Mount and Blade Warband is the expansion to the Mount and Blade
, released somewhere in 2008. This game doesn't require Mount and Blade to be played. In Warband, you take the role of a character and you are free to do whatever you want. Anyway, the game points you a direction, but if you take that route or you create your own path, it's up to you. In this way, it's a bit similar to Elder Scrolls games. If you are optimist, you can see in Warband the missing link between Morrowind and Oblivion. However, if you aren't optimist, you can say the game has been release somewhere in 1995. The characters and the world texture it's like low-budget. You won't be amazed of anything in this game. Despite of graphics low quality, the game has some pros. For example, each weapon has it's own damage system and can be used in different ways. You can deal damage depending how do you swing the weapon. Warband can be played online, also. But it has some interesting things, like if the hit seems it missed, you killed the enemy. Or if you think you hit it, it misses. It's fun to play online. You can play co-op or versus and there are eight game types. The quests are like in the original game, just a few politic quests added and some romance quests. The economy is pretty interesting, because you will have to learn what's worth to buy and where is the best place to sell things. As you gain level, you will need money, for sure. The sound it's not bad, but not the best, either. It's ok and enjoyable. Putting together hardcore roleplaying with intense combat, this low budget game is still worth a shot.