Title: Chivalry 2
Developer: Torn Banner Studios
Editor: Torn Banner Studios / Tripwire presents
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4 (revised on), Xbox One, PC
Release date: June 8, 2021
Chivalry 2 is a really well done game with very little substance. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is smooth although flawed. But overall it’s a common online experience. The potential of this game is vast and offers incredible connectivity even in larger player types of games.
Chivalry 2 has the potential to be a lot of fun, with game modes involving burning and looting a village, besieging a castle and killing the Duke, and even rescuing members of your army. The problem with playing modes on large battlefields is that the objectives don’t matter because it’s hard to hold them.
These could be fun, but they are spoiled by the fact that in most matches your team only cares about getting the most wins (at the time of this review, no way to go strictly to the game at all). death in team play modes). Combining them with the fact that all the maps are sort of flat ground with a few decks and the occasional siege machine leads to Chivalry 2 feel a bit more like a battle royale (especially in 64 player game types) than I would care about. There are cool things like hatches to knock them down instead of fighting.
Chivalry 2 is sold as a first person fighting game, and as a big fan of fighting games, it intrigued me. Overall, the game’s combat is pretty quick and easy to learn, but it’s very difficult to master when using all of the techniques.
Defensively, you can choose between blocking, riposte (which allows you to block on a counterattack), or single counter which creates an opening by swinging back. Offensively you have your basic swing, which has a nifty mechanism where you can increase speed by turning your head towards the opponent; a stab, that’s exactly it; and overhead, which is the most powerful attack on the guards. All of your attacks can be charged to help break down guards, shields, or to deal bonus damage. You can always choose the archer class, which allows you to keep your distance, but you are at a great disadvantage that you can only use a handgun. The trickiest thing about the battlefield is that the only way to block arrows is to use a shield, which can sometimes be frustrating when you’re about to land the final blow and all of a sudden, a crossbow takes you out.
While Chivalry 2 is a great attempt at making a first person hack-and-slash fighting / hack-and-slash game, I can’t help but think it’s lacking a bit. He’s got a stellar fight with good ideas held back by being limited by his inability to feel like a powerful sword fight. There is also a class system similar to the Battlefield series. So as you level up with, for example, a knight, you get new weapons like war hammers, axes, etc. One really cool thing is that the beat is crisp as it is rather slow and bulky as you imagine you would feel in chainmail and full knight armor.
Chivalry 2 is a lot of fun, but the lack of options if you have a bad team versus an enemy sticking together hampers part of the experience. It’s hard to have a sword duel and test your mettle when someone shoots you with a bow or comes in from behind or to the side of you and just mercing on you. It was a problem in For honor too, but it wasn’t that prevalent in there. I recommend it if you have a friend to play with who is supportive and you have the time to practice the techniques together. In conclusion, if you are looking for a great sword fighting game to play on your own, this is not the case.
All of this leads to earning coins to get armor to customize your character which is largely the same until you gain multiple levels. You can possibly look like a white knight or something a little more legendary, which is quite a sensation because no one starts out like one. These coins can also be purchased as a microtransaction currency to get whatever you want.
Great ideas, great connections, decent customization, and great battles don’t get you far. Whenever Chivalry 2 seems to be successful, you quickly find a loophole. Although not that great, it is a difficult game to recommend to any gamer.
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