The Mount & Blade series has acquired a reputation. As one of a very small number of PC exclusives, it stands out as a game with indie production values combined with studio ambition. The graphics are a generation behind, the combat is clumsy but realistic, single-player is open-ended and multiplayer is as compulsive as any AAA shooter. For those who haven’t played a Mount & Blade game, they’re historical RPG action-adventures. You travel across a map, visiting towns and cities, completing quests, earning gold, building a merry band of followers and slaying looters and bandits—eventually taking part in much larger battles and sieges involving entire armies.