Paradox Interactive, a publisher not all too familiar to console readers, has quickly made a name for themselves in the PC community for their wide range of games across multiple genres. Their games have been proof that gameplay rules above visuals. Mount & Blade has always been a great example of this. The 2008 hit did not wow players with its visual design, but more its likeness to many other great games. It takes the strategy of the Total War series and boils it all down to managing your Captain through the harsh world around him. Where it differs is in its combat. When a battle starts, its up close and personal old school swords and shields gameplay takes center stage, where there is no greater thrill than riding head long into a group of swordsman with your hordes of cavalry in tow, laying waste to all who stand in your way.