Radzick yells over the wall for me to flee to the neighboring town of Talmberg and try to get help. While running through the carnage to find a horse I come across a group of well armed Cuman soldiers having their way with a local girl who Henry is friends with. In that moment I’m left with making the decision to save her from her horrible fate that would most certainly end in both of our deaths or use it as a distraction to sneak by and steal the soldiers horse and flee to Talmberg.
Welcome to 1403 Bohemia. All that and a few other spoiler free events took place in the span of the first two hours of the game that truly set the mood. Right from the start you are thrown into a war, undertrained and vulnerable. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a Action RPG with survival elements that puts you right in the thick of it with moral decisions that have huge impacts to the story and world around you. If you don’t eat you can die, if you don’t sleep you can die. Piss off the townspeople and they jack up the prices and or refuse to speak with you entirely. Everything from bleeding to death to death by mud butt is a thing in this game. It also absolutely lets you know you are not a soldier and your lifestyle as a soft, lazy peasant boy is very apparent. In the first 5-10 hours I was getting my shit pushed in by local drunks and smelly bandits. I couldn’t read, didn’t know how to bandage myself or even know how to repair my own weapons. Pretty shitty for a blacksmith’s son. But by hour 100 I was a face stabbing, Cuman murdering machine. It was to the point where I was going out of my way to pick fights with anyone because Big Dick Henry wanted to show the world he was here to stay.
The combat system is a lot like the one in For Honor. You have directional based attacks and defense. The type of Armor you are wearing make all the difference as well as the weapons used against your foes. No magic potions or attacks; it’s all swords, fists, and arrows here and it’s perfect. I’m not going to sugarcoat it though, in the opening hours this game is tough. Everyone can best you and if you skip the recommended training sessions with the captain it’s even harder. Honestly though I think that’s what I like most about it. It’s a challenge that pays off if you are willing to take time and learn. Sure, theres still a few well armoured guys who still put me in my place but where I’m at I can easily take down most enemies (lots of wayfarers..) in a couple of swipes.
That brings me to the skills system. They absolutely make all the difference. From learning combos to special perks all the way to becoming a learned scribe. While skill trees are nothing new in games, Kingdom Come: Deliverance makes use of them. I learned a skill where I could eat rotten food carefree and another where I didn’t have to pay for bathhouse privileges. Henry was swimming in wenches and always had a stat buff for being a slut. Hell, there’s even a skill where if you don’t bathe and your man stink is just right you get extra speech perks with the ladies. The drawback is the smell of your ass can peel paint and your stealth skill drops. The game doesn’t force you to play in any way except the way you want to and it’s extremely refreshing.