If you have not noticed, M&B Warband is free to play this weekend on steam. I highly, highly recommend purchasing the game on sale, or at least giving it a shot while it is free. M&B is a sandbox game set in the medieval era. This is not a fantasy game. You will start out as an unknown sword travelling the lands seeking favor with the existing lords. Speaking with kings, lords, and vassals will open missions that range from delivering letters, executing a deserter, or even joining a faction and the wars they are participating in. There are six factions, each with their own unique lordly titles and unit specializations. You may choose to pick a faction and work towards becoming a vassal. You may even decide you've had enough of everyone else's politics and declare yourself king of your own realm and work towards conquering the world under your own banner. All of this aside, the one thing that makes M&B Warband stand out for me is the combat. Combat is fluid and responsive. Moving the mouse up, down, left, or right will start your backswing in that direction. Blocking is performed in the same manner. However, you are not entering combat alone. Initially, you can field a force of up to 50 additional men, with the ability to increase that capacity as you level your character. Your soldiers have upgrade trees that are determined by you.
I've followed the series for a few years now, but never took the plunge and purchased anything. There is so much I did not cover, but I'm not posting to review the game. The purpose of this post is to simply spark your awareness of the free weekend, and hopefully draw some new people into the game! Videos and "Let's plays" do not do the game justice. The F2P weekend is an excellent opportunity for you guys and gals to see for yourselves how fantastic the game really is. Additionally, if a bunch of people get into it, we can all hop in some multiplayer siege servers as well! Johnny and I have played together on a few siege maps and I believe we can both attest to how satisfying it is to score headshots with the bow/crossbow (it is not as easy as it sounds).