In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (18,666 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 31, 2010

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September 3

Minor Patching - 3rd September 2014

Hey Mount&Bladers!

For those wondering about the minor updates the past couple of days here is a little changelog:-

-Updated and improved Workshop support. Will gradually start making sure mods on the Workshop are working properly and engaging with modders to ensure the mods are properly usable through the Workshop (not via external links).

-Other minor fixes

-Fixed issue with config/mod changer.

-Fixed black textures in Napoleonic Wars

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July 10

Mac OS X/Linux and Steam Workshop Support

Hello all!

Mount&Blade Warband is now functional on OS X and Linux platforms and has enabled support for Module downloading with Steam Workshop. These features are only newly released and there might be a few hiccups. Just let us know in the Steam or TaleWorlds forums and we'll continue to fix and improve our support.

This is the reason for the patches occurring over the past couple of days. Happy Mount&Blading!

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Modules on Steam Workshop

You can now download, rate and get automatic updates to mods on the Steam Workshop! Go to the Mount&Blade Warband Workshop to try out the mods there. This is still a new feature so please let us know what you think and give us your suggestions, in our discussions forum.

If you are a mod maker and you are wondering how to get your mod(s) on the workshop, then take a look at our instruction thread:,307509.0.html

About This Game

In a land torn asunder by incessant warfare, it is time to assemble your own band of hardened warriors and enter the fray. Lead your men into battle, expand your realm, and claim the ultimate prize: the throne of Calradia!
Mount & Blade: Warband is the eagerly anticipated stand alone expansion pack for the game that brought medieval battlefields to life with its realistic mounted combat and detailed fighting system.
  • Graphical overhaul: Support added for HDR, FSAA, depth of field, soft particles, tone mapping, and many other effects
  • New models with greater detail and high-quality textures
  • Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege
  • A campaign allowing you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals
  • The ability to upgrade your companions to vassals by granting them lands
  • The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery
  • Improved mechanics for soldier morale: Soldiers will break and run away if their morale gets too low
  • Pick any projectile off the battlefield for use as additional munitions
  • New motion-captured combat animations
  • Numerous improvements to the combat system: Your shield will still stop arrows even if you are not actively defending
  • The ability to play multiplayer matches on random maps as well as hand-designed ones
  • Multiplayer equipment system: Earn money by fighting opponents or accomplishing goals
  • The ability to use most throwing weapons in close combat: Switch to using a javelin as a short spear when the enemy gets close
  • Spend gold on more powerful equipment, using a carefully balanced system that will make combat more exciting without giving too much of an advantage to the leading team

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: Windows XP or greater
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, ATI Radeon 9600, or better
    • Hard Drive: 100MB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: OS X version Mavericks 10.9, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M / ATi Radeon 2400 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Steam OS
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT / ATi Radeon 2400 or better
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
Helpful customer reviews
221 of 237 people (93%) found this review helpful
90.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
-Became a mercenary for a kingdom A who was fighting Kingdom B.
-Contract expired.
-Accepted contract for Kingdom B against A.
-Contract expired.
-Attempted to dethrone ruler of B with a claimant.
-Dethroned king B with claimant
-Abandon new king
-Topple both kingdoms A and B and Establish the Kingdom of Morrowind
-Set sights on rest of continent...

10/10- would betray everyone again.
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343 of 416 people (82%) found this review helpful
187.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Crush your enemies. See them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women
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595 of 782 people (76%) found this review helpful
426.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
If this game was a potato. It would be a good potato.
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91 of 103 people (88%) found this review helpful
272.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
One of the greatest Multiplayer experiences I have ever had. The singleplayer isn't that bad either! I've just been too hooked with M&B MP that I have given M&B SP zero time. I hear nothing but great things from my singleplaying friends though. If you buy this game, I recommend getting the Napoleonic Wars expansion. It's multiplayer only, but that is where I have had the most fun. There are several different game modes. The first is called Siege. In where a defending team must protect their castle from Enemy advancement until the timer has run out, however, keep your head well hidden from them Snipers. As defending team lives are limited to just five. Or less, depending on the time you joined the map. The attackers however, they have unlimited lives but in order to get to you, they must breach a hole in your wall with cannons and then storm the breach; which normally results in your bayonet stuck in their chests as you sing Rule Britannia; or mention the Kaiser if you're playing as Prussia/Austria.
The next gamemode in M&B MP is Battle. In Battle, both teams have just one life. And there is no respawning until the round is complete, so if you charge ahead early on and get mowed down by 6 Cavalry who have joined together and created a small posse, then you're going to be waiting 5-6 minutes for the round to end probably. That can be frustrating so I recommend teaming up with your teammates, rather than go lone wolf assasin style. The game also features TDM and DM gamemodes, I don't need to explain these. As they feature heavily in pretty much every game with a gun or sword and has multiplayer.

Overall, I recommend M&B to anybody if you're a fan of the era it's set in, and are war crazy. Or if you like the RPG and open world elements of the singleplayer. The game also has a VERY strong modding community. And you should try out some of the awesome mods. This was a fantastic experience.
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244 of 337 people (72%) found this review helpful
1,874.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's decent.
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66 of 78 people (85%) found this review helpful
936.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Sweat pours from my brow as i close in for the last kill of the round, i sense the eyes of dead players spectating watching my every movement.
I swing left, then block right to cancel throwing him off guard, i repeat this swing then cancel action about 10 times before commiting to the hit.
My sword connects with his dirty russian rags, his hands clutched at the vodka bottle he was using to fight me i lean in close to hear his last words, as he lay there in the snow dying he types out in all chat:' noob, spin 2 win not even good lol', the round ends and the chat fills with abuse.
I sit back in my chair and pluck a loose pringle from my neckbeard, i mutter to myself ' free weekend players' before typing bg no re.
7/3 gr8 game 4 me, highly rektommend Carpal tunnel and loss of all social skill worthwhile.
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Okay, I just actually read my own review and noticed it's quite a lengthy piece of work. If you are actually considering buying this game, I'd recommend actually reading this (and other!) review(s) that are of decent length because this game is not easily captured in just a few words.

Mount & Blade: Warband is one of those slightly niche games out there that captures the heart of gamers looking for a medieval world where you play as just another soldier able to pave his legend or die forgotten. There is no storyline, no heroic destiny - you are not Dovahkiin, the fate of the world surprisingly does not rely on your actions, and no, you don't get a magical sword that will vanquish all enemies. Now some people might find this to be a deterrent, but for a game entertaining as Mount & Blade: Warband, I only saw endless replay value. Having put thousands of hours into both the original Mount & Blade as well as Warband (both of which I originally did not buy on Steam) I can assure you that if this game fits the genre of your preference, you can play it endlessly.

Now what sort of genre IS M&B Warband? You have a lot of choices, you can be a solo mercenary (which is very very hard), lead a group of mercenaries for a noble/king, swear fealty to a king of a faction, or attempt to become the king of your own faction. Remember, M&B Warband is a sandbox game in which you can choose what you want to become. Whatever story you feel like making, embrace it and become. But, for the most part, it is a first-person medieval combat-based campaign of a character trying to make his or her way in the world. Yes, there are some tactics involved, you can create your own little trade caravan and take over the market, you can go around helping all the peasants in the world, and if you have a masochistic streak, you can attempt to work your way into the politics of the game (which like politics, is frustrating). Yet, in the end, it all comes down to fighting your way through life.

Let me jump right into my favorite part: the combat. M&B has a very unique combat system (there are a few glitches here or there, but nothing game-breaking) involving first-person medieval combat on a battlefield that quite possibly may be strewn with horses, people, corpses, quite a few arrows and crossbow bolts (mostly flying at you). You have a variety of weapons to choose, from a heavy siege crossbow to a throwing axe to a mere wooden staff to a glaive to a two-handed sword to... you get the point. Add all of this to being mounted on horses (which have differing physical attributes) for mounted combat and you have the chaos that constitutes a true battlefield.

There are also sieges in this game, which allow you to actively use the terrain to your advantage... or disadvantage. It is very hard to siege a castle on the hardest difficulties (because I mean, when they are sitting on walls raining arrows on you...) but also very rewarding as you can then claim the castle and its revenue for your own. My biggest issue with sieges is that for most cities/castles, you are given a single ladder/siege tower with which to conduct your siege (infrequently you get 2, of which your/their troops only use 1). No matter on which side, this makes for siege defense quite practical when actually participating as every man on the wall is worth a hundred below it. (The combat simulator, which is activated when you don't feel like participating in the battle yourself, generally is very different from actual combat and tends to make defenders weaker than they actually are. At the same time, your troops will also not be getting orders from you and thus will be strategically weaker as well.)

The hardest part about the combat system for myself and I'd believe most others was the ranged combat - especially mounted ranged combat. Everything short of wind and air resistance is factored in, from flight time to the drop from gravity to the sway of your horse to the angle of release to the point of impact on the enemy. It is challenging, rewarding, and all together epic. I'd like to say more about the combat, but if I let my thoughts roam wild on this game we may be forced to deal with a book instead of a review. So let me leave you with an image: Picture yourself holding a shortbow, moving at a slow gallop on your horse, faced with fifty knights charging you with lances couched.

Moving on to the AI in this game: The enemy AI is pretty good (if you play on harder difficulties) and their characters are very strong - as strong as if not stronger than you. You also have the ability to deal with merchants, caravans, kings, nobles, ladies, and the odd "adventurer/hero" who may be willing to join you. Unlike the original M&B, Warband also offers you the option of recruiting vassals from other factions into your faction if you choose to start one. This has made attempting to create a kingdom drastically easier since you no longer need to defend your territory alone from the might of five other kingdoms and their thousands upon thousands of troops. The game also factors in your relationship to the NPCs, which can get very messy very quickly (this is something you should definitely experience for yourself, as words don't really do it justice).

There are also a vast variety of mods for this game (though the vanilla version in and of itself is endlessly playable) that create various scenarios/settings in addition to the vanilla version. Furthermore, Warband brings online multiplayer which (though I personally did not partake in much of) enhances the experience even more.

Warband is unique. It is niche. It is epic. It is the perfect game for a gamer who wants to live his/her own story instead of a repetitive tale created by someone else.

I hope this review helps with your decision making. If you have any questions/concerns or would simply like more information, feel free to leave a comment or contact me.
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75 of 97 people (77%) found this review helpful
1,605.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
The best game I have ever played. Hardly gets boring.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
When i was a kid, me and my brother played a lot Rome Total War, once he said, "Hey, imagine, u could controll only one unit, out of 1000, and battle, and manage everything!"

Our dream came true.
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51 of 68 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game is very good for 10$ price,it has realistic atmosphere and stuff....You know what...Whole script I have wrote down is a bull crap...This game is Just perfect...There is no other players that can ruin your fun,its like you can just play and enjoy yourself,noone will come and troll you...You can travel,raid villages,not like in movies 4-5 man with sticks rob whole village,in this game farmers will group up and murder you with theyr butter knifes,just gangbang you,i think its beutifull,game shows that in medieval people wasnt afraid of lords,woman was equal with men..Also you can get here everything you want in real life...Woman,money,power,lands,people to control and send to death...Also you can go first person and feel as a real knight,kill peasants and take theyr coins,food....Its like Skyrim with guns,if you add mod it will be same as skyrim....And grapics has no meaning here...You dont need HD,3D,200fps game was created to have fun......Soo if you feel sad after playing same mobas for 200days and still suck at it...come here...remove all filth from mobas...Ofcourse there is MP mode ..there you can trow axes,sticks,over run people with horses,kick someone to death in your team....Soo if you feel drunk and sad ..grab this cheap game..Instal...and enjoy your life..This game showed me how to be near woman,its all okay to hit them if they hit you first.
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90 of 136 people (66%) found this review helpful
351.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I had a life but then M&B. I dont even know what math is anymore.
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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
In the couple days that I have owned this game, here is what I've determined.

On a ten point scale:

Gameplay: 10
Graphics: 8
Reliability: 9
Replay value: 10
Multiplayer: 10
Length: 10

Overall: 10

I don't even choose to factor in the graphics or how reliable the game is, because in the whole picture, it really doesn't matter. The gameplay is fun, there's action literally everywhere you go. The battles are intense, and not too long but not too short. It is difficult for your first time. You might get frustrated and quit. Yet, there's this unknown lure bringing you right back to get destroyed once again. In addition to this, the game has great mods. Tons of them, too. A lot of them actually make the gameplay better.

The graphics are slightly outdated, but the game is still playable. This isn't even an issue, as I think they might've done it on purpose to increase the amount of people who can play it. Whatever the case may be, the graphics really don't matter enough here for people to turn away from the game.

Reliability loses a point because multiple people have reported crashing when you alt-tab. Switching out of the game and back in safely is important to quite a few people, so I think this is something that should be addressed by the developers. Besides that, I haven't actually crashed or encountered any bugs at all yet, so again, I didn't factor this one in either.

The game has an excellent replay value. There is about a million different ways to play the game. I'm not kidding, either. It would be too much for me to explain here. See for yourself! There are also, as mentioned above, many mods to pick and choose from, increasing this value even more.

Multiplayer. I haven't actually played it yet, but I have quite a few friends who play this that have reported that it is amazing. I can only assume it receives a 10 as well.

For the length of the game, it can really go for as short as you'd like, to as long as you want. Start out a serf, fight a couple battles, then retire? Go ahead. Want to play a 1,000 hour marathon of the game where you slowly conquer the entire land? Probably possible, maybe with the help of mods. I don't know if the game would even still be stable beyond that point, or perhaps there would be nothing left to conquer, but really I shouldn't be expecting more than this.

But yeah, if you fancy an actual medieval simulator, or perhaps a really fun game, get this one. It is worth it.
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
1,391.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This game is like an ugly girl with great manners.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,273.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
It's not Warband until you see a naked madman running at you with a sword as long as he is tall.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
It's the best medieval simulator out there which icludes direct intervention (well, because the best medieval simulator without affixes is Crusader Kings II). Don't trust ads for Chivalry, War of the Roses and such. It may appear rough and glitchy, because it's old (probably older than some of the readers of the review). Players are easily engaged by it, but it bores them pretty damn fast (if we're talking singleplayer). But then again, there are tons of mods.
As a multiplayer part, it's fun, but not fantastic. And has the same fast-boredom issue.

Don't expect an epic story (but there are mods containing it, like Prophecy of Pendor), or a deep party management, or something like Shadow-of-Mordor-social-system, or an empire management. It lacks all stated above, because this is pretty much a progenitor.

And you, my dear reader, should respect your elders.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
178.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I picked this game up on sale and, morningstar slam oh morningstar slam, I do not regret it! It is the best shoot mongols in the face while defendending a castle simulator out there!


On a serious not though, its a really detailed game that you can see has a lot of love pumped into it!
+Animations are great
+Combat mechanics are awesome
+The Nord king is a ginger
+Complete freedom of what you want to do (you can even herd cows)
+Good soldier tier system
+Enough diffenence in faction troops to make you want to choose one especially
+Everyone declares war on you if you have 6-7 towns (happened to me)
+Troopsurfing in sieges
+Inhuman nord huscarls that make even rhodok sergants ♥♥♥♥ themselves
+Kings hate you (always)

-F***ING LANCE TOURNAMENTS coughremovethemcough
-Sarranids are generic white dudes and Nords are Asian
-Suicidal sarrarids-they jump off castle walls. I think the developer modelled them on ISIS (This could be a pro)
-Umm well the umm nah I can't think of anything else

Lots of people s*** on the graphics but its a old(ish) game and they're are good enough

Still 10/10 waste your life and have fun while doing so
Now all pray for bannerlord to be even better!

As an extra:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
suicidal sarranids are jumping of walls
suicidal sarranids are coming for you
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
139.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
put on a dress and went around as a bearded, dress-wearing madman with a butcher knife

jeremus/10 would unite calradia with fine fashion sense again
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Started from the bottom, so bandints bashed my skull.
I tried rise to the top, but got bashed again.
Joined up with a lord and I had to fight in his wars.
But the other lords bashed me for that.
I stole money from a village and got rich.
Then i hired mercenaries and raided bandit lairs.
Then i took a city and became a lord.
And again was bashed by some lords.

10/10 bashes, would get bashed again.
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35 of 58 people (60%) found this review helpful
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
will ruin your life 10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,122.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
The Native version without the Napoleonic wars DLC is alright but needs review and some changes however as you can see from my hours, i really like the games and the regiments that the community comes with it.
Recommended bundle. (Native and DLC)

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