I have just recently started playing this mod (v3.51) and I have to say it's almost overwhelming... Just the amount of research and detailed info i'd have to learn just to be even average in this mod.
From what I can tell it's definately not for Newbies to the Mount and Blade world. Hell, I thought I was pretty bad arse, having played Native Expansion and stuff like Europe 1200 and some other mods.
Combat wise = PoP is like Native Expansion on Steriods. I mean, if anyone here has played Native Expansion, they'd KNOW that when the Dark Knight Envasion comes... it's pretty tough. You can get hundreds of knights fighting you with all of them over 300 (some 400) in all skills and Heavy weapondry to boot. Nobody can just walk through the DK's.
But still, after they initial onslaught and some game play...it's fairly easy to dominate them. For now...
POP on the other hand seems as if there are Dark Knight Dudes or Better EVERYWHERE and it does give me the feeling that (as said before) I can never fully let my guard down and to me it's just as if every corner has a new Bad arse Type of unit that can kill me. So for now it's very interesting.
My only negative if at all, is that i've come so late into the PoP world that I feel as if I have to take a college course, devoting hours each day just to catch up on all the story and lore.
Right now with my 1st character,i'm just enjoying feeling out the game and getting into this strange new world.
Overall i'm still loyal to Native Exp, Thunderclaw & Soulmata
has done a tremendous job and Tons of New Things are COOL in NE like "Brutality Mode
" and also **** NE Sieges & Scenes Pack - get a second ladder for your sieges! 23rd Dec. 2011 ****
GO Lord Samuel!!http://forums.taleworlds.com/index.php?topic=178784.0
That's one Challenge that PoP doesn't have...
but I feel that for obvious reasons stated PoP will probably be my secret M&B Game that I'll love to play when I want to get my Arse kicked.
One thing I wish was different in PoP. is the way the arena is fought. In Europe 1200 From day One I was able to enter an arena "Pitfight" but with ALL MY OWN STUFF. ie my starting horse, sword and xbow. In other words they GOT RID of the practice weapons and tunics. As I progress and get new equipment I am also able to USE that stuff in the arena as well. Of course I also notice that the "Waves" of opponents are also progressively better fighters and better equiped. I suppose this option makes it too easy however, so mabe not viable for PoP.
For some reason, I never do as well when I start off with the crapy practice weapons. I can normally block, fake and even chamber block pretty well in other mods but right now PoP makes me feel like a noob again. I hate it and love it at the same time.