Chivalry 2 Open Beta Thoughts
I played the Chivalry 2 open beta for a short time recently on PC and it was a total unique and interesting experience that I had not ever experienced in any other game I’ve played. I knew Chivalry was very popular when it came out, followed by a similar game Mordhau that came out recently, but I never felt the urge to jump into either of those games when they were released. Torn Banner Studios made a very smart decision to do an open beta, meaning anyone could access it on all platforms available for a whole weekend. Now that I had an opportunity to try it out with a good PC, I had to try it.
The top and most important thing I liked about Chivalry 2 is the arcade-like feeling of just hopping into battle swinging my one-handed mace. The controls are not complicated, but not totally easy either. I found myself getting sliced up because I had not mastered the art of moving my mouse with my slashes (mouse clicking) so I lost many encounters. While totally consumed trying to master the art of swinging the damn weapon (spacing and speed), I had completely forgotten about the defensive controls and specials, but that’s fine! The crazy thing is that even though I made a lot of mistakes and died many times, I never felt the pressures of a team competitive experience because of the huge population of 64 players on the map, plus everyone else is dying around you, respawning around you, so you aren’t dwelling on any losses.
Where Chivalry 2 sold me the most is the weapon system, as different classes use different weapons and they all play a little bit differently with the controls. I only scratched the surface using a one-handed mace. The game has a ranking system per class that allows cosmetic customization of armor and weapons, plus unlocking weapons for that class. I briefly tried a pike-type weapon, but it was a brand new ballgame as far as controls and spacing when fighting. I chose to just keep it simple.
Lastly, I’ll just say that more companies should follow the lead of Torn Banner Studios with open betas because Chivalry 2 is a game I probably would have never considered buying had I not played it. I haven’t hit purchase yet, but the itch for one more battle and one more swing is slowly getting to me! I’m very interested to see where this one goes and the player count is likely to be big enough for a long time due to crossplay, which is always a concern with multiplayer only games.