Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is the game your friends have been yelling about for a while now. It’s been captured in hundreds of thousands of videos as the game that is about guys in helmets and renaissance fare garb who run around and stab each other (that isn’t War of the Roses). Chivalry is a term often reserved for people who are courteous and gentle in their nature and I can tell you now that Chivalry has none of that, but regardless, is the game playable without yelling at the top of your lungs and decapitating people?
The game started originally as a mod known as Age of Chivalry for Half Life 2 and while not much has changed in the port across to a full release, I can say that it wasn’t broke and didn’t need fixing. The simplest way to explain it is just run around and stab people to death or shoot arrows. The game is a bit more than that of course, or otherwise this would be a shorter review and you’d probably be annoyed by it.
The game is a team based effort as you often set off completing goals such as destroying trebuchets, capturing areas or simply killing the other team in a deathmatch. Standard fare for your usual team based game but the truly interesting thing comes with how you succeed in your goals and quests. The game is really about the weaponry. It is the selling point and the high point of the entire game.
I know I’ll talk about graphics and sound later on, but the game can be played with the sound off and the graphics turned down low if you want to give the unseen middle finger. Simply just replace all the audio with the sound of you yelling as you swing your axe and take the head off your enemy. That being said, at times I feel some character classes are lacking and maybe one or two more would change things up, but maybe I’ve been spoilt by playing too much DOTA2 lately.
The gameplay is incredibly solid and the variations of weapons is something people should really look out for. It may not seem like much but the right variation could have you taking down more than one opponent before saying goodbye to your shoulders.
While I will admit the game did get a serious visual upgrade from their mod incarnation, the game looks alright. The textures don’t really stand out between the mud and blood around the arenas but overall the game looks fairly simple in its colours and settings. At times the arenas seemingly blend into each other, but the creativity and level design does need to be commended.
Some of the levels do look similar at first, but after playing for a dozen hours or so, you’ll really get a feel for the different techniques and tricks that will do you well in your next battle. The game really shines, both literally and figuratively when you’re playing in different weather conditions. Just the right amount of rain and lightning in the distance can really change the mood of your match. It gives this epic swell that could have you chopping an enemy’s head clean off just as the thunder cracks overhead… speaking of thunder….
The sound and music of the game is phenomenal. The battle music and menu music really steps up the level of epicness that most FPS titles just don’t have. I’m not a real history buff and I really am not a fan of period films, but a good soundtrack can really make something great. Hearing the right music as you storm the next area after conquering a trebuchet feels incredible.
The voice work does consist of a lot of dudes shouting and a lot of people saying things that I’m sure a good four hundred years ago was quite humorous, here it just adds to the atmosphere and gives you a sense of comradery with the faceless (and soon headless) men running into battle. The game’s voices are really there to psyche you up and push to the next area.
Sound effect wise, I do feel like there could have been a bit more variation but overall it’s fairly enjoyable and they do have a few different dying sound effects to at least make dying a bit less annoying. The game does a great job of really setting a mood and putting you into the heart of battle.
- Strong weapon choice
- Plenty of gore and fun to go around
- Multiplayer only
- Some levels may feel repetitive after a while.
- Only four character classes.
Chivalry Medieval Warfare is not calm nor gentle in its preparing you for battle. It’s a gory fun slog that you will want to do round for round, whether online or with good friends. The game is a must have for LAN parties especially for loud friends. You really cannot simply pass this game up. You need to attack and yell and play Chivalry right now. Yes, I enjoyed this game but I do hope an update will bring more voices, levels and character classes.