A woman's lot is what all DLC di Kingdom Come: Deliverance they should have been: original, interesting and able to add meaning to Henry's story, keeping the focus on the facts of the main plot while approaching them from another perspective. To sum it up, it adds two mission lines to the base experience, both of which are tied to the dramatic Skalitz events that kick-start the game.
Let's start with the second, the least interesting, called The Madonna of Sasau, in which Henry is in charge of helping his friend Johanka to overcome the trauma of the Skalitz massacre, going to the places object of her nightmares to find out what they hide. We defined it less interesting because, on balance, it is a series of missions perfectly in line with those of the main story, elaborated in a way not unlike that of the other two narrative DLC of Kingdom Come Deliverance (The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon and Band of Bastards). So we have good writing, a series of interesting subplots, but at the same time an end in itself, which is fine as an impromptu addition, but which we can consider almost superfluous compared to what has been done and seen in the rest of the game. It's just one more quest that adds to the multitude of similar events we've already played. Definitely not ugly, but not essential either.
The centerpiece of A woman's lot it is, however, another, namely the line of missions The fate of a woman. If you have played Kingdom Come Deliverance you will surely know that Theresa, one of the main characters, never tells Henry what happened to her after the Skalitz events.
How did she survive? How did you get to the mill? What adventures did she get into? How did you find Henry? These are all questions that finally find their answers, in a splendid adventure lived from the girl's point of view and faced in her dimension. Theresa is a judicious girl, our grandparents would say, but at the same time she is determined and capable of getting by even in very risky situations. We are not going to tell you all his adventures so as not to ruin what is a beautiful story, but know that the way they are intertwined with Henry's story is really done with great wisdom. The tweaks made to the gameplay are also excellent to avoid creating inconsistencies in the use of the character. In general, the interface and the basic mechanics remain identical to those of Henry's adventure, only with some differences. Meanwhile, Theresa can move stealthily, she can fight (even if she is not very strong due to the impossibility of using armor with heavy weapons), she can pick locks and she can play dice, but for example she can't pickpocket, she can't ride, she doesn't know reading (although wisdom and intelligence, as well as sagacity are highlighted several times in the dialogues), he does not wear male clothes or armor.
In addition to Henry, however, he has his own dog friend, Tinker, a precious travel companion who can also be used as a weapon to defend or attack. He is not very strong, but he is excellent in ambushes, a skill that makes him valuable on more than one occasion. If he is beaten, his obedience ends at zero and you have to wait for him to come back in strength before being able to take advantage of his services again. Note that Tinker's obedience, which is also his energy, can be increased by feeding him and letting him rest. In general, we can tell you that A Woman's Destiny is best played by focusing on stealth skills rather than combative ones. The choice is still left to the player, but trying to fight anyone makes Theresa's adventures much more difficult and, frankly, less exciting. Even more interesting is how the game tries to make us understand the condition of the woman in the Middle Ages, as well as the chauvinism that prevailed in the society of the time, through some small narrative tricks that were really spot on. For example, despite the sharpness, Theresa struggles a lot to convince men through dialogue, while in case she commits a crime and is captured, her imprisonment is much tougher than Henry's.
Speaking of cold numbers, in total A Woman's Lot adds about 9/10 hours of content to Kingdom Come: Deliverance, seven of them only from Theresa's line of missions. From a technical point of view it does not change the game in any way, as it was legitimate to expect, but frankly, little attention is paid to these trifles in the face of a job that is finally well done and worthy of being purchased. In short, it is the best DLC among those made for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, as well as one of those that can be defined as essential for the complete understanding of the game.
CommentDigital Delivery Steam, GoG Price 14,99 € Resources4Gaming.com
As mentioned in the course of the review, A Woman's Lot is the best DLC for Kingdom Come: Deliverance: interesting, articulated, it offers an alternative point of view on the story told in the game, without pretending to alter the scenario. In short, this is an excellent expansion, which fans of the Warhorse game will certainly appreciate.
- Theresa's missions are interesting and well written
- The dog
- An alternative point of view on Henry's story
- Not suitable for those who love the Kingdom Come: Deliverance combat system