Publisher: Paradox Entertainment
Considering the success of War of the Roses, we weren’t too surprise when we learned Fatshark were to create another multiplayer slaughter-fest. Its large scale battles, providing up-close sword slinging alongside raining arrows and mounted cavalry, were an impressive sight, mainly thanks to its high-performance netcode and unique hit detection. It may have been chaotic, but it was the closest any of us would get to a real battle. Well, unless you like LARPing. And foam weaponry, but that takes the danger out of combat, really.
But I digress – War of the Roses was a brutal but unique multiplayer experience, and its move to Free to Play last year meant everyone could get involved before deciding if they want to spend any cash. So, a spin-off exploring a different battlefield in history was inevitable, and a setting where Vikings battle Saxons over monasteries and/or mead seemed like the perfect place to set it. With the ground work already laid with the game engine, all Fatshark needed to do was make the weapons and characters fit the period, create some new maps, and perhaps throw in a new game mode that makes sense to the conflict. Not exactly a simple undertaking, but not as huge as designing an entire game from scratch.
The problem is, even after using Early Access to help develop the game for some time now, the end result is a smaller and frankly more restrictive experience for your money.Click here to read more...
In this week's episode of Game Night, Carl and Jon venture into the virtual battlefield of axes and mead to see how War of the Vikings is coming along.
Highlights include Carl murdering his own teammate, Jon being unceremoniously ripped apart, and a heroic push by the duo in an effort to run those Vikings down. Do they prove themselves to be true virtual warriors worthy of Valhalla? You'll have to watch this week's Game Night to find out.
War Of The Roses went F2P earlier this year, so you can get involved for absolutely nothing. However, the 'Kingmaker' content pack contains extensive arsenal and armour upgrades alongside extra maps and modes - usually costing £14.99.
War of the Roses was pretty damn good. A highly technical, Battlefield-esque, squad-based action title that had you fighting in Tudor times, Fatshark's opus grabbed our attention earlier and didn't let go.
Now, they're back...and it's all gotten mighty beardy!
Today Paradox announced War of the Vikings, an all-new multiplayer game built upon the technology that drove War of the Roses. Describing it as a new instalment in the "War franchise", Vikings will "pull players into the brutal and bloody Viking Age, challenging them to design a personalized warrior and sack England as a mighty Norseman – or defend it as a brave Saxon". Expect similarly detailed close-combat, authentic weaponry and balancing, and massive 64-way battles as standard.Click here to read more...
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. If you missed the chance to grab it in a recent Indie Royale bundle, GamersGate are now offering the cheapest price around.
Those of you looking to get Medieval this weekend can do so without paying a penny thanks to Steam’s current weekend deal. You can download the entire game to play for nothing until Monday evening, but you can purchase the full game to play beyond that for under £4, beating the next best deal by a whopping £11.
Best described as “fifteenth century Battlefield,” War Of The Roses may not top the charts in terms of visual presentation, but its gameplay offerings are second to none thanks to its impeccable hit detection mechanics and 64-player matches. Provided you can overcome the somewhat steep learning curve, you’ll be virtually hacking off limbs in no time. Thanks to Reser @ HUKD!
War Of The Roses is a brutal and bombastic take on 15th century warfare, a heady blend of pure skill and silly, often outrageous fun. However, it certainly isn't for everyone. If you've been sitting on the fence, you can now get good and bloody with a free trial version that gives players full access to online battles, but doesn't include any unlocks or progression.
We described War Of The Roses as "a gloriously chaotic 64-player experience" in our 8/10 review, so there are probably worse ways to spend a Thursday evening than carving your way through Yorkists Lancastrians like a hot knife through butter. Or pollaxe. Or lance.
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. Now that co-op has been patched in, it feels like a complete product, and this insane sub-£3 price for the collector's edition is by far the cheapest we've ever seen.
Be aware that you can knock even more off with voucher code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK.
War Of The Roses will receive another free update on December 19th, which ominously tells us that "Winter Has Arrived." It includes new armor and weaponry, plus two new snowy maps based on the historic battles of Wakefield and Towton.
If you're pious enough to pay, the Dagger and Sword of Mary for Christ’s Mass will be available to purchase on December 21st. They're covered in religious iconography, though whether that will stop your foe parrying them with a Pollaxe before stoving your armour in with the blunt end remains to be seen.
We were incredibly impressed by The War Of The Roses in our 8/10 review, likening its riotous yet skilful multiplayer to a "fifteenth century Battlefield."
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase. If you're looking to get involved, Green Man Gaming's daily deal price can be further reduced with their WINTR-SRVEY-42012 voucher code, saving you an absolute packet.
Once again, GamersGate have managed to embarrass Steam's Autumn sale with a sneaky undercut. Their £10 price for the brutally brilliant War Of The Roses is already a bargain, which can be further reduced with the G2PO voucher code.
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase.
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. Now that yesterday's patch adds the long-awaited co-op functionality, there's never been a better time to get involved, especially since GamersGate have even undercut Steam's daily deal.
Alternatively, the collector's edition will run you £7.50.
Krater's long-awaited cooperative update releases today, adding the ability to play Fatshark's colouful RPG with friends and a slew of singleplayer content for the bargain price of absolutely nothing whatsoever. Trailer and details after the break.Click here to read more...
Fatshark has announced that loads of new weapons, maps and even gametypes are heading to War Of The Roses over the coming months, and have dated some nifty new inclusions for November. If you're getting stuck into the brutal fifteenth century battlefield - and if not, why not? - then hit the jump for the details.Click here to read more...
After several months of rigorous testing, Fatshark has finally announced that the long-awaited cooperative patch for post-apocalyptic RPG Krater will be released on October 23rd. The weighty update will also tweak several elements of the singleplayer campaign, and herald the arrival of some character customisation DLC packs.Click here to read more...
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
It's easy to jump to conclusions when you first hear that Paradox Interactive are publishing a game based on the War Of The Roses. Your mind's eye will instantly conjure up images of sprawling overworld maps, supply lines, advisers and menus galore, the standard offerings you'd expect from the grand strategy veterans.
What you might not expect, however, is that War Of The Roses has more in common with Battlefield 3 than Crusader Kings or Mount & Blade.
The brutal civil war between the Yorkists and Lancastrians plays host to 64-player battle royales as footmen clash in ferocious third-person melee combat, mounted knights lead devastating charges and bowmen rain arrows down onto enemy positions. It's a glorious organised chaos; axes clatter on shields and armour, crossbow bolts glance off your pauldrons or bite deep into flesh and pollaxe-wielding peasants unseat arrogant horsemen to be picked apart by the rabble. Downed players scream for mercy as they lay prostrate in the churned mud, begging their enemy not to shatter their necks with their shield or drive a dagger through their helmet's eye slits. And yet, beneath the insanity, only the truly skilful can hope to survive.
If you crave a skill-based experience and want to play something different from the usual glut of holiday season shooters, War Of The Roses could well become your favourite competitive multiplayer game of 2012.Click here to read more...
War Of The Roses, a 64-player online kill-fest set in the fifteenth century, is nearing its October 2nd release date and early pre-order access on September 25th. To celebrate, Fatshark have sallied forth with a new trailer that demonstrates how only sharp swords in skilled hands will bring you success on the blood-soaked battlefields, with players able to choose from a dizzying array of period weaponry, perks and customisation options. Blades and armour interact realistically due to an extremely detailed hit detection system, making this much more nunanced than pointing and clicking.
I recently attended a review session for War Of The Roses and found it to be insanely compelling. We'll bring you more details and a full review next week.Click here to read more...
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. Fatshark are still patching it like crazy (almost all of the launch issues have completely gone)... and if the co-op patch works, our score will be moderated up to an 8. Might be worth getting in beforehand at this price.
Alternatively, the collector's edition will run you £7.50.