And join the Army and fight as a soldier during the Napoleoinc wars.
Mount & Blade Napoleoinc wars lets you play a commen soldier, in any of the 5 major countires
Each Country has sevral diffrent types of soldiers/or regiments.
Lets take the British as an example.
For infrantry you got. 33th Infantry 5th KGL 42nd Highlanders Coldsteam guards 51st light infantry 95th rifles.
Each of these regiments have rankers, ensgins, musicians, and officers, flags, and musicians give bonuses, like faster reload, better acurrasy, faster running ect.
You also have cavalry, the Brits have
23rd light dragoons 6th Inskillings The blues
Sadly the british don't have that many cav options. The french on the other hand got lots of options.
They have 2nd Hussars Polish Lancers Empress Dragoons Carabiners Cuirassiers Grenadier a Chaval.
but thats not all, you also have special units, these are pioneers and artillery. The British have royal horse artillery, both cannon and howitzers, and rockets. To use artillery is actualy kinda involved. you need atleast two people, one is a train driver, he has the cannon, and a gunner. You ride the cannon out were you want it, take it of the limbers, the gunner then chooses ammo, either canister and ball for cannon, or canister and shell for howitzers, you then put the ammo down the barrel, use the ramrod, then you aim and fire the cannon, and for every shot you have to do the same thing over and over again, it takes quite a while, after the first shot you also have to push the cannon back in place becasue of the recoil.
The game is very historic when it comes to uniforms, while there is some mix of uniforms, like the the 33rd have stove pipe shakoes, but the coldsteam guards and 5th KGL have belgic shako, all the cav for the brits are waterloo period, so no heavy cav in bicorne.
The french use 1815 period uniforms. No austrians in helmets, they all use shakoes. austrians is a very popular side to pick, they got great cav, and it apears people just love those Grenzers.
There are just two big historic faults I've found, 1, russian jegers use rifles, 2. all artillery is in the same french green color, so the brits don't have their sky blue cannon, the austrian don't have their yellow ect.
Other then that they are prety damn good. alot of work has gone into the uniforms.
On regular servers the battles can be 250 players, so up to 125 players on each side, they is quite a sight, But there is another type of game, called commander battle, here each player gets a handfull of computer control bots, you then play as a company commander, you can have from as few as 5 soldiers up to 50 soldiers. the max is 2000 players and bots on the same map, tho nobody has been able to play that, as the servers just crashes, but I have played a game with 1400 players and bots. It's quite epic, me and my friend joined a game, there was about 800 soldiers in the battle, I lead 21 Russian Dragoons, he lead 21 russian hussars, togeather we were joined by 21 russian cuirassiers, and 21 cossacks, so we had 84 cav and charge time and time again, quite epic taking part in a charge like that.
You also have something called line battles, here you have clans called regiments, they take the name of famous regiments, the one I'm in is called 18e after the french regiment, We have weekly trainings, were we learn to march and change formations, how to fire and follow orders. You then have weekly battles were these diffrent clanes meet and fight like a real napoleonic company. We have about 40 people in our regiment, We have ranks and duties, Very fun,
The game is very brutal, there isn't huge loads of blood and arms flying, but still when ever I see someone getting shot in the face at point blank range, I crinch a little, Also often the game ends with a few dogget surivers hiding in a house, and it always ends with the side with most soldiers left, going in to the building and brutaly bayonetting everybody, If you have seen the movie alamo, when the mexian soldiers storm the fort, and baynetts everyone they come over, thats what it's like.
Don't know if M&B Warband has been modded to the same extent as the original M&B, but there used to be StarWars, WW2 and Ancients mods, too. The gameplay is very good - M&B is a big sandbox-style game - but not sure how the Naps will work (official WW2 or Ancient Greek versions would be very good, too), as it's more hands-on tactical/fighting than TotalWar etc.
Yes, warband does have quite a few mods to it, while not as many as the original M&B had, warband is dominated by 1 huge multiplayer mod called cRPG, it's very popular. There are also other mods around, and infact Napoleoinc wars started as a mod to warband called mount and musket, this was then turned into the offical Mount and blade Napoleonic wars,
Napoleonic wars is just mutliplayer, no singleplayer.
There is also a third game called With Fire and sword, set during the wars between sweden and polish-Liutania, so pike and shot period, they also have the famed winged hussars for polen, russia is also a faction in the game, so is cossacks ect. This game got it's own mods to, like Japanese Sengoku period.
Quite cheap on steam - anyone know of any issues with Windows 7? - scrap that just seen that the Nap version does actually work on W 7 so presume original must- may give it a go not normally what i play
I have to say I prefer the original and bestest Mount and Blade...for my Naps kicks I play the Europe 1805 Mod. Its got a few bugs still but I rather like starting with a small company of swiss, Brits, Irish and Portuguese and ending up ruler of France...
I dunno Ive theyve modelled the Repeating Air Rifle used by Tyroleans right but OMG but that thing is phenomenal for getting Currassiers out of the saddle before their charge wrecks your line....
This version is the single player game, where you lead your NPC warband from the front, there is no "God View" here, and in dense terrain when the musket volleys start crashing out you get a real feel for the fog of war!
Pity the opposing NPC forces arent a bit more imaginative with tactics, the higher difficulty settings make them harder to kill and better fighters, but their overall strategy seems to stay the same: An advancing column of infantry and/or a supporting charge from Cavalry which just comes straight at you...Dragoons etc try and mix it up a little by circling your forces, but generally the French come on in the old way and we see them off in the old way...usually from behind a handy ridge!