...google taleworlds to download and try before you buy.
This game wouldn't be here without you.
Mount & Blade is a small budget game supported purely by the PC gaming community, backed by kind donations & massive beta support. This results in a game with an immense community, one that continues to grow & add to the game with mods galore. Multi-player support will be eventually on the way with a future expansion expected early-mid 2010 from the developer.
I was looking for a unique gift that a friend wouldn't have thought to buy for themselves, and this game - by an independent developer - seemed just the ticket. So I was very optimistic about the game, reading all the excellent reviews, still I had to try the demo for myself, just to be sure.
Once I downloaded the free trial & started, I was hooked. There are no movies, no huge epic story, no character driven plot, no real direction to follow any given path. The struggle to just survive, being dropped right into this massive game, made for a refreshing 'sink or swim' experience. So many games these days have an abundance of fluff, this game has none.
Suffice to say, trying to get as far as I can in 30 days & maxing out all my save slots, it became too much to take. I couldn't help myself and eventually broke open the game I had planned to give as a gift, and used the code for myself. The trial lasted me for over two solid weeks!
It's hard trying to convince folk, the awesomeness of this game. See, you can install the game onto multiple machines & for infinite installs, to unlock the full game you simply purchase a code on-line (atm retail box is cheaper here). It seems I have yet to convert anyone. People are put off by the fact they never heard of it & that the graphics look out-of-date, so they don't even try to sample the brilliance of this game. This game even has Win98 support, bring life to that old laptop.
Eye candy this game ain't, but with available mods provided by the community, simply aimed at making the game look better, maybe the expansion won't be too hard to wait for, still this peach keeps getting sweeter by the month.