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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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
Helpful customer reviews
74 of 83 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
380.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
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 but diverse 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, 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
839.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
If you only take one thing away from this review, let it be this: War of the Roses is filled with morons. The players, while overwhelmingly jobless, aren't even the least intelligent of the community. The developers couldn't figure out how to outsell Chivalry. I won't bother describing their stupidity... Just head to the forums. It's more of a see it to believe it kind of thing.

If you're an adult, don't even bother playing this crap...

My dislike comes from the following:
The community is the worst I've ever seen in a game.
Now, there are few players, most of them glitchers or cheaters.
There are few maps in this game, and they are buggy! (You can get inside the walls of buildings in many of them; this is useful as an archer where you can shoot out, but enemies can't see in...)
There are a few OP weapons that dominate the game.

If you're new, there's an absurd learning curve, and you'll get bullied and harrassed by those just above you endlessly.

DUEL SERVERS: I swear satan himself created these cesspools
The flow chart of trolling is as follows: (arrows indicate trolling, spawn killing, and more!)
bored level 60s (maxed) ---> everyone
clanned players ---> major server wide fights due to people calling their friends
low-level-clan (like GOH) players ---> new players
wall archers ---> everyone
admins ---> ban personal enemies
high-level-clan players & their backup ---> 40s, 50s, 60s
alts ---> everyone

Unless you're curious as to how a bunch of idiots can act when put in a 32 player lobby, you should pass on this one.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This game has an absolutely TERRIBLE community. It's absolutely toxic and leaves to room for enjoyment. This game is fun, but there is nothing but people you never want to meet in person.

It's disgusting. Sadly, it ruins the game entirely. Duel servers are the worst hands down, filled with people who are both hypocritical, and completely immature.

I'd skip this one for the community alone.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
This game is hard to review. Had so much potential but I think it lost out to Chivalry. Dont let the 5hrs on my profile worry you I played a lot on a buddy's account.

- Almost empty servers (i.e. no multiplayer) and no bot mode
- Unless you pay more money or play forever you will have basic gear.. you can earn money but it takes a long time
- Few maps
- Few game modes
- Community sucks.. yes its a weird complaint.. but one server (of the 5 available) I played everyone was killing everyone even though it was a Team Death Match. It took me awhile to figure out that is what was going on..and the second server I literally had someone asked me if I wanted a picture of his genitles..
- Stuck in 3rd person (one of the main reasons I got this game over Chiv but since Chiv now does 1st and 3rd person this looses)

- Simply fun (I will still play it from time to time)
- Good visual effects with helmet
- Great customization of your character/classes/Coat of Arms (not as much with Coat of Arms but still there) <--- This was why I bought the game. Sadly the game is no longer awesome.

Even though I am ot recommending this game it was super fun and I loved it for so long. But the community sucks and you only have multiplayer options. If there were bot modes or AI vs players it would be awesome. It is a fun game though... just losts its way *tears*
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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
The War of the Roses was a big old 15th Century dynastic squabble between two Plantagenet houses, York and Lancaster, for the throne of England. It ended in a Lancastrian victory, the reconciliation of the two houses, and the creation of House Tudor. Most importantly, it involved a lot of battles filled with armored chaps beating the living daylights out of each other. Fatshark's War of the Roses is all about those fellows, and their bloody clashes. Up to 64 players duke it out amid the pastoral setting of England's verdant countryside, ripped apart by brutal conflict. It can be a fast-paced slaughterfest one minute, and a methodical, tactical, squad-based multiplayer experience the next.There are fairly limited options in terms of game modes--team deathmatch as well as a conquest-style mode, in which players capture areas, are the only match types. The lack of variety in game modes means the team-versus-team matches can get tiresome. But what War of the Roses lacks in modes, it compensates for in the novelty of gameplay.Getting a kill in War of the Roses is no easy task. It takes a combination of mouse clicks and mouse swipes just to swing your weapon. Blocking works in almost the same vein, so sword fights between two players feels like a real medieval duel. Every move is deliberate, and winning battles comes from skill rather than getting in a few lucky shots. Every attack or bow shot must be calculated and perfectly timed to land, since opposing players can block, dodge, or interrupt your attacks at any time. However, because it is so difficult to land a critical hit, when you actually manage to deliver a crushing blow, it's incredibly satisfying.Those who have played the Battlefield series, will immediately recognize the squad system. When players respawn, they have the option to do so on different points on the map, including on other squad members.When in combat, you have the option to carry a wide variety of weapons, including swords, shields, axes, bows, and poled weapons--like Halberds and spears. Each weapon type differs in effectiveness, and encourages different fighting styles.Your choice of armor plays as much of a part in combat as your weapon. Not only can you unlock visually intimidating armor sets, certain character attributes can be affected, including movement speed and defensive abilities. Some armors can even completely deflect attacks.As you level up from winning matches and getting kills, you'll earn money, which can be used to purchase weapons, armor, character perks, and other bonuses like mounts. The perks break down into offensive, defensive, and squad support perks called Officer perks.Limited though it may be, War of the Roses delivers a grisly, realistic take on third-person medieval combat that hits most of the right notes. More than just a refreshing change of pace for the genre, it captures the raw kinetic essence of the period's turbulent warfare in an exciting way.
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32 of 53 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,052.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19

This game is honest amazing. Within the first few months of the game being released and me playing it, I found it terrible, but then after about 5 months without playing it, I decided to go back and see what it's like. After 5 months I had gotten used to playing with a keyboard and mouse (This was my first PC game, and I just got my pc). When I had come back to the game, I noticed that it wasn't all bad, and that it had a great community. I stuck to dueling servers to get the hang of things, and also to learn how other players fight, and their style. About 200 hours had passed with me playing duel servers, and I felt like Roses had been made really well.

So now I am at 912 hours, and like all good games do, this game began to die around 2014. It has lost most of it's players, not I am able to say that there are still around 200 of us nerds that still play this game. The community now has turned into ♥♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥♥ and even more ♥♥♥♥♥. Duel server are owned by power hungry ♥♥♥♥♥s (PoE this is meant for you) who don't let new players learn how to play anymore. Then if you find a duel server which accepts you, you always have the admins randoming (Wabbits is a terrible server, players don't duel) - The randoming admins are on the Blood & Steel server.

Anyway, the game still has around 200 people, about 100 of those are c.unt$, d1ckh34ds and tw@s. However these are the guys who make the game fun, and I would miss them if they had stopped. (Except the f4gg0t that goes by the name PoE, no one would miss him)

As of right now, I wouldn't suggest buying the full game unless you are able to get it cheaper than £15. Try our the free trial first, and if you like it, then use websites which sell the game cheaper that way, you aren't wasting money on a dying game.

P.S. This game gets really addicting when you rek noobs and then get banned from their server
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
My god, this game is all but dead.

I bought this game (yes that's right, bought) way back in 2012 or 2013, honestly can't remember which. Unfortunately I had neglected to check the requirements and realized that my computer was way too ♥♥♥♥♥♥ to handle it from the very second I booted it up. So it sat at the bottom of my list for years until recently I remembered it existed and decided to give it a try.

I cannot speak for how this game used to be, from what I've heard it was quite good, but I cannot say for sure. What I can speak for is the present. I expected to log on, learn the mechanics and then proceed to discover a game even better than Mount and Blade, a game I thoroughly enjoy. What I instead discovered was a game that was more like Fallout. Not in looks, not in story, not even in game mechanics, but this game was like Fallout.

I discovered the ruins of something that must have been great in the past. Servers god damn everywhere, game modes galore, and what appeared to be the remnants of a decent combat system. However, nearly every server was empty, Russian, or both. There was nothing to be see, you've never seen something so large yet so baren. The few servers that did have players were all team deathmatch dueling servers, where people spend their time by standing around talking and occasionally slaying any newbies who happen to wander into their server. My time was so uneventful I honestly can't comment on the gameplay or anything because there was simply nothing to do.

I wouldn't recomend this game, the game is dying and honestly I haven't really seen any reason to try and save it. It you want a medieval fighting game, try Mount and Blade, possibly Chivalry (though I haven't played Chivalry so I can't say too much on it either), both have decently sized communities that offer you something, while this game is simply no longer capable.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Do not get this game if you dont have a strong internet connection, most servers you will get super high ping, 150+ and with 150+ most servers, you will be kicked of... the fact they are not developing it is unbelievable, if its broken it should not cost £15, maybe like £1, but i want my money back for this peice of crap, just get mount and blade guys, so much better
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
When I first bought the game, I LOVED it. But now, I find it not fun at all. The game was fun when it was just regular weapons from that time, (swords, daggers, bows. etc.) but then they added guns. ♥♥♥♥ING GUNS! Although I remember that they had poor range, there would be that one guy who would come up behind you, blow your head off, and then teabag you like in ♥♥♥♥ing CoD. Also, to get new equipment, you would either have to grind (which was fun before guns) or pay money. For me, this was very insulting because I bought the game before it went f2p and I bought the special edition. The only way I played was in duel servers, because the rules say no ranged and no horses. Also, I HATE THE ♥♥♥♥ING PESEANT PLAYERS. Basicly lvl 60 trolls who have no armour so they run at the speed of light and use crappy light weapons which makes them go even faster. They will usually run right at you but since they move so fast, you have to use abnormal timing on your swings and that gets you killed.
Now that the game is f2p, you don't waste money if you don't like it, but you just waste time. So don't get this game if you value your time.
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
211.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
War of the Roses is a very under-rated game. If you enjoyed M&B:Warband you will enjoy this game too. It's much more realistic than Warband. The individual battles take a significant amount longer to the larger amount of health that you have. They also have included a class creation system, some perks, that spans from game to game which is similair to the c-rpg mod that was present on M&B Warband. I'd highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun and complex medieval combat.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Bunch of idiots apparently.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Horse and lance.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Pre-Release Review
This thing is F2P now?? .. I spent $25 when it came out on it .. the game was not so good the only thing I liked was the graphics and maybe the way you can decide how to cut a bit but that is it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
It is great to fight other people that have not bought anything. This is game is not worth playing because to unlock things you have to buy the game on the forums or buy equipment with real money. This has become a pay 2 win game and i would not recommend playing or buying this.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12

Thanks for the memories...
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
760.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This game is cancer.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I really do recomend this game, its chaotic and pure awsome! you feel like a Hero swinging that awsome sword cutting down men.. BUT Paradox is sneaky, they have not posted their agenda on the steam page.. since they are selling "books" and "Voice Overs.." ♥♥♥♥ like that i would love to share with new players that this is the message we got from them! Kickstart it once again or sell it to another company, cause you guys hold a treasure/ruby that i want to shine so bad ! :)

"Statement regarding the War franchise

Greetings community!

We are writing you today to inform you what is happening with the War franchise, most importantly War of the Vikings but also its predecessor War of the Roses. This announcement has been some time in the making and has been no easy conclusion, yet we aim to be as transparent as possible. So, with no further ado,
here is what is happening.

•We are stopping sales of the Valhalla edition - effective immediately

•All Valhalla owners will receive a large selection of Paradox Interactive's games on steam (added directly to their steam libraries), estimated value circa $800 as compensation. This will appear within a few days

•Valhalla owners will also keep their Valhalla privileges - nothing will change here

•War of the Vikings will see two patches to increase stability and solve major issues - after this we will cease patching and have no plans to support the game further through updates/fixes

•Servers will continue to stay active until further notice

•War of the Roses will see no further development

•Why are we doing this? To put it simple and straight forward; We've looked at this from every single angle (that's why it's taken time for us to come to this conclusion) over and over and we just can't find a way where we can keep developing the games without operating at a loss. War of the Vikings did not live up to our expectations and we could not find a reasonable scenario where we could bring it up to par quality wise.

We have chosen to patch Vikings in order to bring it to a better state, so that current players can continue to enjoy what we have today with increased stability.

The War Team "
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
226.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
What was once an excellent game decended into anarchy when the devs abandoned it. A year ago I would have recommended it. The population consists of hardcores and F2P's, neither of which will go away anytime soon, but other than that, all casual gamers have left. I would even say that the game is a waste of time now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Used to have a steep learning curve that made a difference between noobs and skilled. Used to be realistic. Now you see knights in full plate armor getting their skulls cracked by peasants with wooden rakes. And the occasional hacker.

Used to be cool.

Used to be.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
This is not a Free to Play game, it's a demo. If you don't plan on buying the full game, don't waste your time, you'll only be able to play 4 pre-built classes on 5 nearly empty servers.
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