Chivalry 2's giant medieval multiplayer battles are glorious melee chaos

Chivalry 2's giant medieval multiplayer battles are glorious melee chaos

Grab your weapon of choice and step onto the set of big screen-worthy battles

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(Image credit: Tripwire Interactive)

Large-sᴄᴀʟᴇ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴇval ᴡᴀʀfᴀʀᴇ ɪs ᴏɴe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ holy gʀᴀɪʟs ᴏꜰ gamɪɴg ᴀɴd Chivalry 2 hᴀs ᴛᴀᴋᴇn ᴜᴘ tʜᴇ mᴀɴtle ᴛᴏ snᴀᴛch thᴀᴛ hoɴᴏr ᴀɢᴀɪɴ. Chivalry sᴇᴛ tʜᴇ stᴀɴdard ꜰᴏʀ multipʟᴀʏer ᴍᴇᴅɪᴇval bᴀᴛtles ʙᴀᴄᴋ ɪɴ 2012 ᴀɴd Chivalry 2 ɪs tʜᴇ ʜᴇir ɪᴛ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs desᴇʀᴠᴇd. Tʜᴇ bᴀᴛtles ᴀʀᴇ ʙɪɢger, ꜰɪᴛtɪɴg ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ 64 pʟᴀʏers ᴏɴ mᴀssive ᴏʙᴊᴇᴄᴛive ᴍᴀᴘs. Tʜᴇ combᴀᴛ ɪs ᴅᴇᴇᴘer, wɪᴛh ᴍᴏʀᴇ ʀᴏᴏᴍ ꜰᴏʀ mᴀstery. Chivalry 2's ᴍᴇlee sᴀɴdʙᴏx bᴀᴛtleɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅs rᴀʟʟy aʀᴏᴜɴᴅ tʜᴇ glᴏʀioᴜs unpʀᴇᴅictabilɪᴛy ᴏꜰ otʜᴇr pʟᴀʏers, ᴘᴜᴛtɪɴg ʏᴏᴜ ꜰᴀᴄᴇ-ᴛᴏ-ꜰᴀᴄᴇ wɪᴛh yᴏᴜʀ neᴍᴇses ɪɴ a ᴡᴀʏ thᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ selᴅᴏm ɢᴇᴛ ꜰʀᴏᴍ PvP ꜰɪʀsᴛ-persᴏɴ shooters. Tᴏʀn Bᴀɴner Studios hᴀs raɪsed tʜᴇ bᴀᴛtle stᴀɴdard ᴀɢᴀɪɴ, givɪɴg ɪᴛs ꜰɪʀsᴛ-persᴏɴ slᴀsʜᴇr series ᴀɴotʜᴇr glᴏʀioᴜs multipʟᴀʏer clᴀsh ʙᴇtᴡᴇen tʜᴇ Mᴀsᴏɴ Order ᴀɴd Agᴀᴛha Kɴɪɢʜᴛs. 

What makes Chivalry 2's combat so thrilling is that it gives you both moments to show off your blade skills and satisfying sprees of blunt-force battlefield bludgeonings. If you manage to master them all, Chivalry 2 gives you multiple types of swing with each weapon along with special attacks for each of its classes, interrupting jabs, feints, kicks, and kicks. For the original Chivalry fans, mouse dragging is back again too. Swiping your mouse as you swing lets you control the speed of your strike, another layer of skill for those willing to wield it.

The chaotic flow at the center of large-scale battles will call on you to decide if that kind of finesse is the right move. There's a satisfying thrill to taking down another player with a well-timed faint or canceled attack that opens their guard to a nasty swing. Equally exhilarating is letting out a battle cry, running forward, and chucking your weapon at some poor fool's head.

Chivalry 2's huge battles, fielding up to 64 combatants, range from ordered chaos to total chaos, depending on what kind of fight you'd like. Five different team objective maps require your horde of knights to work through forests and castles and more, capturing and defending objective points. These maps are journeys themselves, having your team storm through multiple areas from escorting a battering ram to seizing a town square, and eventually the castle. Three more maps offer either a straightforward and bloody team deathmatch or the complete madness of a free-for-all where every knight fights only for themselves. In addition to the eight maps it already has, Torn Banner has plans to add more after launch.

Across all of its game modes, Chivalry 2 is more than just a grim battlefield. There's plenty of comedy to go with all the bloody tragedy and all sorts of ways to express yourself. There are more than just your weapons at your disposal. Even if you've lost your sword, or lost the arm that was holding it, you can improvise with a pitchfork. Or if that fails, a hurled chicken. If not that, perhaps a tomato. A litany of voice lines and emotes to customize your fighter with can even be your last line of defense. If all else fails, falling to your knees and bowing before an opponent who's bested you could save your life. Or it could earn you an execution. 

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(Image credit: Tripwire Interactive)

Those moments of medieval mockery are the other real victory of Chivalry 2. Objective maps and tense battles capture the epic scale of the big-screen battles that inspired it. There's also the other inspiration of the "it's just a flesh wound" variety. When you pull your head out of the action for a minute you'll remember that yes, you are all just a bunch of folks dressed up in fake armor and swords and yes, a hearty wave is a valid prelude to an impromptu projectile vegetable fight. Just be ready for a third element of chaos to come screaming through and take you both out. It's those moments of unpredictability that remind you the fight isn't fielded by NPCs. You're dealing with 63 other humans, all potentially ready to give you the fight of your life or a good laugh. 

Chivalry 2 is a feat already, but Torn Banner has more plans post-launch to keep the battles rolling. Additional maps will be added, for one, along with horses, which are sure to be another element of battlefield mayhem. The studio also has plans for customizable servers and more.

As of June 8th, Chivalry 2 is available on PC via the Epic Games Store, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X/S with cross-platform multiplayer for every platform.

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