The problem with people in Warband and such is that they look like diseased mental patients when fighting.
Once you get targetted, they just blindly go to your direction, constantly swinging their (99%) 2 handed weapon.. ignoring any kind of other threats and looking like some caffeineted fool.
(I almost never use 2 handed weapons and have to fall back to other teammates during these times, but it just looks ridiculous)
For that reason it's a good thing you can't jump and swing and all other things. People in Warband took pride in finding the right spot, where noone should normally be able to hit anything and just swing thru walls.
Napoleonic Wars feels slower, but I get a lot more feeling from it.
Warband and the other are more on the arcade part and can get quite silly because of that.
But again I will never forget the blind raging swinging attackers from Warband and am happy that people in Napeleonic wars look a bit less like a mental patients.
(as Post Scriptum : I do pretty well in all versions)
You know, what you said about Native Warband is actually not true at all. There are a few noobs who do what you described but the serious players (70%) don't play anything like what you described.
Nah, you are right.. but certain type of inexperienced players tend to get a lot of attention.. ("oh he's good"-thought fades away.. "Oh god, look at that mental patiënt"-thought sticks)
People are really really terrible with melee in Napoleonic Wars and seems like they're totally not experienced with Mount & Blade at all.
I love to charge, get close, get a good shot out and just storm with my bajonet. At times I literally get 10 kills in a row, because people simply do not know how to block, or try to shoot a sidestepping guy at point blank range (9/10 miss).
I did have some decent melee battles with bajonets, where we kept blocking each others thrusts, but it's very rare.
I could say that how the bajonet hits is a bit awkwards, but the longer pikes/spears in Warband felt a lot worse.
I hope that more melee will be added in Napoleonic Wars, but I can't really imagine how to pull it off correctly. (I mean, how many soldiers in that time wouldve picked a polearm over a gun?) (I do know about partisans)