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 (3,114 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 6, 2013

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November 11

Patch 1.9.2 is live!



Greetings community!

We just released a new update for War of the Roses, a little something we'd like to see as a maintenance patch. This serves to increase the stability of the game, make sure our Anti Cheat service continues to work and - most importantly - improve the demo player / new player experience. What we have done is a complete revamp of all our default classes to ensure they are viable, fun and can compete with Kingmaker custom loadouts. These classes were created together with veteran community member Kennedy. We'd love to hear your feedback!

[1.9.2 - Maintenance Patch] - Updated Easy Anti-Cheat system
- Modified base classes to improve beginner experience
- Addressed some crash- and startup issues

Best,
John & the Roses team

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June 18

Anti Cheat is LIVE!

Greetings community.

A 4.8gb patch containing the Anti Cheat for War of the Roses has gone live.

Please report any issues you may have with the Anti Cheat client to our forums.

Regards,
The War of the Roses Team

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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
25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's pretty good game, but it would be nice if it actually said you had to pay money to play the full game.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
820.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Posted by the devlopers on their forums on 02-10-2014:

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.

Sincerely,
The War Team

(Geuss that explains things. I really do hope a new dev team picks it up.)
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
902.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
The game itself is awesome. Interesting combat, nice graphics and several maps and modes to choose from.

However, the game is almost dead and the remaining servers are run over by morons.


Try out the F2P version though, but don't buy the game on full price.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Really good game, however it has some problems. Combat seems really unpredictable, there are lots of situations where you just keep swinging sword/mace/axe and it doesn't do anything. Blocking is realised well but still, many players prefer just to spam enemy with hundreds of swings, and they are absolutely right. Blocking should be part of the game but it just isn't worth doing in most situations. First 5 hours of gameplay aren't really enjoyable, better are just wrecking newbies, there are no typical servers for new players where they can learn. If You are new player then you should propably go to the duel server to practice some 1vs1 fighting before starting to play normal battles, trust me - it helps alot.

Personally i enjoyed playing this game alot and im still sometimes turning it on just to mess around with two-handed axe or crossbow. Totally worth having, some people are selling it on outpost.tf for 2 keys (around 4.50$).

Remember to test game (it has free "demo" which is just full version of game without option to customise loadout), if You buy it then you'll keep money and levels acquired when playing "cut" version of the game.

Pros:
- historical setting
- interesting combat system
- tons of weapons, armors, perks, big variety of maps
- intense and satysfying combat
- awesome community :)
- free demo

Cons:
- melee combat is sometimes not working as well as it should
- some balance issues (swords are extremly hard to use agains heavy armored targets and even if you are able to hurt them you still wont deal alot of damage, axes are extremely powerfull both vs heavily and lightly armored targets and are easy in use)
- weak blocking mechanic
- helmets are limiting vision, which is realistic, sure, but also annoying and that's the main reason why most of the people prefer wearing light armor.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
War of the Roses might not be the newest or most innovative of games on Steam right now. It might neither be the prettiest, nor the most dynamic. It is true that Chivalry has the edge on it when it comes to the fighting-mechanics and that combat feels a bit floaty and accidental at times.

And you know what?

I don't care one bit.

War of the Roses is still damn beautiful, it is abrupt, gory and harder to master than any FPS out right now. Have you ever wanted to find out, what it feels like to fight chaotic battles in a full suit of armour? Well, go start doing Reenactment.

But if you want to enjoy the comfort of your chair and have a lot of fun that is similar to an FPS, but with infinitly more style, get War of the Roses.

It has double-handed pole-axes, armoured horses and people beating each other to a bloody pulm, goddammit!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
269.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
That was a great game....
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
149.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I preordered this game before it was released and had a lot of fun with it whilst it was alive. War of the Roses is, well was a great game that got totally ruined by idiotic developers, publishers etc. and random failure of other bad games they released which, somehow, meant this game had to be destroyed. Why is it still for sale on steam?

I downvoted this because the game seems to be totally dead and unplayable....if it was playable still it would be a big thumbs up! It is sad, as it was a good game.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Speed hackers all over the place. Don't bother.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Used to be good. However, at its peak, it never surpassed Mount&Blade. You can also play Chivalry over this, and even though Chivalry also has a lot of bugs as well, it's still much more playable and satisfying.

And 64 players max? Please, Mount&Blade's max is 250 players. With boats, siege machines, better horse gameplay, mods, an actual single-player mode, etc.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Buy Mount and Blade: Warband instead. My reasons are, there are barely any servers and this is laggy. Those are my top 2, but you should put money into Mount and Blade: Warband because it has a more refined fighting mechanic and multi-player. Mount and Blade: Warband has a imersive single player that will give you plenty of hours of fun, also the mods are great. Why would you waste time downloading this, when a simular game does this same element better with an immersive single player. One of the redeeming qualities are the graphics, they are great although a little rough to run on a low-end laptop. Another redeeming quality of this game is the combat, the critical strikes are alright. The bandaging and execution or reviving mechanic are incredible. This has realistic armor which plays a part in every ingagement letting you understand who to take on solo, and who to get a friend's help. The hit rejestration is superb compared to other games. This game might be a little frustrating if your laggy, but an overall decent game. 7.5/10
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game, is terrible. I played a whole 5 matches, each on different servers. I continued to get killed and executed by my own team, the other team, and a horse. I experienced HORRIBLE screen lag, and this game should not be on steam. Why? Because when you download it, you only get the TRIAL version. That means while people are running around with giant sharp war axes, you got... a dull sword. All the wepeons ive exerienced did 1 hit kills to me, and the other people on the server. HOWEVER, it took me about 6 hits to kill some one. 6 Fully prepared hits. Oh yeah, theres a preperation system, you cant just swing or itl do NO damage, you have to let it charge. And finaly, the blocking system. There are 4 directions you can hit, 4 you can swing at. Blocking deals with none of them when you are bombarded by 4 people because the rest of your team is at spawn killing eachother. In all, this game is not good. 1/10
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Its F2P and its great but theres a catch. There are many raging psychotics running around with diverse weapons, you will be killed and revived and killed and be revived until someone gets bored of it, other than that it great medival fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Horrable, game stinks, combats bad, using a bow is bad. Don't get this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I live in Italy and i got to admit that i have a bad connection but i never had 150 ping at any game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
302.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Fatshark should fire the guy who invented a pitchfork in this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
185.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
well as someone who played this game for more then 170hours i can say its been amazing to say the least..they still need to fix some issues with it other then that its great :D hope to see some patches that fixes more of the game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Wow this game is a pile of ♥♥♥♥ , joined a game and within a spilt second i was kicked ♥♥♥♥ this piece of ♥♥♥♥
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Rip
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Pretty cool concept but I have no interest in paying cash for tutorials.

Battles are fun and the graphics are great, but the free version is quite limited. While the game is straight forward and no tutorial is really needed, I find it shady the devs have gone and stuck the tutorials in the paid version. You can play for free but if you want to learn what we have to tell you you'll have to pay us.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Find yourself a hot air balloon and let loose the ballast, because this thing is floaty!
A promising customisation system and some interesting archery mechanics cannot save this game from some of the worst melee combat I have ever encountered in a video game. I can swing my weapon at an enemy dozens of times seemingly without effect and then, as a heavily armoured knight, be felled in one hit by an archer with a mace.
Baffling in its ineptness and with a terrible squad spawning mechanic that means spawn-killing is rampant.
Having played again recently (Nov, 2014) after not touching this game for a while there were around a dozen servers or so, maybe half of which had players. The community for this game simply doesn't exist, because the combat - in a melee combat game - is so unsatisfying.
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