Hallo. I am Gabrilduro, the Developer of this Western/ACW game Mod for Mount&Blade Warband v. 1.153/1.158, an Rpg in 1st/3rd and strategic view. It is for a Single Player Campaign, but has also Custom Battles and a cool Multiplayer (even in Coop mode!) with playable Factions of the American Civil War and Wild Frontier, Mexican Second Empire and Indian Wars. DOWNLOAD LINK for last UPDATES of 1860s Old America is in the Update and Download section. Just click it. Sorry, but you will NOT get any assistance here. Please go to the main Homepage on Talesworld Thread and post a comment there....to get all the explainations, watch Videos, Pics and posts. Thank you Gabrilduro PS....DO NOT forget to RATE the mod in the REVIEW section, folks!!!
As of late, the modder decided to hold the final release until his ego get pleased on moddb by having this particular mod reaching 1000 rates that should not be under 5, on top of that instalocking the thread about it without a single reply posted.
While the mod is excellent, this aptitude quickly ruin the consumer's experience, and unless gabby decide to pass a reality check, this mod won't get a final release.
I'm submitting this low score not because the mod is bad. It's an ambitious mod witch fails in the expected areas. I'm giving it a low score because the author insists on selling the final release in return for good reviews. A complete disregard for any creative criticism and an extremely disrespectful practice to both the community that supports it, and those who intend for and use the review system for it's intended purpose. NOT being used to blackmail users into giving the mod good press.
Many have criticised Gabrilduro for his extremely obnoxious behaviour in the past, but this has taken it to a whole new level, his cult of personality is out of control, and it's time for a long, hard reality check. The below image is a small collection found through a few minutes of browsing the 1860 mod forums:
As for the mod. It's average. It's a full conversion with many weak areas, the majority of textures are downright ugly (http://i.imgur.com/CLGOguw.jpg), The map is empty and lacking in any polish (http://i.imgur.com/N2FaUVR.jpg), And many of the flavour items are simply ported from some of "Gabby's" older mods, which are of a worse quality than this. (http://i.imgur.com/tDlpnm0.jpg)(Those "Only MP" factions prove my point exactly) And don't get me started on the multiplayer (http://i.imgur.com/JG0L8X9.jpg.
I suppose that's all I can say about the 1860's Old America mod and the powers that run it. The only positives I can possibly say are that the music choice is stellar for assisting immersion, if only the rest of the mod hadn't stopped that happening a long time ago.
Pretty fun at first, but there is a lot of problems :
-The map is completly broken : it's way to big and empty, and it's really badly done : so towns, villages, etc... are on the edges of the maps, which is not handled by the game. The camera shakes and can't follow the player.
-The AI pathfinding is terrible. They will stick to walls, and you will spend 10 minutes looking for them for every single showdown...
-It gets pretty repetitive after a few hours.
-The creator of the mod acts like a real douche.
The game is a 7/10 at first, but if you add all the other issues, it's pretty forgetable.
I love it. Everything I want, can't wait for updates!
But I gave it a 6 because of it's actual functionality.
Many times, if you join up in a battle with another general, and you end up falling in battle, whether you lose all your people or not, you get kicked out to a party of 1, and are immediately attacked by the enemy and will lose.
I have fought a battle going in with 60 guys, lost the battle, only losing 30 people (wounded & killed), I was able to leave the battle, but somehow I only had 14 people left. That is not good at all!
My biggest problem tho, is the fact that if you fall, which with slightly accurate guns can happen a lot, you will lose the battle. I had one where I fell, and had 18 guys left, versus 4 enemy. Easy win. I tried auto-resolving but it got to the point where it was 10 vs 1, then 8 vs 1, then 4 vs 1, so I stepped in to fight and kill the one guy, if I hadn't, they would have lost. Big disappointment.
Another problem is the fact that there is no real way to make money, without already having a ton of it. That being said, the way I've managed to make money is going town to town and attacking raiders, because nine times out of ten, a village will be filled with raiders for you to kill. This is so often it is ridiculous and it should be toned down, a lot. But it is the only way I could make money by taking my "just dues".
Other than those major problems, I love this game and am going to continue playing it and i REALLY hope the updates keep coming regularly. It would be a shame for this MOD to not get further developed.
I'm aware it is in development and people think this game is worthy of final product but these are some issues that need to be looked at.
1.Make the A.I. navigate a town more smoothly, I've seen the A.I. get trapped behind walls in game.
2. The map is either too big or is very unpopulated as there seems to be miles to the nearest town.
3. I came to a point when starting a new game and a random enemy hideout forced me to get in a fight with me and 4 guys versus 20 pirates with what appeared to be pirate sharpshooters, and well they won and my game ended there since I could not escaped.
4. When recruiting please make it so you can get at least 1-5 men, and not 1-3.
5. Why is the starting character have weird stats? Like strength is 30 and its level is 7? I don't understand why you can't start at 1 since the character will die regardless from the unforgiving enemies.
6. Just because it is in development doesn't mean it is above criticism. In fact this is were you want the criticism from people so you can improve the game. People will give you a 10/10 without seeing the problems. In it that could potentially destroy the mod.
Some good things are the time period the mod is set in; custom towns, forts, and cities are very cool and look nice; weapon models are well render on high and the same for the clothes. Other than that those things can't carry the weight of the mod since this will not sell a lot of people only a few. Please focus on the A.I. and gameplay for the future updates. These are some issues I have found in the game and the message boards.
Now, you might think I am a troll before you even start reading, and disagree with me; but that is okay, ignorance is sometimes gold. But if you have the time to take a peek at what I have to say as criticism, then please hear me out.
I am a long time Warband player and PC gamer, and I appreciate every game modder out there, busting their balls to give us a refreshing experience on a game we are all familiar with, but Gabby is not as respectable as most of them.
The amount of self advertisement and ego boost this person needs to release a semi-functional mod!
Now, I have to say, modding is not the best thing ever, it requires a great deal of work. But criticism is also one very important when it comes to mod development. As Gabby takes criticisms as trolling comments, the mod, as everyone can see, does not improve very far.
From the times I have played this, I have noticed bad textures, models clipping through one another, improper items, bugs, boring landscapes, frame dropping performance issues, so called dual revolvers when only one is present, abysmal AI, repetitive gameplay, horrible mechanics (such as starting with 42 strength in character creation), unbalanced gunfights, broken MP, low quality loading screen, and so on and so forth.
This mod is far from polished, or from a rating of 8,9, and 10, and if Gabby keeps silencing anyone who actually want the mod to improve, I would rather see the mod die. As a gaming community, I sincerely hope we are not a bunch of kiss-*****, and give this mod a PROPER review.
Even if the mod would deserve 4-5 (its really nothing special, nor very well made or well polished and i play mount and blade mods since the original M&B 0.7), the immature and insolent behavior of the wannabe-gamedesigner here deserves a -5, so 1 is left.
I hope there won´t be anymore releases form this wannabe modder.
No community need such people.