Battle online with up to 64 players through 7 historically inspired war zones as you experience the conflict between Lancaster & York first hand!
User reviews: Mixed (3,991 reviews)
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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
241 of 260 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.

-There is a large number of entirely childish people in-game now that will change their name to the most crude and offensive garbage just to troll everyone around them.

-There even are some, that will hotkey the votekick command and spam it against someone else. This happens often.

-What happens less often but still is common is people doing the above but changing their name to the victim's name just to confuse others in the server.


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 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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68 of 78 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
840.4 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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41 of 46 people (89%) 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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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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.

Cons
- 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)

Pros
- 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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26 of 29 people (90%) 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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