Kingdom Come Deliverance is a truly gargantuan RPG of epic proportions.
It’s such a time consuming beast that some critics thought it better to delay reviews in order to fully explore medieval Bohemia.
“Thrust into a raging civil war, you watch helplessly as invaders storm your village and slaughter your friends and family,” reads the official description. “Narrowly escaping the brutal attack, you grab your sword to fight back.”
What follows is a non-linear tale of revenge set against the backdrop of a stunning open world that is shaped by your choices.
Players can also expect realistic combat, a deep RPG progression system and one or two historical figures to make an appearance.
And if you thought the initial Kingdom Come Deliverance reviews were divisive, check out this lot…
IGN – 8/10: “There’s a shining suit of mail underneath Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s authentically medieval grime. Strong characters and storytelling, one of my favorite first-person melee combat systems ever, and special attention given to building moment-to-moment immersion come together as a mighty alloy that ranks among the most unique, memorable RPGs I’ve played in years.
“While a lack of technical polish occasionally caused me a good deal of frustration having to replay areas due to a bug or poorly-communicated quest objective, it’s the kind of adventure I didn’t hate replaying.”
GameSpot – 8/10: “Even with these issues in mind, anyone who can appreciate the down-and-dirty nature of history should play Kingdom Come: Deliverance. It’s an impressive and unflinching look at the medieval era that transports you inside the compelling story of a real person caught in the middle of a civil war.
“As such, this is one of those rare, memorable games that stays with you long after you stop playing. While quirks and bugs can certainly be frustrating, none of these issues interfere much with the unique and captivating nature of the overall experience.”
Videogamer 4/10: “Kingdom Come: Deliverance will probably be finished in about six months of patches time. If you’re selling a game on it being super historically accurate, which is why you haven’t put any black people in it, it’s advisable to make sure it has fewer bugs than the Amazon basin.
“It won’t make the bugs better or worse, but it does make them a lot funnier if you don’t. But even without the technical problems, the idea that Kingdom Come: Deliverance is new or refreshing seems, appropriately enough, old fashioned.”
Trusted Reviews – 3.5/5: “Kingdom: Come Deliverance is ridiculously big, but that shouldn’t really put you off. There’s more than enough to distract you, but ultimately it’s more than happy being as straightforward as possible. Don’t expect any crazy rides here.
“As real as real can be – including the boring bits – at least this stands out within a genre that’s absolutely flooded with titles. That in itself is quite the feat…
“Kingdom: Come Deliverance is a good RPG that ignores fantasy for a more realistic edge. That does make it wonderfully quaint, but also means it can be a little dull, too.”
Metro – 7/10: “It’s the fact that the medieval world does seem so realistic that is both the game’s greatest achievement and biggest flaw. It doesn’t take much knowledge of history to know that life back then was brutal, unfair, and often quite boring. For better or worse Kingdom Come reflects all of that, and yet still manages to deliver a surprisingly engrossing game.”