Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:36

REVIEW: Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been crowdfunded through Kickstarter since 2014, eventually releasing in 2018. It was a long time, but was it worth the wait?

The campaign for Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set in the 15th century. There just so happens to be an internal conflict. A king has died and left the empire in the hands of his son and frankly, the new king is useless. He’s more interested in eating and drinking than dealing with his duties.

You’ll play as Henry, a blacksmith's son. He’s no-one special, a peasant to most. You’ll have him on a journey first seeing the place he’s lived in burnt to the ground, seeing loved ones killed and he seems to be in the middle of it all no matter where he goes.

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Playing any RPG can really take your time away from playing other games as there can be so many hours required to complete them. It's said that to complete Kingdom Come Deliverance will be at least 100 hours. Clear your calendar and don’t bother playing anything else for a while!

I played for a few days and it's a pretty good RPG. There is so much to factor in besides just doing the quests either main or side ones. You’ll need to eat & sleep and attack & defend yourself. Stealing and assaulting people is something that’s sure to get you in a lot of trouble. If you do commit a crime of any kind, you’ll be confronted to pay a fine.

You can attempt talking your way out of any trouble you may see yourself in, but that hardly works out in your favor. Pay the fine or go to jail are your only options most of the time and jail isn’t fun. The times I went to jail, I soon died inside. The longest time I spent in jail at one time was 9 days. Sometimes if you are caught doing the wrong thing they’ll attack you, but you can surrender and sometimes your free to just walk away.

You are able to buy and sell with traders however, for example, if you try trading stolen items, you’ll find they don't want those items in trade. As this game takes place in the days where sword fighting is the norm, you’ll need to learn how to use one. This really comes in handy when faced with anyone who downright dislikes you, or just someone wanting to steal all your inventory. At first, the combat system when punching, kicking and using a sword seemed clunky, but as I played further on it improved.

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There are a lot of NPC’s to see and if you want to speak to them you can. Regardless if the conversation is either story related or not, you will have multiple choice responses or questions.

There is a day & night cycle along with a weather system integrated in to this world. A lot of RPG’s can be full on and have a lot of depth, and not everyone is into them, so if you like your games to be a little more simplified, Kingdom Come might just test you. Even it's pause menu can appear to be chaotic, filled to the brim with options. What's here is your inventory menu, player and horse, quest log, world map and the codex section. You can change attire for better armor or you can change weapons and eat from here also.

The world is massive! You can ride on a horse, or walk, (obviously walking will take a lot longer to reach your destination), but you can fast travel too. As with most, if not all games, you will need to discover those fast travel locations before actually being able to use them.

Early in the game and later down the track, you’ll learn skills such as speech and weapon training, which will improve Henry on a whole. There is a slight downside with this game though, I am talking about the save system... Players have already proclaimed their dislike on how saving works, and it's already something the creators plan on changing. One way to save is to buy an expensive drink which gets you drunk, and when your drunk, Henry doesn’t do well in combat among other things. Another way you can save is reaching certain moments where the game autosaves, the last way to save is to sleep in a bed you own.

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It was a bit of a mixed bag when it came to the visuals in Kingdom Come. It had some texture issues with draw distance, and some texture issues on the ground. On top of that, it suffered from image pop issues which happened quite often and often made the game look poor.

This isn’t even narrowed down to a particular platform, PC obviously had the best visuals, but between Xbox and PlayStation both suffered the same issues. Console has the game locked at 30fps. The resolution for both the base PS4 and Xbox One run 900p, PS4 Pro 1080p and Xbox One X 1440p.

Due to the engine choice the game runs on, there is no support for HDR. Having played this on the Xbox One X, there were times the game looked okay, while other times, especially at night and some moments throughout the day, it really looked spectacular. The same can be said for all characters seen in the game. Facial expressions look realistic and the attire folks wear is correct for the time period. This is something the creators made clear, that their game is time period correct with everything seen in game.

 

I'll play anything thrown my way and though RPG’s aren’t my favorite genre, Kingdom Come Deliverance really had me hooked. It does have a few issues at the moment visually and gameplay wise, but if ironed out early, I expect it’ll be smooth sailing. At the moment, some say hold off for a while so the bugs can be ironed out, but I say “stuff those guys” and just come play Kingdom Come Deliverance because it's worth your time!

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 13 Feb, 2018
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Age Rating: ESRB 17+
  • Content: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol
  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publisher: Warhorse Studios
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Role-Playing