This game, man, I love it. It is absolutely a lot of dumb medieval warfare fun. Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer-only game where you battle it out in 40 or 64 player matches. Think Battlefield but instead of guns, you have swords, axes, lances, hammers etc. ranging from tiny fast ones to giant ass “I’m going to slash everyone in a 2-meter radius”. Oh, did I say that the game is fun?
The highlight of the multiplayer, in my opinion, is the objective-based mode where one team attacks and the other defends in an evolving battlefield. Objectives range from protecting villagers or prisoners, push battering rams, burn a village, destroy a gate, storm a castle and kill/protect a VIP. The maps are really cool, well designed and they kinda feel authentic. I know, that sounds dumb, but when you play in these maps they feel like real places in terms of their layout, paths, and ways to protect or storm them. The other mode is a free-for-all and it's just ok, nothing special since no one really plays it, and most of the matches are filled with bots.
Spread out in each of the maps there are tons of interactive objects like hanged barrels, fire pits, hmm people etc. that you can shoot an arrow or slash, and when they fall they will kill anyone who’s underneath. There are also ballistae and catapults you can use to kill a lot of people in one go, lots of fun. Tons of different weapons can also be found around the level that you can pick up to use or just yeet at enemies.
Chivalry 2 has a class system. You can be an archer or crossbow guy, a knight with a giant ax or hammer, a soldier with a sword and shield, and finally, a pikeman. Each class has three variations, each with different main and secondary weapons, item, and the ability.
But as I previously said, in Chivalry 2 you can pick up and use any weapon you find in the ground or spread out in the maps, so the class system is really more for the ability of that class. So for example the archer can place a brazier which it lights up your arrows. Another class ability allows the placing down of a banner which heals everyone near it. Another one allows you to blow a horn which heals your teammates and so on.
Combat it is crunchy, gory, visceral, and extremely satisfying. After playing a lot of Chivalry 2 during the last few weeks, I have to say that it is very accessible and forgiving to newcomers, but if you put in the time to master blocking, countering and chaining attacks, you will become a murder machine. I myself always start trying to be this murder machine, but quickly I become one of those “So I just started swinging” guys.
I still have a lot of fun even though most encounters last just a couple of seconds with me either decapitating one or two other players or just getting completely annihilated by the opposition. I still have fun poking other player’s heads with my long pike. I still have a lot of fun smashing their bodies with my giant hammer. I still have a lot of fun yeeting my giant battle axe into an unsuspecting player. And I absolutely love just spamming the battlecry button so that my character shouts his guts out.
Chivalry 2 is an easy to pick up yet hard to master experience that’s satisfying and a lot of fun. If you need a break from your Fortnites, Apexes, or Warzones, Chivalry 2 is right here for you just like a refreshing beer on a hot day. Thanks for reading.
Chivalry 2 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S. A PS4 review code was provided by the publisher for this review.