Kingdom Come Deliverance
Release Date: 02/13/2018
Price: $59.99 USD
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Deep Silver
Role-playing games are a genre near and dear to many gamers hearts. When thinking of an RPG, more than likely you imagine a massive fantasy world inhabited by mystical creatures and magic. This is not the case for Kingdom Come Deliverance.
The developers behind Kingdom Come Deliverance, Warhorse Studios, set out to do something never done before. They created an ultra-realistic, historically accurate, role-playing game set in the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1403.
You take on the role of Henry, the son of a blacksmith. Who early on in the game gets thrown into a political war to place the rightful King back on the throne, and get revenge on the people who have wronged him.
The story is one of the best parts of Kingdom Come. The way the writers implanted this fictional character, while still keeping true to the real history and lore is incredible. With so many twists and turns you will not see coming. This game is bound to keep you coming for more.
On the gameplay side of things. I am not sure if it's an optimization problem with the game, as I did play it on an older Xbox one console. But there were many moments I encountered game lag in highly populated areas or a jittery effect on the screen. This was a bit annoying at times, but really only happened in highly populated areas or places where a lot was going on like sieging a castle. Besides the couple of bugs I encountered. The game plays amazingly.
The developers really instilled the feeling that your character really knows nothing at the beginning of the game. At the start you're terrible at literally everything you do, you can't even read. Which makes sense for the character arc, because when you start the game you're essentially a peasant who has never left his village.
The graphics for this game are impressive. They are scaled down when playing on older consoles. So if you have an Xbox One X you are definitely going to see a difference in visual quality. But even when playing on the original Xbox One you won't feel slighted. There are, however, once again optimization issues. When riding on horseback through towns and villages many objects would load in extremely late. I also encounter multiplied instances when NPC heads would take a while to load in. This definitely reduced the immersion I felt when playing this game.
Game sound is remarkably well done. Whether it's the delicate sounds of birds chirping next to a babbling stream, or the hammering sound of a sword hitting a shield. All the sounds come together perfectly to create a believable, living world.
The voice acting is done very well in some places, but laughable in others. The different accents of the cast are all over the place and become very confusing, even distracting at times. You will hear an English accent for a peasant, an American accent for a lord and an Eastern European accent scattered around.
The music is not the most memorable, this being said it does work with the game incredibly well. The soundtrack for this game is not overbearing and serves its purpose in the background to help instill the right emotions to the player. All the songs play at the right time and are themed for different situations. One thing this game does that many developers fail at is repetition. This game's music does not overly repeat its self. I never found my self-getting bored or tired of the songs that were playing.
The time I spent playing Kingdom Come, I have clocked in almost 5 days of play time, completed the main story and a couple of side quests. For the price of $60 USD, I believe the value is definitely there. Still, anyone extremely hesitant of in game bugs may want to wait a few more months before picking this title up.
Overall for all its faults Kingdom Come: Delivernce is truly a testament of what a RPG can be. It was extremely refreshing to play a game in this genre that was not filled with dragons and magic. Since its release, Warhorse Studios have released a number of updates and patches fixing many of the bugs that plagued this game.
A Role Playing Game Redefined.
An adventure every history loving gamer should take. Some gamers may be turned off by the high amount of in-game bugs that plagued this game on its release.