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Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox)

Developed by Warhorse Studios, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is available now on PC (Steam) for £39.99, PS4 for £54.99 and Xbox One for £54.99. It is also an Xbox One X Enhanced title.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG game set in medieval Bohemia. You’ll play as the protagonist, Henry whose quiet life has been turned upside down when his village is destroyed, and he finds himself in the middle of a civil war, fighting for the future of Bohemia.

As always, I will endeavour to avoid or be as vague as possible about any story related spoilers.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a fantastic looking game and it is incredible just how accurate the countryside and buildings have all been designed. The wonderfully lush landscapes are easy to get lost in whilst traipsing around meadows picking flowers, herbs and hunting wild rabbits and such. There are moments throughout the game where the textures seem to take a while to load in and there have been instances where they don’t load in at all which leads to blurry rooftops and buildings. The weather in the game is realistic, especially when it is raining and sometimes it becomes hard to remember a time when the sun last made an appearance (much like in today’s Britain, to be honest). On sunny days, the glare from the sun has made the vision a little strange, I am not sure if that was entirely intended though as it seemed to cause a glitch where my entire screen had flashing strips of light which wouldn’t disappear, even at night-time.

The voice acting in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is brilliant and with such a large number of characters I anticipated the dialogue to fall flat somewhere but happily I was proven wrong as even in the much smaller, side quests or random NPC chit-chat, I never felt like anything was ‘off’. The sound effects in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is equally as impressive, from muffled footsteps when trudging through grasslands, the flight of your arrow when hunting or general ambient sounds.

For the most part, I have found the controls to be straightforward although there is a tutorial section in the Codex if you need a quick reminder. I'll be honest, the controls can feel a little clunky and sometimes have been downright unresponsive altogether which can be frustrating when you’re trying to escape enemies or trying to get your weapon ready for combat and nothing happens or worse, it has inexplicably been unequipped.

The combat in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is unlike any other game that I have played and so it didn’t come naturally to me whatsoever. Because of this, I find it harder to resume playing if I have spent some time away, playing other games for example. Rather than simply mashing a button you must aim where you’re going to swing your sword whilst ensuring that your enemy won’t be able to predict where you’re going to strike thus blocking your hit completely. There is a decent amount of training at the beginning of the game so you will learn the basics and more advanced moves. 

Using a bow and arrow is just as complex and initially felt quite ‘flighty’ and without a crosshair to help aim, it took me a fair few failed attempts before I finally got the hang of it. I must admit, the more you practice the easier it all becomes, plus levelling up your combat and skills will noticeably improve your abilities. Having said that, I am striving to avoid all potentially deadly combat as far as possible on my travels which so far, much like my combative skills, is hit and miss when it comes to my success rate.

You can level up through completing quests, combat, gathering and any other activities you carry out. As well as levelling up, you also level up more specific abilities very much like how you’d level up in Skyrim. If you want to get better with your bow and arrow then go hunting or if you want to be a better thief, practice lockpicking and pickpocketing. Personally, I dislike the way lockpicking and pickpocketing have been implemented in this game so have decided against being a thief. As much as I attempt to practice the art of being a criminal, I can’t seem to master it at all as it is in my opinion, overly complicated and invariably leads to my arrest.

Saving in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is quite possibly the most annoying aspect of any game I have ever played. You cannot simply save whenever you want to, you will either need to sleep in a bed or use a ‘Saviour Schnapps’ drink from your inventory (you can purchase them at quite a cost from all good alchemy traders and you can also craft them yourself). Whilst this may seem to be a non-issue, there is always a risk of losing hours of gameplay if you can’t make it to a bed/have no Saviour Schnapps to hand, couple this with the fact that the game does crash from time to time and you’ll quickly become just as frustrated as me. In the latest patch, there has been the addition of “Save and Quit” which costs nothing, and I suppose you could utilise this if you don’t mind the lengthy load times from saving/exiting and then reloading the game but in my experience, doing that just detracts from the overall flow and enjoyment of the game.

I am so thankful for the ability to fast travel between locations, it prevents wasting time getting lost and means you’ll be able to get some progress made rather than being constantly on an expedition across enormous amounts of the countryside. Yes, it uses your energy and comes with some risk as you may end up being ambushed but it is infinitely quicker in the long run, just remember to save once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance first appealed to me because of my love of RPGs but it seemed to have something different to it in that everything has a cause and effect. Drinking alcohol will affect your speech with other people (and hilariously make Henry extra pointy when talking), overeating will make you clumsier and not sleeping/eating at all will also have adverse effects. you can learn a wide range of skills, but you’ll need to convince someone to teach you (at a cost, of course) and you’ll even need to learn how to read, especially important if you intend on crafting your own Saviour Schnapps!

When Kingdom Come: Deliverance was first released there were a vast amount of issues with the game which ultimately forced me to restart the entire game again. Thankfully, there has been a substantial patch which seems to have rectified all the issues I’d encountered, allowing me to enjoy the game again. With a large game such as Kingdom Come: Deliverance, it reminded me of an early Skyrim with regards to bugs, but that certainly didn’t stop Skyrim from becoming a hugely popular, loved game and I see no reason as to why Kingdom Come: Deliverance is any different. With dedicated, passionate developers behind the game, things will only get better as time goes on!

Overall, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a very enjoyable game in which you can easily sink hours into by exploring the beautiful countryside, getting drunk or stuffing yourself silly let alone all the quests and side quests that are on offer, providing a brilliant main story as well as a multitude of stories which can be completed and unfold in numerous ways. The combat does take a lot of getting used to and is probably the only part of the game that I would have liked to be different. Nevertheless, if I had to give it a score, it would be 8/10.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has 49 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. A lengthy achievement list which will no doubt require at least a couple of playthroughs/manipulation of saves to attain the 100% unlocked. Whilst there are many story related achievements, there are many achievements which are incredibly fun to unlock/avoid unlocking such as becoming addicted to alcohol or completing the game as a virgin. I am always appreciative of creative achievement lists and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements, then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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