Chivalry: Medieval Warfare has a pretty steep learning curve and is a bit unforgiving to newer players. Though the basic gameplay is simple enough, there is a surprising amount of depth in the actual fighting mechanics. Here are a few tips to help you learn the game.
1. Aim Your Blocks
A unique feature in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is the block and parry system. Unlike most sword-fighting games, in Chivalry, you have to aim your blocks and parries at the tip of the incoming weapon. There is no one fail-safe method for blocking as every weapon has its own length and swing pattern.
In order to block or parry successfully, you have to know which direction the swing is coming from and look towards that direction. Time your presses at the right moment, and you should be able to parry or block the attack easily. This takes a bit of practice before you get the hang of it, but when you do, it's going to be second nature.
Just like in real life, footwork is important in a sword fight in Chivalry. While staying still isn't as large a disadvantage as it is in regular first-person shooters, the player who keeps moving in Chivalry will always have an advantage. If you keep on your toes, you'll find more openings and more opportunities to attack while gaining the ability to dance around a weapon's range and evade attacks. A mobile opponent is also much harder to hit.
Try to time your movements with your attacks darting in as you swing and immediately backing up if he parries. That way, you can dodge any incoming counter-attack he may do.
3. Know Your Weapon's Range
The different weapons in Chivalry have their own respective lengths and arcs of attack. Knowing how long your weapon is allows you to move in just the right amount for your attacks. Knowing your weapon range also allows you to gauge your attacks to avoid friendly fire. Knowing certain weapon ranges also allows you to successfully move out of the way of an attack and leaves you with the option of a counter.
4. Stamina Management
It's important to keep an eye on your stamina bar as if you get caught on an empty bar at the wrong time, you're probably as good as dead. Your stamina bar determines if you can attack or block, and an empty stamina bar means you are a sitting duck.
Swinging wildly will deplete your stamina bar quickly; as such, you need to be more selective of your swings. Take it slow and choose your attacks more carefully. If you find yourself low on stamina, try and back off a bit and stand still. Crouching will increase stamina regeneration, so crouch when you can.
You can also use this to your advantage if your opponent is swinging at you like mad. Just take it slow, parry his attacks. You will actually hear him become exhausted, and this is going to be your cue to attack.
5. Timing Is Everything
In Chivalry, timing is king. Parry a second too early or too late, and you will eat the swing. Swing a moment too late, and your opponent could dodge the attack. Every weapon has it's own wind-up and swing speed, and while you don't need to learn each and every one of them, it's quite important to know how to time your actions.
The best part about it is that the more you play, the better your timings are going to be. Pay attention to the time of the swings, the rhythm of the blocks when you play, and sooner or later, it'll be second nature.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare's mechanics are very simple at a glance, but it comes with a surprising amount of depth. Hopefully, you are not too put off by the steep learning curve. Then again, it is an extremely fun game, and whether or not you're chopping other's heads off or you're sitting at the bottom of the score table, you'll probably going to have a good time.