Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Developer: Torn Banner Studios
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Independent developers have a horrible track record creating engaging and long-lasting multiplayer experiences, but the student team behind Torn Banner Studios have done just that with Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. Where larger, more established developers like Paradox have failed to deliver on the promise of brutal medieval combat, this small team of young game makers have put together an incredibly compelling experience that truly stands out.
As if the quality of its intricate combat system wasn't enough, the game looks absolutely gorgeous. Rendered in the Unreal Engine 3, it shimmers with the visual fidelity of a much larger budget game. It's not without technical flaws, but the team has proven themselves dedicated to perfecting the experience over time.
Part of what makes Chivalry so awesome are the very unique objective modes that deviate greatly from the traditional team deathmatch and free-for-all modes that make up a bulk of multiplayer games. Protecting a cart full of plague-ridden bodies so you can dump 'em into the enemies water supply, slaughtering the descendants of the king, even burning valuable kingdom resources are all part of the engrossing online experience.