Conqueror’s Blade is a game that takes the concept of medieval battlefields and sieges and lets it play out across a fictional MMO universe. The game aims for its player base to join guilds, with an aim to raise an army and conquer as much land as possible during each season. When a battle begins, players need to master their abilities, weapon proficiency and siege tactics and units to defeat the enemy and claim part of the game’s world for themselves. If an open world map with ever-changing dynamics is your thing, then this medieval game might be the option for you.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a Czech single-player RPG, set in mid-12th century Bohemia. The game tells the story of a peasant that rises from humble beginnings (and no small amount of tragedy) to embrace the conflict and turmoil of the age, with player’s mastering medieval weaponry as they fight alongside and against armies. It’s notable that as the game was being developed, the devs of Warhorse Studios tested medieval weaponry to get a realistic feel for the combat in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Their efforts were worth it as the game has a great sense of gritty realism. It’ll be interesting to see if the game succeeds on Nintendo Switch as it has on PC and other consoles.
Medieval Dynasty is a genre-blending RPG survival game that feels like a 3D version of Crusader Kings, were that game as much focused on peasants as it is the nobility. The game’s core concept takes the player to a medieval village, where they must turn their impoverished town into an empire. They’ll need to cultivate the land, hunt, build housing, develop medicine and more, all while ensuring the survival of their house. Eventually, you’ll create both a strong settlement and dynasty. Alternatively, you can set your own challenges, either within the main story, through adventure playthroughs, or by trying the game’s creative tools.
Mount and Blade
The Mount and Blade series is developed by Turkish game studio TaleWorlds Entertainment. The game has the player start out as an individual character, specialising in different styles of combat, trade, exploration, crafting and other RPG elements. You can take on many different roles throughout the game, such as a caravan trader and manipulating the markets, becoming a business leader, and setting up workshops. Or, you can grow your own warband and lead your own armies to establish your own kingdom. If nation management isn’t your thing, then enlist yourself as a mercenary for an established king, earning lands and titles along the way.
The series has a number of editions and expansions. Mount and Blade, Mount and Blade: Warband and Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord are all different game versions. Bannerlord aims to be the most advanced title yet but is still in early access. Warband is the most developed title in the series, with many different multiplayer and single-player DLCs. There is a multiplayer expansion set in the Napoleonic era, with the single-player expansion using the Viking age as its setting of choice.