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13 Jun 2021

REVIEW: Chivalry 2 on Xbox

Review by Staff

I have had Chivalry 2 since launch day, and played it a fair bit, first thing I would say is that this is not a game for newbies, for a start the game has a complex melee system, and that is exactly how it has been advertised. Pretty much everything you can think of, is in there, and it is not just about bashing the buttons and hoping for the best, you need to time your attacks, as well as your blocks, you will lose stamina if you just hold the defend button down, so you do need to think and try to time things, as opposed to the old turtle approach.

Before I go on, I will say that this is an online, multiplayer game only. There is no single player mode, not even a tutorial, and you need to also pay for the Gold Subscription to play online, which is annoying, but sadly this is the state of affairs these days, companies and Microsoft especially are incredibly greedy. Whereas on PC you get online mode for free, on Xbox you have to pay.

Back to the game, you will face off in duels, but the real fun is when you play the huge 64 player objective battles. We are talking chaos to the extreme. And this alone is the selling point of the game, and the part you will enjoy the most.

There are 4 different classes to choose from. The Footman, The Vanguard, The Knight and The Archer. All are different, with benefits differing between the classes. Try each one and see which suits you best. The game has "class limits" in place, so that everything remains fair.

The customisation menus for your character are a bit lacking, everything is a bit samey, and there is not a great deal of choice for your armour.

The game is very gory, there is loads of blood, violence, everything you would expect in such a game. However, some of the animations are a bit dodgy, and the first time you see them, you will wonder why they allowed the intern to create them, and not the full paid animator.

On Xbox One the game runs at 30 FPS, and when the screen is very busy, there are framerate dips, and you need a solid internet connection too.

The Good
Fun chaotic gameplay, that you will come back to, everything just feels fun, if a bit complicated at first.

The Bad
Online only, no single player, some dodgy animations, and laziness in customisation factors. And you need a good internet connection.

If you have a good internet connection and subscribe to Gold, then give this game a go, it is a hell of a lot of fun.

I score the game a solid 7/10

Review by Staff

Chivalry 2 has an MSRP of $39.99 / €39.99 / £34.99 MSRP for the Standard Edition or (MRSP $49.99, €49.99, £44.99) for the Special Edition, with an ESRB rating of M for Mature and a PEGI 18 rating.

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