If there was ever such an adrenaline-pumping multiplayer PVP game, it would be Chivalry 2 by a landslide. I have never had so much fun sieging and pillaging kingdoms, slaughtering my enemies, and filled with medieval delight. While the game is a massive skill check, it’s been such a fun learning experience and is easier for new players to pick up as compared to Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I absolutely recommend this game for anyone yearning for some bragging rights that also enjoys quite the learning curve.
Blood Soaked Battlefields of Glory
Chivalry 2 is a paradise for those obsessed with Medieval settings and combat that want to come out on top. The game is filled with fun objectives and checkpoints, such as protecting villagers from the enemy team or charging the castle gates to kill their king. There are so many fun strategies to test out for each map simulated, but it also keeps players in check that roam too far out due to the desertion status and timer to get back into the playing field.
Each map offers great choke points, terrain advantages, and carefully placed siege weapons like catapults, siege towers, other various tools of battle. There can be as many as 64 players depending on what mode players choose from. While it can seem chaotic at times, it honestly just adds to the blood rush and makes you want to jump right into the center to hack away with your lances and swords. While the game pushes for teamwork to get through to your objective, it also is very skill-based due to scenarios of 1v1 dueling that can turn into a 2v1 or overall gang bang.
There are a lot of playstyle variances for each weapon choice. This makes it easier to allow players to play with what they feel comfortable with, and it gives options to explore each fighting style. Especially due to the unique combat system, where parries and blocks are a must if you want to survive.
For example, archers can be Longbowmen or ever use a crossbow, and soldiers can use a sword or even an ax and shield. While you do need to increase rank to unlock more versions, leveling up is quick and easy thanks to a well-designed progression system. There are 12 set classes in total each holding 4 variations, making it also easy to change on the fly if you need something different. A bonus as well is that every set comes with a unique ability to aid the team such as a banner for healing or fire to light up arrows.
Character customization, on the other hand, is a bit awkward. Faces are downright hideous despite the various choices, and the hairstyles are just off-putting. I am not sure if the developers were going for lifelike medieval designs, but the helmets help cover it all up.
Satisfying Combat, Poor Ranking System
Tallying up kills can be difficult due to how the system works. Anyone can take the final hit and get full credit for the kill, leaving you with an assist. Even the worst players climb their way to the top by picking off anyone else’s kill that they put work into or they straight up kill you to take your kill since team damage is a thing.
Luckily, the game also heavily focuses on the objective points so that can take preference in ranking. The other problem is that if a team loses players they will randomly assign someone on your team to jump over on the other side and leave you there. Another big bonus is that there is a great tutorial system that goes in-depth with how combat works and how to defend yourself if all others abandon you. Matchmaking is not terrible either, but it is a pretty hard community to get started in, and the game leaves you with a sink or swim learning experience.
Chivalry 2 is a blast with friends, and it’s a very gore-filled fun experience. Battles are very rewarding, the classes are fun and fairly well balanced, and the performance has so far been great. I’ve had little to no frame rate drops, and I have no crashes to report. Playing with friends can be glitchy on invites, but nothing majorly annoying. The community can be toxic like any other, but, overall, I just find myself enjoying hacking off heads and wanted to get better if I did a lot. It’s also insanely fun to get revenge on the last jerk that ganged you.
ViBE Score: 8.5/10