Battle online with up to 64 players through 7 historically inspired war zones as you experience the conflict between Lancaster & York first hand!
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Mostly Negative (18 reviews) - 38% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (4,361 reviews) - 57% of the 4,361 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 6, 2013

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About This Game

War of the Roses 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.

The years of 1455-1485 in England are an extraordinary setting filled with conflict, treachery and bloodshed. In the wake of the “death of chivalry” at Agincourt in 1415 and the introduction of gunpowder, warfare changed - the gloves came off, so to speak. The old and the new clashed on the battlefield while personal vendettas motivated the desire for war.

War of The Roses sees players go toe-to-toe with their opponents using authentic and visceral weapons of the time period including broad swords, long bows and battle-axes.

Key Features:

  • Four Ways To Play – Play as a Footman, Gaurdsman, Longbowman, or Footknight allowing you to explore the various combat options that fight your expertise best.
  • Mass Devastation - Up to 64 player competition in both Team Death Match and Conquest modes. Battle online through 11 historically inspired war zones as you experience the conflict between Lancaster & York first hand.
  • Rank Up and Earn Coins Through Battle – gain experience and coins as you battle your way through your prowess on the fields of battle.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista Service Pack 2
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 9800, AMD Radeon 4830)
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Onboard Video Card: Not Supported
    • OS:Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor:Quad Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (recommended: Nvidia GeForce 680, AMD Radeon 6670)
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Onboard Video Card: Not Supported
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This game used to be incredible. The weapons and armor system was very complex, from customizing the type of edge on your sword to needing to aim for weak spots in armor.

Now it's a cesspool of Pay To Win, unbalanced weapons, and Hackers. Now I would never recommend this game to anyone.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
102.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
game has its moments but cheaters have killed this game. I've searched for a while but didn't find those cheats...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
134.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
After 135 hours of gameplay I can easily say that I don't recommend to even consider buying this "work of art". This... this pure cancer is an abandoned game by the developers contains one of the most toxic, not noob friendly communities I've ever played with. Full of exploiters and hackers doing 360 degrees instant kill swirls with pitchforks and wooden clubs. Most players can instakill a new player not even looking at him/her with an overhead swing. There is no skill left anymore, just hacks.

It used to be a good game during its inception, great concept, satisfying graphics and peasants running with pitchforks just pwning full plated knights was a funny sightseeing.

Just don't bother, stay away as far as possible from this garbage and spend your money on something much better.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Support for the game has officially ended, but the core game is still solid. It has one of the better combat systems out there in its genre. The community is fairly thin and there are a lot of complaints about the existing servers, which leads to a sense of elitism shutting out newer players. It has directional and volumetric striking, parrying and blocking which is confusing as hell at first, but over time is easy to understand but difficult to master. There are some cheap tricks that you could like constant shield bashing, but a well managed community server run on the premise of making the game fun can help override stuff like that. It's similar to just about every other game out there on the market; if you are part of a well run community, you are more likely to have a better experience and this game is no different.

Rather than shrug and give up, I did start a new server for our community to see if we can breathe some life into the game, so we'll see how that works out. In a group that you can trust not to exploit, the game does very well, but be warned that the current public servers are very rough.

Here is a video announcement a group of us did for some tournaments we hosted in the game several years ago:
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
buy Mount and Blade: Warband honestly. much better and takes more skill.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
566 of 603 people (94%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
966.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
I've played over 1000 hours of this game. I've seen it from it's conception to it's end.
The community of this game is unlike any other I've ever encountered in an online group. They are vindictive, rude and destructive to the game. Throughout the entire time I played I suffered no end of trolling, mocking and the like. There were people that literally exploited the kicking function to get me off of servers so I could not play the game I paid for.
The issue also lies with the developers whom constantly ignored community begging to get hackers out. Even to this day, after an anti-cheat patch, the game is STILL cracked, people running around with weapons they shouldn't, running fast, swinging faster than is possible. Some people even exploit the bad latency issues to win.

There's a top 1% in this game, they are not skilled players by any stretch. Instead of skill they got together and figured out what the best ways to exploit the games mechanics. From unblockable hits to builds that were simply insanely unfair, they scared away any new players to the game by trying their best to ruin the fun for others. To this day, even now, I get on and someone is taking my Steam ID name so they can spam vote kicks so I can't play.

Stay far, far away from this game. Think of World of Warcraft only cultivated with the worst of the worst (community) possible. The truth is I enjoyed this game but the playerbase was hellbent on seeing it go under. You have honest, fun people who are endlessly frustrated by the trolls, hackers and exploiters.

There is no welcome mat here, just a gigantic letdown.
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943 of 1,047 people (90%) found this review helpful
677 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Mount and Blade: Warband is located here:
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625 of 693 people (90%) found this review helpful
690 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
imagine mount and blade and chivalry had a child, but that child was deformed and abandoned by it's parents
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288 of 308 people (94%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
380.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
This game honestly has long since been out of it's prime and is now dying slowly of stupidity and poor decision making. I'll highlight a few points to make things clear.

The Devs (and their decisions):

-War of the Roses's original devs were Fatshark; a poorly ran and very unprofessional company.
After this game's prime, Fatshark turned most the game's weapons and armors into pay-to-unlock items, money for gold, gold for items, the whole deal.

-After still, they had completely simplified armor to the point of stupidity, originally you had to aim for weaknesses in armor, now it's just hold a click to hit and do damage, even the in-game tutorial is irrelevant to it, but I digress.

-Even later, there were several consecutive nerfs to armor and buffs to weapons; Fatshark put in several weapons that can destroy anything with no skill or finesse; basically "click-to-win".

-Eventually, Paradox Interactive got rid of Fatshark and took War of the Roses where they haven't improved or changed a thing besides the free classes. They haven't even removed the micro-payments, all weapons and armor can be unlocked by buying gold with real money.

The community:

-There's a VERY small community of players of all levels, shapes, sizes, and nationalities, the problem with that is there is merely a 100th of active servers as there are people(as in 4 active servers out of a few hundred of people), and at night all people from all different countries come on to one single US based server. Ping is not punished in this game.

-Another thing that isn't punished in this game is the exploit. There's numerous exploits to be found in the game, from overpowered weapons, to bugs in the map which make you unreachable, to invisibility glitches, and even to hackers, even with the anti-cheat this game can still be hacked, and all these are consistently exploited by 80% of what little community this game has left. Probably the most prevalent exploit is the use of broken weapons or character builds; two-thirds of the community usually has the same copy-pasted character build with a different paint-job using one of the mentioned broken weapons.

-Duel servers suffer now because of it as new players don't know how to duel and will attack randomly and constantly be spawn camped, tea-bagged, and killed-on-sight until they leave, by high level player wielding an insta-kill weapon. Along with that, duel servers often devolve to a bunch of people insta-killing each other mosh-pit style. There isn't much to be said for other servers other than that it's essentially the same.

New player friendliness:

-None. Absolutely NONE.
-There is a BIG learning curve on weapons, armor, game mechanics, weapon mechanics, armor
mechanics, and weapon hitboxes.
-The tutorial is pretty well irrelevant in comparison to online play; all it's good for is showing how to swing and block slowly and showing the lore of the game.
-The high level players today are nothing but seal clubbers and love seeing people using the default classes as it immediately tells them "free kill".

Other game comparisons:

-I've heard a lot of the Mount and Blade and Chivalry comparisons and have played both and consistently found myself being spoiled to the fluid motions and amazing modding of Mount and Blade, and the fast, violent, humorous world of chivalry; the second I had gotten on War of the Roses, I noticed how twitchy and uncanny-valley looking it is.

-With War of the Roses, the weapons and armor descriptions have never changed, some are historically incorrect, or historically inaccurate. Some customization options are entirely useless from nerfing. The tutorial is worthless as it's reliant on game mechanics that are no longer relevant. The screenshots from this Steam page are staged and some that comes with the game ones are even FAKE(mounted archery combat isn't possible but there is a default screenshot showing it on the library background). There is no historical fighting style as all weapons swing the same way, all characters run the same way, it's a little tiny world, with all the same stuff where nothing ever changes

-Chivalry has much going for it from fast, extremely violent combat to hilarious Monty Python references, it's a running, arcade, joke and the devs know that and improve on it to great success. Even today it's being updated, new things are being added, the Devs are celebrating holidays by putting in silly holiday customization options and they even have been hosting contests to let players help create in-game items.

-Mount and Blade is entirely moddable and has numerous community fixes for bugs and such, there are even total convertion mods which make an incredible amount of different kinds of gameplay. With Mount and Blade, the adventure never ends.

Overall Conclusion:

Honestly I COULD NOT recommend this game to anybody, everything about was once good long ago, but is now bad.
This game is nothing more than a money milking cow for Paradox that dried up long ago but refuses to die.
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269.1 hrs
Posted: September 29
War of the Roses has a unique type of gameplay where unlike most games where you press "X" to "attack", the attacks you perform in War of the Roses is completely dependant on you. You don't just choose how hard you swing your sword but you can choose the direction you do so as well (downswing, uppercut, left/ and right/ <--see what I did there? and thrust). The game also has lots of sound effects, The lighting is really good but may be tough on weak computers.

War of the Roses also has an advanced shooting system but I won't give away any features
(the game has guns, lots of guns ).

Try the free version that gives you really good starting classes. The free version alows you to still play multiplayer while the bought version lets you buy custom classes (with in game credits) and have a campaign.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Product received for free
Though i only an hour in this game there is a good reason for it.

Nice graphics
Good combat system

half the people you will meet are hackers
The game is as good as dead
you have to pay for the game for more than 90% of the content(dont know why its called free to play as a standalone game yet pay for the entire game as if it was a demo)
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26.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Dont waste your money, buy Mound&Blade Warband, a much better game with much better combat. Also Warband is more alive than this game, if u buy it you will be forced to play duels with bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ running around on some kind of speed hack, with shield and dagger, bugging animations. This game was never good, im glad its dead.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
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yxemS ehT ,sekotS
10.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Dead, ♥♥♥♥ you. Such a waste.
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SnackBar @infectedLan
34.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
nice and fun
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7.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
Don't do this to yourself
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Lego Evinion
71.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
Quite an intresting experience. Unfortunately, currently it's kinda abandoned, but nonetheless this game has great medieval-style combats. Nice mechanics (except for a bit primitive and clunky mounted combat). It's like a more advanced multiplayer-only version of Mount & Blade.
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