Kingdom Come: Deliverance
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Kingdom Come is a seriously satisfying role-playing experience set in a rich, reactive world.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG that does the medieval era right with a refreshingly small-scale story and strong realistic combat.
A focus on history makes this an RPG like no other, but its pleasures can leave a sour taste.
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 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.
If Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a ton of bug fixing to improve the performance drastically, it could be a hidden gem. It's clear that the game, despite its grand ambitions, was simply not ready for public consumption. Shimmers of brilliance are there and had it seen more time in the oven, or set its ambitions at a more reasonable level, it could have been brilliant and scored significantly higher as a result. Alas, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another cautionary tale rather than a trend setter.