Ronan Jennings takes a look at Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but isn't impressed...
"GIVE us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those before us.”
In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, your sins most certainly won’t be forgiven — the question is, can you forgive those of the developers?
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an incredible development story. It first began life in 2012, when Warhorse Games secured funding to develop a prototype, but couldn’t find further investment to subsequently finish the game. So Warhorse took to Kickstarter and online crowd-funding, raising enough money and interest to finish the project.
There is a reason Kingdom Come drew such interest — this is an open-world role-playing game free of fantasy, dragons and magic of any kind. It wasn’t inspired by Middle Earth, but the Middle Ages. Thousands of gamers
responded to this setting and since its release last week, the game has sold over a million copies already.
But there’s a problem. Kingdom Come: Deliverance hasn’t quite delivered. While the core game is exactly what was promised, a hardcore open medieval world in which even the smallest details of your character matter, the reported slew of bugs gamers have experienced leave many wondering if the game was released too soon. This would be less of a problem if Kingdom Come was priced a little lower. However, it costs €60, the same as a ‘true’ triple-A title. This leaves the game open to triple-A criticism.
The question, therefore, comes down to what kind of experience you value in gaming. Kingdom Come is a startling breath of fresh air in the console world, a game in which tiny details are important.
Every sword fight is incredibly tense, where one slip up causes death, just like in real life. If you don’t wash your character, people in the world will react accordingly. If you don’t feed your character, he will faint. If you drink too much, you become an alcoholic.
There are no easy outs in Kingdom Come Deliverance. This is a game that represent the down and dirty nature of the medieval world and how you might rise through it to avenge your family. It also has a surprisingly well told and acted storyline.
If you value freedom and realism in your role-playing, just enough so that you can tell your own story and create your own path, then Kingdom Come might appeal to you greatly. But until the developers patch the game, you are likely to suffer bugs like floating horses, guards that dropkick you from 100 yards, sudden transportation to incredible heights in the sky and loops that force you quit and restart the game.
Such sins are forgivable in a game of a lower cost bracket, but at €60 they come at price. Whether Kingdom Come is worth that to you is a matter of individual taste – but for hardcore RPG fans, it might be the answer to their prayers.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump currently rules over the kingdom of America, and he has jumped on a familiar bandwagon. Speaking at a White House meeting on the awful massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump identified popular culture as a symptom of such tragedies, including video games.
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” Trump said. “And you go the further step, and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so
violent. And yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”
Games, of course, already have age ratings on them. Perhaps restrictions on guns themselves might be a better step?
Finally, while Trump might want to ban video games, his opposite number in Russia seems somewhat in favour of them. At least on news stations. Russian State TV reportedly used a clip of ARMA 3 in a news report about Syria earlier this week, intending to honour a fallen Russian solider. ARMA 3 is a realistic military game that is now more famous for being the foundation of Irishman Brendan Greene’s Player Unknown Battlegrounds. The clip was aired under the pretence of being a real clip from Syria.