Kingdom Come: Deliverance
A focus on history makes this an RPG like no other, but its pleasures can leave a sour taste.
Bugs and performance issues aside, Kingdom Come is a seriously satisfying role-playing experience set in a rich, reactive world.
There's a shining suit of mail underneath Kingdom Come: Deliverance's authentically medieval grime. Strong characters and storytelling, one of my favorite first-person melee combat systems ever, and special attention given to building moment-to-moment immersion come together as a mighty alloy that ranks among the most unique, memorable RPGs I've played in years. While a lack of technical polish occasionally caused me a good deal of frustration having to replay areas due to a bug or poorly-communicated quest objective, it's the kind of adventure I didn't hate replaying.
It won't be for everyone, for various reasons, but if nothing else Kingdom Come proves that a role-playing game doesn't have to rely on fantasy to keep you interested.
Kingdom Come serves up an intriguing personal story and a detailed world worth exploring. However, on a technical level, the game is broken
Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers enthralling medieval history alongside demanding systems and troublesome bugs.
I'm not angry at Kingdom Come, I'm just… disappointed. It was touted as this grand historical representation, an abandonment of fantasy for a true medieval setting, a game that would let us live the middle ages. But the game we got is just this busted, inconsistently ambitious RPG that shines in points, but falls apart in most others.
If you want a bug-free experience, don't get Kingdom Come. If you want an excellent, open-world RPG that feels like a hardcore version of an Elder Scrolls game, then don't hesitate.
Warhorse Studios took a big risk with this game and hopefully in the long run the technical issues can be addressed, because as of right now, they prevent Deliverance from reaching greatness. If you can climb over the mountain of jank and poor optimization then you'll be in for an incredibly authentic experience, that when it works, truly puts role-playing front and center in a fabulous way.
Right now, It's not easy to play Kingdom Come: Deliverance because of some technical (on consoles) and gameplay issues, but it also isn't easy to say no to it's unique and ambitious RPG approach. Once you're trapped in this faithful representation of the kingdom of Bohemia, Warhorse's game becomes the ultimate Middle Age simulator.
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