Over seven years after Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord was announced, we can finally play the open-ended feudal life sim (it's like Animal Crossing but with significantly more kidnapping and horse violence). Skip to the bottom of this article for our Bannerlord discoveries so far, including how to briefly assault the countryside as a murderous, armed baby.
Before that, here's the other big PC Gaming news of the week, including trouble at Gearbox, Half-Life: Alyx modding, and Call of Duty's legal status as art, and how that relates to Humvees.
We quite liked Last Oasis, but its launch went about as bad as launches can go, and the developer has taken a drastic step to try to fix things.
According to a Kotaku report, Gearbox employees accept below industry standard pay because they're promised big profit sharing bonuses after major releases—but "big" apparently doesn't describe the first round of Borderlands 3 checks.
Valve is still working on releasing the Half-Life: Alyx level editing tools ,but modders are already putting Valve's first big VR game to use (see the video below). I don't get motion sick easily, but if the Portal games follow, I'm not sure even my inner ear will be able to take it.
You have to feel at least a little bad about this, but it's also pretty funny.
I'm very happy to have this gloriously ridiculous headline to point to whenever the tedious "are games art" debate comes up again. In short, a judge said that Call of Duty having Humvees in it isn't a violation of trademark law because it's protected artistic expression.
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Around the office
We spent much of the week swinging swords around in Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, and we're liking it a lot so far. Here are just a few of our opinions, guides, and discoveries so far:
- How to play Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord as a bloodthirsty baby
- Our three biggest takeaways from a week with Bannerlord
- The best Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord mods
- Bannerlord cheats and console commands
- How to get married and have children in Bannerlord
- Bannerlord works brilliantly with voice commands
- 9 tips to help you survive Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
And finally, here's what James spent his time admiring in Bannerlord:
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