War of the Roses
A very unique experience well worth the price tag!
I stumbled on to War of the Roses on a Steam Weekend sale for 5 bucks, it was great because the game was originally $20. I figured that it wouldn’t matter for $5 even if it was a bad game it wasn’t a huge loss. Man, I was worrying over nothing. War of the Roses is one of the more unique gaming experiences that I have ever had in a medieval combat simulator (IE: Chivalry) The battle system feels to me like a more involved Elder Scrolls Engine for melee combat. The unique community on all the player owned servers are fantastic, whether you are looking to win your glory by fighting and massive 32 on 32 battles or looking to make a name for yourself as a professional duelist on a duel server, where it almost feels as if you are a knight.
Gameplay: 9 out of 10
As mentioned before the battle engine feels like a very expanded Elder Scrolls melee combat engine. Clicking your left mouse button will control your weapon, sliding the mouse up,down,left,right will control how you swing your weapon. The right mouse button controls your block, if you have a shield direction doesn’t matter, but for those without shields it works the same as the attack. Matching the same attack and defence leads to a block.
The controls took a bit to master, but after getting the hang of it the battle system became second nature and it became a very tight experience.
For those of you who prefer to use a game pad instead of mouse and keyboard control scheme, I found the default controls to be very complicated, also the whole combat thing just didn’t feel nearly as responsive. So getting used to the keyboard is recommended.
The game offers various game modes, including unsupported user servers known as “Duel” servers, which I fell in love with once I actually got the hang of it, and understood the rules and ways. On these unique servers, players may think they are going into a regular team deathmatch, that is not the case here, 1 on 1 battles take place in a arena, no bows, or horses, just melee duels of skill. Most servers have a homie vibe to them. You have a name for yourself and become known through out their community.
*Side note, in the coming weeks I will make a video showing and explaining what and how a duel server works.
Audio: 6 out of 10
Audio is probably the weakest area of this game, the sound effects grow old after a few hours of playing. The background music is more or less non-existent, and for the brief moments it does chime in, it is a short loop and very unoriginal
Graphics: 7 out of 10
The game ran with very little frame rate issues, also the graphics on the highest setting looked really good. I know a lot of you are probably wondering why such a low score. That is because of all of the graphical glitches and broken animations in the game. Although many of them don’t effect gameplay too much they are a strike against the overall quality of the game. I found most of them to actually be quite humorous.
Replay Value: Very High
Unlocking new weapons by earning coins in combat will keep players coming back for more. Each battle and duel is a new experience in this skill based game, where those who put the time in are the ones who dominate the battlefield.
Final Verdict: 8 out of 10
If you are looking for a different experience on the pc and into The Middle Ages era of history and the combat, then I recommend this game. For a normally $20 price tag this game will offer players countless hours of fresh fun. War of the Roses, looking past the terrible audio, and graphical issues, is a solid title that is worth checking out!