By: Camdyn Simpson
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a game based in The Holy Roman Empire, particularly the kingdom of Bohemia, located slightly north of modern day Hungary. The time period is the 15th Century, putting it at the end of Medieval times and the beginning of the Renaissance. The main focus of the game is to be as realistic as possible. All little details are considered, such as the faces, clothing, status, and interaction between wealthy and poor. The game also proposes a complicated fight system, good enough to confuse the best of us.
The story begins in a town called Skalitz, where an surprise invasion from Cumans led by a man in black occurs. You are Henry, the son of a Blacksmith, and you live in Skalitz. When the raid happens, your parents are brutally murdered and you flee to warn neighboring towns. With the murder of your parents, you swear to take revenge and kill the Man in Black.
If you attempt to fight anyone in the very beginning of the game, don’t be surprised if it seems like the hardest thing you have ever done. This would be a result of the games brilliant way of progression, it makes it so that without being taught how to fight, Henry cannot fight properly. It may seem like a simple concept at first glance, but with other games, they make it very obvious that you have learned these new moves, but when you play Kingdom Come: Deliverance, it truly makes you feel like you are just a poor citizen attempting to fight experienced sword fighters.
Many games have a simple way of fighting, you pull the trigger or push a button and your sword is swung or your gun is fired, but with this game, there are six different directions you can point your weapon, having your sword up, up and left, low and left, low and right, up and right, and in front of you as if you were going to stab the enemy. You also need to be careful as to block in the right direction and attempt attacking on the open side of your opponent. More advanced moves can be combos, dodging, and moving the direction you are pointing your weapon when attacking to confuse the enemy.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a tedious quest system, where some quests may be present at one time but if you do not do them, they will continue on without you, and with giving the player the choice on how to respond to others with different dialogue options, you may say the wrong thing completely getting rid of your chances of finishing the quest the easy way. But the quests do have multiple ways to complete them, for example, a quest tells you that you need to escape a castle, and you can try to sneak out, fight your way out, or perhaps just get the guards to throw you out.
I personally think the game is great, you can really see how much effort the creators put into it, with their attempt at being historically accurate and having an intense fighting system, and with so many choices you can make, it gives the game a lot of replayability. Game critics such as Metacritic and Steam gave the game a seven out of ten, which to me seems a bit low. I personally would give it an eight or nine out of ten, mainly because of its good graphics, interesting story and fighting system. The only bad part is that it is only available on PC, meaning if you only have an Xbox or Playstation, you won’t be able to play.