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Chivalry II


Format: PS4 / PS5
Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Torn Banner Studios
RRP: £34.99/39.99
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Age Restrictions: 18+
Release Date: 08 June 2021

Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer first person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles. Players are thrust into the action of every iconic moment of the era - from clashing swords, to storms of flaming arrows, to sprawling castle sieges and more...


Storm into battle in 64-player games

Chivalry 2 is a hack and slash action game that gives you the option of playing in first person or third person to suit your playing style. It's an online only crossplay game that sees you storm into battle in 64-player games.

Choose your side from the the heroic Agatha knights or the treacherous Mason army. Experience large-scale conflicts in sprawling medieval environments ranging from tournament grounds to full-scale castle sieges.

But before you fun headlong onto the battlefield it's worth playing through the tutorial. This is actually a lot of fun, quite amusing and really lays out the basics for you to slowly master. But all of this goes out of the window when you're thrust into your first battle and suddenly realise it's just chaos... like real combat. The tutorial isn't easy to master and there were several of the moves that I just couldn't get right and so had to skip these. Even returning after I'd played online for a few days I was still unable to complete all of the tutorial elements.


Fight for the glory of your side.

So now you're ready to join your fellow combatants to fight for the glory of your side. When you find yourself in the midst of battle with a lot of enemies... well, you can pretty much kiss your arse goodbye. It's more satisfying when there are small groups of enemies and you at least have a fighting chance. I have to come clean here and admit that I was pretty rubbish at the game... but that doesn't matter. It's just so much fun running towards the enemy delivering your war cry. There are also "cosplay" elements that allow you to great, berate your teammates as well as perform taunts and special moves. Your environment is useful as you can pick up most objects and use them as weapons. Which makes for a lot of funny deaths.

When you start the game you have three melee classes and one range class to choose from. Each of these classes has an additional three sub-classes. The main classes are knight, footman (basically medics), vanguard and archer. You unlock weapons and abilities as you progress, but there wasn't really much info on the way this unfolds. It's pretty much a case of learning by happy accident than it is being able to plan ahead.


The more time and effort you put in, the more it rewards you

I was a little concerned when I discovered it was online play only. What if the player base isn't there...? there are AI bots mixed in amongst the other human players, but I'm not sure that if the numbers of human players dropped dramatically whether the game would solely be populated by bots. And there is a slight concern that the servers will be shutdown at some point in the future, making the game unplayable. There is an offline mode, but it's not the same.

The game looks great and runs really smoothly. While you'll instantly get gratification from how engaging the gameplay is, this is one of those games that the more time and effort you put in, the more it rewards you.


Darren Rea

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