Today’s First Impressions post is a little different, as instead of a TV show, I’m giving my first impressions on a video game!
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an historical RPG, set in medieval Bohemia. In the game you play Henry, a blacksmith’s son, who’s world is turn upside down when his village is destroyed and he left struggling to survive a civil war. Now alot of people have been saying that this is basically an historical version of Skyrim, which I disagree with. Yes, both games have a large setting to explore. Yes, they have side quest. And yes, they do have a medieval theme. However, they also have many more differences.
Firstly, the combat in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is far complex. You cannot just go around waving you sword wildly, although in the first few hours it feels like that is what you’re doing, as that is a good way to wind up dead. Instead, you need to take your time and look at what you’re opponent is doing. I think a lot of people will struggle with the combat as it takes patience and practice to get used to, but once you do it is incredibly rewarding. Still, one thing to watch out for is being outnumbered, as that is a sure way to get yourself killed, as unlike other RPGs you are a blacksmith’s son not a demi-god and you certainly don’t have magical powers.
It is clear that the game is trying to be as historically realistic as possible, which for a history geek like me, is fantastic. On the other hand, that does make the game have a much slower pace which may put some players off. You have to remember to eat, bathe and maintain not only your weapons and armour, but also your clothes as well. Regular sleeping is also important, not only to avoid debuffs but also as it is only one of two ways to save the game, the other is to drink a particular drink. Like I said, all this makes me love the game, as it makes it different but for other people these may discourage them.
Graphically the game looks great, not quite at AAA standard but it still looks beautiful. I’ve been fortunate and not had any crashed but I have had a few texture pop-ins on the building and characters. Although, there is one thing I want to point out, which is a little distracting, and that is the dead eye stare a lot of the characters seem to have, which is a little weird. One thing that Kingdom Come: Deliverance does have in common with Skyrim are the bugs and glitches. I have seen characters sweep tables instead of the floor; characters getting stuck on stairs and occasionally the talk command won’t work. Still, these glitches and bugs aren’t big issues as they are still infrequent and funny, for them to not ruin the game.
So far, I have spent just under 19 hours in the game and I have barely touched the surface of it. I have half of the map to explore, plenty of side quests to complete and I’ve barely started the main quest. I feel like Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a game which will definitely offer value for money, if you are looking for a slower paced, historically realistic RPG. This is definitely a game that has lived up to my expectations and one that I’ll be playing for some months yet.
Have you played Kingdom Come: Deliverance? What are your thoughts on the game? Also, I would love your feedback on doing first impressions on video games. The reason I wrote this post is because I wanted to share my thoughts on the game but it was too soon to write a full review, which I only do once I’ve played a game to completion. So would you guys like to see more video game First Impression post, or would you like me to keep these types of posts for TV shows and anime? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!
The featured image came from knowyourmeme.com, while the other images came from Kingdom Come: Delivernace’s Steam store page.