Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance wants you to not just experience history, it wants you to feel it too. Set in medieval Bohemia (which is now the modern day Czech Republic), Deliverance tells the tale of Henry, son of a blacksmith, whose world is turned upside down when the King of Hungary burns down his village. Now on his own, Henry joins the resistance led by Lord Radzig Kobya, and pledges his life to freeing Bohemia.
This may all sound a bit dramatic, but Warhorse is not just drawing inspiration from history, they’re trying to retell it as accurately as possible. The king, the resistance, the war for Bohemia - all of it happened. And if you want to know more there’s pages and pages of documents in the game for you to read through.
HISTORY IS COOL, GOT IT
This love of historical accuracy permeates throughout all parts of the game, including combat. During one section of my play session, I found myself deep in the woods with a group of resistance fighters facing off against a general and his small army. It took me about four or five attempts before I even felt like I was making any progress.
Take heavy armour for instance
- it behaves like real heavy armour. It blocks your vision considerably, it makes you tired quicker, and if you couple it with a long sword you better be ready to deal with the long wind up to swing your sword. Eventually I found the right balance I wore leather armour and hung back with the bow at first, then charged in and helped my men finish off the stragglers. Combat is a balancing act, and relying on your allies isn’t just a fun tactic - it’s the only way you’ll survive.
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DEVELOPER PUBLISHER PLATFORM RELEASE DATE As serious as Deliverance is, it still has those weird open-world moments that deliver a few laughs. When trying out the story side of the game I was tasked with getting the Warhorse Studios Warhorse Studios, Deep Silver PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 February 13, 2018 town dickhead to pay an overdue bill. Naturally, he didn’t take kindly to being called out for being tight with his money, and we got into a fist fight. Fortunately, I won, and I was able to take anything of value from his home that I wanted. But it wasn’t an all or nothing mission, and like Skyrim or The Witcher, the script would adapt to my choices. There’s one ending, but how you get there is up to you.
When I wasn’t beating or stabbing people, I did take some time to enjoy the landscape and appreciate how much effort has gone into making the world feel alive. Comparing what I saw in the game with real life photos, it’s incredible how well Warhorse has recreated the land of Bohemia. By using photographs, on location scouting, and historical records, they’ve clearly spared no expense making an incredibly accurate depiction of medieval Bohemia.
History nerds are going to love this game, but it’s RPG fans that may need some convincing. There’s no magic or monsters here, just historically accurate drama and combat. My gut tells me Kingdom Come: Deliverance won’t be a mainstream success, but it has all the hallmarks of a cult classic that’ll find its audience and be loved by them.