Mount & Blade has a fairly large following, while it’s not as big as the likes of Minecraft, it is still considered to be quite popular for a game that was originally as an independent project between a husband and wife, now they have released the second standalone expansion.
With Fire and Sword presents itself much like Warband (the first standalone expansion) which was very much the same as the original game but with some added extras, the big difference this time is that it has moved out of the medieval and into the pistol, grenade, musket era.
Generally, as you would expect, it’s still the same game and the innovative and fun combat is still just as innovative and fun as before, and you can still use the basic swords and bows if you wish. But the pistols/muskets deal so much damage, and they’re so fun to use that you’ll usually use them anyway, especially when the enemy has them.
What has added a new level of difficulty, is simply that the enemy uses firearms now. You feel less compelled to run into combat and flail a sword around, as single gun shot can seriously damage you or your horse, and even two shots will knock either down early in the game.
The one real gripe about this game is what makes it interesting – the fact that it is much harder to get started, because you can’t buy cheap villagers to train and because you don’t start off with unlimited money, and therefore have to earn your way from nothing with little help.
Overall, it’s a pretty fun game. I can recommend it for a lover of Mount & Blade that always thought it needed guns. I can also recommend it to RPG-fans who haven’t seen the game yet. I would even recommend it to people who get really annoyed because games are too hard and they then cry, as that’s always fun to see/hear about.