...a fast-paced medieval FPS (Slasher with a Multi-player online focus)
Probably should have made a thread earlier but I was waiting for the beta to confirm/dispel the niggling feeling that it would be shit.
I really like it so far. It definitely puts to shame all the games that are respected here for their melee combat - Dark Messiah, Severance, Mount&Blade although perhaps not the most appropriate comparison given that it's multiplayer only.
None of those games gets the fundamentals nearly as well. The animations are great, hit detection is accurate and the weapons are well balanced in terms of damage/speed/range. The combat feels really fluid and your choice of class/weapon has a pretty big impact on how you play - keeping enemies at bay with a polearm, darting in and out of striking range with a lighter class or timing your slow but powerful attacks with a 2-hander. The visuals and audio are quite good as well.
Mostly been in deathmatch since that's where the players are at but the objective based gamemode seems promising, with objectives such as razing a village or breaking into a castle and killing the king.
Didn't read all of this, but wasn't this a source mod? I had it on steam. It was an MP only game and was incredibly fun.
Anyone playing this game? I'd have to say, it is not only incredibly fun, but it really beats Mount and Blade, when it comes to gameplay, and actual melee combat. I never really got the mechanics for MnB melee [Talking Napoleanic Wars here] and will usually get raped outside of ranged combat, but Chivalry just gets it right.