First off I would like to say that I've been playing this game since the beginning and have literally not stopped playing. If what you're looking for is a multiplayer melee experience similar to that of war of the roses or mount & blade, but set in a fantasy world where you control magic at your fingertips, then look no further. This game really delivers, for an alpha.
The updates in this game take awhile since there are only two devs working on the game and they do aim for monthly updates, doesn't always happen but they do let us know what is going on. As I have said the game is still in alpha and will have some bugs here and there. Playing with a low ping is highly recommended. Anything over 130 (in game not in the server menu) is not very playable.
Right off the bat you are able to customize your knight in some impressive fantastical armor and clothing, but there are also choices for some more 'realistic' gear. Devs are adding new things all the time and are always showing off their progress on the Kingdoms Rise facebook page.
As of right now there isn't a tutorial in-game, but one can be seen in the guides section made by the devs. You don't need to look at the tutorial, but believe me when I say, at the very least look at the parry and parry lock section of the manual. It will save you a lot of grief in game and once you master those skills, gameplay becomes even more addicting. You can get away with spamming away attack with other new players, but once you meet someone who knows how to parry, you will most likely lose. Luckily, those experienced few in the community are always willing to help out new players and usually it isn't too hard to ask these guys for some help.
There are many different swords in the game, each with their special effects and stats. They aren't perfectly balanced, but your use in magic and skill with the sword is enough to offset any of the swords' abilities currently available. Magic in this game isn't over powered and is meant to be used to complement your swordsmanship as well as mold the playstyle you want. You can only equip 2 spells, however, you are able to have doubles of any spell as well as have a large selection to choose from. There are many types of spells from attack, to defense, to healing and mobility. Mix and match to create the playstyle you want.
You will have a hard time at first controlling the sword with your mouse due to the nature of the screen moving with you as you strike, but like I said, look up the tutorials and get some practise performing the moves. They do require some timing and precision, so if an easy mode game is what you're looking for, then you are in the wrong place. However, if you're looking for a competetive game where the skill cap is high and it is very much possible for a skilled player to take on an entire team, without the use of cheap tricks/exploits, this game is for you.
AI has been added to the game and makes for quite the training partners as well as a challenging surviving mode that will have you crying for mama within the first 5 waves. Really fun if you just want to mess around by yourself, or can't currently find a game. Just remember not to use the disonnect button while you're in the survival server as it will crash the game