The score perfectly suits the medieval setting and the grunts, clanks and swooshy sounds of swinging weapons is all present and correct. That said, it all seems a bit perfunctory and not particularly remarkable. A complete lack of voice work is also a bit of a letdown.
Mount & Blade really doesn't look too good at all. Its character models are ugly and expressionless, its landscapes grim and featureless, and its UI poorly designed. Really, it looks rubbish.
In spite of the unwieldy menus and such, Warband actually plays rather well once you've got used to the combat and other various nuances. Fighting with bows, polearms and throwing weapons is tough, especially on horseback, but rewarding once mastered.
Hugely addictive and packed to the gills with an array of tasks, Mount & Blade: Warband will have you playing for countless hours if its gets its hooks into you. Seriously, it's unfathomably massive and all-encompassing.
A really good spread across a number of Warband's facets, including its enjoyable multiplayer, means this is an achievement list that's a time sink, but one worth taking on. Some involve playing as a female, which is actually a lot harder since the so-called 'fairer sex' had far fewer privileges and advantages back in the middle ages. Clever stuff.