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Release Date: Apr 19, 2012

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Includes 3 items: Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars, Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest Reforged Edition

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Includes 5 items: Mount & Blade, Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars, Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest Reforged Edition, Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword

 

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Napoleonic Wars is a multiplayer DLC expansion pack for Mount & Blade: Warband featuring the final years of the French Empire’s struggle to remain the dominant power of Western Europe in the early 19th century.
Experience the thrill of Napoleonic warfare first hand - Take part in the invasion of Russia or fight the French at Waterloo from the front line! Side with one of the five supreme European powers from the era and choose from more than 330 unique units to play. Fight on battlefields across Europe in of one of the most accurate and detailed Napoleonic war games ever!

Key features:

  • Accurate early 19th century weapons, uniforms and environments
  • Massive multiplayer battles with up to 200 players
  • Five nations with more than 330 unique units to choose from
  • A wide range of artillery pieces ranging from field cannons to mortars, capable of firing a variety of missiles such as canister, explosive shells and even rockets - all fully controllable by players
  • Finely crafted game balance ensuring player skill is the hero of the battlefield, not the gun or the sword
  • Construct barricades, dig trenches, and rig explosives with the multi-purpose Engineer class
  • Special musician units with drums, fifes, bagpipes or trumpets, able to play historically accurate tunes; all recorded and played by award winning musicians
  • Lead squads of soldiers against each other in the new commander battle mode
  • More than 40 classical background music tracks
  • Experience thrilling Naval battles on one of the games Frigates, Schooners or rowboat
  • Destructible environments; players can use a range of artillery and explosives to destroy various buildings, bridges, walls and other structures.
  • Wage war on more than 70 maps, ranging from the Russian steppe to the Spanish Peninsular.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB available space
    • Video Card: Graphics card (128 MB+) (does not support integrated graphics card)
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    Strong:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB available space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600, ATI Radeon HD 2600, or better (does not support integrated graphics card)
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • 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: 1.2 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: 1.2 GB available space
    • Sound: Standard audio
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@realDonaldTrump
Posted: September 24
They've managed to make the most relaxing yet not boring game evar , even though it might not be what they were thinking at first.

Even better than ETS 2
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Uncle Bourbon
Posted: September 22
I bought is when It was 30 dollars. I want my money back
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Petty Officer Fucko
Posted: September 21
Maybe i'm the only person that enjoys campaign and offline play. I'm not a fan of multiplayer and didn't read that this did not include a solo campaign. Little dissapointed
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Mursu
Posted: September 18
BUY THIS NOW THIS IS BETTER THAN BANNERLORD RLY IT IS THIS WORTH
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The Dark Soul
Posted: September 16
PROS:
Actually play as a Line Infantry soldier
Play as a drummer or a flutist
PLay the bagpipes
Community is active (somewhat)
Community is friendly
Combat is thrilling
Better than Total War
Feel the thrill and horror of being in the front line
Combat feels authentic
Feel the fear of marching towards the enemy under volleys
Waste the enemy with volleys, coordinated by a player officer
Admins take their jobs on the servers seriously
Community is awesome <3

CONS:
No campaign


9/10
"Scotland forever!"
"Hurrah for Old Nosey!"
"Faufe lav'eu!"
"Fuer das Vaterland!"
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PadSchild
Posted: September 15
Just started playing this game, it's okay. =-)
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[47th] Fluffy
Posted: September 10
Definitley worth the 1000's of hours
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 9
Join server, kill people, get banned, it was a RP server. nice game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 11
Fall off a horse simulator 2016.
And I wouldn't want it any other way
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 29
Unlike M&B: With Fire and Sword,–
(which is listed at the same price)
this addition to the M&B series was released as DLC,
which I find to be much more honest.
*The musical score is phenomenal (staple classical pieces),
and the engineer class is such a joy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 5
A cult classic without compare in the PC gaming world which shot briefly into the spotlight when popular YouTuber Angry Joe reviewed it and gave it a sterling reccommendation. From there the game's popularity skyrocketed. At the time it was nothing to see multiple servers capped at 200 players. It was a great and glorious time - and much to my satisfaction the game remains popular to this day with full servers at all hours, and for good reason.

On its face Napoleonic doesn't seem that different from M&B. A game with a deceptive appearance as low quality that once played becomes a fierce and heart-pounding introduction to the realities of warfare in the late 18th and early 19th century. In my opinion the greatest strength of this game is how you can quickly lose yourself in the action. The mechanics of the game are focused on keeping things as realistic as possible. Every gunpowder weapon in the game is single-shot and takes upwards of a minute to reload, and while that might sound like it makes for slow gameplay in reality it's a minor adrenaline rush, desperately crouching behind cover or standing in a line with men falling all around you trying desperately to reload so you can return fire with a weapon who's true effective range is under 50 yards. Melee options include bayonets, swords, axes, spades, and for the Russian Partizani even stranger things like farming tools. You'll find mastering these weapons is critical for your survival; the reality is that most combat is belly-to-belly when things get decisive, and if you aren't handy with your melee weapons you're going to find your pretty uniform torn and stained crimson.

It's not just the iconic infantry that carry the day, either: artillery and cavalry as they did in history fill niche but decisive tactical roles on the battlefield with players who are skilled in either being incredibly valuable, especially in Commander Battles where you lead your own squad of unit to victory alongside your allies. Even in Battle, Siege, and Team Deathmatch the use of tactics and time-proven strategies from the period can seriously turn the tide on a potentially unorganized opponent. There's nothing more awesome than watching your team form double-lines along a breach to enfilade entering opponents, shooting them to pieces from such a vantage poing that you yourself can't be shot. On battle-maps it isn't uncommon for infantry to hold up in houses or whatever else can pass for a fortification or to form squares to counter enemy cavalry. A skilled engineer can create minor fortifications himself - sandbags, fences, cavalry traps, earthworks, and more. The wide array of custom maps ensures you'll rarely fight on the same field twice, and when you do you'll find yourself nostalgically breathing in again the air of your earliest battles - will they be sweet memories of hard-earned victory, or bitter ones of fallen comrades and bloody last-stands?

The mods are great, changing the setting to various similar periods like the War of 1812 or the US Civil War. Though, sadly, in my experience these mods are almost entirely monopolized by groups. Getting into decent games can be much more difficult than getting into vanilla ones. If you're just looking for different uniforms or factions, there are lots of great skins that change the appearance of your faction for you, such as the AEF mod (a personal favorite) that turns the British into Napoleonic-Era US soldiers, complete with banners and new audio files. There's also tons of skins designed around fixing small idiosyncracies of the various factions for the historically-minded player.

The gameplay is easy-to-learn, hard-to-master like all of Mount & Blade. If you're familiar with the other entries, however, this game won't be too much of a challenge particularly in melee.

Probably one of the biggest drawbacks for long-time M&B fans from back in the day is the lack of a singleplayer campaign. I would have adored a story-driven campaign for each faction, with options to follow history or change its course completely by inserting yourself into critical battles like Aspern-Essling, Austerlitz, Borodino, or Waterloo. Beginning at the bottom and by merit climbing the ranks until you can stand beside the likes of Archduke Charles or the Iron Duke or even Napoleon himself in the capacity of a general - or maybe you'd prefer to sit at your particular rung of the ladder, roughing it with your men and refusing the laurels of a general? It would've been fantastic, but for what we got I'm highly thankful. Us history nerds will have to wait another day for our dreams of leading the Austrians on-the-ground with Leifbahn's emblazoned with the Reichsadler and the Liebe Fraue in Germany, smashing Napoleon in his early days before turning to Traitorous Prussia and on to making the Holy Roman Empire the dominant political force in Europe again - or maybe that's just me?

In short the game is a masterpiece that should serve as an icon for what historically-based games should be: an immersive, engaging, fun experience that leaves you returning breathlessly to the present day and jarred as you enter games more based in the present-day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 30
This game (or dlc) is fun.
Good music
Old timely weapons
And yelling French words

That's all a game needs

And the people who play are nice
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 24
I spent roughly 300 hours on this DLC. Buy it.
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368 of 377 people (98%) found this review helpful
343 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 28, 2015
My second or third match ever.

There was an artillery breach on the fort walls.

The enemy was shooting everything that went through.

Allies were hesitating to go in.

I had a drum.

Started playing and walked calmly into the breach.

Everyone follows me, guns ablaze and bayonets fixed.

Some guy comments on chat: "this drummer is really an inspiration, standing his ground and playing amidst all the bullets"

Everyone on my team gets murdered around me.

I'm the only one left, still playing the drums in a corner.

An enemy flautist joins me on the concert at the corner.

We played for two minutes while everyone murdered each other around us.

We died at the end.

-10/10 Go buy this game, now.
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349 of 372 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 1, 2013
This is an incredible experience, 200 player sieges with destructible environment. Slowly pushing into the fort by blowing up walls and building defences to cover your attack. Oh and most importantly you can play the flute.

EDIT: Thanks to this DLC my playtime is now nearing 600hours, great value for money. Especially considering it goes on sale rather cheap.
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580 of 651 people (89%) found this review helpful
670 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 19, 2015
I was playing as the French when I found out there is a key you can press to surrender.
10/10 most realistic game ever
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274 of 304 people (90%) found this review helpful
302 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 27, 2015
The muskets are still more accurate than the guns in CS:GO
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