from another player.
Lookes amazing
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Gårrëttisønfire
Posted: December 26, 2015
I have mixed feelings on this game. It appears as if it is a new and improved version of Warband but much of this game is lacking. Also I payed full price for it when it came out but now its free. I cannot forgive for that.
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NCR 1st Recon Trooper
Posted: December 19, 2015
10/10 would get pitch fork domed again.
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Unicorn Wizard
Posted: November 26, 2015
One of the most fun and frustrating games I've ever played.
Player base is small but the game lives on.

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coolbob721
Posted: November 24, 2015
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DR GALETTE
Posted: November 23, 2015
Most people who say to stay away from the game probably played the free trial about 5 minutes before raging.

The reviews in here are way too harsh for the game. I have a lot of fun with it. Yes level 60s are incredibly hard to kill, but it isn't impossible. I find it quite more intertaining than Chivalry because the mechanics are a lot more complex even if a bit unbalanced.

The biggest downside of this game is the lack of players and a somewhat dumb community, but the gameplay is orginal and hard to master. I always come back for more.

All in all I think it is a very refreshing online game despite its flaws.
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Andrew
Posted: November 19, 2015
here is a list of stuff you can do in game from stuff you do first to stuff you do last.

get rekt by pitch fork level 60 players
get rekt by lightly armored 2h sword users
get rekt by people with giant 2h axes that always chop ur head off no matter how well you block
get rekt by pro horsemans hammer users that always hit your head no matter what.
get rekt by 360 no scope xbow users

then after you grind past all those you can finally do the following:

rekt people with pitch forks at level 60
rekt people with light armor and 2h swords
rekt people with giant 2h axes that always chop off their heads
rekt people with horsemans hammer
rekt people with 360 no scope xbows
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bouncy bro
Posted: November 15, 2015
awsome gsme fun to play
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youtube.com/sallet
Posted: October 22, 2015
Imbalanced, small community, OP weapons.

But I still love it to death.
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Xorph64
Posted: October 1, 2015
For real tho this game is p bad.
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DSilentKnight935
Posted: September 19, 2015
This is probably the worst dlc i have ever payed for. Gold is the main currency I hope you like grinding for months just to get 10,00 gold. What? you don't like grinding? Well give us 5 bucks just to buy over powered armour. They really need to make getting gold faster it's takes a whole month just to get a new ful set of heavy armour. This game is ♥♥♥♥, do not buy it it is a waste of mony and it adds new maps and thats it.


4/10 ♥♥♥♥
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Serdin
Posted: September 16, 2015
It is a great game but definetely not worth 20 dollars, maybe 10, anyway, this game is a medieval 3rd person multiplayer game developed by Fatshark and produced by Paradox, here, lets start with the pros: decent graphics, addicting, MANNY items to buy with ingame cash, people still play it, pretty historically accurate, now heres some cons: it can be veryyy buggy, there are pathetic weapons that are extremely op such as the pitchfork, i swear, the pitchfork one hits people in heavy armor, the games creators abandoned the game meaning there are no more updates or anything, people hack alot, anti cheat sucks, this game is kinda a paytoplay game. Otherwise, this game could use alot of work, my review is maybe a 5 out of 10. Anyway, if you really want this game, your gonna have to dig deep in the game and see what its like. Hope my review helped!
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SynthSaint
Posted: September 5, 2015
Game is very unbalanced and pretty dead, developers have dropped all support for it and went off to develop the infinitely inferior War of the Vikings coupled with a lack of custom servers or modding tools to create new maps. You're pretty much better off buying Mount & Blade: Warband or Chivalry: Medieval Warfare if you want to have the medieval battlefield experience.

Which is a shame because War of the Roses could have been much, much more than it is today had the developers tried to fix it with more content rather than running it into the ground whilst selling skins.
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Kawaii Cat
Posted: September 4, 2015
Note that I will still continue to play this game only because:

- I know the game mechanics
- I do not get owned 1 hit by rank 60 people with peasant weapons
- I don't care when people trashtalk me
- I find it fun 1 hitting people
- Fun for me


First of all, this is a very fun game with lots of potential but people would rather trashtalk you when you win once and start flaming you, which makes this game's community really toxic. Infact, you will end up in a bad mood.


Mentioning the community, it is the most toxic community I have seen. From rank 60's down to the lowest, it does not make sense. They have the most illogical reasons ever, mentioning that they use swear words down to words that are made to make you angry. The swearing vocabulary is to be sick of. They can not speak with a decent grammar, but when they are angry they suddenly get the perfect swearing grammar. It is pretty fascinating actually, but really sickening also.


I will list the non-swear-words-vocabulary of this community:

- Hi
- Lol
- gf

And now I will list the ''toxic'' words:

- ♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥
- Noob
- ♥♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥♥
- Kid
- Owned
- ♥♥♥
- Shrektn00b
- l0lnoob
- usuck
- Learn to Play
- LOL U EXE'D ME UR GONNA DIE NOW U LIL ♥♥♥♥♥
- DID U JUST EXE ME?
- LOL EXED U NOOB
- duel me u ♥♥♥
- GALLOSPAMMER NOOB
- LOL GALLO?


Do you see the difference? That's right.


Now let's talk about the duel servers, as they are a big part of the game and most players play on some kind of duel server. The admins are total crap, like TOTAL crap. Too many people agree on the admin part, they should do something about it.

Back to the toxic part (duel). 80% of the toxicity comes from the duel servers, once you beat them with some kind of weapon they are going full sparta about it. I think that comes from people being angry, like in the words of; they are sore losers.


Mentioning again; I still love this game by some reason and I love playing it even though the community is toxic.

Adios Da Bruh ~ <3
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Duke Nukem easy.gl
Posted: August 26, 2015
poop.
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鳥Jamie | LGNS
Posted: August 22, 2015
After playing for this long i can tell you this and this only;
This is ♥♥♥♥. Dont buy it. dont play it. Dont look at it.
RUN.
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John
Posted: August 4, 2015
oh this game... you know when it was 20 dollars and it was actual fun and that kind of crap?

yeah dont look here its gone now,

Complaint number 1:
i wasted 20 dollars when it wasn't free, and i didnt get this instantly when it ♥♥♥♥ing went F2P

Complaint number 2:
now i waste another 20 bux on a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ abandoned game. well done
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 16
Even now, when the game is nearly dead - I still believe it is worth buying - WHEN discounted. It has a solid 4 servers always up with 20-30 people consistantly in no matter what the time is. But as I said, its nearly dead - and its a shame they abandoned it as well as War of the Vikings.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: December 26, 2015
I have mixed feelings on this game. It appears as if it is a new and improved version of Warband but much of this game is lacking. Also I payed full price for it when it came out but now its free. I cannot forgive for that.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 16, 2014
This game is great, but the community is about as pleasant as a room full of ritalin-addicted toddlers on a massive sugar-high.
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 23, 2013
Medieval combat with a ferociously steep learning curve; 'War of the Roses: Kingmaker' brings a similar game-style to Mount & Blade while vastly improving on what was a grand template already.

Pitching yourself in battle, there's a huge amount of authenticity and splendor you get while charging through a field with around 25 other players around you. With many weapon choices, each one unique and different to handle, there's plenty within the game to enjoy. Strikes feel viscious and you genuinely feel as if it's your mouse alone making the cuts of your enemy run deep.

In comparison to the more arcade-feel of 'Chivalry: Medieval Warfare', War of the Roses is a realistic battle-simulator, however, that being said: it's definitely a game and by all means it's completely awesome.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: July 16, 2013
Hard to get used to, but very fun once you figure it out
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57 of 90 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 11, 2013
My new favourite game!! Requires a lot of skills and a powerful computer, but it's totally worth it.
DEATH TO THE LANCASTRIAN DOGS!!!!!

SCORE: 90/100
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: June 24, 2015
Almost all players left are regulars and highly experienced, usually bunched up on one or two servers with 20 - 30 players. Combat is frustrating and imbalanced with clothed peasants wielding pitchforks that insta kill knights in full plate. Janky melee where everyone is constantly running in circles to keep their top speeds for bonus damage and to dodge incoming swings, this looks really silly and isn't very immersive.

You can barely shoot anything moving with a ranged weapon, as your projectile is shot after a noticeable delay dependent on the games/servers mood, add in the fact that everyone is running in circles makes it nearly impossible to lead your shots.

Usually while running in circles you will want to position yourself in such a way, that when your fully charged attack is released your swing begins inside or right before your target, achieving maximum damage potential without delay, giving even less or no time for a parry. Noone will explain this to you. I guess I should also mention that the community is childish and unfriendly. There seem to be a couple of map exploits as well, with snipers shooting from inside buildings. This all adds up to a genuine old school experience, the bad kind.

The developers have also discontinued support, which is the most frustrating issue, the potential is still there and they could really turn things around, but just gave up on it. It's not a bad game, it just needs someone to care about it. All those realistic armor hitboxes and weapon modifications mean nothing when it comes to the imbalance and cheapness in combat. Any "polish" is superficial at best.

So if you feel like sacrificing yourself for the enjoyment of everyone still playing and absolutely love hardcore metagaming, à la a slow jedi knight 2/academy without force powers or rancors, then buy this game now, you masochist.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: October 5, 2014
It has rather steep learning curve but melee is very colorful and deep. The way you have to use every aspect of your weapons(for example pollaxe has cutting, crushing and stabby parts) depending on how heavily armored the opponent is and where you aim. Visors on the helmets obstruct your view but give you better chance to survive that slash to the face, helmets without visors protect your head from sides, back and top but leave your face unprotected, half-plate has good protection for your torso but leaves little to no protection to your arms and legs, chainmail protects only good against slashes or some weaker piercing strikes but give you better mobility, the list goes on.
Squad-Leaders get tactical perks to buff yourself and your team-mates for short period of time and tagging ability so you can mark that annoying, bush-dwelling sharpshooter for your comrades for little extra points when they chop off his/her head. Also they work as mobile spawn points, as long as the squad-leader isn't being directly attacked.



Microtransactions give you instant access to some prettier versions of gear and extragavant dyes, but none of them cost more than you could get in couple hours of frantic shield-bashing and eye-gouging. Only minuses I could think of are very small ammount of maps and unpolished spawning system where you sometimes try to spawn on your squad-leader and instead spawn outside map boundaries or in the middle of frantic melee.

4/5
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: September 4, 2015
Note that I will still continue to play this game only because:

- I know the game mechanics
- I do not get owned 1 hit by rank 60 people with peasant weapons
- I don't care when people trashtalk me
- I find it fun 1 hitting people
- Fun for me


First of all, this is a very fun game with lots of potential but people would rather trashtalk you when you win once and start flaming you, which makes this game's community really toxic. Infact, you will end up in a bad mood.


Mentioning the community, it is the most toxic community I have seen. From rank 60's down to the lowest, it does not make sense. They have the most illogical reasons ever, mentioning that they use swear words down to words that are made to make you angry. The swearing vocabulary is to be sick of. They can not speak with a decent grammar, but when they are angry they suddenly get the perfect swearing grammar. It is pretty fascinating actually, but really sickening also.


I will list the non-swear-words-vocabulary of this community:

- Hi
- Lol
- gf

And now I will list the ''toxic'' words:

- ♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥
- Noob
- ♥♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥
- ♥♥♥♥♥
- Kid
- Owned
- ♥♥♥
- Shrektn00b
- l0lnoob
- usuck
- Learn to Play
- LOL U EXE'D ME UR GONNA DIE NOW U LIL ♥♥♥♥♥
- DID U JUST EXE ME?
- LOL EXED U NOOB
- duel me u ♥♥♥
- GALLOSPAMMER NOOB
- LOL GALLO?


Do you see the difference? That's right.


Now let's talk about the duel servers, as they are a big part of the game and most players play on some kind of duel server. The admins are total crap, like TOTAL crap. Too many people agree on the admin part, they should do something about it.

Back to the toxic part (duel). 80% of the toxicity comes from the duel servers, once you beat them with some kind of weapon they are going full sparta about it. I think that comes from people being angry, like in the words of; they are sore losers.


Mentioning again; I still love this game by some reason and I love playing it even though the community is toxic.

Adios Da Bruh ~ <3
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: February 23, 2015
PROS of buying this:
- Better weapons
- You DON'T have to spend actual money to get some decent equipment, you can play the game and earn it that way.
- You can have a bit more fun making custom classes.

CONS:
- You spend $19.99 on a long deserted game
- As mentioned above, the devs have stopped patching it.
- The OP weapons...
- $19.99

I mean, it's okay but only buy it if it's on sale. It's not worth it. I hate myself now.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 2, 2014
I was skeptical at first because most medieval combat games such as this (Age of chivlary, etc.) are not that great. This game really blew me away though. Great graphics, cool customization, runs well, and fun!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: July 5, 2015
Just don't buy this game unless you enjoy getting farmed by rank 60s that tear you apart with peasant weapons...
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: June 21, 2015
Having spent quite a bit of time in this game, I say, do not buy this game. The community is total crap and the game in full of glitches. Just don't buy it.
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: October 19, 2014
Fat Shark and Paradox ♥♥♥♥ed up real bad this time...

Why do you ask?

Well when some dude wearing light to no armor and comes at a fully armored knight and kills him in one swing with a wooden pitchfork, it makes perfect sence.

They even ended development of this and War of the Vikings because they were so lazy with fixing problems and not even giving any incentive and never minding what this game is actually like for players.

Another thing that dosnt make any sence at all is that in this game, all you have to do to get points fast is just get light armor and an OP one handed weapon and just spam everyone you meet. Yep. Just like the medieval age.

Also, if you happen to live in the US i feel really sorry for you. Why? Because theres only 3, yes, 3 servers that are US hosted and are packed at almost every hour of the day. BUT if you live in the UK or EU in general, CONGRATS! cause theres plenty of servers to join with alot of space and players daily!

This game has no ryme or reason to still cost $19.99, its a compelete waste of money. This ABOMINATION needs to be buried and forgotten. It had a good image of being innovative, but once you make a wooden pitchfork the most OP weapon in the game, you ♥♥♥♥ed it up... bad...

Seriously, DONT BUY THIS GAME. ITS A SCAM MADE BY FAT SHARK AND PARODOX TO FILL THEIR WALLETS WITH YOUR HARD EARNED CASH.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: May 29, 2013
Rest in piece you lovely game... You were great back then but now... You are not.

The community is at the lowest in population.

Game is abandoned with Paradox Arctic running it now but nothing new has been said for the fate of this game so...

Unbalanced.

Hackers still roam.

Just pick up Warband instead.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: June 23, 2013
Simply... POS, dont waste your money here pal
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 14, 2015
Hey, why is your server down?
When will it work again??
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 16, 2015
It is a great game but definetely not worth 20 dollars, maybe 10, anyway, this game is a medieval 3rd person multiplayer game developed by Fatshark and produced by Paradox, here, lets start with the pros: decent graphics, addicting, MANNY items to buy with ingame cash, people still play it, pretty historically accurate, now heres some cons: it can be veryyy buggy, there are pathetic weapons that are extremely op such as the pitchfork, i swear, the pitchfork one hits people in heavy armor, the games creators abandoned the game meaning there are no more updates or anything, people hack alot, anti cheat sucks, this game is kinda a paytoplay game. Otherwise, this game could use alot of work, my review is maybe a 5 out of 10. Anyway, if you really want this game, your gonna have to dig deep in the game and see what its like. Hope my review helped!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: June 18, 2015
In short - it was fun. WAS. My playtime in WotR (without "Kingmaker, I am reposting this review) comes from days with much more populated servers and more stable game networking.

No, the anti-cheat is mostly not working, shooting somehow became more difficult, hitboxes are very weird, and impact detection is no better. Lightly armoured guy with pitchfork can take out several people in heavy armour in close combat, and he doesn´t even need to cheat, just his packets made it through better than his' enemies.

Also, pay to win element is more present than ever. War of the Vikings was made to be sucessor, but failed miserabely. I don´t personally trust FatShark anymore, and I fear of what will happen to WH: Vermintide.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 23, 2013
Badass game of badass.
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