God, here we go, my first STEAM review, and it's War of the Roses.
FYI, if you want to go to the Pros and Cons, and skip all my yapping, just scroll down.
First of all, I would HIGHLY suggest NOT buying this game outright. There is a free to play option, and I would suggest rolling with that at first, because honestly, never before has a game made me want to punch myself in my own groin. This was the first and only game to ever make me want to do that.
Now, I will not come out and trash this game. I actually tend to like this game (In the same sort of way a man SOMETIMES likes getting smacked and called Sally by a large German woman.) When you join the right server, with the right sort of people, with a balanced composition of weapons, and you don't run into any hackers, or Pitchfork spammers, this game shines!
Problem is, you run into these sorts of situations only SLIGHTLY more frequently than the arrival of a Messiah.
Most of the time, the game boils down to an experience similar to this.
"You're running along, you just spent 100,000 coins on a brand new sword. You see an enemy running at you, he has a simple farmers pitchfork. You go to engage in combat, but 3 friendly players on horses all see the same enemy! They promptly knock you to the ground several times, and one even manages to team-kill one of the others. BUT! Undeterred you get to your feet! Suddenly, the man you are engaging, the simple peasant, accelerates to somewhere near Mach 2, hits you twice in your heavily armoured head with a wooden Pitchfork, and kills you. He then proceeds to insult your sexual orientation with grade school grammar in chat, while teabagging you."
WELCOME TO MEDIEVAL COMBAT!
I would like to say that's an exaggeration, but sadly it's REALLY not. In one night of playing, you will likely encounter one, if not all of those issues, at least once.
These issues are compounded by the fact that the developers "Anti-Cheat" does not, in all actuality, EXIST. This is no lie, servers will say "Anti-Cheat enabled" when there is literally NO Anti-Cheat for this game. None...it's entirely fictional. They SERIOUSLY label a server as being protected by a system they never made. I feel like that's actually a crime somehow. If it's not, it should be.
Some weapons are spammy (The aforementioned Pitchfork, a 2 hit killer "Gift" for reaching level 60), some seem pointless (And no I am not talking about hammers *Bad pun rim-shot*), but there are a few places this game shines!
One, it's pretty. Yes that's a shallow 1 up to give a game, but damn me if it isn't.
Two, you can customize the hell out of yourself. Armour, face, weapon, the type of STEEL your weapon uses, perks, ect. ect. And all of these levels of customization (With the exception of armour colour and other cosmetic bits) ACTUALLY make a difference to the game!
Three, the hit boxes in this game are sorta sweet. If a man runs at you in full plate, but his helmets visor is up, and you stab him in the face, he's dead. Visor is down, but you hit him in the vision slit? Still dead. Now admittedly the hit boxes got screwed up in one patch, and were not fixed, but despite the developers best attempts to break their own product, the feature is still pretty neat.
Four, Brian Blessed. Enough said.
So in closing, it's not a BAD game, it's just...a broken game that has been abandoned by its creators. AND, just so happens, to have one of the worst communities ever. Seriously...avoid the community for this game as you would a plague ridden house cat. Hackers, teabaggers, and 12 year olds abound. When you DO find someone who is cool, it's like finding that ONE Guy in a Zombie movie that's not a total nutbag.
Pros and Cons for all you people who didn't want to read:
Innovative Hit boxes/melee based system
Brian Freaking Blessed
NO ANTI-CHEAT (And by default, LOTS OF HACKERS)
Unaddressed Glitches (Which Leads to the biggest issue...)
Terrible Game Support from the Devs.
In closing, I will not recommend this game, until Fat Shark decides to actually pay attention to the people who, unlike them, actually LIKE the game.
But I WILL recommend it, if you use the Free to Play option. So....there is that.