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GF Rating
6.4

2154 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

This is the life of a merthenary

posted by Scrath (SAN JOSE, CA) Feb 19, 2008

Member since Nov 2006

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

For the past few days I've found myself thoroughly addicted to this game. I have to disagree with all the people who say the game-play is slow. It may take some time to get from one base to the next, but once you get into the battles (which there are tons of) the action is intense and brutal. There is something immensely satisfying about running up with a gang of axemen and hacking the enemy to bits with one giant coordinated slash. Then you watch as the few survivors run to the hills.

The strategy is really not too complicated. Basically if the enemy squad glows blue or is neutral, you attack. If it glows red you stay away until you go into a frenzy (BLADESTORM!), or you find a different squad to attack with. (There are exceptions to this rule). There are three basic types of squads: melee, archers, and mounts, with many, many variations amongst them. You do have to start planning out which forts to strike first. Pay attention to the arrows on the map. You sometimes have to take out the perimeter before getting to your main target. It's also important to have a variation of hired mercenaries ready to summon. I recommend having a gang of Greatswords or Calvary in your back pocket at all times.

I'm sure this game is not for everyone, especially if you like to nit-pick at details. Yeah, the mini-map to the untrained eye is useless, and the voice acting is hilariously bad. But you eventually get the hang of the navigation, and the characters are so over the top and generally offensive to all nationalities involved that they are kinda charming.
I've actually grown to like the spanish bartender with the horrible lisp who endearingly seems to think of the mercenaries as his children.

To anyone who enjoyed Braveheart or any other film with grand-scale medieval-type battles, this game is definitely worth a try. If nothing else you should download the demo. By the end of it you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're getting into.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Top Notch

posted by Scrpp3rk (CHESTERFIELD, VA) May 22, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Great strategy game that will replay itself for years. As you advance the troops you command just keep getting better. I could not discover a glitch in the graphics or the gameplay. The tavern scenes were definately a throwback from the 90's graphically and in playstyle, but that was more than made up for once you chose your battle and went off to fight. There doesn't seem to be a large pool of these types of games available anymore so this is definately one you should shelve if you have a chance. I liked it and if you like to plan your battles out before taking the field, you will too. The battle for France has just begun!

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War

posted by Ruffian (SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY) Dec 5, 2008

Member since Nov 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The game was alright, plenty of battle time without all the extra running around and planning stuff, but it gets a little old. The merchant rarely updates his merchandise, and doesnt give you anything to save up for or look forward to. There isnt much strategy to it, just kind of run around beat people up.
All in all it was an 'ok' game, but I wouldnt waste your time.

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