The gameplay is based on that of Mount & Blade: Warband, with similar controls in regards to melee and archery. Like its predecessors, With Fire and Sword is an action role-playing game. This installment allows the player to fight for one of five factions in an effort to control Eastern Europe, however only three have a proper storyline. The game is set in a later, more modern period than earlier titles with access to pistols, grenades, and other equipment of the post-medieval era.
With Fire and Sword received lukewarm reviews from critics and fans alike, bring in a Metacritic score of 68 and GameRankings score of 66.94.GameZone gave the game 7/10, stating "Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword is the right fit for anyone interested in sweeping historical epics as well as incredibly complex and realistic RPGs. A fantastic entry for fans of the genre." However, many players complained about the aiming mechanics.